Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2012

Union Govt. To Focus on Minority education

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The Union government to give a push to minority education has decided to set up five committees to look into the issue of efficient implementation of schemes, mapping of education requirement of minorities and focusing on vocation education and skill development.

The decision was taken in the wake of members of national monitoring committee for minorities education voicing concern over the prevailing state of affairs with Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University, Najeeb Jung suggesting course development of madrassas by NCERT.

The issue of teachers’ shortage and lack of accessibility was also raised in the meeting.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who chaired the meeting, said five sub-committees will be set up under the monitoring committee to address the issue of minority education in its entirety.

The sub-committees would be on vocational education and skill development of minorities, implementation of schemes aimed at minorities, promotion of Urdu learning through enhanced employment opportunities, girls education and promotion and mapping of education requirement of minorities.

While Sibal expressed regret that states were lacking in implementing schemes even after sanctioning of funds by Centre, Jung said a mechanism has to be devised so that such issues are addressed in keeping with the larger interest of minority education.

Sibal said the next meeting of the committee would be held in June.

“I am committed to minority agenda…. No country can move forward unless they feel encouraged and secured. I will march with you hand in hand,” he said at the meeting.