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GOI initiatives for education of minorities: Report
Feb 12, 2014

The Government has been implementing various minority education schemes especially for Muslims. A total of 15% of the outlay under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is targeted for the Minority Concentration Districts (MCD)/Areas to achieve the goal of universalisation of elementary education, to meet infrastructure gaps for schools, classrooms, teachers and providing access by opening new schools.

Due to this the enrolment of Muslim children at Primary level as a percentage of total enrolment has increased from 9.4% in 2006-07 to 14.2% in 2012-13 and at the Upper Primary level, the enrolment has increased from 7.2% to 12.1% during the same period.

Other initiatives which also benefit minorities and Muslims include the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madarsas (SPQEM), the Scheme of Infrastructure Development in Minority Institutions (IDMI), the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalalaya Scheme (JNV), setting up of Girls Hostels, Model Schools under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the Mid Day Meal Scheme, Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), establishment of the Model Degree Colleges, Women Hostels and Polytechnics in the Minority Concentration Districts.

Setting up of Block Institutes of Teacher Education, Appointment of Language Teachers, providing modern education to Madarsas under National Institute of Open Schooling and the easing of norms for affiliation of Minority Educational Institutions, are some of the important initiatives undertaken by the Government.

A very important new initiative called the ‘Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Balighan’ is being launched to impart functional literacy, basic education, vocational skill development and continuing education to cover around one crore Muslim adults in the age group of 15 years and above with an outlay of Rs. 600 crores during the 12th Plan period.

Pre-matric, Post-matric, Merit-cum-Means based Scholarships, Maulana Azad National Fellowship and a new initiative for the grant of Interest subsidy on Education Loan to minority students for study abroad are some of the major initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.


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