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Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme & Nalanda Project Launched
Mar 05, 2014

The union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched  two new initiatives for the welfare of Minorities. The twin initiatives are Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme, and Nalanda Project, a Faculty Development Programme for Minorities’ Higher Educational Institutions.

Under the Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme, Sehat Card would be issued to every student of the Institution financially aided by MAEF. Preventive Health Check-up Camps would be organized by the Institute twice in a year, through Government/Private Hospitals/Nursing Homes.

In exceptional and deserving cases for serious ailments, the poor students belonging to notified minorities would be provided financial assistance for treatment in Government/Recognized Hospitals. Serious ailments of Kidney, Heart, Liver, Cancer and Brain or any other life threatening diseases including Knee surgery and Spinal surgery would be covered.

Under this scheme, Preventive Health Check-up Camps would be organized by the Institute twice in a year, through Government/Private Hospitals/Nursing Homes. All findings of the Preventive Health Checkups will be entered in the Sehat Card of the student by the Doctors.

The Nalanda Project is an innovative Faculty Development Programme of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, under its Information, Education and Communication Strategy for awareness, orientation and development of faculties of Minority Universities/Minority Managed Degree Colleges (MMDCs) and higher educational institutions located in minority concentration areas in the country.

Minority Affairs Ministry aims for inclusive growth of notified minorities namely, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. It adopted a multi-pronged strategy for development of minority communities with focus on educational empowerment; area development; economic empowerment; women empowerment; development of vulnerable minority communities and strengthening of minority institutions.

The Nalanda Project is being taken up at Aligarh Muslim University, a premier Minority University of world fame, which is also a Nodal Staff College of University Grant Commission. The support given by Aligarh Muslim University in developing this programme will go a long way in improvement of higher education among minorities.


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