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Minority Education: $50 Million Deal with World Bank
Jan 05, 2016

India has signed a Financing Agreement for IDA credit of US $50 million for the Nai Manzil—Education and Skills Training for Minorities with the World Bank.

  • The total project size is 100 million dollar, out of which 50 million dollar will be available as IDA credit, and the balance funding from the Union Budget. 

  • The project takes an integrated and holistic approach towards education and skill development of the minority youth, to address the high dropout and unemployment rate among them. 

  • Minority BPL (Below Poverty Line) youth in the age group of 17-35 years will be the main beneficiaries of the project. 

  • Improvement in the education attainment of the minority youth in the project area and improvement in their employability skills are among the expected outcomes of the project. 

  • The project will follow result based financing modality, and project funds will be disbursed on achievement of specific results such as number of student enrolled, number of students successfully completing education and skill components etc. 

  • The closing date of the project is 31st October, 2021.

Nai Manzil Scheme

The Central Sector Scheme Nai Manzil has been approved by the Finance Ministry in December 2015 with a total expenditure of Rs.650 crores for a period of five years. This includes 50% World Bank assistance of Rs.325 crores.

The Nai Manzil scheme aims to benefit the minority youths in the age group of 17 to 35 years who are school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like Madarsas, by providing them an integrated input of formal education (up till Class 8 or 10) and skill training along with certification, with a view of enabling them to seek better employment in the organized sector and equipping them with better lives.

Minimum 30% seats are earmarked for minority girls. It includes a Non-residential programme of 9-12 months duration involving a Basic Bridge Programme (For Class 8 or Class 10) for their education, along with training in trade based skills for sustained livelihood/gainful employment. The scheme covers the entire country.


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