New Delhi, 29 Dec, 2016:Salient points during my address at general body meeting of Maulana Azad Education Foundation:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that Ministry of Minority Affairs will establish world class educational institutions to provide better traditional and modern education to students belonging to Minority communities.

Chairing a meeting of general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation at Antyodaya Bhawan, Shri Naqvi, who is also Chairman of the foundation, said that these world class institutions providing education in technical, medical, Ayurved, Unani etc fields will be established across the country. A high-level committee has been constituted for this purpose.

The committee will give its detail report within two months on roadmap including places where these institutes will be established. We are working on a strategy so that these institutes can get started in 2018. We have proposed 40 per cent reservation for girls in these institutions.

Shri Naqvi said that we are working hard so that our initiative to establish these world class institutions as an ideal centre of employment oriented education can proved to be an effective mission.

Shri Naqvi said that several important decisions regarding educational empowerment and skill development of students belonging to Minority communities were taken in today’s meeting. This include “Begam Hajrat Mahal Girls Scholarship”. Decision was also taken to establish “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre” across the country.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government is committed to provide quality education to the Minorities. Our focus is to provide better education as well as better employment opportunities to Minorities. Out of total Rs 3827 crore announced in the last Budget, about Rs 2800 crore approved for education related expenditure including about Rs 1800 crore for scholarships. Besides, Rs 650 crore were approved for educational infrastructure under MsDP. We have also approved about 200 “Sadbhav Mandap” and 16 “Gurukul” type of schools with a cost of about Rs 262 crore.

We have approved 16 “Gurukul” residential schools across the country including Telanagana (7), Andhra Pradesh (6), Karnataka (2) and Jharkhand 1. We have also decided to help those Madrasas who are also providing mainstream education.

Shri Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs has completely supporting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s campaign for digital India. We are encouraging cashless digital transaction in our Ministry. The Ministry has given scholarships worth Rs 6715 crore to 3 crore students into their bank accounts directly until now.

Shri Naqvi said that we are happy that we have received great success in setting up “Sadbhav Mandap”, announced 5 months ago. Multi-purpose community centres "Sadbhav Mandap" will also be utilized for various social-educational-cultural and skill development related activities and also relief centres during a calamity.

About 200 “Sadbhav Mandap” have been approved across the nation which include states such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Kerala.

About Rs 5300 crore were granted to various states under MsDP in 12th Plan. This includes Uttar Pradesh (1200 crore), West Bengal (1600 crore), Assam (400 crore), Bihar (550 crore), Arunachal Pradesh (190 crore), Tripura (162 crore), Karnataka (157 crore), Rajasthan (140 crore), Telangana (118 crore).