New Delhi, 18 March, 2017: Salient points of my speech during at 94th meeting of Governing Body and 53rd meeting of General Body of MAEF in New Delhi:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Central Government has been working on priority to provide better education as well as job-oriented skill training to the Minority Communities.
Chairing the 94th meeting of Governing Body and 53rd meeting of General Body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation here, Shri Naqvi said our Government is committed to provide better modern education and skill development training to youths of the Minority communities and we are moving forward to achieve our goal in this regard.
Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been working on war-footing to ensure affordable-accessible and quality education to all sections of the society including Minorities.
Shri Naqvi said that Ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing 5 world class educational institutions to provide better traditional as well as modern education to students belonging to Minority communities. These world class institutions providing education in technical, medical, Ayurved, Unani etc fields are going to be established across the country.
A high-level committee has been working on fast track to chalk out a framework of these institutions and the committee will soon submit its report. 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 in the Union Budget 2017-18, allocation for Minority Affairs Ministry has been increased to Rs 4195.48 crore for 2017-18. This is Rs 368.23 crore more than 2016-17 Budget of Rs 3827.25 crore with an increase of about 9.6 per cent. More than 70 per cent of this Budget would be utilised for educational empowerment of Minorities and job-oriented programmes for them.
Hundreds of crores of rupees has been provided for various scholarships and skill development schemes such as “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Nai Roushni”, “Usttad”, “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre” and “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship for Girls”. Besides this, funds under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) will also be utilised for various educational development activities. Rs 393.54 crore has been given for Merit-cum-Means based scholarship; Rs 950 crore for pre-matric scholarship; Rs 550 crore for post-matric scholarship; Rs 250 crore for “Seekho aur Kamao (with an increase of Rs 40 crore compared to last budget); Rs 176 crore for “Nai Manzil” (with an increase of Rs 56 crore compared to last budget); Rs 113 crore for Maulana Azad Education Foundation; Rs 170 crore as equity for NMDFC.
Shri Naqvi said that for 2017-18, we have set a target to provide scholarships to about 35 lakh students. Employment oriented training will be provided to more than 2 lakh youths belonging to Minority communities. We have also approved 16 “Gurukul” type residential schools across the country. We have also decided to help those Madrasas who are also providing mainstream education.
Shri Naqvi said that our efforts for educational empowerment of Minorities include establishing “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre”, “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship” for girls, and establishing 500 quality residential schools and job-oriented skill development centres.