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Malegaon: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is redrawing the minority education roadmap to include new strategies after drawing repeated flak from prominent sections of the Muslim community over key policies in recent months, reports Hindustan Times.
ummid.com time and again has reported about the Muslim clerics’ reservations over the Right to Education Act (REA) in last few months.
The ministry now plans to ask the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) - set up by previous HRD minister Arjun Singh - to draft a time-bound action plan for the government. The HRD ministry is currently reconstituting the NMCME — the country’s apex minority education watchdog — after the previous team’s term ended. The ministry has asked senior Congress leaders such as Rahul Gandhi and Mohsina Kidwai to recommend names for the panel.
“No one is more concerned about Muslims than this government,” HT quoted its sources in the ministry.
The NMCME has so far stayed out of any active policy-drafting role.
It has been exercising the limited role of touring the country and evaluating the performance of the Centre and states on minority education programmes. The body earned credibility in the eyes of the Muslim community during UPA-I.
As the NMCME was primarily set up to restore the confidence of the minority educational community after six years of NDA rule, an action plan drawn up by the panel is likely to enjoy credibility, sources said.
Earlier, the sources in the HRD ministry had given an indication to make crucial amendments in the Right to Education Act (REA). According to the sources, first round of amendment in RTE is already with the parliamentary standing committee. Besides looking into the grievances of the Muslim community, the amendments also pertain to giving an advisory role to the School Management Committee (SMC) in minority educational institutions and widening the scope of 'child with disability' so that it includes those suffering from autism, celebral palsy, mental retardation and other disabilities.
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