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12 Model Degree Colleges, 57 Polytechnics approved in Muslim areas

Thursday March 21, 2013 12:35:23 AM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon: Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said in the Lok Sabha that the government was committed to providing quality education to the Muslims in India.


"Setting up educational institutions, with focus on improving access, equity and quality in Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs) is a priority for the Government", he said in the Lok Sabha while replying to a written question on Minorities education.


"Under the scheme of establishment of 374 Model Degree Colleges in districts having a Gross Enrolment Ratio of Higher Education below the national average, 12 proposals were received and approved for setting up Model Degree Colleges in Minority Concentration Districts", he said.


"Under the Schemes of Sub-Mission on Polytechnics, 54 new Polytechnics have been approved in Minority Concentration Districts out of the 57 proposed in 13 States. An amount of Rs.315.16 cores has been released so far", he added.


He also said that two campuses of the Aligarh Muslim University have been established at Mallapuram (Kerala) and Murshidabad (West Bengal).


He said the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) has granted minority status certificates to 7292 educational institutions till 31.1.2013. 


He said that under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), districts with concentration of Muslim population are specifically targeted for maximizing school access and eliminating infrastructure gaps.


Under this programme, as of December 2012, a total of 20,512 Primary Schools and 9,918 Upper Primary Schools have been constructed in Minority Concentration Districts.


Under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), 890 new secondary schools have been approved to be opened in MCDs.


Out of 3,609 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) i.e. residential schools for girls at Upper Primary level for girls belonging predominantly to the SC, ST, OBC and minority communities in Educational Backward Blocks, 544 KGBVs have been sanctioned in the Minority Concentration Districts, enrolling 10,821 Muslim girls.





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