The arrival of Modi government yet again was not something the nation was very happy with apart from the Hindus or to be precise, the Modi Bhakts. While the Minority communities were unhappy about the result of lok sabha elections 2019, here is a good news for them !
Recently, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the union minister said that Modi government have decided to provide scholarships to 5 crore minority students. Out of these 5 crore scholarships, 50% will belong to girls.
In a country like India where people from different cultures, communities and with different religious beliefs live together, it is important to deal with issues regarding majority-minority debates by creating new policies for the minorities so that they can have equal opportunities for everything. Out of these education is the most important one.
In the 112th governing body and 65th general body meetings of Maulana Azad Education Foundation at Antyodaya Bhawan which was chaired by The minority affairs minister led to revelation of the a great initiative taken by Modi government to eradicate the “Disease of communalism”.
This is a great initiative as we know that some of the Minority communities aren’t very well off in general and do not have much exposure in the feilds of education be it matric , post matric or pre-matric.
There are also opportunities for girls who have dropped out of school. They will be again set back to education and will be linked to employment by introducing “bridge-courses” from the reputed educational institutions.
Madrassa teachers will be trained in subjects other than Islamic subjects. They will be trained in subjects like Hindi, English, science, social science etc. This means to say that Madrassas will no longer be Islamic institute only. Rather, they will provide an overall knowledge to the students about all subjects.
Naqvi said in the meeting that the government is planning to launch the Madrassa programme the next month.
“To ensure socio-economic and educational empowerment of minorities, especially girls through ‘3Es’ — education, employment and empowerment — various scholarships such as pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means will be provided to 5 crore students, including 50 per cent girls, in the next five years”, Naqvi said.
Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK) is a scheme launched by Modi government which is focussed upon building and opening new educational institutes for the Minority communities especially in the areas where there are no such institutes available.
In addition to this, the Government is planning to launch and promote the Padho – Badho awareness programme by conducting street plays (Nukkad Natak) across the country in the areas where parents do not send their children to schools. The aim of this initiative is to ensure that there are enough opportunities for the minorities to come at par with the majorities in education and employment.
Naqvi also said, “The campaign will be focussed on girls. This awareness campaign will include ‘Nukkad Natak’ (street plays), short films and cultural programmes. The campaign will be launched in 60 minority concentrated districts of the country in the first phase.”
Not just this, but also for state and central administrative services, the government is planning to open free coaching institutes. These institutes will provide free coaching to UPSC aspirants and other aspirants of state administrative services.
This Time, the intentions of Modi government seems to be in accordance to the wishes of the nation as a whole. Let’s just hope these policies don’t remain on paper only but also come into action.