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Government of India
Ministry of Minority Affairs
27-August-2012 16:29 IST
Committee to Look into Issues of Minority Education

For the task of examining various aspects of Minority education and giving suitable recommendations to the Government, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted an executive body called “National Monitoring Committee on Minorities Education” (NMCME). This Committee was reconstituted on 23rd December, 2011. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Minority Affairs, said that the term of NMCME is for three years. On recommendation of the NMCME, a Standing Committee of the National Monitoring Committee on Minorities’ Education and five Sub Committees namely; (i) Vocational Education and Skill Development of Minorities, (ii) Implementation of Schemes Aimed at Minorities, (iii) Mapping of Educational Requirements of Minorities Region and District wise, (iv) Girls’ Education, and (v) Promotion of Urdu language and enhance compatibility amongst minorities through knowledge of English have also been constituted.

Regarding steps that have been taken by the Government to impart vocational education and skill development in Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs), Shri Pala said that under the Sub-Mission on Polytechnics, the Government of India provided financial assistance to the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for setting up of polytechnics in the un-served and underserved districts during the 11th Plan. A sum of up to Rs. 12.3 crore per polytechnic was provided to the State/Union Territory, subject to the condition that the land and recurring cost to be provided by the State Government/Union Territory. As per the Scheme criteria, 57 districts out of 90 Minority Concentration Districts were eligible for consideration under the Scheme. So far an amount of Rs. 254.66 crore has been released as initial grants for setting up of polytechnics in 48 Minority Concentrated Districts out of 57 Districts.

Shri Pala also informed Lok Sabha that National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Minority Affairs also extends support under its Vocational Training Scheme for imparting skill development training to targeted minority candidates through the State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs).