Published: 06th July 2017
Now Muslim youth will have 100 new skill development centres to learn job skills
The government will also proffer marriage assistance to families of girl students who complete their graduation availing the Centre's Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarship
The government will set up Garib Nawaz skill development centres in 100 districts of the country to offer employment-oriented training to the youth from minority communities. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government will also proffer marriage assistance to the tune of Rs 51,000 (per head) to families of girl students who complete their graduation availing the Centre's Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarship. The decisions were taken during a meeting of the governing body of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF), a non-political and non-profit social services organisation funded by the Ministry.
"We have decided to start Garib Nawaz skill development centres in 100 districts in the next six months. To begin with, we will launch the centres in Hyderabad, Noida and some other places," said Naqvi. The other cities where the centres will be set up include Lucknow, Rampur, Allahabad and Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai and Nagpur in Maharashtra, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Mewat and Panipat in Haryana, Patna and Kishanganj in Bihar, and Ranchi and Giridih in Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, a high-level 11-member committee floated by the ministry to chalk out a detailed roadmap for educational empowerment of the minorities submitted its report to Naqvi during the meeting. He said the ministry is in the process to establish five world-class educational institutions to provide traditional and modern education to students belonging to the communities in technical, medical, Ayurveda, Unani and other fields. Naqvi said the ministry is planning to commission these institutes in next two years. "We have proposed 40 per cent reservation for girls in these institutions," he added.