Addressing the press on Tuesday, about PM Modi's new educational scheme targetted to provide scholarship to 5 crore students from minority communities, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Centre aimed at bringing down the drop out rate among school girls from minority schoolgirls to zero. He also added that Maulana Azad Foundation would also offer scholarships to 10 lakh minority community's school girls.
"The dropout rate of school girls in minority community which was 70-80%, has reduced to 40%. This has to be reduced to 0% in the next five years. Hence we are offering scholarships worth 5 crore to students of the minority community and the economically backward backgrounds. Maulana Azad Foundation will offer scholarships to 10 lakh school girls of the minority community in the next five years apart from the Begum Hazrat Mahal scholarship," he said.
Talking about the 'Padho-Badho' campaign, he said that Centre aimed at improving educational awareness among economically backward and minority communities in remote locations using mobile vans and other cultural programs.
"In remote locations, where educational institutions don't have proper infrastructure, we are working towards strengthening them. In these areas where awareness is lacking about education, where students are dropping out due to economic constraints, we will improve awareness using 'Padho aur Badho' program. Mobile vans and cultural program are arranged to encourage people to pursue education," he added.
Earlier in the day, Naqvi had chaired the 112th governing body and 65th general body meetings of Maulana Azad Education Foundation at Antyodaya Bhawan where he announced several scholarships such as pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means will be provided to 5 crore students from minority communities, including 50 percent girls, in the next five years.
He said the Modi government has created an atmosphere of healthy inclusive growth by eradicating the "disease of communalism" and appeasement politics adding that the Modi government is a dispensation committed to "samaveshi vikas, sarvsparshi vishwas (inclusive growth with trust)".
Through the scheme, Madrassa teachers across the country will be trained by various institutions in mainstream subjects such as Hindi, English, Maths, Science, and Computer so that they can impart mainstream education to the madrassa students, Naqvi told reporters after the meeting adding that this reform will be launched next month.
Naqvi said free coaching for central and state administrative services, banking services, staff selection commission, railways and other competitive services will be provided to economically weak sections from minority communities -- Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis.