World-class Islamic Study Centre to come up in Mumbra
Thane: The Maharashtra government has decided to set up an Islamic Cultural Centre, "India`s second world-class", in the Muslim-dominated town of Mumbra in Thane district.
This centre, to be modelled after the one in New Delhi, will come up at a cost of Rs 25 crore, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said here on Tuesday.
"It will help remove the academic backwardness among the students of Muslim community and will offer opportunities for their economic progress," Pawar said adding it would help them get into the mainstream.
Thane legislator Jitendra Awhad said that a new industrial training institute, a community technical college and a girls` hostel for Muslim students would also be started here.
The proposed community technical college will be set up in collaboration with University of Mumbai and other international universities, he added.
Such moves would boost the development of the Muslim community, especially the youth, and help their all-round progress, Minority Affairs Minister Naseem Khan said.
Mumbra township, which is located around 15 km from Mumbai, has a population of around one million, of which 80 percent are Muslims.
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