New Delhi: To give a push to minority
education, government on Monday decided to set up five committees
to look into the issue of efficient implementation of schemes,
mapping of education requirement of minorities and focusing on
vocation education and skill development.
The decision was taken in the wake of members of national
monitoring committee for minorities education voicing concern
over the prevailing state of affairs with Vice Chancellor of
Jamia Milia Islamia University Najeeb Jung suggesting course
development of madrassas by NCERT.
The issue of teachers` shortage and lack of accessibility
was also raised in the meeting.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who chaired the meeting, said
five sub-committees will be set up under the monitoring
committee to address the issue of minority education in its
The sub-committees would be on vocational education and
skill development of minorities, implementation of schemes
aimed at minorities, promotion of Urdu learning through
enhanced employment opportunities, girls education and
promotion and mapping of education requirement of minorities.
While Sibal expressed regret that states were lacking in
implementing schemes even after sanctioning of funds by
Centre, Jung said a mechanism has to be devised so that such
issues are addressed in keeping with the larger interest of
Sibal said the next meeting of the committee would be held
"I am committed to minority agenda.... No country can move
forward unless they feel encouraged and secured. I will march
with you hand in hand," he said at the meeting.