Centre to set up five new minority universities
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Centre to set up five new minority universities

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The centre will set up five new world class universities for imparting higher education to students belonging to minority communities¸ Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced recently.

“We want to establish five universities with world class institutions where higher education including medical and skill development will be imparted as part of efforts to empower minorities,” Times of India quoted the Minister of State for Minorities Affairs (Independent Charge) as saying.

The government is planning to offer 40 per cent reservation to girl students in the proposed varsities. Students belonging to the communities other than minorities can also take admission in the universities, the minister added.

The minister said it while replying to reporters after presiding  a meeting of general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation where he informed that the ministry has approved 16 Gurukul-type schools in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

Asked if the varsities will hold minority tags, Naqvi said, “A committee will work out on details and decide about it. But students belonging to other than minority communities can learn there. We will try to give 40 per cent quota to girl students to empower them. It will not be based on religion.”

Revealing the plans for setting up the universities, he said, a high-level committee is expected to be formed in a day or two to help identify places for universities.

The process of setting up of universities, the minister said, is expected to start within two months and the first session of these world class institutions may start from 2018.

It was also decided during the meet to offer ‘Begum Hazrat Mahal’ scholarships to girl students. Besides, students undertaking mainstream education at madrasas will also be offered scholarship henceforth to encourage them, he added.

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