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Bridge Course aimed at expanding doors to formal education, says Naqvi

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Central Government’s main objective behind introducing the ‘Bridge Course’ is to open the doors for formal and mainstream education for dropout students, said Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday.

Elaborating on the recent steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government to not just improve the education system for the marginal sections, but also to best prepare them for the job opportunities of the future, the Union Minister clarified that the Government’s agenda is not to shut down religious seminaries (Madrasas), but to provide an opportunity to every student to secure a better job.

“The course aims to get school dropouts and madrasa students into the mainstream. The Central Government does not want to shut down the doors of Madrasas, it only wants to open the doors for formal and mainstream education. School dropout rate among Muslim girls has considerably decreased. It has come down from 70 per cent to 35 per cent, due to our awareness and educational empowerment programmes,” Naqvi said.

So far, a total of 260 students have been trained in the ‘Bridge Course’ initiated by the Government, out of which, 182 candidates have successfully completed the course.

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