The Narendra Modi government has decided to establish five new universities across the country for imparting higher education to students belonging to minority communities, reports The Indian Express.
Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, announced that five universities along with world-class institutions, including medical colleges, would be set up to empower minority communities.
The universities would also house residential schools, and Ayurveda and Unani Medical education institutions, he added.
These institutes would also be open to students not belonging to minorities. At least 40 per cent of seats will be reserved for girls.
Speaking at a meeting of the general body of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation, Naqvi said that the Ministry had approved 16 Gurukul-model schools in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Telangana.
A high-level committee will be constituted in a day or two to figure out road-map within the next two months, help identify locations, where the universities “with world class-institutions” could be established, said Naqvi.
Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, has suggested three locations in Jaipur and one in Kota for the purpose.
The ministry, through the Maulana Azad Foundation, is also planning to establish ‘Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centres’ across states. It has also decided to provide ‘Begum Hazrat Mahal’ scholarships to girl students.
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