Inclusive Growth Of Minorities

The Ministry of Minority Affairs was created on 29th January 2006 to ensure a focused approach towards issues relating to the minorities and to facilitate the formulation of overall policy, planning, coordination, evaluation and review of the regulatory framework and development programmes for the benefit of the minority communities. The Ministry aims for inclusive development of minorities notified under National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis. The Ministry adopted a multi-pronged strategy for development of minority communities with focus on:

  • educational empowerment;
  • area development;
  • economic empowerment; and
  • strengthening of minority institutions.

The Ministry has made intensive efforts for educational empowerment through Pre-matric, Post-matric, Merit-cum-means based scholarships and Maulana Azad National Fellowships. Online Scholarship Management System (OSMS) has been developed and launched for the on-line applications under Merit-cum-means Scholarship scheme. Now it has also been extended to Post-Matric Scholarship scheme as well. During 11th Plan, these schemes have been a great success and Rs.2672 Crore have been disbursed to more than 1 Crore 40 Lakh students belonging to minority communities including more than 30% eligible minority girls. During current financial year of 12th Plan period (till December 2012), Rs. 826.03 Crore have been released to support education of more than 50 lakh minority students under Scholarship programmes. The Ministry has also taken action on Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under Merit cum Means Based Scholarship Scheme. To strengthen the efforts towards educational empowerment, the corpus of Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF), an autonomous body under the Ministry, has been raised from Rs.100 crore to Rs.750 crore to award scholarships to meritorious minority girls. We endeavour to raise the corpus further to Rs.1500 Crore to expand coverage of minority students. MAEF has also increased the number of meritorious girl students to 25,000 for award of Maulana Azad National Scholarship.

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PIB Feature

K. Rahman Khan

Minister of Minority Affairs

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