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Meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities’ Education (NMCME)

A meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities’ Education (NMCME) was held under the Chairmanship of Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Communications & IT, Shri Kapil Sibal. Shri E. Ahamed, Minister of State of HRD and External Affairs, Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for HRD,  Shri H.B. Sarma, Education Minister of Assam, Shri Bratya Basu, Education Minister, West Bengal, Shri Moinul Hassan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Ms. Mabel Rebello, Member of Parliament, (Rajya Sabha) and 51 other Hon’ble Members of the NMCME representing the Minority Communities from all over the country participated in the meeting. Smt. Anshu Vaish, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy and Smt. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Department of Higher Education were also present along with academics and senior officials of Central and State Governments.

Shri Sibal said that during the last three years, a number of reforms have been initiated in the school education as also in the higher education sector such as the enactment and enforcement of the RTE Act, launch of Saakshar Bharat, academic and governance reforms in higher education including setting up of more than 100 new Central Educational Institutions, National Vocational Education Qualification Framework, etc. However, he found that the educational development of the minorities is lagging far behind and there is a need to have targeted approach along with participation and coordination with the State Governments and civil society, so that the benefits of various schemes reach the minority communities. He also desired that the Committee would be monitoring the ongoing schemes as also advising and recommending to the Government on issues relating to education of minorities.

The  Minister also said from his experiences that there is a need to target the schemes towards habitations dominated by the minorities.  Secondly, since most of the schemes are implemented through the State Governments, there is a need for the State Governments to take proactive steps to ensure proper implementation of the schemes.  Thirdly, we should also put in place a system of regular monitoring and field visits to various states and even districts, through the Standing Committee and by Sub-Committees on different areas whose reports should be placed before the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities’ Education.       Presentations were made on the major initiatives for educational advancement of Minorities as also on ‘Hunar’ Programme of NIOS for vocational education.

The Members raised concerns regarding the delays in implementation of the various schemes at the field level by the states.   Some of their recommendations were that the schemes should be given wider publicity,the Mid-Day-Meal scheme should be extended to all schools, more Urdu teachers should be appointed, the requirement of NOCs  from states for opening new minority educational institutions should be dispensed with, the number and quantum of scholarships aimed towards minorities should be enhanced.

The Members also welcomed the instructions issued in respect of equivalence of certificates/qualifications of the Madrasa Boards. Those certificates which have been granted equivalence by the State Education Boards to that of their Secondary and Senior Secondary qualification have been equated with corresponding levels of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council of Board of School Education in India (COBSE) and other School Examination Boards, for the purpose of employment and entry to higher levels of education. The Members also appreciated that National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) which is actively involved in promoting, developing and propagating Urdu and said that NCPUL should be involved in skill development to a large extent.

Shri Sibal,  after listening to the members decided to constitute the following five Sub-Committees:-

(i)  Vocational and Skill Development in Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs)
(ii) Implementation of Schemes in MCDs and addressing grievances relating to education of minorities.
(iii) Promotion of Urdu and enhanced English learning for employability of Minorities
(iv)  Promotion of girls education at all levels and 
(iv) Mapping of educational requirements of minorities – region-wise and district-wise and creating of a database to track access and coverage of education.

The Sub-Committees will meet in April-May, 2012 and present their reports in the next meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education,proposed to be held in the month of June, 2012. 



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