$50m deal with World Bank to educate minority youth for jobs
NEW DELHI: The Modi government has signed a $50-million agreement with the World Bank to impart “employable education” to minority youth, in what is likely to be the largest such programme of the Najma Heptullaheaded minority affairs ministry.
The programme, called Nai Manzil or ‘new destination’ in Urdu, will target disadvantaged sections and those in madrassas or Islamic schools for a combined general education and marketdriven skills training. A key aspect of the project is certification of students and placement assistance.
The programme will also fund “bridge courses” between madrassas and national open schooling without interfering in the religious curriculum. “After a strong, religious foundation, the young students (in madrassas) can now go to the ‘Nai Manzil’ which will open more doors of opportunities of jobs and earnings,” Heptulla said.
Although a raft of current minority welfare schemes belongs to the previous UPA government’s era, Nai Manzil is one of the programmes devised exclusively by the present government. Nearly `350 crores in World Bank funding will now allow the programme to be scaled up substantially.
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