$50m deal with World Bank to ed­u­cate mi­nor­ity youth for jobs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Zia Haq zia.haq@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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