Ra­jasthan’s Al­war to get first of In­dia’s five spe­cialised skill cen­tres

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Am­bika.Pandit @times­group.com

New Delhi: Al­war may have lately been in the news for all the wrong rea­sons for in­stances of cow vig­i­lan­tism but the district, with a sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion of Mus­lims, will have a rea­son to cheer as it has been picked for the first of five spe­cialised skill cen­tres planned by the mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­istry. The na­tional in­sti­tutes for spe­cialised ed­u­ca­tion and skill train­ing are part of an out­reach to mi­nori­ties and a con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sure.

On the choice of Al­war as the lo­ca­tion for the first in­sti­tute, mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi said it was a step to­wards open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in an area with pock­ets of back­ward­ness. He said Al­war was near Me­wat, which was ranked as the most back­ward district by Niti Aayog and was on the list of as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts. The ad­join­ing re­gions have of­ten wit­nessed ten­sions over cat­tle smug­gling and cow vig­i­lan­tism.

The Cen­tre is also plan­ning an in­ter­ac­tive camp in Srinagar where in­for­ma­tion and loans will be given to el­i­gi­ble peo­ple by the Na­tional Mi­nori­ties De­vel­op­ment and Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion on Septem­ber 29. “This is the first of its kind camp in Srinagar.This will be a way to con­vey the mes­sage that the gov­ern­ment stands for de­vel­op­ment with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion,” Naqvi said.

The foun­da­tion stone for the skill train­ing in­sti­tute in Al­war is ex­pected to be laid by the end of this month. Open to all, the in­sti­tute will fo­cus on health sciences and have a skill and vo­ca­tional train­ing seg­ment. To de­cide on the kind of cour­ses and fa­cil­i­ties, Maulana Azad Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion has ini­ti­ated a study to put to­gether a project re­port.

Also, its prox­im­ity to Delhi makes the in­sti­tute vi­able in terms of ac­cess to stu­dents as­pir­ing for ed­u­ca­tion in health sciences.

MI­NOR­ITY OUT­REACH: Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi said it was a step to­wards open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in an area with pock­ets of back­ward­ness

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