Cen­tre iden­ti­fies Al­war for mi­nor­ity out­reach

Ra­jasthan City To Get In­dia’s 1st Spe­cialised Skill Cen­tre

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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 back- ward 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 per­sons by the Na­tional Mi­nori­ties De­vel­op­ment and Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion (NMDFC) on Septem­ber 29. “This is the first of its kind camp in Srinagar. This will help bol­ster con­fi­dence among peo­ple and will be a way to con­vey the mes­sage that the gov­ern­ment stands for de­vel­op­ment with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion,” Naqvi said.

The foun­da­tion stone for

UIDAI ear­marks 200cr to fund Aad­haar en­rol­ment ma­chines for schools:

Gov­ern­ment agency UIDAI will of­fer Rs 200 crore as­sis­tance to states to fund en­rol­ment ma­chines in sub-dis­tricts that can be used for Aad­haar en­rol­ment and up­da­tion of school stu­dents. 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 that will shape the in­sti­tute, Maulana Azad Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (MAEF) 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. From the skills per­spec­tive, the in­sti­tute can feed a lot of au­to­mo­bile in­dus­tries in the re­gion, an of­fi­cial said.

Not­ing that there was a vi­tal gap in af­ford­able and qual­ity school ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially for chil­dren from mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties, a high level com­mit­tee un­der MAEF had last year made rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties. It was rec­om­mended that five na­tional level in­sti­tutes be set up for spe­cialised ed­u­ca­tion in the fields of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy; health and al­lied sciences; ar­chi­tec­ture, plan­ing and de­sign; cli­mate change and dis­as­ter man­age­ment; and re­new­able en­ergy and food se­cu­rity.

Mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­is­ter 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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