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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MINORITY: 69% increase in allocation for MAEF

In a bid to promote greater educational activities among minorities, Government proposed a whopping 69 percent increase in the allocation of funds for Maulana Azad Educational Foundation (MAEF), which functions under the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

The foundation, which was granted Rs 125 crore in 2010-11 has got Rs 200 crore this time.
However, there is only a marginal rise in the over all allocation for the ministry. In the last financial year, the ministry had got Rs 2,514.50 crore in consolidated plan and non-plan heads. This time, there is an increase of about 12 percent with the government allocating Rs 2,866 crore.
Last financial year, the ministry had got an increased allocation of more than forty five percent in comparison to what it had got (Rs 1723.44 crore) in 2009-10.
As the ministry is now focussing on higher education among the minorities as well as monitoring of the welfare schemes, the allocation in this head has jumped by 70 percent from Rs 21.5 crore to Rs 35.7 crore.

The trend is being noticed since last year as the government had increased allocation in this head by more than 80 percent from Rs 11.97 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 21.5 crore in 2010-11.

Scholarschemes, which has been a success, have once got an enhanced allocation by around 34 percent. This time the government has alloted Rs 540 crore for post matric scholarship and Rs 533 crore for pre-matric scholarship.

In 2010-11, the allocation for pre-matric scholarship was nearly doubled and it was around 65 percent increase in the post matric scholarship.

In the scheme for leadership development among women, there is an enhanced allocation by more than 250 percent with the government allocating Rs 13.48 crore this time a quantum jump from the Rs 4.97 crore given in last financial year.

In other schemes of the ministry, status quo has been maintained in fund allocations.


"Govt not neglecting minority institutions"

Chairperson of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions M S A Siddiqui has said that the government is not neglecting minority institutions but people associated with them take advantage of the minority status.

"It is not the government that is neglecting these (minority) institutions. In fact, it is the people, who on the pretext of religious institutions, take advantage of many government facilities," he told in an interview.

"I have heard complaints that 30 per cent of the madrasas receiving government help in one form or the other are operating only on papers," he said.

Answering questions on the minority status given to Jamia Millia Islamia University recently by the Commission, Siddiqui said, "It is wrong to say that the image of Jamia will receive a blow after being declared a minority institution. This University has remained a secular institution for years and will remain so in the future."

After getting the minority status, Jamia can now reserve 50 per cent of its seat for Muslim students.

"I believe that reservation for Muslim students in educational institutions will help them reach those institutions where otherwise they cannot take admission, due to many reasons. It will help Muslim boys and girls to contribute towards the development of the nation in a more effective manner," he said.

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