Days after the government announced its plans to implement the Sachar Panel report, the Prime Minister's Office has asked the HRD ministry to implement the Fatami committee report on improving education for the minority community. The PMO has now asked the HRD ministry to work out on how to implement the Fatmi panel's findings and the Minority Cell in the ministry is working towards it, ministry officials said.
Giving a virtual thrift to the uplift of Muslims, the HRD ministry would soon hold consultations with Muslim organizations on how to implement recommendations of the committee. "One such round has already been competed," an official said. HRD minister Arjun Singh had set up a committee headed by his deputy M A A Fatmi to go into the Sachar panel's recommendations on education for Muslims and the report was sent to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The Fatmi Committee had suggested the coverage of willing madrassas and maktabs by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, appointment of more women teachers in co-educational schools, encouragement of teaching in Urdu, establishment of multicultural schools and expansion of the Aligarh Muslim University and Maula Azad National Urdu University. It also suggested the opening of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas in areas dominated by Muslims.