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Quota pie for Muslims

Quota pie for Muslims

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 03:59 IST

Out of the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC), backward Muslims will get 8.5 per cent reservation in educational institutions, HRD minister Arjun Singh told members of the National Monitoring Committee on Minority Education on Tuesday.

At a meeting chaired by the minister, committee members thanked Singh for introducing reservation for backward castes, including Muslims, in educational institutions.

The HRD ministry has formulated a draft Bill on reservation in central educational institutions, which has been circulated to different ministries. The Oversight Committee is also preparing a roadmap on how best to implement the quota regime.

On the controversial issue of the National Madarsa Board, the committee constituted a three-member panel to study the subject in detail and submit a report in a month’s time. “The panel will also examine the present system of disbursing money to madarsas and will suggest better ways for utilisation of government money,” said committee chairperson Zafar Ali Naqvi.

To improve Urdu education, AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia decided to train Urdu teacher for schools. The decision was taken following some members raising the issue of poor results in Urdu medium schools of the Delhi government. The result ranged between zero to eight per cent and all because of the absence of trained Urdu teachers, Naqvi said.

Committee members also demanded a nodal agency on the lines of the UGC for implementation of different schemes under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. “Though the government provides adequate money, utilisation at the ground level is poor. There was a unanimous view that a nodal agency could improve utilisation,” he said.