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State to build 5 hostels for minorities

The state minorities department has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for building five hostels for women coming from minorities who want to pursue higher education.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2010 01:52 IST
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The state minorities department has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for building five hostels for women coming from minorities who want to pursue higher education.

“This is the first phase of the larger plan that entails building one hostel each in the 35 districts in the state. The Centre, had in 2008, through the Sachhar committee identified 43 talukas in Maharashtra as most vulnerable. We are trying to improve facilities in these areas,” said Minorities Minister Naseem Khan.

The hostels, with capacity between 100 and 250, are expected to come up in the next two years in Aurangabad, Nandurbar, Amravati, Chandrapur and Parbhani. “In places such as Aurangabad villages are almost 100 km away. Our aim is to tackle high drop out rates of girls for higher education,” Khan added.

The department will soon appoint a nodal agency that will execute the project. Non-governmental organisations will help in running the hostels.

Although the accommodation rates of the hostels has not yet been finalised, Khan hinted that it would be highly subsidised - ‘almost negligent’, he said.