Govt to strengthen minority institutions

The Union Cabinet on Friday decided to promulgate an ordinance to empower the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NEMEI) to make it more effective and pro-active in protecting the educational institutions of minorities.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 15:12 IST

The Union Cabinet on Friday decided to promulgate an ordinance to empower the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NEMEI) to make it more effective and pro-active in protecting the educational institutions of minorities.

After the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Cabinet approved the promulgation of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (Amendment) Ordinance and replace it by an Act in the coming Budget Session of Parliament.

The Parliament had passed the Constitution (93rd Amendment) Bill 2005 at the recently-concluded Winter Session, which exempted the minority institutions from the purview of reservation.

The ordinance would enable exemption to only eligible minority educational institutions from granting reservation to SCs, STs and Other Backward Classes with regard to students seeking admission in these institutions. It would also empower the NEMEI to proceed against those institutions which were misusing the minority status.

The CCEA also gave its approval to minor modifications and additions to its earlier decisions relating to strengthening and development of agricultural education.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 15:12 IST