‘Muslims lagging in education’
The panel has recommended that the communities be empowered through a three-tier model of institutions--central schools, community colleges and national institutes
New Delhi: Muslims are the educationally most disadvantaged community among the minorities, a panel formed by a government-funded agency has said, advocating a three-tier model to tackle the educational backwardness.
The panel has recommended that the communities be empowered through a three-tier model of institutions--central schools, community colleges and national institutes. It suggests creation of infrastructure to proffer education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels by opening 211 schools, 25 community colleges and five national institutes.
It has suggested the proposed schools could follow the Kendriya Vidyalaya or Navodaya Vidyalaya pattern while the community colleges may be based on open access model. When contacted, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the recommendations are in line with the government’s campaign to empower the minorities educationally.
“We are currently studying the report. We will figure out the components which can be easily implemented. We will try to implement the do-ables from the next academic year,” he added. On December 29 last year, the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) had formed the 11-member committee with Afzal Amanullah, former secretary with the government, as its convenor.