The Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) of the government of India is laying stress on uplift of the education standards among minorities. The latest data released by the Ministry of Minority Affairs for the MsDP shows that a total of 15 degree colleges, 958 school buildings, 11,971 additional classrooms, 592 hostels and 893 computer labs were sanctioned during the year 2013-14.
Emphasising on the need for continuous growth in the education sector, Minister of State (MoS) for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said, “Our vision is to lift the education standards among the minorities. A lot has been done, but we are aiming for larger goals. Right now even though the focus is on education, the ministry is aiming at overall development of minorities which includes addressing health issues and other social issues.”
According to the latest data released, in Uttar Pradesh, nine new degree colleges were sanctioned, while in Uttarakhand three degree colleges were sanctioned. Rajasthan got two degree colleges and one degree college was sanctioned in Tripura. Work is in progress for three more degree colleges in Uttarakhand.
The highest numbers of school buildings sanctioned during 2013-14 were 217 schools in Assam, 183 schools in UP, 163 in Bihar, 144 in Manipur and 67 in West Bengal. In Karnataka, Kerala, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Tripura, fewer than 50 school buildings were sanctioned. In Telangana, four schools were sanctioned. The states where one or no new schools were sanctioned are Odisha (0), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (0), Jammu & Kashmir (0), Delhi (0), Punjab (0), Gujarat (0), Chhattisgarh (0), Haryana(1), Jharkhand(1) and Meghalaya(1). The MsDP was conceived as a special initiative of the follow-up action on the Sachar Committee recommendations. It is a Centrally sponsored scheme that was launched in 2008-09. “The MsDP can be successful only with due cooperation of the state governments,” said Naqvi.
In the latest Union budget, the ministry had announced prioritisation for educational and economic empowerment through skill development.