Government announces five new universities and a medical college, largely meant to cater for minorities

When asked about probable places where the varsities will take shape, Naqvi said the high-level committee will figure it out.

Published: 29th December 2016 08:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th December 2016 08:37 PM   |  A+A-

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BJP leader and MOS for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi talking to media after a meet with Election Commissioner at Nirvachan Bhavan in New Delhi. |PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: With an eye on minority vote bank as five states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Manipur go for polls early next year, the Narendra Modi government has decided to set up five new universities, including a medical college, to impart higher education to students belonging to minority communities.

Making this announcement here on Thursday, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minorities Affairs said: “We want to establish five universities with world-class institutions where higher education including medical and skill development will be imparted as part of efforts to empower minorities.” The plan is to start academic sessions in these new institutions by 2018

"These universities will have big campuses for residential schools, Ayurved, Unani medical education," he pointed .

Naqvi further explained that the government plans to offer 40 per cent reservation to girl students at the "world class institutions" under the proposed varsities, where, he stated, students from other than minority communities can also undertake education.

Naqvi was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation, he said the govenrment has approved 16 Gurukul-type schools in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

On whether the varsities will hold minority tags, Naqvi said, "The committee will work out details and decide. But students belonging to other than minority communities can also take admissions there. We will try to give 40 per cent quota to girl students to empower them. It will not be based on religion," he said.

A high-level committee will be formed in a day or two to work out roadmap within next two months, help identify places where the universities "with world class institutions" will be established and start academic sessions by 2018, Naqvi said.

When asked about probable places where the varsities will take shape, Naqvi said the high-level committee will figure it out.

"Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has already suggested us five localities including three at Jaipur and one at Kota for the purpose," Naqvi said. Apart from the varsities, the central government has, through the Foundation, decided to float 'Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centres' across the country.

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