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To counter MIM,Andhra govt offers scholarships to Muslims

Wants more pvt schools,colleges for Muslims to break MIM’s hold over educational institutions in Hyderabad

Written by Express News Service | Hyderabad | Published: April 25, 2013 3:49:09 am

With All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen no longer an ally,Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is making an effort to woo minorities ahead of next year’s general elections. Without MIM support,the Congress will lose the minority vote,but the CM is aggressively adopting welfare schemes aimed at keeping the minorities on his side.

In a move aimed at cornering the MIM,the chief minister has proposed to start four top class government schools exclusively for Muslims in the old city of Hyderabad. This is apparently to checkmate MIM,which claims to champion the education rights of Muslims in its constituency in the city.

The government is also encouraging NGOs,trusts and private organisations to open more schools and colleges for the minority community,which would break the MIM’s hold over educational institutions in the city. There are four schools — two of these residential — in the city exclusively for minorities and run by the government. Many other schools are run or funded by the MIM. The government is setting up a special study circle for Muslim students in the old city of Hyderabad .

Commissioner of School P Usha Rani said the government has proposed several schools for minorities this year. “We have proposed 16 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas for minority girls. If we get permission,they will start soon,” she said.

Minority Welfare Minister Syed Mohammed Ahmadullah said that welfare schemes for minorities have nothing to do with countering the MIM. “The state government,as part of its welfare initiatives,is taking all necessary steps to see that Muslim children are given proper education and admitted to good schools. The CM has sanctioned Rs 489 crore more in this year’s budget for the welfare of minorities,and education is the focus,” he said.

Scholarships for minorities,has been increased from Rs 150 crore to Rs 230 crore this year,covering 1.60 lakh students. Three new competitive exams coaching centres,exclusively for Muslim students,are coming up at Nizamabad,Chittoor and Kadapa. The CM has extended the 4 per cent reservations in education for Muslims for 10 years which will help hundreds of students get into colleges and universities.

Later this year,the state government wants to inaugurate a swanky new Haj House,coming up near the international airport at Shamshabad and sanctioned in 2011.

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