15 August 2012
The government of India nurtures a healthy dream of becoming a Knowledge Super Power and that too in a near future. And for this to move forward with a healthy pace, there are a lot of departments coming up with a lot of schemes on even daily basis to advance towards the country’s dream. But the important area which is to be focused as identified by the government is that of the primary education from which the future of India is derived on a large scale basis. While initiatives such as those of Right to Education and schools for all have been a step closer on a general scale, those targeted at the minorities’ community such as those of the development of Madrasas is also turned out fruitful. Looking at the success of the scheme the government has come up with yet another scheme for education of those from minority communities in their own areas. The scheme is tentatively titled as that of Infrastructure Development of Minority Institutes.
What is this Scheme
With the Nation adopting a uniform policy on education for educating the nation without any reservations against the caste creed or religion, one such important measure came out as that of providing better opportunities to those of minority communities by attending to their special needs. Under this scheme the children of minority communities will be provided with better education facilities in the form of strengthening school infrastructure of those institutions namely schools which cater to the educational needs of the minority community children of that area. The scheme encourages educational facilities for girls, children with special needs and especially those who are most deprived of education among the minority community.
Who is eligible
The scheme covers the whole nation. It can cover any institution facilitating the educational needs of the minority community children and especially those identified under the highly needful category. However preference will be given to the schools or institutions situated in areas having as in districts, towns or blocks which have more than 20% of population as minority based on the data available by the Census. The following are the set of eligibility criteria laid down for an institute to be eligible :-
- Schools or Institutes being run by voluntary organizations or societies or trusts which are recognized by the government (state or central) are eligible to apply
- The Institute in question should have been functioning for about a minimum of 3 years and must have substantial amount of enrolment from minority community children
- The School must not be a commercialized one charging high fees from students
How it will be put in action
The scheme will be implemented with the helpf of the respective State Government in which the school is located. The Application forms alongwith the required documents are to be submitted to the State Governement which will in turn on the basis of merit and recommend proper schools’ name to the Grant in Aid committee. The institution chosen will receive a one time financial assistance which can be renewed after 5 years subject to the availability of funds and the schools satisfying certain conditions.
The scheme will provide financial assistance towards the development of infrastructure for the schools and subject to an extent of 75% the amount of which will not exceed Rs. 50 Lakhs per school.
How to apply
The application forms and other details are available on the website http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/IDMI-scheme.pdf
Applicants have to fill up the application forma and submit it with the required documents to the respective State Government preferably the ministry of Minority affairs for consideration.