Centre to build toilets in 1 lakh madrassas; ‘Plans to introduce mid-day meal scheme and upgrade teachers’ skill’

March 19, 2017, 3:16 pm
Centre to build toilets in 1 lakh madrassas; ‘Plans to introduce mid-day meal scheme and upgrade teachers’ skill’
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Centre to build toilets in 1 lakh madrassas; ‘Plans to introduce mid-day meal scheme and upgrade teachers’ skill’

Centre to build toilets in 1 lakh madrassas; ‘Plans to introduce mid-day meal scheme and upgrade teachers’ skill’

In a bid to revamp madrassas across the country, the Centre will build toilets in one lakh such traditional learning centres, sources said.

The Union government has also decided to introduce mid-day meal scheme and upgrade skills of teachers working in Islamic learning centres.

Union minister of state for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the plan is executed under government's "3T formula -- teachers, tiffin and toilets".

Speaking to reporters at his office in Antyodya Bhawan, he said that the government will provide all kind of facilities to the madrassas which are keen on giving mainstream educations to its students.

"In the meetings, we have decided that the madrassas which are providing mainstream education or those that want to, we will help such madrassas on a big scale. And we have a formula of 3Ts -- teachers, tiffins and toilets”, he said.

He has also met the Governing Body and General Body of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation, an autonomous non-profit minority welfare institution under his ministry to discuss the project.

"And, under the 'Swachh Bharat' mission, we target to build toilets in one lakh such madrassas by end of the next financial year," Naqvi said.

Minority affairs ministry officials said these toilets would be built as part of the welfare initiatives of the Foundation, of which Naqvi is the ex-officio President.

Tiffin means mid-day meal and the third T is for teachers. We will also identify madrassas where we need to upgrade skills of teachers or train them or through other programmes to improve the pedagogy
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union minister of state for minority affairs

According to reports, the decision to provide mid-day meal at madrassas was taken during a meeting of the General Body of the Foundation in December, ahead of the Assembly elections in five states.

"We also plan to modernise a few madrassas by including imparting of education of science and technology. Some of the members of the Foundation will travel to different states to find out those who wish to associate with this paradigm," Naqvi added.

The Centre has also planned to increase the number of beneficiaries of its various schemes like the Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for girls and Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centres.

20,000 girls have benefited from the Begum Hazrat scheme so far and we wish to expand that number to 45,000 by end of this financial year. And, next year, the target would be to benefit five lakh students. For Garib Nawaz Skill Development Scheme, a proper budget has been finalised and about 100 skill development centres are to be opened
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union minister of state for minority affairs

The minister also added that the government is also thinking to build world-class institutions and plans are being worked out.