Mumbai, Nov 6: The Centre has tied up with educational institutions to provide free coaching to minority students taking civil services exams, said Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi here on Sunday.
Speaking at a seminar on 'Role of Education and Skill Development for the Progress of Minorities', held by Siddiqui's Educational and Welfare Trust (SEWT) here, Naqvi said there is growing urge among young generation of Muslims to learn and excel. He called upon the minority communities to shed their inferiority complex, take the opportunities available, and empower themselves educationally.
According to a report in "The Times of India", explaining the coaching facilities being provided by the ministry of minority affairs through its "arrangements" with many leading coaching institutes in the country, Naqvi said that a record number of 52 Muslim candidates cracked the civil services exams in 2016.
Delhi-based Zakat Foundation, which provides coaching to civil services aspirants, said the government should access professional coaching institutes through NGOs rather than give grants to minority-managed coaching centres.
Foundation chief Zafar Mahmood said, "The results will be more encouraging if professional coaching centres are roped in to guide minority students. This can be done with the help of some NGOs." Naqvi said the government is helping madrassas through 3Ts — teachers, tiffin and toilets. "We want madrassas to benefit from the scheme, which helps them to hire teachers for modern subjects, provide mid-day meals, and build toilets," he said.
"It's the government's constitutional duty to provide its citizens, including minorities, opportunities to grow," he said.