The government on 18 February has announced to launch a new programme which aims to educate over one crore of Muslims in India, notably the scheme was announced just before the approaching Lok Sabha elections.
This programme is termed as 'Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Balighan’, which was launched by Minister of state for HRD Shashi Tharoor. The objectives of the programme is to promote functional literacy, vocational skill development and continuation of education that targeted around one crore adult Muslims. The programme has been estimating to incur a cost of around Rs 600 crores.
Furthermore, the programme vouches to offer chances to upscale basic education to roughly 2.5 lakh Muslim adults along with livelihood skill training to be provided to around 3 lakh beneficiaries.
In an official statement, it was mentioned that 410 Sakshar Bharat Districts would be reached out using Rs 600 crore budget which has been allotted to this programme in the current Plan Period. The statement added that the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language initiated by government is commissioning various activities to promote, expand and spread the language in the country. Statement claimed that various schemes for promotion of education among minorities have revealed encouraging results along with the estimated figures.
For instance, the total enrolment percentage of children from Muslim communities at primary level has risen from 9.4% in 2006-07 to 14.2% in 2012-13., while the upper primary level has also shown improvement since from 7.2% the figures has increased now to 12.1% for the same period as primary level.
The statement said that the development has also witnessed more Muslim girls have started participating and coming to schools.