The foundation for the first of the five proposed "world class" educational institutes for minorities will be laid early in September in minority dominated area of Mewat, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Thursday. The minister said that 16 acres of land has already been acquired at and its foundation would be laid in the first week of September. "Mewat, being the most backward district, needs such an institute more than any other place in the country. We hope the institute would be ready and running by 2021," Naqvi said.
The educational hub, which is expected to become operational by 2021, would have a provision of education from primary up to the diploma and degree levels besides centers for skill development. It will also have a coaching center for competitive exams besides hostels with modern facilities, he added. "It will be an education, skill and a knowledge hub," he said.
Naqvi said that Maulana Azad Education Foundation would be the governing body of the hub but it would be run by "reputed private and government organisations". He said that talks are on with some institutions to run the facility on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. "We are in talks with a few Indian and foreign organisations which have shown interest in running this institute on the PPP (public-private-partnership) mode," Naqvi said.
Naqvi clarified that the institute would be open for all communities. The minister said taht world class hostels will be also be constructed at the campus. He said the facility will be for girls and boys and open to all communities.