Ministry of Minority Affairs will
request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to provide more funds for
scholarships to improve the educational status of minorities in
general and muslims in particular.
"The scholarship programme of the Ministry is a successful
programme. We will request the Prime Minister and Finance
Minister to give us more money in this head this time," Minority
Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed told reporters after taking
charge of the Ministry on Friday.
Khursheed also said that his Ministry would prepare a blueprint
for next hundred day's work to be taken up as per the directive
of the Prime Minister.
whether he would like minority education to be shifted to his
ministry from Human Resource Development, Khursheed, the
Minister of State (Independent Charge) said, "we must talk about
He was, however, quick to add that he did not want this to be
seen as a turf battle or as a desire to expand and he had an
"open mind" on the issue.
While lauding the work done by the HRD on Madarsa education, the
Minister maintained, "Madarsa education is not with us but that
does not mean we cannot give suggestions."
Though he felt that no madarsa could function if it was
separated from technical education, he stressed on narrowing the
communication gap over the issue saying, "if we do good for
somebody and he takes it bad, it is not okay. There is a need
for communication." (NZ-29/05)