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Educational rehabilitation planned for BTAD students

Educational rehabilitation planned for BTAD students

TNN Sep 12, 2012, 05.31AM IST

KLING GATE (MEGHALAYA): The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) of the Union ministry of human resources development (HDR) and NGO ERD Foundation have initiated "educational rehabilitation" of students affected by the violence in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD). This initiative has been taken so that the students can continue their studies in different minority organisation-run educational institutions of the country.
NECMEI's committee on girls education and ERD Foundation on Saturday held a discussion with the representatives of various minority organisation-run educational institutions at the University of Science and Technology at Kling Gate in Meghalaya. Many Muslim educational institutions across the country have also agreed to impart education to the violence-affected children.

The organisations are targeting both Muslim and non-Muslim students to induct them in their educational institutions to make up for the loss in studies caused the violence and also to foster the spirit of national integration.
The chairperson of NCMEI's committee on girl's education, Shabistan Gaffar told TOI that 10,000 students from violence-affected areas of BTAD will be adopted by various minority organisation-run educational centres.
"As NCMEI has been associated with different minority educational institutes in the country, our role will be to coordinate with these centres so that the students get proper educational facilities. We will put NCMEI's entire network for educational rehabilitation of the affected students," Gaffar said.
She also informed that about 10 to 15 elementary schools will be set up in BTAD areas within six months to make up for the loss in studies caused by the violence.
Over an estimated 50,000 children of six years of age and above have suffered as many of the school buildings in BTAD and Dhubri districts were converted into relief camps.
NCMEI chairman Justice MSA Siddiqui said Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi appreciated the effort of educational rehabilitation of the affected children. The chairman also spoke about the necessity of setting up a hostel for Muslim girls immediately in the state.
"I had earlier brought up the necessity of hostel for Muslim girls with chief minister and spoke about it again on Saturday. The hostel will help promote education among Muslim girls in the state. The chief minister said that he will look into the matter seriously," said Justice Siddiqui.
Former vice chancellor of Darul Uloom, Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi said education is the only way for the Muslims in Assam to overcome their backwardness and lead a dignified life.
Vice president of Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society (MCES), Abida Inamdar said she has already targeted to take 50 students and 100 skilled workers from the affected area for higher educational courses and engagement in construction, health and hospitality sectors respectively. MCES runs 29 educational institutions, including professional studies.
"We will impart the education free of cost. Our target is to take 50 students from both Muslim and non-Muslim communities," Abida said.

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