Education is vital for horizontal and vertical mobility in society: Pallam Raju

“Education is power. Education being the most effective
instrument for social and economic empowerment and vital for horizontal and
vertical mobility in the society. It is imperative to promote education among
all other backward sections, especially the minorities, who have fallen far
behind the national average in education. Therefore, in order to pull such
minorities, it is essential to enhance education of the minorities,” said, M M Pallam
Raju, Minister for Human Resource Development speaking at the ‘Eighth
Foundation Day’ of the National Commission for Minority Educational
Institutions (NCMEI).

Pallam Raju said, “The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point
Programme and the recommendations of the Sachar Committee address this
challenge of enhancement of education of the minorities. Under the PM’s 15
Point Programme for Welfare of Minorities, schemes have been implemented to
ensure that benefit to minority communities are beyond 15 per cent as in case
of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV)
where share of minorities is up to 20 per cent.”

“A new scheme to assist States for establishment of a model
degree college in each of the 374 identified higher educationally backward
districts having Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education lower than the
national GER has been operationalised,” informed the Minister.  

Talking about the developments during 11th Five Year Plan, the Minister said, “It is heartening to note that we have made substantial
progress during the XIth Five Year Plan in the different sub-sectors of
education. The RTE Act, into force from 1st April 2010 mandating educational
opportunity to all children between the age group of six to fourteen is the
single most effective step taken since the independence to eradicate illiteracy
in the country. I take this opportunity to call upon all the citizens,
especially those who are educated, to extend their support and active
participation in achieving the vision, behind this path-breaking constitutional

“Under the Saakshar Bharat Programme, during 2011-12, Rs 456
crores and during 2012-13, Rs 256 crores has been released as central share to
various States. In Higher Education, focus on access, equity, and excellence
translated into strategies for achieving expansion, inclusion and improved
quality,” the Minister added further.  

“The National Monitoring Committee on Minorities’ Education
(NMCME) has been reconstituted and has representations from eminent
educationists, Members of Parliament, representatives of State Governments and
representatives of Minority communities, educational institutions and other
stake holders,” said Pallam Raju.

By IER Staff

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