AP to open 3 more coaching centers for minorities
Hyderabad, November 11: The Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy announced that three more Competitive Exams coaching centres for Minority Students would be opened at Nizamabad, Cuddapah and Chittoor, soon. There are four centres already functioning at Hyderabad, Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool. The Chief Minister also sanctioned Rs.15 crores for the repairs of Mosques and churches in the State.
The Chief Minister participated as chief guest in the “Minority Welfare Day celebrations” on the occasion of the birthday celebrations of Bharat Ratna Moulana Abul Kalam Azad at Ravindra Bharathi here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to Moulana Azad and said as first Education Minister of Independent India, Moulana Abul Kalam Azad introduced IITs which are the best in the World and UGC. He said that education alone can bring revolutionary change in the society. Chief Minister appealed to the parents and religious Heads to help the Government in motivating the children to go to school.
The Chief Minister stated that several programmes are being implemented for the welfare of the minorities. Budget for minorities in the state was Rs.30 crores during 2004-05 which was enhanced to Rs.489 crores, 17,000 students were being given scholarships during 2004-05 amounting to Rs.2 crores, now enhanced to Rs.230 crores for 1.5 lakh students during 2011-12. As the State Government introduced 4% reservations for minorities during 2004, 30,239 engineers, more than one thousand doctors got the benefit and these reservations were extended for another ten years, the Chief Minister said and added that during the recent Police recruitments, 60 Muslim youth got selected as Sub-Inspectors.
The Chief Minister said that 2000 Vidya volunteers were appointed in Madarsas through Rajiv Vidya Mission. In Hyderabad Old City, one volunteer/Monitor appointed for every 100 households to monitor the children and this facility will be extended all over the state soon. Mess charges to minority students have been enhanced on par with SC, ST students.
The Chief Minister also said that Rs.4.5 Crores has been sanctioned for the upgradation of Charminar Unani Tibbi Hospital and National Academy of Construction training centre in the old city has been opened to train the unemployed youth under ‘Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu’, 3 new Degree College buildings were sanctioned for Hyderabad Old city and Rs.15 crores were released to “QUSUDA”