Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The State Government has decided to establish 12 English medium residential schools for minority students in districts where minority population is substantial.

A Government Order released on Friday said the schools had been sanctioned with Urdu as second language in Ranga Reddy, Medak, Wanaparthy, Anantapur, Krishna, Nellore, Karimnagar and Nalgonda (all boys) and Guntur, Kurnool, Chittoor, Nizamabad (girls).

A budget of Rs. 3.37 crore was sanctioned for setting up the schools in private accommodation this year.

Debate

Earlier, Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir announced the Government’s decision in the Legislative Council.

He was replying to the debate on Sachar Committee recommendations for welfare of minorities.

Reimbursement

He said the Government had also decided to reimburse tuition fee up to Rs. 10,000 a year for students of minority communities pursuing higher studies.

He appealed to political leaders to take the responsibility of ensuring that the scheme for reimbursement of fee was not misused.

Seats under quota

Referring to the benefits that would accrue from extension of 4 per cent reservations for minorities in education this year, the Minister said 160 seats would go to them in medicine, 4,000 in engineering, 880 in MCA, 480 in MBA, 1,700 in B.Ed, 240 in agriculture, 440 in law and 1,840 in post-graduation courses.

Mr. Shabbir said the Government was committed to implement the recom

mendations of Sachar committee.

TRS walkout

Telangana Reshtra Samithi members staged a walkout when the Minister refused to respond to their demand for allocation of a budget of Rs. 1,000 crore for minorities welfare.

Jelly Wilson (Communist Party of India) sought Constitutional cover for the recommendations.