Staff Reporter

To promote education among minority communities

KOLLAM: The Maulana Azad Education Foundation, an organisation funded by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, will launch comprehensive campaigns to spread awareness of its schemes for promoting education among minorities.

Jameela Ibrahim, newly appointed governing body member of the foundation, told The Hindu that more campaigns were needed to achieve the targets.

She said the Union Budget had allocated Rs.4,500 crore to the foundation for four years. While the budget set a target of spending Rs.10 crore from April to June, the foundation could utilise only Rs.6 crore.

The schemes included financial assistance to establish and expand educational institutions, especially for girls, and assistance for construction of girls’ hostels and remedial and pre-examination coaching. The foundation provided Rs.30 lakh for a 100-bed hostel and Rs.15 lakh for a 50-bed one. Despite the high literacy rate in Kerala, the foundation did have much to do in the State.

She said there were scholarships to assist meritorious girls from the minority communities who were unable to continue studies without financial support.

The applications in this connection could be sent individually.

Steps would be taken to overcome the shortage of staff in the foundation. Because of the shortage, problems are encountered when processing applications. At present, only 80 applications were processed each month. This had resulted in a big backlog. So, the foundation would think on terms of outsourcing such jobs to render speedy assistance to beneficiaries.