Bishop M. Prakash, Chairman of the State Minorities Commission exhorted students of minority communities to purse higher education, thereby making use of the educational assistance and welfare schemes provided by the government for them at an address delivered here at the Collectorate on Thursday.

Mr. Prakash said the government was providing assistance for school, college and higher education which students should make use of to improve their economic status.

The government was distributing free sewing machines and providing loans and revolving funds at a low interest rate to Muslim women associations and self-help groups to enable them to be self employed. He distributed assistance and loans to individuals and self-help groups. Collector V.Rajaraman, SP Ashwin M. Kotnis and Minorities Commission member K.Kalaimani were present.