Shastry V. Mallady

The plan is in tune with the recommendations of the Sachar Committee

MADURAI: The Indira Gandhi National Open University has designed an education plan for Muslim women, which will be implemented through ‘madarasas’ in various districts. Through its Madurai Regional Centre that covers 16 districts, the university has formulated the programme which it will launch in July along with Muslim-run colleges. The plan is in tune with the recommendations of the Sachar Committee that went into the socio-economic status of the Muslims.

K. Panneerselvam, Regional Director, IGNOU, told The Hindu here on Friday that discussions were on to implement skill development programmes for women, and the places that had high concentration of Muslim women were identified.

The first phase of the initiative would cover Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli and Thanjavur districts. “The madarasas, which are religious centres, can have an influence on women’s education. Hence, we are introducing special training courses through them,” he said.

The courses would include vocational skills, nutrition and computer literacy, among other things. A college in Keelakarai might talk to ‘madarasas’ in Ramanathapuram district. Before launching the empowerment programme, the university would conduct a district-level study to know the requirements of the people.

Mr. Panneerselvam said the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development had formulated a scheme for educationally backward blocks, and the IGNOU has been entrusted with launching focused programmes in places where literacy was low.

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