New Delhi: Only 7.55 per cent of students come from minority communities in higher education institutes of the country, as per data presented in the Lok Sabha.
“In order to increase the enrolment of students including notified minority communities in higher educational institutions, various measures have been taken by the government, which includes issuing of new University Grants Commission (UGC) regulation for open and distance learning that allows entry of reputed institutions to offer education on the distance mode. Using information and communication technology- SWAYAM portal to reach out to people and allow them to secure good quality education,” Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was quoted as saying in response to a query in the Lok Sabha on March 15 by Hindustan Times.
Naqvi cited statistics in the latest All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) of 2018-19, to say that the total percentage of minority students enrolled in higher education institutions was 7.55 per cent.
“The recent revelation by the central government that minority students constitute only 7.55% of higher education enrollment points towards a very worrisome situation. While there has been an enhanced awareness among minorities, especially Muslim community, towards education in the last two to three decades, the support provided by the government to bridge this historic gap in the education sector is continuously dwindling,” Students Islamic Organisation of India’s (SIO) national secretary, Fawaz Shaheen said. SIO works for the social progress and development of the students’ community.