No minority status to educational institutions on linguistic basis: HRD Ministry to Rajya Sabha

23 March 2018, 11:25 PM
HRD Ministry to not give minority status based on linguistic (File Photo)
HRD Ministry to not give minority status based on linguistic (File Photo)

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry will not grant minority status to any educational institution on linguistic basis, Minister of State (HRD), Satya Pal Singh informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Friday.

"The National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions (NCMEI) gives the minority status to the educational institutions on the basis of six religious communities notified by the Ministry of HRD under the NCMEI Act, 2004-- Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains only," Satyapal Singh said.

"Linguistic Minorities do not come under the ambit of the NCMEI Act, 2004. Hence question of empowering any agency to issue minority certificate on linguistic basis does not arise," he added.

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Earlier in January, being asked about government's plan to give minority status based on linguistic, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told Lok Sabha that they have no such plan. "No. Madam," Naqvi was quoted.

First Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 10:58 PM
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