New Delhi: The minority school and colleges which have been running from the pre-independence period and have earned reputation of imparting quality education are likely to get financial boost from the Central government during the 12th Five Year Plan.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs is pushing for providing additional funds during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) for development of these institutions, especially those facing problems due to inadequate infrastructure like shortage of classrooms and hostels etc. 

The reason of support from the Ministry is the fact that these educational institutions have produced best students even within limited resources and infrastructure.

The Ministry is of the view that the additional funds will help these institutes to improve infrastructure and meet other requirements, which will further help their students to come out with flying colours. 

According to the sources, the Ministry plans to provide funds to 50 education institutes which include big names like, St. Johns, Agra, La - Martiniere Calcutta and Lucknow, Loyla of Chennai and Aligarh Muslim University.

The Ministry wants to implement this in 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) and plans to spend Rs 250 crore over the plan period.

It is to be noted that although the Minority Affairs Ministry has supported the plan in the meeting convened to discuss the 12th FYP, but considering the matter is linked with education, the Ministry wants the Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) to work on this.

Therefore, the Ministry is preparing a draft on the same that would be forwarded to the Ministry of HRD.

According to the plan, Ministry of Minority Affairs will consider only those educational institutions which have been given minority status by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI).

(JPN/Bureau)