As it was launched on a pilot basis on the 125th birth anniversary of first Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, MANAS also saw two MoUs being signed under it for the training of youths in the health and security sectors on Tuesday.
While one MoU was signed with Health Sector Council for training programmes for 200 girls and boys for Bed-Side Attendant and Home Healthcare Attendant through Skill Tree Consultant Ltd, the other was inked with the Security Sector Council for a security services training programme for 100 persons.
"To increase coverage of the programme under MANAS, the ministry has recently increased the income eligibility criterion for trainees from Rs 1.03 lakh to Rs 6 lakh (annual) to facilitate provision of training and concessional credit. This change of base is likely to benefit 12 to 13 crore people," said Minorities Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah.
The training programmes will ensure 100 percent employment for trainees. Further, based on the outcome of the programmes, the ministry will expand the MANAS network to help it acquire an all-India footprint.
Heptullah said that the role of skilling will be to fuel economic development and ensure inclusive growth of the minorities in keeping with Modi's government's motto of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'.
"Establishment of MANAS is in line with transformational vision of the Prime Minister and will further the cause of skilled India," she said.
The ministry will also write to other ministries to associate MANAS with their programmes, especially those related to skill development of minorities, and use the facilities at MANAS for achieving 15 percent allocation of funds, Heptullah said.
"These ministries would be requested to nominate their officers on the board of MANAS to facilitate implementation of their Skill Development Training Programmes," she said.

The Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, meanwhile, said he would prefer to work in close association with the people to eliminate middlemen and ensure that the benefits of the various schemes of the ministry reached the intended sections of society.
Referring to Modi's remark in which he had said that in our country, education and dreams should not be at the mercy of degrees, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said on the occasion that the dreams of the minority community will not be at the mercy of degrees.
She said there will be an increase in skills and, based on that, people will be able to achieve their dreams. Irani said that her ministry has already dedicated the credit transfer framework to the nation on Tuesday and, from next academic year, a choice-based credit transfer system will also be started, which will allow the students moving from one state to another acquire seamless education.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot who, too, was present, extended the support of his ministry to the programme.

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