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Educational backwardness of Muslims a challenge: Nitish Kumar

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

Kishanganj: To remove educational backwardness of the Muslim community is a great challenge for us and our government is coming up with some special schemes to tackle the issue, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on 11th April.

Attending a seminar on ‘Modern Education and Muslims’ organised by Tauheed Educational Trust, Nitish said Muslims and Dalits are lacking in education, specially their women are lagging much behind. “My government is framing a special programme to educate them and to include them in the mainstream of progress.

He announced that he was ready to allocate a fund of Rs 34 lakh for construction of hostels for girls belonging to minorities. “If Tauheed Educational Trust gives land in its premises, the hostel will be constructed there,” he said.

“Salfi Saheb is performing a great job of spreading education within Muslims,” he said referring to director of the trust Matin Salafi. This is a great institution which is imparting education in Muslims and I am very glad to see it and whatever is possible for me to improve education, I am ready to do that,” Nitish said.

Denying the allegation of appointment of teachers on contract basis, Nitish said the teachers had not been recruited on contract basis, rather they had been given proper employment. He also said that attempts were being made to allocate some amounts as pension to newly recruited teachers after their retirement.

Earlier, the chief minister laid foundation stone for Tauheed library, in the trust’s premises, and inaugurated Tauheed B.Ed. Training College.

Addressing the seminar Muhammad Taslimuddin, Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries, said that he, Nitish Kumar and his party have same goal though they are in different parties. Praising Nitish Kumar, he said that he is not dishonest but has been sitting in the lap of communals.