Schemes for Welfare of Minorities

Schemes for Welfare of Minorities


1.Nai Manzil:

  • The scheme aims to benefit the minority youths in the age group of 17 to 35 years who are school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like Madarsas, by providing them an integrated input of formal education (up till Class VIII or X) and skill training along with certification, with a view of enabling them to seek better employment in the organized sector and equipping them with better lives.
  • Minimum 30 per cent seats are earmarked for minority girls. It includes a Non-residential programme of 9-12 months duration involving a Basic Bridge Programme (For Class VIII or Class X) for their education, along with training in trade based skills for sustained livelihood/gainful employment. The scheme covers the entire country.

2.USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development):

  • A large section of minority community is engaged in traditional arts/crafts for several generations.
  • This scheme has been launched to preserve rich heritage of traditional arts/crafts of minorities and build capacity of traditional artisans/craftsmen.
  • It targets minority youths of 14-35 years of age and minimum Class-V qualified.
  • The Scheme aims at capacity building and updating the traditional skills of master craftsmen/ artisans; documentation of identified traditional arts/crafts of minorities; set standards for traditional skills; training minority youths in identified traditional arts/crafts through master craftsmen.
  • The scheme will also establish linkages of traditional arts/crafts with the national and international market and ensure dignity of labour.
  • The scheme, which will be funded by the Central Government, will prepare skilled and unskilled artisans and craftsmen to compete with big companies.
  • The scheme will be implemented through selected Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) and Knowledge Partners.


  • Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills -A need was felt addresses all skill development needs of minority communities by providing an all India Training framework with leading training partners in PPP mode.
  • MANAS establishes linkages with concessional credit to Skill Development to provide sustainable livelihood to Minority Communities with primary focus on self-employment and entrepreneurship.
  • MANAS has signed MoUs with NSDC and sector skill councils of Health, Security, Leather, Logistics, and Media & Entertainment and the lending bodies of trade and industry. MANAS has also launched a skill development training programme for Madarsa students at Edara-e Sharia, Patna (Bihar).

4.Nai Roshni:

  • This scheme is for Leadership Development of Minority Women.
  • The scheme aims to empower and instil confidence among minority women by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, Banks and other institutions at all levels.
  • The scheme is implemented through Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Societies, Trust etc.
  • The scheme provides one week training programmes followed by handholding for one year.
  • The training is provided on various training modules covering issues relating to women viz. Leadership of Women through participation in decision making, Educational Programmes for Women, Health and Hygiene, Legal Rights of Women, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Swachch Bharat, Life Skills and Advocacy for Social and Behavioural change.

5.Nai Udaan:

  • This scheme is for giving financial support to minority candidates clearing preliminary exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and State Public Service Commissions (SPSCs) for preparation of Mains Examination.
  • Community-wise details of beneficiaries to whom financial assistance has been provided under ‘NAI UDAAN’ Scheme during the last three years and the current year are given below:

6.Padho Pardesh:

  • Interest Subsidy on Educational Loans for Overseas Studies– Under this, interest subsidy isprovided on educational loans for overseas studies to minority students for approved courses at Masters,M.Phil.and Ph.D. level.

7.Hamari Dharohar :

  • This scheme is launched to preserve the rich heritage of minority communities of lndia.
  • The scheme aims at curating iconic exhibitions, supporting calligraphy, preservation of old documents, research and development, etc.
  • To begin with, the Government had decided to provide support to iconic exhibition of Parsis i.e. “The Everlasting Flame” to showcase the civilization and culture of the Parsis (Zoroastrians) under “Hamari Dharohar” during 2015-16.
  • Ministry of Minority Affairs has also sanctioned a project to Dairatul Maarifil Osmania, Osmania University, Telangana for translation from Arabic language into English, digitization and re-printing of 240 invaluable documents belonging to Moghul period on the subjects of Medicines, Mathematics, Literature, etc.

8.Jiyo Parsi:

  • Jiyo Parsi, the Central Sector Scheme for containing population decline of Parsis in India was launched on 23 September 2013 by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.


  • The main objective of the Jiyo parsi scheme is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population by adopting scientific protocol and structured interventions, stabilize the Parsi population and increase the population of Parsis in India.

Main features:

  • 100 percent funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
  • Medical interventions under Standard Medical protocols in empanelled hospitals/clinics.
  • Confidentiality of the patients to be given utmost importance.

Target groups

  • The scheme is meant for only Parsis community.
  • Parsi married couples of child bearing age who seek assistance.
  • Adults/young men/women/adolescent boys/girls for detection of diseases resulting with consent of parents/legal guardians.

9.Nalanda Scheme:

  • Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has launched the Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions on 4 March 2014.
  • Nalanda Project is an innovative Faculty Development Program of Union Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • The Nalanda Project is being taken up at Aligarh Muslim University, a premier Minority University of world fame. The Aligarh Muslim University is also a Nodal Staff College of University Grant Commission.

About Faculty development program:

  • The primary goal of faculty development is to help faculty learn new ways to achieve excellence and to grow as faculty members. It is an ongoing process of understanding, learning, and growth. Faculty development includes education, collaboration, resources and support.
  • Faculty development is an essential element of institutional effectiveness in higher education. It has become a priority at many academic institutions as a way to improve the quality of academic programs and to respond to emerging faculty, student, program and industry needs.
  • The extent to which the University or College supports faculty development will be strongly reflected in levels of student engagement and motivation, and thus ultimately, student learning.
  • Through educational programs and workshops faculty can learn the skills necessary to reach excellence in a changing academic environment.
  • Faculty who engage in professional development experiences benefit also in terms of increased vitality, informed pedagogy, teaching innovations and scholarly teaching.

10.Minority Cyber Gram:

  • The MCG programme seeks to introduce digital literacy skills in identified minority clusters in India through designated Digital Fellows towards knowledge empowerment and entitlement gains of minority focused groups and beneficiaries.


  • With basic literacy level low among the backward sections of the minorities, the social and economic profile is further aggravated due to lack of basic digital skills and knowledge to derive advantages from digital tools, devices, platforms and knowledge networks.
  • In order to mainstream minority groups and communities with national development goals and objectives, it is extremely important and relevant to deploy and introduce digital literacy skills to get benefits in knowledge based networks and in public schemes and other services through information empowerment.


  • To impart digital literacy and skills among identified minority groups and beneficiaries through designated Digital Fellows (DFs) in identified minority clusters for information and knowledge empowerment and entitlement gains.
  • To provide opportunities in information and knowledge networks for local communities.

11.Maulana Azad Sehat scheme:

  • Under the scheme, Sehat Card will be issued to every student of the Institution financially aided by Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF).
  • Preventive Health Check-up Camps will be organized by the Institute twice in a year, through government or private hospitals or nursing homes.
  • All findings of the preventive health checkups will be entered in the Sehat Card of the student by the doctors.
  • In exceptional and deserving cases for serious ailments the poor students belonging to notified minorities will be provided financial assistance for the treatment in government or recognized hospitals. Serious ailments of kidney, heart, liver cancer and brain or any life threatening diseases including knee and spinal surgery will be covered.
  • A dispensary or health care centre is to be set up in the educational institutions (school) to provide daily medical facilities to the students studying in the educational institutions funded or aided by MAEF.

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