Ministry of Minority Affairs has been implementing a scheme namely “ Free Coaching and Allied Scheme for the candidates and students belonging to minority communities” all over the country including North Eastern States, under which, free coaching is provided to students belonging to six notified minority communities through selected or empanelled coaching institutions or organisations for preparation of qualifying examinations for admission in technical and professional courses and competitive examinations for recruitment to Group “A” , “B” and “C” services and other equivalent posts under the Central and State governments including public sector undertakings, banks, insurance companies etc.
Under the scheme, total 158 coaching institutions or organizations scattered all over the country were empanelled for implementation of the scheme during Financial Years 2013-14 to 2016-17.
Under the Scheme, a “New Component” of two years residential coaching programme was introduced on pilot basis in 10 states for minority students studying in class XI and XII with science subjects for focussed preparation of Medical/Engineering entrance examinations. The Scheme has now been revised effective from 7.12.2017 having provisions for implementation of the ‘New Component’ on Pan India basis for benefit of the minority students. Also one year residential coaching programme for the same purpose has been added in the scheme for the students who have passed 12th class with science subjects to facilitate their preparation for qualifying examinations for admission in technical/professional courses. Apart from this, residential coaching programme for composite preparation exclusively for civil services aspirants has also been added in the scheme.
Under these coaching programmes free residential facilities are provided to the beneficiaries through selected coaching institutions/organisations and for other coaching programmes which are non residential, stipend amount at the rate of Rs. 2500/- per month will be provided to the students selected for coaching under the scheme.
This information was given by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Lok Sabha in a written reply today.