Fee waiver for madrasas students going for open school examination. More recommendations from the NITI Aayog.
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has suggested fee waiver for madrasa students electing for National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) exams. Madrasa is an Arabic word meaning an institute which gives education, either mainstream or religious.
As per the NITI Aayog; "Continued efforts should be made to modernise them (madrasas) through curricular reforms and provision of facilities (e.g. computers, labs, libraries). A fee-waiver could also be considered for madrasa students opting for examinations conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling."
The Aayog is of the opinion that “continued efforts” have to be made to modernize the madrasa in order to empower the minority community through quality education.
The Aayog’s recommendations:
- Curricular reforms by furnishing facilities such as labs, computers, libraries etc.
- Fee-waiver for madrasa students who opt for NIOS Exams.
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has announced its plan of offering mid-day meal at madrasas which give mainstream education (including science). Moreover, the ministry also has a plan to construct toilets in one lakh madrasas. This is an effort towards achieving the “Swachh Bharat Mission.”
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) was earlier known as National Open School. It was established in the year 1989 as an autonomous body. It works towards providing pre-degree level education through open and distance-learning to targeted groups.