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Set up univs for educational empowerment of Christians: NCM to

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has suggested to the Centre to set up fully government-funded universities for educational empowerment of Christians on the lines of the Muslim University (AMU) and the

As part of its suggestions for a medium-term action plan to be implemented within seven years, the NCM also called for roping in educationists from the community to be given due representation in framing educational policies and be appointed on different expert committees.

"Christians should also be given universities for their communities, fully funded by the of India, like Muslim University and University," the NCM said in its annual report for 2016-17.

The report is expected to be tabled in during the next session, sources said.

On being asked about the recommendation, NCM said, "Such a move will help ensure educational empowerment of Christians."

Rizvi said, like the AMU or the Jamia Millia Islamia, the university for Christians should impart education to students from other communities as well.

The NCM also said that the should fully fund at least one university for Christians and it could do so in collaboration with the of

According to the 2011 Census on the education level of different religious communities for age seven and above, the literacy rate of Christians was 74.34 per cent.

Muslims had the highest percentage of illiterates aged beyond seven years at 42.72, as per the census.

This percentage was 36.4 for Hindus, 32.49 for Sikhs and 28.17 for the Buddhists.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 16:10 IST