JORABAT, Jan 30 - Dr Najma A Heptulla, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, today visited the USTM campus at 9th Mile and inaugurated skill development centres under MANAS (Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills) for minority women in six senior madrassas of the State and also a centre at the USTM itself through video links.
The six madrassas in which these skill development centres were inaugurated include Topar Pathar Senior Madrassa, Mohimari Senior Madrassa and Alhaz Ahmed Senior Madrassa among others.
The Central minister said the objective of these skill development centres is to provide meaningful employment and self-employment skills to Muslim women studying in the madrassas as they have very little education and the religious education in the madrassas is the only kind of education BPL women can get. She added that these centres would make these women self-sufficient so that they can develop themselves as proper entrepreneurs and skilled employees.
Earlier, the Maulana Azad Academic Block of the USTM was inaugurated by Dr Heptulla. She also laid the foundation of the Maulana Azad Central Library of the USTM.
Dr Heptulla also announced an aid of Rs 50 lakh from the Maulana Azad Education Foundation for the construction of a girls� hostel in the private university.