National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions strengthened

January 9th, 2009 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today approved amendments to the National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions Act 2004.
The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions was established through the promulgation of an Ordinance dated November 11, 2004.
The Ordinance was replaced by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act 2004 (2 of 2005) which was notified on January 6, 2005.
The Act provided for constitution of the Commission. The key objective is to ensure that the true amplitude of the educational rights enshrined in Article 30(1) of the Constitution is made available to the members of the notified religious minority communities.
This entails, inter alia, addressing all issues that pertain to the denial, deprivation or violation of the constitutional rights of the minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice, including all issues related to grant of NOC, minority status certificates and affiliation to universities, wherever applicable.
The Commission, which has been in existence for three years, has faced certain practical difficulties in implementing some of the provisions of the Act.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also, from time to time received several suggestions in regard to the Act ( 2 of 2005) from various cross-sections of the minorities, which were referred to the Commission.
The Commission has considered views and suggestions expressed by various stake-holders and has recommended certain amendments to the NCMEI Act.
Accordingly, the Cabinet has given approval to the Amendment of Section 2, Section 3, Section 10 and Section 12B of the NCMEI Act.
One of the important amendments is to increase the number of members of the Commission, other than the Chairperson, from the existing 2 to 3 in order to enable the Commission to deal with the increasing number of matters before it. (ANI)

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