AP State showers sops on minorities
Speaking after inaugurating a Special Training Programme (STP) centre for minority engineering graduates organised by the State Government, Institute for Electronic Governance, Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC), Infosys and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said the main objective of SPT was to enhance employable skills.
Dr Reddy recalled how he was taken aback in 2004 when officials told him that the budget for scholarship of minorities was Rs. 4 crore. In the subsequent year, the government hiked it to Rs. 10 crore and then to Rs. 30 crore for 2006-07 and Rs. 90 crore in 2007-08 and now it was decided to adopt the saturation approach with Rs. 120 crore earmarked during 2008-09. Every eligible minority student would be given post-metric scholarship.
A centre similar to the one inaugurated on Sunday would be started in Urdu Bhavan at Moti Galli, on a request by MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi.