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|Kolkata: After madrasa controversy snowballed over the chief minister’s remarks, the state Waqf Board under apparent guidance from the government has decided to launch several new projects for Muslims.
‘We have been asked to work on war footing to finalise some projects for Muslim youths. The purpose is to help them stand on their own feet and get jobs in near future,’ says Nazrul Islam Mollah, CEO of WB Waqf Board. ‘The board is serious about implementing these projects’ he added.
Mollah said the board will soon open an industrial training institute-cum-polytechnic at the Calcutta Technical School. It will impart practical training to 150 students in diploma courses in civil, mechanical, electrical, computer and electronic engineering. Temporary arrangements are being made to help students enroll for the session, which will start in June. The government has agreed to release funds required, added Mollah.
Highlighting other projects, board officials said an institute is also coming up to conduct regular coaching classes for Muslim candidates for the civil services. ‘The participation of Muslim youths in civil services exams is pitiably low and the current move is aimed at encouraging them to join the elite services’ Waqf Board CEO said. The setting up of a Muslim boys hostel in the metro also figures high on the board’s agenda. Minorities affairs minister Mohammad Salim brushed aside suggestions that the sudden clearance was aimed at appeasing the minorities.
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