Modi opens doors for minority migrants from Pak and Bangladesh

New Delhi, July 28, 2016: Modi government is silently making moves that will change the way minority migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh live in India. It is doing so by opening the doors of education and opportunities.

Modi government’s move will benefit Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists and other persecuted minorities who have come to India in recent years this scheme but does not cover Afghanistan so far.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) under Sushma Swaraj is running a Self Financing Scheme for foreigners from developing nations in MBBS/BDS/BE/B Pharmacy/Diploma in Engineering/Diploma in Pharmacy in institutions in India against seats alloted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development to the MEA.

MEA has decided to include persecuted religious minority migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh, based in India from the next academic year, i.e. 2017-18 in BE/B. Pharmacy/Diploma in Engineering while for the current academic year this scheme is for the admissions in the MBBS and BDS courses.

In case a candidate wants to take up the MBBS and BDS courses, then he must have scored at least 60 per cent marks each in the following subjects: physics, chemistry and biology apart from the 50 percent in English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to

1.) Physics

2.) Chemistry and biology apart from the 50 percent in English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to

3.) Biology apart from the 50 percent in English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to the plus-two exam in India).

For engineering courses, a minimum of 60 percent marks are required in subjects such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics besides 50 percent in English.

Interested candidates have been asked to apply by August 19, 2016, at the office of Under Secretary (Education), Ministry of External Affairs, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi.

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But the Modi government’s move is likely to provide much solace to the persecuted religious minorities who come to India to take a sigh of relief. Earlier, the minister in the Modi government, Sushma Swaraj, won much applause when she stood up for the Pakistani Hindu girl Mashal who faced problems when she tried to go for higher education in India. Narendra Modi had promised that if he comes to power in the 2014 general elections then he would take care of the issue of persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh.