National Commission of Minorities calls for Christian univ on lines of BHU, AMU

January 25, 2018 by  
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New Delhi, January 25, 2018: The national commission for minorities has proposed setting up a “Christian university” on the lines of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

“The commission has made recommendation for setting up of a national Christian university. The university will meet the long pending demand of the community,” said chairman of the NCM Syed Hasan Rizvi.

While the structure of the university, and the norms for recruitment are not clear, the proposal is seen as an outreach by the minority body towards the Christian community.

Christian organisations have been demanding a fully government funded national university for the community which they point out has made significant contributions in the education sector.

The recommendation is in NCM’s annual report which will be tabled in Parliament, said Rizvi who did not share more information.

Addressing a conference on peace and cultural conservation, Rizvi appealed to the Christian community to come forward to avail benefits of several minority welfare schemes run by the government to fulfil PM Narendra Modi’s vision of “sabka saath, sabka ka vikas”.

Applauding the move, former chairman of UP minority commission Ashish Singh Massey said Christian organisations are running more than 23,000 schools and colleges across the country, but previous governments ignored the demand.

Bishop Collin C Theodore of the Lucknow Diocese Church of North India (CNI) highlighted the problems faced by the community, saying false cases are lodged with a motive to harass them. Bishop Phillip Masih of Methodist Church in India echoed similar sentiments.

The NCM chairman assured community leaders that the commission will take up issues raised by them and urged them to engage with the current government.

Outlining that there are Christian universities, but all are privately funded, Joseph Manipadam of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) reiterated the demand for setting up of a government funded Christian university.

– times of india

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