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Centrally Sponsored Schemes for Minorities Welfare

Centrally Sponsored Schemes

Centrally Sponsored Schemes: The Ministry of Minority Affairs highlighted recent achievements in supporting India’s minority communities. They showcased schemes aiding welfare and empowerment, demonstrating the government’s dedication to addressing their challenges and fostering inclusion in the nation’s development.

National Scholarships Portal

This initiative aims to streamline scholarship applications, ensure accountability, and swiftly deliver funds directly to beneficiaries accounts, eliminating any leaks. It’s called the SMART System, emphasizing simplicity, mission-focus, responsiveness, and transparency.

Nai Roshini (Women Empowerment Scheme)

  • We aim to empower minority women and their diverse neighbors in the community by providing them with the knowledge, tools, and skills to confidently engage with government institutions, banks, and other organizations.
  • Empowering women is vital not just for fairness, but also for cutting poverty, boosting economic growth, and strengthening communities.
  • Women and children often bear the brunt of poverty within families and require assistance.
  • Empowering women, especially mothers, is crucial because they shape their children’s future at home.

Naya Savera

  • The scheme is designed to empower students from minority communities by helping them prepare for competitive exams. This way, they can have better opportunities for both government and private jobs.
  • Under the scheme, minority students receive financial support for free coaching. This assistance enables them to access coaching from selected institutions without worrying about the cost.

Nai Manzil

The Nai Manzil Scheme provides education and training to young people from minority communities, giving them skills for today’s world. It offers vocational training, education support, and trade-based training to improve their job opportunities.


Skill training in 4 courses

  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Services
  • Soft skills

Targeted Groups

The scheme is intended to cover people in between 17 to 35 age group from all minority communities as well as Madrasa students.

Nayi Udaan Scheme

  • The Nai Udaan Scheme aims to offer financial assistance to minority candidates who successfully pass the preliminary exams held by the Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection Commission, and State Public Service Commission.
  • Its goal is to provide necessary support for these candidates to compete effectively for positions in the Civil Services of both Union and State Governments.
  • Additionally, the scheme aims to enhance the representation of minorities within the Civil Services, thereby fostering diversity and inclusivity in government institutions.

Hunar Haat

  • The Ministry of Minority Affairs organizes special exhibitions called “Haat” across various regions in the country.
  • These events are part of the “USTTAD” scheme and feature a wide array of handicrafts and traditional items crafted by artisans belonging to minority communities.
  • The main goal of these Haat is to offer artisans, craftsmen, and traditional culinary experts a platform to showcase their skills and products to a wider audience.
  • Additionally, these exhibitions also serve as avenues for these talented individuals to gain exposure to potential markets and employment opportunities.


Hunar Haat” have become a successful mission to provide employment and employment opportunities and national as well international markets for thousands of master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts.


The USTTAD scheme aims to preserve the heritage of minority communities’ traditional arts and crafts, boost the skills of craftspersons, and connect traditional skills with the global market.

Padho Pardesh (for overseas studies at Masters, M.Phil. and Ph.D. Level)

  • The Government of India, through the Ministry of Minority Affairs, has rolled out a new initiative aimed at offering ‘interest subsidy’ to minority students pursuing studies abroad.
  • This scheme was initiated starting from the fiscal year 2013-14.
  • To qualify for this subsidy, students must secure a loan from a bank that adheres to the IBA model scheme specifically designed for financing overseas education.
  • The annual income of the student’s parents must not exceed 6 lakhs.

Minority Cyber Gram

The MCG program aims to empower minority communities in India by equipping them with essential digital skills. Through dedicated Digital Fellows, the program seeks to uplift minority clusters, fostering knowledge empowerment and enabling them to access entitlements and opportunities.


  • In communities where basic reading and writing skills are limited, especially among marginalized minority groups, the lack of digital know-how worsens their social and economic situations. Without the ability to navigate digital tools, devices, and platforms, they miss out on opportunities for growth and connection in today’s knowledge-driven world.
  • To truly include these groups in our national development efforts, it’s crucial to provide them with digital literacy skills. This empowers them to access information, participate in public programs, and tap into the benefits of digital networks for their advancement.


  • Our aim is to empower identified minority groups and beneficiaries by teaching them essential digital skills through dedicated Digital Fellows (DFs) stationed in minority clusters.
  • We believe in providing opportunities for local communities to access information and knowledge networks, fostering empowerment and entitlement gains.

Nalanda Scheme

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs started the Nalanda Project on March 4, 2014, to improve higher education for minorities. It’s a unique Faculty Development Program overseen by the Ministry. Aligarh Muslim University, known globally as a top Minority University, is leading the implementation of the Nalanda Project. It also acts as the main Staff College for the University Grants Commission, highlighting its importance in educational progress.

About Faculty Development Program

  • The primary aim of faculty development is to assist professors in enhancing their skills and evolving as educators. It’s a continuous journey of learning and self-improvement.
  • This process encompasses various aspects such as education, collaboration, provision of resources, and ongoing support to aid faculty members.
  • Faculty development stands as a crucial pillar of success for academic institutions in higher education.
  • Many universities now prioritize faculty development to enhance the quality of their academic programs and address the evolving needs of faculty, students, and industries.
  • The level of support provided by a university or college for faculty development significantly impacts student engagement, motivation, and ultimately, student learning outcomes.

Hamari Dharohar

A scheme to preserve rich heritage of minority communities of India under the overall concept of Indian culture implemented since 2014-15.

Jiyo Parsi

Jiyo Parsi is a program initiated by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. It began on September 23, 2013. The program aims to address the declining population of Parsis in India. The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, launched the scheme.


The Jiyo Parsi scheme aims to halt the decline of the Parsi community by implementing thoughtful strategies and practical measures. Its goal is to stabilize the Parsi population and foster growth, ensuring a vibrant future for Parsis in India through scientific methods and carefully planned interventions.

Main features

  • 100 percent funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
  • Medical interventions under Standard Medical protocols in empanelled hospitals/clinics.
  • Confidentiality of the patients to be given utmost importance.

Target Groups

  • This program is exclusively designed to support members of the Parsi community.
  • It aims to assist Parsi married couples who are in the age range where they can have children and are seeking help.
  • Additionally, it caters to adults, young men, women, adolescent boys, and girls within the community who require disease detection services, with the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

Seekho Aur Kamao

On September 23, 2013, the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, under the Government of India, introduced a program focused on uplifting the skills of young individuals aged 14 to 35. This initiative aims to empower not just existing workers but also those who may have left school prematurely. Its goal is to enhance their employability and provide opportunities for growth and development.

Main Objectives

  • To bring down unemployment rate of minorities during 12th Plan period (2012-17).
  • To conserve and update traditional skills of minorities and establish their linkages with the market.
  • To improve employability of existing workers, school dropouts etc and ensure their placement.
  • To generate means of better livelihood for marginalised minorities and bring them in the mainstream.
  • To enable minorities to avail opportunities in the growing market.
  • To develop potential human resource for the country.

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