Syed Zubair Ahmad
More than one decade has passed since Sachar Committee report on the social, economic, and educational conditions of the Muslims in India was tabled in Lok Sabha in 2016, but there has been no major change or improvement in their condition.
Muslims are still lagging far behind than Schedule Cast and Schedule Tribes in education. According to All India Survey on Higher Education or AISHE 2015-16 only 4.67 % students enrolled in educational institutions across the country are Muslims while 13.9% students belong to Scheduled Casts.
Scheduled Casts students constitute 13.9% and Scheduled Tribes students 4.9% of the total enrolment. 33.75% students belong to Other Backward Classes. 4.7% students belong to Muslim Minority and 1.97% from other Minority Community reveals the AISHE 2015-16 report of Union HRD Ministry released in New Delhi last week.
The presence of Muslim teachers is also very low in educational institutions in comparison to Scheduled Casts and Scheduled Tribes.
At All-India level, teachers belonging to General category are more than half, that is 65% of the total number of teachers in India; OBC follows with 25.4%; while SC and ST with 7.5% and 2.1% respectively. Merely 3.4% teachers come from Muslim minority group, and 3.3% are from other minorities group.