Need for a Centralised Funding Agency
At least one mosque could be designated in each city and town to gather funds for the admission of Muslims in professional courses.
The need is being felt for a centralised scholarship funding agency for Muslim students selected for MBBS, BDS and BE courses through the Central Entrance Test (CET). This was outlined by Syed Jamal, Public Relations Officer in the CET Cell. Mr. Jamal was speaking to a group of media persons. He said a number of trusts and societies are working in Karnataka for helping students who secure medical, engineering and dental seats on the basis of merit. Sometimes they duplicate the same function and deserving students have to run up to multiple sources for funds. He suggests that at least one mosque could be designated in each city and town to gather funds for the admission of Muslims in professional courses.
Jamal said only 382 medical, 4300 engineering seats and 51dental seats will be offered free this year under the Government quota fixed by the Supreme Court. He said only 50 Muslim boys have secured more than 90 per cent marks in CET exam this year. Nearly 250 have secured over 80 per cent marks and only 642 Muslim boys have scored over 70 per cent marks. Since Muslims have four per cent reservation under exclusive category of 2B, a good many of these may get free seats. Among the top rankers, the first Muslim student’s name figures at 326th place in BE list while in medical list the top most rank secured by a Muslim student this year is at 55th place. Jamal said if the CET list is scanned for the first 1000 students, only 10 Muslim students figure in the race for engineering seats and 24 for the medical list.
Jamal informs that a free medical seat would mean payment of Rs. 16,200, a free dental seat would entail the cost of Rs. 13,900 and a free BE seat comes at Rs. 11,000. But since very few Muslims would be eligible for free seats, those that come under payment category would need to gather from Rs. 15,000 to 38,000 for an engineering seat, from Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 1.15 lakh for dental and from Rs. 1.15 lakh to Rs. 1.80 lakh for a medical seat. He said this segment is the one which needs help from the community as an average middle class family does not have this much funds in reserve. As a result, they often end up selling their hard assets such as house, jewellery or land with a risky future staring into their eyes.
(See page 33 for list of organisations offering scholarships and educational loans to Muslim students)