Welfare Party of India strongly opposed the Centre’s decision to discontinue the Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) Scheme and demanded it to be restored immediately.
Dr SQR Ilyas National President of Welfare Party of India said MANF was launched by the UPA regime as part of implementing the Sachar Committee recommendations and for the empowerment of the students belonging to the Minority Communities.
He further added that the Maulana Azad Fellowship scheme , a five-year fellowship provided by the Centre in the form of financial assistance to six notified minority communities – Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Parsi and Sikh to pursue M Phils and Ph Ds and help them in level playing field.
He condemned the BJP government for its anti-minority stand and denying opportunities to minority community students, as this will not only deprive them but will also lead to the underdevelopment of the nation and is against the notion of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, and Sabka Vishwaas.
Dr Ilyas strongly recommended the government of India to restore the MANF and prevent deprivation of thousands of research aspirants from carrying out their research work who are actually helping in developing our Nation as contributing members of the society.