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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Education for Disadvantage Sections – SC, ST, Minorities, Women, Handicapped and other disadvantaged Sections

Dated 7th December 2000


Dr. Kireet Joshi Chairman ICPR, New Delhi. Chairperson
Shri N. Gopalaswamy Secretary - General, Human Rights Commission, Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi. Member
Chairperson, National Commission for Women. -do-
Jt. Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development. -do-
Representative Central Social Welfare Board Institutional Area, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi. -do-
Representative National Commission of SC/ST, 5th Floor, Loknayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi. -do-
Representative Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi. -do-
Shri Sumit Bose, Jt. Secretary Elementary Education Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi. -do-
Shri S.K. Saha Dy Adviser Backward Classes Division Planning Commission, New Delhi. Member
Director, Research Ministry of Tribal Affairs Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi. -do-
Representative Minority Commission Loknayak Bhavan, New Delhi. -do-
Secretary, Deptt. of Women and Child Development Government of Andhra Pradesh. -do-
Secretary, Deptt. of Women and Child Development Government of Rajasthan -do-
Secretary, Deptt. of Women and Child Development Government of Karnataka. -do-
Secretary, Deptt. of Women and Child Development Government of Bihar -do-
Dr. Ms Niti Mohanti Jigyanshu, Tribal Research Centre J-21, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-66 -do-
Representative YWCA Ashoka Road, New Delhi -do-
Dr. G.L. Jambulkar, Dy. Adv., Education Division. Planning Commission. -do-
Shri V.S. Pandey, Jt. Secretary, Deptt. of Secondary and Higher Education, Min. of H.R.D., New Delhi. Member convenor

Terms of Reference :

  • To review and examine the present status of implementation of different educational schemes for disadvantaged groups.
  • To identify the neglected areas and gaps, weaknesses and bottlenecks to empower and develop the above mentioned disadvantaged groups / sections of society.
  • To suggest modalities as to how the disadvantaged groups like women, SCs, STs, minorities and disabled can be brought to schools and ensure their retention.
  • Suggest ways and means to priorities education for these groups by the State Governments and Central agencies.
  • To strengthen / introduce incentive, schemes for SC, ST, Minorities, Women and
  • Physically Handicapped and other disadvantaged Sections.
  • To prepare special / specific curriculum / course material for disadvantage groups.
  • To identify roles and responsibilities for Panchayati Raj Institutions and other NGOs to promote education for these groups.

In the context of the formulation of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007), it has been decided to set up a Working Group on Education for the disadvantaged sections under the Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, and the Department of Elementary Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The Chairman of the Working Group if deemed necessary may constitute sub-groups and/or may co-opt additional members.

The expenditure on TA/DA etc. of official members in connection with the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the parent department/Ministry/organization to which the member belongs. Non-official members will be entitled to TA/DA as admissible to Grade-I officers of the Government of India and this expenditure will be borne by the Convenor Department.

The Working Group will finalize its report by June 30th 2001.