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Get a MINORITY STATUS for your School in India

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What is Minority Status for an Educational Institute and its Advantages?

Article 30(1) of the Constitution of India gives linguistic and religious minorities a fundamental right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. “Minority Educational Institution” means a college or an educational institution established and administered by a minority or minorities.

The Minority Schools are excluded from the RTE Act. To refer following schools are exempted i) Schools in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
ii) Madrassas, Vedic Patshalas and educational institutions primarily imparting religious instruction
iii) Unaided minority schools are excluded from the Act, according to the 2012 Supreme Court Judgement

Who is a MINORITY? – It has been held by the Eleven Judges Bench of the Supreme Court in T.M.A. Pai Foundation vs. State of Karnataka (2002) 8 SCC 481 that a minority, whether linguistic or religious, is determinable only by reference to demography of the State and not by taking into consideration the population of the country as a whole. The two most fundamental requirements that the community must show; are;

(1) that it is a religious/linguistic minority,

(2) that the institution was established by it.

Who can start a Minority Educational Institute – A Society or Trust consisting of members of a minority community, or even a single member of a minority community, may establish an institution.

Is there a certain percentage of the students from the Minority Committee one has to fulfil before qualifying for Minority Status?

An aided minority educational institution, is entitled to have the right of admission of students belonging to the minority group and at the same time, would be required to admit a reasonable extent of non-minority students.

What would be a reasonable extent for Non-Minority Students, This would vary from the types of institution, the courses of education for which admission is being sought and other factors like educational needs. The State Government concerned has to notify the percentage of the minority students. Section 12C (b) of the Act also empowers the State Government to prescribe percentage governing admissions in a minority educational institution. 

So currently I think these are not set in stone and one has to deal with the State Government to deal and finalise this issue that what is the max I can take from both the sides, Minority as well as Non – Minority

How to Register

Once a Society / Trust is formed, post that one has to visit the website of NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MINORITY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE. You can access the website by clicking here.

PROCEDURE FOR FILING APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF MINORITY STATUS CERTIFICATE BEFORE NCMEI
(SECTION 12B)

Documents Required :

The applicant minority institution should be registered as a trust under the Public Trust Act 1950 or as a Society under Societies Registration Act 1860. In case of Society, copy of Society Registration Certificate should be enclosed with the application form. A copy of the Trust Deed, Memorandum of Association, Rules & Regulation/ Byelaws with all amendments should be enclosed. An affidavit signed by President/Secretary of the Society/Trust should also be enclosed as per prescribed format, on appropriate value of non-judicial stamp paper.

In case of an individual run institution, applicant should file an affidavit. They should also enclose a copy of the affiliation/ approval of the concerned education authorities for running the educational institution as the case may be.

Majority of the trustees/members (i.e. at least 51%) of the managing committee of the Society of the applicant institution should belong to the applicant Minority Community.

Original application complete in all respects with copy of all relevant documents as annexure alongwith five spare sets of the application should be submitted.

Educational trusts and societies seeking minority status will now be required to register as non-governmental organisation with the NITI Aayog, if they are seeking government aid or not.

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14 thoughts on “Get a MINORITY STATUS for your School in India”

  1. Res, sir
    we have school as hazart tippu sulta lower primary school in karnataka since 2010 we ar not register school as minority so we to guidelines for regester our school in minority how and what to do plz its a kindly request

  2. Sir minority status is to be granted to Trust / Society or to the school or college?? Registration with Niti Ayog is mandatory as per your say – from which date it is made mandatory??

      1. We are running the Jr. College at Bidar karnataka, our Institution is a lingustic minority. What is the minimum students stregth for one class. Pl. Explain.

  3. Rev. Dr. Aaron Gnanadas

    We are running a christian school in Sibsagar district of Assam since 2006, and registered as a charitable educatioal trust in the year 2015. Kindly guide me how to get affiliated with the minority group of schools in India. Now we are having classes upto class 5 only.

      1. I am running a Jr. High School, affiliated to Basic Shiksha Parishad, UP. We are Christian Minority, having a Society. We filed our file for granting minority status. We Got NOC from BSA , NOC from Add Director Basic. Now the file is o the table of Secretary, Basic Shiksha, Priyagraj and the person is asking me to show a GO regarding the same. They dont have any GO.
        I have attached a detailed G.O. dated 1994 but they say that it is very old, they need the latest, which I am unable to procure. Filed an Application in NAtional minority commission Delhi, but nothing is moving there. Please guide me Sir.
        Thanks
        9415566423

  4. Mohan Anantrao Asarkar

    I am the president of Akot Education Society. Under it, I am running a Marathi Primary School, Convent, High School, Jr College. The member of our governing body are consisting of Seven Bramhins, Four OBC directors.
    Please let me know how to get minority status to our school.

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