Union minority affairs minister Smriti Irani. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: The Union government has discontinued the Maulana Azad National Fellowship, which was for students from minority communities, saying it overlaps with other scholarships.

The Hindu has reported that the MANF was launched by the earlier United Progressive Alliance government at the Union in an effort to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.

The committee was established in 2005 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the social, educational and economic situation of Muslims in the country.

The seven-member committee submitted its final report on November 17, 2006.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs formulated the scholarship. The University Grants Commission website says it is open to candidates who belong to one of the minority communities – Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Christian and Jain – and are pursuing higher studies.

MANF covered all institutions recognised by UGC.

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