National Commission On Minority Educational Institutions (ncmei)

National Commission on Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI)

The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions was set up in 2004. The Government brought out an Ordinance in November 2004 establishing the Commission. Later a Bill was introduced in the Parliament in December 2004 and both Houses passed the Bill. The NCMEI Act was notified in January 2005. 
  • The Commission is mandated to look into specific complaints regarding deprivation or violation of rights of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.
  • The Commission can look into any complaints relating to violation and deprivation of rights of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.
  • This Commission is a quasi-judicial body and has been endowed with the powers of a Civil Court. It is to be headed by a Chairman who has been a Judge of the High Court and three members are to be nominated by Central Government. Both chairman and all the 3 members should belong to a minority community.
  • The Commission has 3 roles namely adjudicatory function, advisory function and recommendatory powers.
  • No court (except the Supreme Court and a High Court exercising jurisdiction under Articles 226 and 227 of the Constitution) shall entertain any suit, application or other proceedings in respect of any order made by the Commission.
  • So far as affiliation of a minority educational institution to a university is concerned, the decision of the Commission would be final.
  • The Commission has powers to advise the Central Government or any State Government on any question relating to the education of minorities that may be referred to it and can also make recommendations regarding any matter which directly or indirectly deprives the minority community of their educational rights enshrined in Article 30.

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