Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla on 29 March 2016 launched innovative entrepreneurship and skill development programme of Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) through leading national and international experts in different skill sets.
The innovative Scheme proposes to use leading celebrities who belong to Minority communities in various skill sets as the driving force behind the skill development projects in their respective fields.

It is for the benefit of marginalized sections of minority communities.

Who are these celebrities?
The Celebrities are icons for youths all over the country and are well known public figures, who are recognized by their name, face and their associated trades/skill sets.

They could motivate young population to excel in the chosen field of trade/expertise.
Most of them are, more than eager to repay their respective communities by using their expertise and stature in their respective fields, for the benefit of marginalised sections of their communities and also for the society at large, by supporting the cause of skill development/up-gradation in their own areas of expertise.

This is based upon the feedback received from the interaction with several leading personalities and icons in different skill sets, mainly, in Beauty and Wellness Sector, Textile & Fashion Designing, Media & Entertainment etc. like Javed Habib Akter, Shahnaz Hussain, Wendell Rodricks, Kamal Haasan and many more personalities.
About Maulana Azad National academy for Skills (MANAS)

It was established under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) by National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) on 11 November, 2014 to fulfil the vision of Skill India and also achieve the over-riding goal of the Union Government SabkaSaath – SabkaVlkas.

It provides an institutional arrangement to meet all Skill Development or Up-gradation needs of the Minority communities in India. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), it comprises of an extensive All India Level, Training Framework based on Collaboration (PPP mode) with leading and reputed Training Providers at National/ International level, in India.

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