As a part of its endeavour to promote school education amongst disadvantaged communities, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) launched the ‘HUNAR’ project for Skill Development and Training of Girls in Delhi on 26th February 2011
HUNAR is a unique and significant project conceived by the NIOS with far reaching ramifications in terms of creation of an education delivery mechanism which is entirely community based and directed towards all round empowerment of disadvantaged girls in the 14+ age group. Also keeping in view the importance of the socio- religious dimension of educational access for the target group, this project aims to provide skill development and training which is easily accessible and community based.
NIOS referred to HUNAR as a small initiative to target the 550 million learners below the age of 25 for imparting education and skill development.
The HUNAR programme has earlier been successfully launched in two phases in the State of Bihar by extending skill education and training through Madarsas and nodal agencies situated at the district level. In its first phase, 10134 Muslim girls were certified in the examination. In the second phase of HUNAR in Bihar, 50,000 girls belonging to the Muslim Community and other backward classes have been targeted.