Minority enrolment

BEIJING: Chinese universities have agreed to  expand annual enrolments of ethnic minority students from the  tension-fraught western region of Xinjiang to 10,000 by 2020, up from  the current school year’s 6,800. The official Xinhua News Agency said  Sunday that the plans were drawn up this weekend at an education  conference organized by the education ministry and a central commission  on ethnic affairs. Xinhua said 323 colleges and universities signed an  agreement to take in more students from Xinjiang, home to the Muslim  minority of Uighurs. Ethnic conflicts have left hundreds of people dead in and outside Xinjiang in the past few years. While Beijing vows to  crack down on the violence, it promises to give local residents more  opportunities.