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Sunday February 27, 2011 07:13:24 PM, Staff Reporter

President of M.C.E. Society, Pune PA Inamdar


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Pune: Giving an interesting twist to the debate on Madrasa reforms and modernisation, renowned educationalist and President of M.C.E. Society PA Inamdar February 26 coined the idea of a National Madrasa Board in line with the ICSE board for the Madrasas and Urdu medium schools in India.

“If we are wary of the government’s initiative for Madrasa reforms and modernisation, why can’t we form our own national board the way the Christian community has done by establishing the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board”, he said while addressing the state level workshop organised at Azam Campus in Pune.


The workshop was attended by the Muslim intelligentsia and Madrasa managements from across the Maharashtra state.

“We are using modern technologies and tools to improve our personal life. But when it comes to extend the same facilities to the millions of students studying in the Indian Madrasas, we are reluctant and show ignorance”, he said.

“There are an estimated 50, 000 Madrasas in India. If the reforms are not needed as some of us suggest, then why there are only few Madrasas among these thousands that have recognition and some facilities? What about the rest, which neither enjoy recognition nor have any facility for their students?” he asked.

“We have suffered a lot by showing ignorance towards technology. It is one of the reasons why we are left behind others. If we do not adopt the latest trends even now, the gap will only widen”, he warned.

“It is high time, hence, we devise a concrete plan to modernise the Madrasas and our institutions. If we do not agree with what the government is proposing for the purpose, we should have our own ICSE like board. It will design a syllabus taking everyone’s views into account and introduce it without disturbing the existing system and undue interference. It will also have the responsibility to conduct the examinations and get recognition from universities for higher education”, he added.


The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination is an examination conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), a private, non-governmental board of school education in India. The basis of the idea behind the formation of such a board was the All India Certificate Examination Conference held in 1952 to consider the replacement of the overseas Cambridge school Certificate Examination by an All India Examination. Interestingly, this conference was presided over by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the man the Muslim community always takes pride in but sadly, never tries to think over his vision for empowerment.

The one-day workshop was organised at the behest of former bureaucrat and IAS Satish Tirpathi. Besides PA Inamdar who presided over it, the workshop was also addressed by Karim Salar of Jalgaon, Dr. Muhiuddin of Aurangabad, former bureaucrat Arun Bhatia and others. It was also decided during the seminar to run a campaign for Madrasa reforms.

The efforts to modernise the Indian Madrasas have failed to receive acceptance by the Madrasa bigwigs ever since they were introduced by the Congress-led UPA government in its first term. Now PA Inamdar has come out with an idea of Madrasa reforms by forming a national board on ICSE pattern – the roots of which lie in a conference that was presided over by one of the community’s greatest sons. It will be interesting to see how community reacts to this.






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