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Saturday, October 03, 2009 06:17:10 PM, Staff Reporter

Established in 1978, Jamia Mohammadia Mansoora in Malegaon has already included modern subjects in its curriculum. The Madrasa is also registered with the State Education Board.


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New Delhi: The meeting with MPs which HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had called today lacked unanimity and ended without any results. The MPs will be sitting once again in month's time to discuss the ambitious UPA proposal for Madrasa reforms.


The Muslim MPs who came for today's meeting  failed to bring the consensus on the proposed Madrasa board, said the ministry sources.


The HRD Ministry had called all 59 Muslim MPS - from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for today's meeting. However, only 18 MPs turned up for the meeting. Prominent among them are Maulana Israrul Haque Qasmi - the only Congress MP from Bihar and BJP MP Shanawaz Husain.


Of the 18 Muslim MPs who attended the meeting today, some opposed the proposal and some backed. Consensus could not emerge in today's meeting, said the ministry sources.


Later, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal asked them to come with concrete proposal or suggest the changes in the existing proposal, said the sources.


HRD Minister had given them a month's time after which they would again sit for the consultation, said the sources.


Earlier, before calling the MPs for consultation, the HRD Ministry had organised a series of meeting at state headquarters to consult the community leaders and Madrasa incharge.


However, even these meeting failed in bringing unanimity over the proposal.


“The proposed Madrasa Board is not acceptable to us. It is better if the government constitutes a committee comprising of Madrasa heads and Ulema to look into the details of what actually it wants before enforcing any decision on us”, Maulana Ghulam Mohd Vastanvi who heads a chain of Madrasas and colleges across the country said about the proposal.


Stating that there is a wide gap between the two drafts of the Madrasa board, one proposed by the Centre and other by the State, Maulana Mehmood Dariyabadi said, “Similar questions were raised in a meeting that was called in 2008 but the Government has not come up with any explanation till now.”


“If the Government’s intention is to include the modern education in the Madrasas then we have already decided to do so. But the proposed Madrasa board is vague that makes the intentions of the government unclear”, said Mufti Huzaifah.


At the same time, there are few others who back the government's proposal to Madrasa modernisation. "If the government would not interfere with the syllabus and academics of the Madrasa we don't have any problem", said Arshad Mukhtar, secretary of Mohammadia Education Society that runs a chain of Madrasa acroos India.


Mohammadia Education Society is in fact the one that took the initiative in 1978 to include modern education along with the Islamic curriculum.











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