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Saturday, October 03, 2009 11:05:09 AM, Staff Reporter

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New Delhi: In an attempt to implement the much delayed Central board for Madarsa education, Union Human Resource (HRD) Ministry is meeting the Member of Parliaments (MPs) today on October 3, 2009.


The Ministry has already completed few rounds of talks with Muslim community leaders in various state headquarters on the subject.


Apart from consulting MPs from the Muslim community, today's meeting will also have other MPs from the areas dominated by Muslims, says the Ministry sources.


Stating that with the ambitious Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2009  going through the Parliament, sources say, HRD minister Kapil Sibal is now pushing through the Madarsa board proposal. The proposal has been delayed by over three years.


According to the Ministry sources, a Central board for madarsa education would help ensure minimum education standards in the teaching of non-religious subjects in these seminaries. The proposal has been opposed by the community leadership amid fears that it could increase government interference in madarsas. However, official sources clarified that the affiliation of madarsas to the proposed board will be voluntary.


With the help of MPs and community leaders, the government hopes to break the deadlock on the controversial subject which has been delayed for over three years.


The National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development engaged in the promotion of Urdu had stated in the editorial of July 2003 issue of ‘Urdu Duniya’ that there are 5,00,000 madrasas in India. Creation of a Central board for madarsa education is one of the ambitious proposals of the UPA government. However the Government is not able to bring 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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