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Time to shed these stereotypes seem to have come. In a departure from the tradition, even non Muslim students are welcome in these madrassas. 
Going by the nomenclature of most of the madrassas in the country, they seem to cater to the educational needs of only one section of the society. So what? 
Missionary schools and colleges too bear the names depicting their religious denomination and symbols. This does not come in the way of their educating people of other communities. Non Christian students studying in these institutions outnumber Christians. 
Education is education irrespective of whether you obtain it from a Christian missionary school, a Hindu vidya mandir or a madrassa. A student can enroll with any school be it Christian, Hindu or Muslim managed, as long as it caters to the educational needs of the student. 
Among the names emerging from the list of students who have passed various grade exams conducted by BSMEB this year are Surya Narayan Sah, Priyanka Kumari, Pooja Kumari and Preetam Kumari. These students are among 100 Hindu students, both girls and boys, of Madrassa Islamia, Sandalpur in Araria district. 
A total of hundred non Muslim students came out in flying colours in the Maulvi, Fauqania and Wastania grade exams results of which were declared on Monday. 
A list of non-Muslim candidates of Fauqania exam could be procured from the madrassa board. A total of 37 students in the list have passed the exam successfully. Names of Rupa Bharti of Madrassa Munamia, Sanjay Kumar of Madrassa Islamia, Khardaur, Sanam Kumari and Sandhya Kumari of Madrassa Rahmania, Joktia (both in West Champaran), Balia (Begusarai) and Anita Kumari of Madrassa Faiyazul Uloom (Chhapra) are included in the list. 
What makes non Muslim or Hindu parents enroll their wards in an institution which bears a religious tag of other sect and is being associated with terrorism? 
According to the board officials, the quality of education and the strict discipline observed in the madrassas is the main draw for parents of the Hindu students. The religious tag and the stigma of terrorism is no deterrent for them as they know it is all propaganda.



















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