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U.P. Govt to modify madrasa curriculum
By M J Akhter, Lucknow
|The Uttar Pradesh Government has set up
a committee of experts under the chairmanship of Delhi's Jamia Hamdard
Vice-Chancellor Mr Siraj Husain, a UP cadre IAS officer, to revise and
bring an uniformity in the curriculum of madrasas under State's
Arabic-Persian Madrasa Examination Board, Allahabad.
Though a welcome move especially in view of the requirement of change of
the ‘old and outdated’ curriculum of the fund-starved madrasas under
the Board, people are sceptical about the eruption of this sudden love
towards Muslims by the Government which was otherwise least attentive to
genuine needs and requirements of the UP Muslims.
It is not yet clear to whom goes the credit for this move but the
praiseworthy thing is that suggestions have been sought from experts and
scholars of prestigious institutions like Aligarh Muslim University,
Banaras Hindu University, and Lucknow and Allahabad universities besides
Darul-Uloom, Nadwatul-Ulama, Lucknow and Darul-Uloom, Deoband.
According to a study, conducted by Dr. Fahimuddin of the Giri Institute of
Development Studies, Lucknow for the Union Ministry of Welfare the number
of Madrasas in U.P have shown considerable growth in post-Independence
India. In U.P, the expansion is remarkable. As per the rough estimate of
the Registrar, Arabic/Persian Examination Board, Allahabad, Govt.of U.P,
there are more than 10,000 Madrasas in the state. The Deeni Talimi
Council, a body established in 1959 with Maulana Ali Mian one of its
active member to streamline madrasa education, there are over 20,000
madrasa registered with the Council.
As per the Registrar of the Board, out of altogether 478 registered
madrasas, 317 are to receive recurring grants from the government.
Presently, there was no payment to them from the government.
The madrasas are essentially prime and cheap source of elementary
education in the far-flung rural areas; their Tahtania and Fauqania
standards of education are equivalent to primary and junior high school
respectively. The Alia class has recognition of high school degree while
the Alim degree is equivalent to the Intermediate certificate. The Kamil
and Fazil degrees are equivalent to graduate and post-graduate degrees
respectively in the state. q