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Ten madrasahs in the country to be made high-tech

New Delhi: It is rightly said about most of the Arabic or religious madrasahs that they are not properly looked after and genrally serious attention is not paid to them, though many of them are now equipped with modern technology like computer and modern subjects also are taught in them. However now the government is taking steps to link some madrasas with satellite. Zafar Sareshwala, Chancellor of Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad Urdu Univeristy said in a statement here that about ten madrasas in the country will be equipped with high technology and will be linked with satellite on an experimental basis. He said that religious education will be imparted to students through satellite and in this way, by using high technology they can promote their educational faculties. However, he said, since this i.e. religious education is lacking in mainstream education that is, modern education which is job-oriented, after talking and discussing this matter with the teachers and officers of about 10 madrasas it has been decided to link modern education with satellite and subsequently all madrasas of the country will be linked with sattelites. Under this project, a joint study with Urdu University (MANUU) was undertaken and it was decided that educationists and well-qualified teachers of Mumbai will teach these madrasa students with the help of satellite. Necessary infrastructures for these will be provided by Sareshwala himself who said that the services of good and experienced teachers will be obtained and madrasa students will be imparted special training for medical and engineering examinations also. He said that in this way these students can easily succeed in the examinations of National Open Schools. He said that this proposal or plan enjoys the support of finance minister Arun Jaitley also who says that even after allotting Rs. 100 crores for promoting madrasa education, nothing tangible could be found and none of the madrasas adopted standard syllabus of any kind, adding that in madrasas, education about their own ideology is provided.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2016 on page no. 15

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