Guwahati, October 17
All government-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols (colleges) will likely be closed down by the Assam authorities and the notification to this impact will likely be issued in November, state Training Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned on Saturday.
The State Madrassa Training Board, Assam will likely be dissolved and all of the government-run madrassas will likely be transformed into excessive colleges, he mentioned.
New admissions will likely be held for the present college students as common ones, he mentioned.
“The ultimate-year college students will likely be allowed to move out however these taking admission in these colleges in January subsequent 12 months should research as common college students,” he mentioned.
The Sanskrit tols will likely be handed over to Kumar Bhaskarvarma Sanskrit College and these will likely be transformed into centres of studying and analysis the place Indian tradition, civilisation and nationalism will likely be studied, Sarma mentioned.
The step has been taken by the federal government to make sure that college students get an everyday schooling below the Secondary Training Board of Assam (SEBA), he mentioned.
The examinations performed by the madrassas and the Sanskrit tols are completely different and their college students don’t seem for the matriculation examination performed by the SEBA.
“They’re, nevertheless, given equivalency with these showing within the board examinations, which is unfair on the common college students,” Sarma mentioned.
The equal weightage for college students passing out from madrassas, Sanskrit tols and the common colleges was launched by the then Congress authorities within the state within the 1990s and has continued since then.
Sarma mentioned the examination system of madrassas could be very completely different with an emphasis on spiritual research and never on common topics required for additional increased skilled schooling, he mentioned.
Requested if the step was taken with an eye fixed on the Assam Meeting elections due subsequent 12 months, Sarma, who’s a senior BJP chief of the northeastern state, mentioned, “How can this be an election subject after we are solely closing the federal government madrassas and never the non-public ones.”
He claimed that many of the college students enrolled within the authorities madrasas wish to change into docs and engineers and are usually not conscious of the truth that these are usually not common colleges.
Sarma cited a survey performed by a Gauhati College professor who discovered that the dad and mom of many of the college students of the madrassas are usually not conscious of the truth that their kids are usually not taught the common topics however are imparted classes principally in theology.
“Is that this not a violation of the human rights of those kids who aspire to be in professions that are solely potential once they purchase information in sure topics by the common schooling system,” he mentioned.
Moreover, most Islamic students are usually not in favour of madrassas being below the federal government, he claimed.
He additionally mentioned the madrassas had been arrange within the pre-Independence period and are a legacy of the Muslim League.
He clarified that the excessive madrassa examinations performed by the board had been completely different from that held by the federal government madrassas.
“Within the excessive madrassa examinations, college students seem for normal topics and have solely a paper in Arabic. There isn’t a paper on theology,” he added.
There are 610 authorities madrassas in Assam, for which the state authorities spends Rs 260 crore yearly, Sarma mentioned. — PTI