HRD ministry plans overhaul of Madrasa education system
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Last Updated: Friday, October 02, 2009, 21:43
New Delhi: With the aim of bringing about comprehensive overhaul of Madrasa education, HRD Ministry has prepared a bill under which the system of religious education would be brought on a par with the modern education system.

The proposed Central Madrasa Board Bill 2009 envisages setting up of a Board to take steps for standardisation of non-religious aspects of Madrasa education.

In an effort to build consensus on the bill, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal will hold consultations with Muslim MPs from all parties here tomorrow.

The proposed Board will also recommend introduction of modern textbooks other than religious texts as extra reading to complement students' knowledge.

As per the draft bill, the proposed body will take measures for comprehensive, systematic and integrated development of the Madrasa system of education.

It will undertake an evaluation of the curriculum framework once in five years so as to make Madrasa system of education a fit and effective tool for educational empowerment of Muslims.

The proposed Board will establish equivalency standardisation with other educational institutions, grants certificates or other equivalent distinctions to persons who successfully complete courses of study affiliated to a Madrasa.

It will consist of a chairperson and 15 members. The members will include three Muslim religious scholars of theology, one each from Deoband school, Barelvi school and Ahl-i-Hadith school.

A religious scholar of Imam Shafai Sect, a scholar from Shia sect and another from Dawoodi Bohra sect will be members of the proposed body, the draft bill said. One member should be a Muslim scholar in the traditional Madrasa education.

Six members will be Muslims who have made outstanding contributions in the field of social sciences, humanities, sciences and education, according to the draft bill said. One member will be a Muslim philanthropist with contribution to education of Muslims.

These members will be appointed by the Central government from a panel of three members.

Chairperson and other members will be appointed for a period of three years. The chairperson should be an educationist of eminence, integrity and standing with distinguished contributions.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 02, 2009, 21:43

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