Madrasas In JK Can't Impart Religious Education Only: GoI

30 November 2015
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Naseem

Srinagar: Government of India (GoI) has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to tide over the 'resistance' by the management of majority of the Madrasas in the State in restricting the students to acquiring religious education only. Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) has taken a strong exception that the funds released by it to the state have remained unspent and Madrasas are only providing the religious education across Kashmir. The MHRD in a recent review of the schemes for improvement of education in Madrasas asked the state government to ensure that besides religious education, such institutions also impart formal education as is being taught in the regular government and private schools. 'Majority of the Madrasas here have shown a lukewarm response to the Scheme for Quality Education in Madrasas (SEQM) and the Infrastructure Development in Minority Institutions (IDMI) scheme. The Madrasas have refused to take the monetary assistance in upgrading their infrastructure and for introducing formal subjects,' officials said. According to officials, only over Rs 1 crore has been used by 58 Madrasas out of designated 237 across the State. 'Over 4 crore has remained unused, and no expenses have been incurred on the upgradation of infrastructure and for employing teachers, who could impart teaching in other subjects in the religious centers in last 3-years. For last three years, SEQM and IDMI schemes have remained inoperative across the Kashmir division,' they said. According to officials, not a single Madrasa in Anantnag, Baramulla, Shopian and Kupwara district has accepted the government grants to introduce formal subjects. 'Under the schemes we could have provided Rs 50 lakhs for opening of a library by any of the Madrasas, but these religious institutions are not willing to introduce formal subjects. Under the scheme each graduate teacher was to be provided Rs 6,000 per month a salary while a post graduate teacher was to be provided Rs 12,000,' they said. Officials said the Education department has managed to register 58 Madrasas, whose students would appear in the examinations conducted by the department and State Board of School Education (BOSE). 'We have also asked the Wakf Board to help us identify the schools, which could benefit from the schemes of modernization of education of Madrasas. Besides, the emphasis on introducing formal subjects, we are also focusing on getting computer education imparted to the students in Madrasas,' they said. Director School Education Kashmir, Shah Faesal, said government has decided to hold meeting with the representatives of different Madrasas so that they could benefit from the government schemes.

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