To bridge academic gap,a course for madrasa students

English,mathematics and information technology. The madrasa students prefer to take admissions in the UG courses for Urdu,Arabic,Islamic studies and theology — the traditional subjects they had studied during their education

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: August 20, 2013 4:24 am

To bring the madrasa students at par with those from other educational institutions and enable them in joining mainstream humanities and science courses at undergraduate level,the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to introduce a bridge course,which,among others,will impart lessons in English,mathematics and information technology.

The madrasa students prefer to take admissions in the UG courses for Urdu,Arabic,Islamic studies and theology — the traditional subjects they had studied during their education. However,to give them a wider choice and better opportunities,the AMU has decided to include English,personality development,a course on contemporary Islam,mathematics (of 10+2 level) apart from physics and chemistry in the one-year bridge course’s syllabus.

The university will soon conduct an all-India level entrance exam for madrasa students to select the best 50 for admission in the bridge course. Students will have to answer the questions based on social science,basic science,general awareness and aptitude in the entrance examination.

The AMU authorities said that students who have completed the course of Almiat (10+2) from any madrasa across the country may apply for admission in the bridge course. The fee structure is likely to be decided in a meeting of AMU authorities Monday. The last date for applying to the course is August 30,which is likely to be extended.

The course would be run by AMU’s Centre for Promotion of Science. The centre’s in-charge,Dr Zeeba Zaka-ur-Rab,said,“The objective behind introducing this bridge course is to provide madrasa students a non-conventional training in mainstream knowledge to enable them prepare for institutionalised supplemental education and wider employment avenues.”

Zeeba said that almost 50 per cent Muslim students study in madrasa and very few of them opt for subjects like information technology and advance science. She said the students after completing the bridge course would be able to join madrasa for teaching modern science and computer science as well. AMU will award a certificate of bridge course to every student.

“The course will bring madrasa students at par with any 10+2 pass-out. Even better,it will enable them to join most of the courses at undergraduate level,” said university spokesperson Rahat Abrar.

He said that the bridge course will focus more on innovative and interactive techniques where students and teachers sit together and discuss the study material.

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