Uttarakhand: Group seeks inclusion of Sanskrit in madrasas, board says ‘unfeasible’

“All 207 madarsas that we are connected with, are welcoming of the idea of including Sanskrit in their curriculum," Sibte Nabi, chairperson, MWS, told The Indian Express.

Written by Kavita Upadhyay | Dehradun | Updated: December 30, 2017 7:14 am
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Even as the Madarsa Welfare Society (MWS) — a people’s collective working towards welfare of the madarsas across Uttarakhand — has written to Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat requesting him to facilitate Sanskrit education in the madarsas across the state, officials of the Uttarakhand Madarsa Education Board, on Friday, rejected the idea calling it “unfeasible”.

On December 8 the Gadarpur-based MWS, which has representatives in 207 madarsas across the state, wrote to Rawat asking him to “appoint Sanskrit teachers in the madarsas that were ready to include Sanskrit in the curriculum”.

Sibte Nabi, chairperson, MWS, said to The Indian Express, “All 207 madarsas that we are connected with, are welcoming of the idea of including Sanskrit in their curriculum. We want the madarsa educated students to be able to pursue courses in Ayurveda studies, which is currently impossible since our students don’t have any understanding of the language integral to Ayurveda studies (Sanskrit).”

Nabi said that funds under the centre’s Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madarsas (SPQEM) must be utilised towards providing Sanskrit education to the 25,000-odd students in the state who were currently receiving education in madarsas.

State Madarsa Education Board not ready to include Sanskrit in curriculum

While 297 madarsas across the state are affiliated to the Uttarakhand Madarsa Education Board, Akhlaq Ahmad Ansari, deputy registrar of the Board, said to The Indian Express, “We have not yet received any letter from any madarsa asking us to include Sanskrit in the curriculum for madarsas.”

“Including Sanskrit in the curriculum would result in a technical problem,” Ansari said. “Hindi and English are our priority, they have to be taught in the madarsas. Other than that we can have only one other language – either Persian or Arabic – and two other subjects other than languages. Including Sanskrit in the curriculum in unfeasible. We can certainly not drop Persian, or Arabic to include Sanskrit in the curriculum,” Ansari said.

While the chief minister has not consulted the Board yet on MWS’s request, Ansari said that when approached the Board would discuss the “technical problem” with the chief minister.

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  1. Drggpatel 176
    Dec 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    If we neglect our ancient language and request other to write in that language... No one can write it because we cant respect our mother even similar to our aunt(english).Many countries established their own language importance after their own freedom. We people still live in slavery mentality. We don't want to leave English(aunty) and accept Sanskrit (mother). We all know without mother child will grow but can't develop. We all responsible for this. Without learning Sanskrit we can't even understand charak sahita or any other inventions searched by our rushi because all those are in Sanskrit. We salute and appreciate foreign scientists for those scientific researchs which are already present in our Sanskrit literature. We expect more inventions, more knowledge from Western which is already present with us in Sanskrit. So whoever started to learn Sanskrit is really intelligent and bravo in this slavery era..I really heartly salute him or her.. We shortly write this in Sanskrit... Dear
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    1. Chetan More
      Dec 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm
      Sanskrit is not the mainstream language of India as evident from the excavations of Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro or even the stone inscriptions of Mauryan dynasty which is in pali language. Sanskrit was the code language through which cabal of parasites tried to form a complicit social exploitation network engaged day and night to master the art of conning masses through senseless mantras, rituals, personality worships, and statue worships. Today, while all the important knowledge is in either Russian, French, English, or Chinese, the network of parasitic cabals again want to impose their talibanizing mechanisms on the society and take the Indian society back to primitive age.
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      1. Rodya Raskolnikov
        Dec 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm
        Those who are demanding that other people should study Sanskrit . Please write your comments in Sanskrit . Please display the dedication that you demand from others. Surely you studied Sanskrit and must be an expert in it by now ?
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        1. Rodya Raskolnikov
          Dec 30, 2017 at 11:54 am
          Over-burdened Children should not be forced to waste their time and study Sanskrit in school , just to pass the exams . . They can learn on their own , when they grown up if they are interested in it. How many people use sanskrit in their day to day life ? Schools are failing to give good education in Science and Mathematics , what is the use of teaching another language ?
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          1. Babu Indian
            Dec 30, 2017 at 11:17 am
            Sanskrit is the mother language from which all Indo European Languages are derived including Hindi, Farsi etc etc . If madrasa students and many other students learn Arabic , Farsi , French , German etc then why not Sanskrit which is considered Indian . Is that because Hindus use Sanskrit ? Muslims in India also share same heritage right ? Or Muslims came from Arab only. Most people id South India nowadays are learning Sanskrit.
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            1. Rodya Raskolnikov
              Dec 30, 2017 at 11:56 am
              Please write your above comment in Sanskrit . Please display the dedication that you demand from others. Surely you studied Sanskrit and must be an expert in it by now ?
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