Assam to disband Madrasa and Sanskrit boards, ‘mainstream’ them: Education Minister Himanta

Sarma’s announcement came a little over five months after he had asked madrasas to stop remaining shut on Fridays and shift their weekly off-day uniformly with other educational institutions to Sunday.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: May 10, 2017 8:32 am
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THE BJP-LED government in Assam will soon disband the State Madrasa Board and hand over the academic part of it to the Board of Secondary Education. The Sanskrit Board will also be dissolved, state Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted late Tuesday evening. “To mainstream Madrasa education, we are disbanding the Madrasa Education directorate and making it part of the Secondary Education directorate,” Sarma tweeted. “The Madrasa Board too will be dissolved and the academic part will be handed over to the Board of Secondary Education,” he said another tweet.

In a post on Facebook, in which he repeated the two sentences, Sarma said, “We are restructuring to reform.” Sarma’s announcement came a little over five months after he had asked madrasas to stop remaining shut on Fridays and shift their weekly off-day uniformly with other educational institutions to Sunday. In December, as he made that announcement, Sarma had also drawn flak for saying that madrasas remain closed on Fridays in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and not in India.

Earlier in the day, Sarma told the Assembly that the state government wanted to “mainstream” madrasas and Sanskrit tols and introduce modern learning like computers in these institutions.

“We want to introduce modern learning like computers in these educational institutes. For doing this, we will have to change the existing structure,” he said during his reply to a cut motion on Supplementary Demands for Grants for Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the special session of the assembly. While the madrasa education would be placed under the state Board of Secondary Education, Sanskrit tols would be looked after by the Kumar Bhaskarvarma Sanskrit & Ancient Studies University, he said.

Assam had set up the Madrasa Education Board in 1934, with nine schools under it. After Independence, it was renamed as State Madrasa Education Board, Assam, and has over 700 madrasas under it.

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    Moon Chandra Deka
    May 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    It is a good decision to move the Madrassa Directorate under the Directorate of Secondary Education, am . All school student communities must get equal education system , faculties and facilities from an unique Govt. jurisdiction . am Govt. may have and is dedicated to uplift the socioeconomic conditions of the society and shall contribute to the India's growth of economy keeping pace with recent trend of world economy . However, there is a budget provision for establishing Girls Colleges in specific areas of Muslims population to promote Girls education and social reformation. I welcome these decisions that have been taken for the interest of the society and as well as for developing the state .
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      shaheed
      May 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm
      All these so important reform only to change weekly off day and computer subject. Some are saying this will help them to join workforce....ohhh may be I could not get the updated news that all others have been given jobs and still remaining posts are to be filled by these madrasa students but only hindrance is their naming of madrasa board.
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        SURYA
        May 11, 2017 at 8:46 am
        Really a great move.
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        1. sai kumar pasam
          May 10, 2017 at 9:34 pm
          Great move sir. Let them get mainstream. We want more ppl to join workforce than become maulvis(propagate hatretdism) from madrassas. But encourge vedic schools who wish to become priests and get livelihood to them
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            Vikram
            May 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm
            Great move! Now we need an all-India ban!
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