Certificates issued to madrasa students by the Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh Board and Uttar Pradesh education boards are equivalent to those issued by schools under the CBSE, information accessed through an RTI query has clarified. With an aim to ease higher education across the country, the HRD Ministry has clarified that such madrasa certificates were equivalent to Central Board of Secondary Education, Council of Boards of School Education and any other school boards, the RTI query sought by Muradabad-based activist Saleem Baig said.
The Council of Boards of School Education in India is a voluntary association of all the boards of school education in the country.
Under the Bihar State Education Board, three examinations — for Classes VIII (Vastania), X (Fokania), and XII (Moulvi) are held. In the other four states, examinations are conducted only for classes X and XII. According to information obtained from the HRD Ministry, as many as 374 districts in the country have been identified as backward, among which 54 have a sizeable Muslim population.