As it enters the last lap of its term,the UPA Government has decided to revive the Central Madrasa Board plan that had been shot down in 2007 after objection from influential seminaries.
An All India Central Madrasa Board on the lines of CBSE and equivalence of Madrasa certificates to CBSE ones are some of the key announcements that Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh will make on Tuesday
when he addresses the
annual conference of the National Commission for Minorities.
Also on the agenda is an IGNOU proposal to set up a study centre each in 100 Muslim-dominated blocks in the country,which will offer vocational courses over and above the BA and BCom courses,besides having tie-ups with madrasas.
As of now 10 states have Madrasa Boards. While attempts will be made to ask all states to create their own boards,the HRD Ministrys minority division feels that a national level board for Madrasa education on the lines of CBSE is necessary and will go a long way in mainstreaming Muslim students, said a senior official.
The Central Madrasa Board will issue certificates to students enabling them to get admission in colleges across the country.
While State Madrasa boards exist in Uttar Pradesh,Bihar,Madhya Pradesh,Jharkhand,Orissa,Assam and West Bengal,the HRD Ministry proposes that in states without the madrasa board,students should have an option to approach a madrasa board in a neighbouring state to avail of the CBSE equivalence.
As recommended by a CBSE committee,in states where madrasa certificates are recognised as equivalent to secondary and senior secondary level,they will be granted equivalence by the CBSE. The move is likely to benefit some 3.5 lakh students across 7,000 Madrasas. The CBSE equivalence will also apply to already issued madrasa certificates as well.
The committee has further proposed that a cell be created in Maulana Azad Educational University for standardization of syllabus of madrasas to assist in this equivalence process.