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Decision to close Madrassas and Sanskrit tols flayed by Cong,

Decision to close Madrassas and Sanskrit tols flayed by Cong,
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BJP backs move

Guwahati, Feb 13 (PTI) The BJP-led Assam government''s

decision to shut down the state-run Madrassas and Sanskrit

tols (centres of learning) has invited critical remarks from

the opposition Congress and various organisations, Islamic as

well as those linked with the Sanskrit, while the saffron

party backed the move.

The Assam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of the leading

organisations of Islamic scholars belonging to the Deobandi

school of thought, has threatened to take legal action in

order to stop the administration from implementing its plan.

State''s Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said on

Wednesday that the state-run Madrassas and Sanskrit tols would

be closed down within the next three to four months.

He had said they would be converted to high and higher

secondary schools teaching regular courses "because it is not

the job of government to provide funds to institutions to

impart religious teachings, Arabic or other such languages".

Sarma said there were about 1,200 Madrassas and 200

Sanskrit learning centres in Assam without any independent

boards to run them.

The minister said "If someone is teaching religion using

own money than it is no problem, but if the state funding is

used for teaching holy Koran, then we have to teach Gita and

Bible as well".

"As the state government is a secular entity, it cannot

fund organisations involved in religious teaching.

Private Madrassas and Sanskrit tols can continue to run,

but we will soon bring a new legislation to ensure they

function in accordance with a regulatory framework," he said.

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi termed the

decision as "unwise".

He emphasised that the administration should have

instead taken steps to modernise these institutions.

Gogoi, who had studied at a Madrassa in Jorhat along

with many boys from Hindu families, said, "the government

should not ignore the Madrassas and link them them with

religion.Instead of killing the institution, government should

instead strengthen them, modernise them, introduce general

subjects and promote technology there".

Referring to the tols, Gogoi said, Sanskrit was the

richest language not only of India but of the world. It not

only has the rich religious texts of the Vedas but also of

other books of knowledge.

Meanwhile, both the Anfar and Badruddin Ajmal groups

of the Assam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind opposed the move.

Maulana Fazlul Karim, state secretary of the Jamiat

led by AIUDF chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal, told PTI "its not

true that the Madrassas only impart religious education as

they teach Islamic studies and the subject Arabic as a foreign

language which helps many of its students become doctors and

engineers and get employment in the Middle East countries".

Stating the Madrassas give importance to general

education syllabus teaching other regular subjects such as

maths, science, Assamese, English, social studies, etc.,

Maulana Karim said children from the Hindu community also

studies in many of these institutions across the state, while

a large number of others similarly were enrolled in the

neighbouring West Bengal.

"If the state government closes down its Madrassas,

then Jamiat may take recourse to legal provisions to halt the

move", Maulana Karim warned.

Echoing similar views, Anfar Jamiat group''s state

secretary, Maulana Kalimuddin said higher Madrassa schools

were functioning with the government funds from before the

Independence and continue to do so.

"Suddenly the government cannot shut down the

Madrassas", Maulana Kalimuddin said.

The state unit of the BJP supported the government''s

decision in this regard.

Assam BJP spokesman Rupam Goswami said the state has

taken a right decision as "it is not the responsibility of the

government to provide money for promoting religious eduction."

Fakrul Islam, Superintendent (Principal) of Ashima

Senior Madrassa established in 1942 in Karimganj, said along

with the general subjects, Koran and Hadiths or sayings of the

Prophet Muhammad are taught as literature there.

As no religious teachings are imparted, Islam said,

the students passing out from there were not interested in

becoming Imaams in mosques or joining any religious

institutions.

Objections have also been raised against the decision

to wind up the state-aided Sanskrit tols.

Damodar Satuspathis Sanskrit tol governing body vice

president, Jukti Nath Khound said, the government should have

taken such a strong step only after much deliberations "as

question will arise as to who will conduct the Madyamik

(higher secondary) level and Shastri (graduation degree) level

courses".

Its at present held by Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and

Ancient Studies University at Nalbari.

Guna Saikia, retired Sanskrit department professor of

Nagaon College, is of the opinion that the government instead

of closing down the tols should have taken initiative for

creating a conducive atmosphere for imparting Sanskrit

teaching.

Head of a Satra (monastry) set up by 14th-15th century

polymath of Assam, Srimanta Sankar Deb wanted the tols to

continue. PTI ESB CORR

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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