After initiating a plan for survey of all Madarsas, the Uttarakhand government has now prepared a plan to introduce the syllabus of National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) in the Madarsas of the State. Under the plan, the syllabus of the NCERT would be first introduced in the Madarsas controlled by the Uttarakhand Waqf Board and later this plan would be extended to the Madarsas which are under Madarsa Board.
There are about 1,000 Madarsas in Uttarakhand in large number of students of the Muslim community are enrolled. At present these Madarsas are only imparting religious education to the students.
Confirming the plan, the chairman of the Uttarakhand Waqf Board, Shadab Shams told The Pioneer that the objective of the BJP is to convert the Madarsas into Smart Madarsas. He said that soon the NCERT syllabus would be introduced in 103 Madarsas which are under the Waqf board. Shams disclosed that under the new curriculum the religious education would be imparted in the first two hours only in the morning and in the rest of the time the Madarsas would operate like a normal school. The Waqf board has decided to implement the NCERT syllabus initially in 10 Madarsas in the state which include the Rehmania Madarsa of Roorkee and Usmania Madarsa in Dehradun. These ten institutes would be developed as Model Madarsas, thereafter the NCERT syllabus would be extended in other Madarsas. Shams added that tabs would also be given to the students of Madarsas and recruitment of new teachers would also be done.
“Our objective is to realise the dream of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Madarsa students should have the holy Quran in one hand and a laptop in the other. We want our students in Madarsas to also become doctors and engineers. We are concerned about the future of our children and are doing every bit with a clear conscience,’’ Shams said.
The chairman of the Uttarakhand Waqf board added that skill development centres would also be set up in the Madarsas to polish the youngsters of the community in different trades and provide certificates to them.