Assam Madrassa Coordination Committee during a press conference in Guwahati on Monday

Guwahati: The Assam Madrassa Coordination Committee (AMCC) on Monday urged the state government to run the Madrassa education in its current state. The organisation’s appeal came amid the Assam government’s earlier decision to shut down around 614 Madrassas and 100 Sanskrit tols and convert them to high and higher secondary schools.

Recently, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that state-run Madrassas and Sanskrit tols would be wound up within the next three to four months. “Our government feels it is not just to teach religious scriptures with government money,” said Sarma.

At a press conference in Guwahati on Monday, the AMCC said that the Madrassa system already includes high school syllabus and demanded the status of college, or institution for meeting the education level imparted in the Madrassas.

Defending the syllabus taught at the schools, AMCC convenor Maulana Faruq Ahmed Lashkar said that the Madrassa system is already keeping up with the modern system and with subjects like Math, Science, English, Social Studies etc, and at the same time they also teach spiritual education for the holistic development of the child.

The committee said that on February 20, it will send a memorandum to state governor Jagdish Mukhi, CM Sarbananda Sonowal, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, president Ramnath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi and Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on behalf of all the madrassas running in the state. They will submit it to the deputy commissioner.

Further, for a speedy resolution to the issue, AMCC said that it will meet with the state governor, CM and education minister.

In a notification dated February 10, Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) said that it has allowed the candidates who have already finished the Madrassa Matriculation ‘Dakhil’ examination conducted by the state Madrassa Education Board to take admission in HS first year (Class XI) under schools and degree colleges under AHSEC across all streams, provided that they have cleared the same syllabus in English, MIL, General Science, Mathematics and Social Science as prescribed by the Board of Secondary Education Assam SEBA.

It is to be noted that approximately 70,000 students study in Madrassas across the city, which is only about 2% of the state’s total Muslim population.

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