The Uttarakhand Waqf Board has decided to introduce the NCERT syllabus, which includes Sanskrit, into the state’s madrassas. Board chairman Shadab Shams said that since our children are already studying Hindi, English, Math, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Arabic, they can also study Sanskrit. He said that this initiative will pave the way for our children to follow in the footsteps of the inspirational figure, APJ Abdul Kalam. The board chairman said that the chief minister assured him of taking necessary measures to educate the children.
“If Sanskrit is not taught in Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand, then where will it be taught?” Shadab said, adding that we should be proud of our culture, and our children should also be part of the mainstream.
“Students should have knowledge of every language and culture. The education in madrassas should not be limited. Muslim children have the right to study everything,” he said.
“The Waqf Board in Uttarakhand has decided to implement the NCERT syllabus in the 117 Waqf Board madrassa in the state. The NCERT Syllabus includes Sanskrit also. When our children can learn Hindi, English, Math, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Arabic, they can study Sanskrit too,” Board chairman Shadab Shams told news agency ANI.
“The chief minister has assured us that any help needed to educate the children, the government is ready for it. They will also walk on the path of APJ Abdul Kalam. We are going ahead with positive vibes,” he said.
40-50 madrassas approached seeking modernisation: Uttarakhand Waqf Board chairman
“About 40-50 Madrassas have approached us seeking modernisation of their education system on the lines of the four madrassas taken up in the first phase of our programme in Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts,” Shams told PTI.
Have received positive repsonse from students’ parents: Shadab Shams
We have got a highly positive response from parents and guardians who send their children to madrassas for studies, but do not want them to miss out on modern education like computer education or the study of science subjects, he said.
“The enthusiastic response of parents and guardians is no less than a revolution. We were expecting a stiff resistance from the Muslim families, especially under the pressure of clerics to any attempt to modernise madrassa education in the state, but the situation is the opposite,” Shams said.
He said It was good for the future of their children who need to come out of the limit of the traditional madrassa education to meet the challenges of the contemporary world.
The infrastructure required for this exercise is being created in the madrassas selected in the first phase, he said, adding it was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that he wanted to see madrassa-going children with the Quran in one hand and a laptop in the other.
After the first phase of this exercise is completed, more districts will be taken up in the second phase of the modernisation programme, he further said.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat have assured the Waqf board of full support in the exercise, he said.
Soon after taking over as the chairman of the Uttarakhand Waqf Board in 2022, Shams had pitched for providing modern education at madrassas and talked about the board’s plans to impart the same education to madrassa students as those studying in other schools. The Uttarakhand Waqf Board runs 103 madrassas in the state.
(With inputs from agencies)