It has been only a few days since BJP emerged victorious in Uttar Pradesh and formed a consecutive government. Under his rule, the state of Uttar Pradesh emerged as a safer place for women, the biggest export hub, and a state free of ‘Gunda raj’ which any previous government did not even think of.
Soon after taking the oath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he began taking some exemplary decisions. Thus, after a few days of making it mandatory for the national anthem to be sung at madarsas, he is back with another decision to conduct an investigation of 7442 madarsas over illegal properties.
Inquiry on ‘fake’ madarsas
In what can be seen as a big development, the Yogi Adityanath government has stepped in with a decision to conduct an inquiry into all 7,442 madrasas. You may ask, why? Well, the government took this decision after there were complaints reported that fake madrasas are taking advantage of the modernisation scheme but are running only on paper in some districts.
Modernisation of Madarsas
For those unversed, a special scheme to modernise the madrasas of the country was launched by the government. The modernization scheme aimed at imparting modern education to Muslim children. Thus, to meet the requirements, three additional teachers were hired for every madarsa. While six thousand rupees are provided to graduate teachers, a total of 12 thousand rupees is paid to post-graduate teachers.
Read more: NCPCR calls for modernization of Madrasas.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had conducted a mapping of Madrasas in India over a period of three months. It turned out that the quality of the education system which was being offered by these institutions was subpar.
Thus, the Yogi Adityanath government had taken the step to introduce NCERT books in Madrasas in UP in October 2017. In order to make the Madrasa students more competitive and for better quality education, CM Yogi’s government has introduced mathematics and science compulsory at an intermediate level in Madrasas.
Yogi Government makes national anthem mandatory for madarsas
Earlier in March, the Uttar Pradesh government had made it mandatory to recite the national anthem for the Madrasa students. With this decision introduced, the Madarsa students will now have to recite the anthem in the morning along with other prayers.
The decision came during a meeting held by the UP Board of Madarsa Education. Chairperson of the board Iftikhar Ahmad Javed reported, “The national anthem is sung in various schools and we want to instil patriotism in madrasa students too so that they know our culture and history apart from religious studies. It is already recited in some madrasas. We have made it compulsory now from the upcoming academic session.”
Read more: Yogi government makes it mandatory for national anthem to be sung at madarsas
It is evident that CM Yogi is on his way to reviving the fate of Madarsas. He not only wants Madarsas to impart education on a similar level to other schools but, he is also ensuring that Madarsa students recite the national anthem like other students. After all, the students of the nation must be treated the same, irrespective of any religion.