Ifrah Mufti : Chandigrah, Wed Nov 06 2013, 02:19 hrs
From 2011-2013, SSA provided several grants to the madrasas for books, uniforms and salaries of teachers. However, the funds stopped coming after March 31 this year as the madrasas failed to shift their students to the government schools within a time period of two years. Since then, the madrasas are facing acute shortage of funds to provide the same facilities to their students and teachers.
Education Secretary VK Singh said it was a decision of the Ministry of Human resources and Development (MHRD) to stop funding unrecognised madrasas.
Singh said, "The madrasas were given a time of two years during which they had to shift their students to the government schools. The deadline ended on March 31 when we stopped funding them. We consider these madrasas as Special Training Centres (STC) that are supposed to shift the students to the government schools after providing two years training. But none of the madrasas in the city followed the guidelines."
However, head of the Arobia Faizal Islam madrasa, Sector 45, Qari Shamsher Ali, said, "In the madrasas, we provide quality education starting from Nursery to Class VIII as in any other government school. We are following NCERT books prescribed by the CBSE and we teach all subjects including Maths, Science, Hindi, Social Studies, English, Punjabi and Urdu. With all these facilities, we fail to understand where we lag behind that SSA stopped funding us. If the government says the children studying in madrasas should be shifted to the government schools, then the madrasas will ultimately be closed. How will we provide them with our basic Islamic education?"
The madrasas have been trying to get recognition from the Education department since a year, to which Maulana Imran, teacher at the Manimajra madrasa said, "The Education department says they cannot provide funds and other facilities to the madrasas that are not recognised. But it has been more than a year now when we applied for the recognition and we await the response till now. Even the Chandigarh Wakf Board has not supported us for this cause. "
While, DPI(S) Kamlesh Kumar said, "Going by the requirements of the Right To Education Act (RTE) and also by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), none of the madrasas fulfil conditions of having adequate space for the classes, playground, proper infrastructure and qualified teachers. This is why the Education department cannot recognise them. Once they upgrade their madrasas with all the needful requirements, we will recognise them."