The Waqf Board in Uttarakhand will introduce the National Council of Educational Research and Training, or NCERT, syllabus in all 103 madrasas it conducts across the state from the next academic session, reported The Hindu.
The board has also decided to open madrasas to children of all faiths and introduce a uniform dress code as part of efforts to modernize education.
“Efforts to bring the students of madrasas into the mainstream are our priority,” said Shadab Shams, chairman of the board of directors of Uttarakhand Waqf. The Hindu. “We will also try to get CBSE [Central Board of Secondary Education] or Uttarakhand State Board memberships for the madrasas in the coming years.
Shams, who is also a former spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party, said that religious instruction in madrasas under the Waqf board will be conducted in the first hour of school, from 6:30 am to 7:30 am, after which general classes for all subjects will follow. Place.
The board plans to introduce the NCERT syllabus to grade 12 and will also replicate it in 419 other registered madrasas in the state, it reported. The Hindu. The state’s Waqf council will use its own funds generated by religious institutions under it to hire teachers and modernize classrooms, the paper reported.
“We have now proposed in the recent board meeting to develop seven of our madrassas into model madrassas,” said Shams. The Indian Express. “These seven include two each in Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar, and one each in Nainital.”
A waqf is an asset given by Muslims for a religious, educational or charitable purpose. In India, waqfs are governed by the Waqf Act, 1995. Each state has a Waqf Board headed by a corporate body, which has the power to acquire, hold and transfer property.