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Indian Muslim boys recite the Koran at the Madrasatur-Rashaad religious school in Hyderabad on June 19, 2017, during the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to pray and read the Koran during Islam's holiest month. / AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM

Madrasas under RTE Act: A step in right direction

The contention of AIMPLB that the proposal of bringing Madrasas under RTE Act would be an attack on the sovereignty of Muslim Educational Institutes, is a fallacy as this step would benefit not only seven million Madrasa going children but also bring the desired result of empowerment and progress of the community at large. ‘Madrasa syllabus’, with greater share on religious education, has in fact created and unfortunately developed a mentality of ‘ghettoisation’ among Muslims from very beginning of their lives.

Devoid of better/ ‘contemporary education’ in most of the Madrasas, the National Commission for Protection of Child rights has advocated for bringing Madrasas under the RTE to ensure that the children are not denied of their right to modern education. Muslims are required to grow and vie in the current competitive age of a connected world, besides to shed their branding as ‘a fundamentalist, violent community with tribal mindset’. Subsequent this RTE act, Madrasa students would not only be attuned to the world around them, but also be equipped of modern curriculum and technologies which is shaping lives of human beings and changing at a breathtaking pace.

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