Hindu students study in madrasas of West Bengal

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

Kolkata : Madrasas are often seen with doubt in India. These religious organizations are accused of only providing old religious education and sometimes it is also said that these organizations give training in terrorism.

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In spite of all these allegations, the Madrasa of West Bengal is flourishing continuously, and the number of Hindu students is also growing day by day.

According to a recent report, one out of every four students who takes the examination of High Madarsa or High School is non-Muslim. Nearly 20 percent of the total numbers of students are non-Muslim. The percentage of non-Muslim candidates in High Madrasa examination is 20 in the educational year of 2007.

Muslim students are in minority in a Madrasa of Mohusu in the Narath Danjapur district, and more than 60 percent of the total numbers of students are Hindu. The success of the students of the Madrasa of West Bengal in board examinations and also in medical and engineering is a major factor in changing the thinking of non-Muslims.

In fact all modern education is provided with basic Islamic and Arabic education in these Madrasas. Examinations are conducted by the West Bengal Madrasa Educational Board and its degree is equivalent to the West Bengal Secondary Board.

State Minister for Madrasa education Abdus Sattar, says that our students are registering their presence in all fields, shoulder to shoulder with the students of main stream schools, and achieving success daily.

Mr Sattar also says that the modernization of the syllabus of these Madrasas attract Hindu students. Brahman, downtrodden, Dalits, and Christains are all studying in these Madrasas. These madarsas provide free education to Dalits and downtrodden students.

Hindu students of the madrasas get the chance to understand Islam and Muslims closely and it is proved very effective to lessen the distance between these two communities.

Students of the madrasa Mohana Mukhharji, Minakshi Mandal and Shyamli Das say that they have never faced any differentiation in this madrasa.

"We have to move ahead with the times. Our leaders made the wrong move by leaving English and the Sciences in British Raj. Now we cannot repeat these previous mistakes." President of the West Bengal Education Board asserted.