Sibal to evolve consensus on Madarsa Board

By Andalib Akhter,

New Delhi: Union minister for human resources development, Kapil Sibal today pledge to renew government’s effort to evolve consensus for the establishment of an All India Madarsa Board.

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He said this while outlining the 100 days programme of his ministry here. When asked as how he would evolve consensus as his predecessor failed to achieve the goal, the minister said: ‘we will renew our effort for the purpose”. He refused to elaborate his strategy but said all effort would be made for the modernisation of Madarsa education.

Muslim clergy and chiefs of Madarsa had rejected the former HRD minister idea of establishment a Madarsa Board. They feel that such a board would interfere in the functioning of the Islamic seminaries.

Sibal however said that in the 100 days new initiative would be taken for awareness generation and intensification of efforts in the area of Madarsa/Makatab modernisation and skill development for Muslim children.

He said that new scheme of interest subsidy on educational loans for professional courses by the minorities would be launched. The ministry would also strength and expand the scheme for remedial coaching for students from SC/ST./ and minorities in higher education.

The ministry would also create ‘Equal Opportunity Offices’ in all universities for effective implementation of schemes for disadvantage section of the society.

The government would also establish model degree collage in 100 districts with significant population of weaker section and the minorities.

The minister said that 100 women’s hostel would also be sanctioned in higher educational institution located in districts with significant population of minorities.

The minister said that all effort would be taken to enact the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill. This would be followed by notification of the 86th constitutional amendment in the official gazette