Madrassa students to receive modern education under Jamiat Open School

The Jamiat Open School will work in the framework of NIOS all across the country and is supported by the Madarsa community. The program is targeted to reach at least 50 thousand students at the first stage.

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New Delhi: “A new era is about to begin in Islamic madrassas as the students of madrassas will be equipped with modern education up to the secondary level,” Maulana Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said on Friday.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has set up a ‘Jamiat Open School’ in collaboration with eminent religious scholars and madrassa heads.

The Jamiat Open School will work in the framework of NIOS all across the country. It is supported by the Madarsa community.

The program is targeted to reach out to 50 thousand students at the first stage.

In this regard, an introductory and training program was held today at the headquarter of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, in which about 100 heads of Madrasas representing 10 West UP districts & Delhi attended the event. They will proceed to Pune for one-month-long training.

The event was attended by Maulana Mahmood Madani, the director of the JOS, and General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, as well as several educationists.

On this historic occasion, Maulana Mahmood Madani in his speech said that our elders had opposed the government madrassa board; time has proved that their concerns were correct. He cited the recent attitude of the Assam government in this regard as an example. He said that we do not accept the government’s interference in religious madrassas, we have chosen our path for modern education.

He said that it is fulfilling our need and there is no interference in the routine of the madrasa.

In the changing circumstances of the world, we need a good preacher. Every year, thousands of young Muslims graduate from various Islamic centres of learning gain a deeper understanding of traditional Islamic science but they are unable to play a key role in their society due to unfamiliarity with modern techniques. Therefore, it is our goal to provide a quality education through Jamiat Open School so that students can progress in the field of modern science as well.

On this occasion, Dr Shoaib Raza Khan, Assistant Director, NIOS, in his address termed this joint initiative of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Madrassas as a path-breaking and said that NIOS was ready to extend all possible cooperation in this regard. Apart from them, the President of Maulana Azad University Jodhpur, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Mr Kamal Faruqui (both of whom are also members of the Central Education Council of Jamiat Open School), Mr Ikram Rizvi, Mr M.A Khan, Mr Mujtaba Farooq, Advocate M. R, Shamshad delivered a key speech.

Maulana Niaz Ahmad Farooqi, Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the central figure of the movement, delivered the welcome address and said that so far 100 madrassas have been selected in which 2,000 students will benefit from modern education. Under this, a twenty-day training camp for the coordinators and teachers of these madrassas is going to start in Azam Campus, Pune from tomorrow. Project Incharge Mohsin Alvi introduced Jamiat Open School and Abdul Majid Alvi moderated the event. The program ended with the prayers of the great religious scholar Maulana Qari Shaukat Ali.