New Delhi, November 30: In a bid to streamline Madrasa education with the mainstream, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the teachers in Madrasa are now being trained to impart education in mainstream formal subjects like Hindi, English, Marathi, maths, science, computers and other regional languages.
“Besides religious teaching, Urdu, Arabic and other languages, madrasa teachers are also being provided training for mainstream formal education like Hindi, English, maths, science, computer etc,” Naqvi said.
The statement from the minister comes at a time when the Central government in June this year announced that the Madrasas across India will be connected with the mainstream education for the betterment of children studying in the Islamic seminaries.
Sharp decrease in dropout rate
Saying that the school dropout rate among girl students from minority communities has plunged to 35 per cent from 70 per cent in 2014, Naqvi said it is really encouraging to know that most of teachers in Madrasa who are undergoing training are females.
While addressing the valedictory session of madrasa teachers training programme at Anjuman-e-Islam in Delhi, Naqvi said the Ministry of Minority Affairs had four years ago launched a campaign to connect madrasas with mainstream formal education system.
300 teachers have undergone training
He further informed that nearly 300 teachers have undergone training in the first six months of the second term of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
“Reputed institutions such as IITs, Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Hamdard, Anjuman-e- Islam and others are imparting training to these teachers under the programme,” he added.
Quality education for minority communities
Saying that his ministry has been working to provide affordable, accessible, quality education to six notified minority communities such as Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh and Muslim, he said thousands of madrasas have been connected with 3Ts – teacher, tiffin and toilet.
“Some 20 lakh students from the six communities have been given pre-matric, post-matric, merit- cum-means and other scholarships in the first six months of the Modi government in its second innings,” he added.