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The Assam government had asked for the closure of all government madrasas in the state in 2018 itself. There are 610 government madrassas in the state. The government spends 260 crores rupees on these institutions every year. – symbolic photo

The Assam government has decided to close all madrasas and Sanskrit schools in the state from 1 April 2021. On Monday, the government introduced its bill in the assembly. The bill proposes to repeal the two existing laws, the Assam Madarsa Education (Provisionalization) Act, 1995 and the Assam Madarsa Education (Provisionalization of Service of Employees and Re-Organization of Madarsa Educational Institute) Act 2018. The government will convert these madrasas and Sanskrit schools into ordinary schools. The opposition created a ruckus on this bill of the government.

What’s in the bill?

  • All the existing madrasas operating in the state should be closed and converted into normal schools.
  • Madrasa or Sanskrit schools should never be opened by the government in future.
  • Sanskrit schools will be handed over to Kumar Bhaskar Varma University of Sanskrit and Ancient Studies.
  • The structure of Sanskrit schools will be used as teaching and research centers of Indian culture, civilization and nationalism to children.

What does the government say?
Assam Education Minister Hemant Biswa Sarma said, ‘We have introduced a bill under which all madrasas will be converted into institutions of general education and no madrasa will be established by the government in future. We are happy to introduce this bill to introduce truly secular curriculum in the education system.
Sarma further said that the Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) have opposed this bill. But, we are confident that it will be passed. A few days ago, the Assam Cabinet approved this bill.

What did the opposition say?
Congress MLA Nurul Huda said that Arabic language is different from general subjects. Learning a language cannot be communalized from anywhere. Due to learning Arabic language, a large number of youth have got jobs in Arab countries and they are strengthening the country’s economy by sending money from outside. Indians are employed in 52 countries due to learning Arabic.

Every year the government spends 260 crores on madrasas
Hemant Biswa Sarma said in October that there are 610 government madrassas in Assam. The government spends 260 crores rupees on these institutions every year. He had said that the State Madrasa Education Board Assam would be dissolved. All government madrasas will be converted into normal schools and the process of registration of existing students will be like that of students studying in normal schools.

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