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Madrassa education system in State to be abolished

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 14 - The Madrassa system of education in the State, which was introduced in 1934, will be abolished from the next academic session, while the Sanskrit tols will be converted into centres of ancient studies.

Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said there are 189 High Madrassas under SEBA, which besides the regular the curriculum also offers a subject on Quran � Fiqh and Aquaid.

�We will remove the word �Madrassa� from the institutions and drop the additional subject on Islam. From 2022, SEBA will not conduct any separate High Madrassa examinations,� Sarma said.

Under the State Madrassa Education Board, there are four Arabic Colleges, 14 Title Madrassas, 138 Senior Madrassas and 230 pre-senior Madrassas- totaling 542 institutions, which teaches a theological subject on Islam.

After the 2021 final examinations, the Madrassa Board will stand dissolved and the academic and administrative authority of these institutions will be transferred to the Director of Secondary Education. The word Madrassa will be removed from these institutions as well.

�There will be no theological subject in the institutions. The Arabic colleges will be normal higher secondary colleges. The teachers of the theological subjects will be trained to impart general education,� the Minister said, elaborating on the Cabinet decision taken yesterday.

The State Assembly will also repeal the Act which had provincialized the Madrassas.

The Sanskrit tols on the other hand will be brought under the Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University. These 97 institutions will offer degree and diploma courses on Indian history and ancient culture.

�Perhaps, these will be the first institutions in the country to offer courses on Indian civilization and ancient culture,� he added.

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