Friday, March 4, 2011

No plan to set up madrassa board: Sibal


The human resources development (HRD) minister, Mr Kapil Sibal, today said the government has no proposal to set up a madrassa board as the Muslim community is against the formation of such a regulatory board for them.
Clarifying that the UPA government has never proposed to set up such a board, Mr Sibal said the board is a suggestion of the Sachar Committee that felt that the functioning and modernisation of the madrassas should be supervised by a body which has more academics than theologians. “There is no proposal, because unless the community wants it, why should we intervene unless the community comes forward we will not discuss it,” the minister said at a book release function.

Mr Sibal, however, said he had discussed the issue with members of Parliament after a proposal in this direction was made by the National Commission for minority education. “But the MPs opposed it,” he said.

A delegation of Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind had recently met the minister seeking the setting up of a board for madrassas modelled on the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. Sns

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