THE BJP-LED government in Assam has decided to disband the State Madrasa Board and hand over the academic part of it to the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA). The Sanskrit Board too shall be dissolved, as tweeted by state Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday evening. “To mainstream Madrasa education, we are disbanding the Madrasa Education directorate and making it part of the Secondary Education directorate,” Sarma’s tweet read.
In a post on Facebook, Sarma said, “We are restructuring to reform.” Himanta Biswa Sarma’s announcement came a little over five months after he had asked madrasas to stop remaining shut on Fridays and shift their weekly off-day uniformly with other educational institutions in the states, to Sunday.
Sarma had told the Assembly that the state government wanted to introduce modern learning like computers in these institutions.
“We want to introduce modern learning like computers in these educational institutes. For doing this, we will have to change the existing structure,” he said in his reply to a cut motion on Supplementary Demands for Grants for Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the special session of the assembly. While the madrasa education would be placed under the state Board of Secondary Education, Sanskrit tols would be looked after by the Kumar Bhaskarvarma Sanskrit & Ancient Studies University, he added.
It must be noted that Assam had set up the Madrasa Education Board in 1934, with nine schools under it. After Independence, it was renamed as State Madrasa Education Board, Assam, and has over 700 madrasas under it.
Source – IndianExpress, India Today , NDTV