Assam Cabinet Approves Revocation Of Funds To State-Run Madrasas And Sanskrit Schools

While the 614-odd government madrasas will be converted to high schools where admissions will happen as per regular students’ protocols, the Sanskrit schools will be handed over to the state university

Raghav N

December 14, 2020

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The Assam cabinet has given its nod to a proposal to revoke the funding of government-run religious educational institutions. According to minister Chandra Mohan Patowari, state financed madrasas (Islamic schools) will be converted to high schools, admissions for which will be done basis protocols followed for regular students.

The administration of the Sanskrit schools will be handed over to the state-owned Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University. The bill for this change will be presented in the upcoming legislative assembly session on 28 December.

The state’s administration had already started working on imposing sanctions on religious schools in October itself. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Himanta Biswa Sarma had stated that if the study of Quran gets financial support from the state, the learning of Bible and the Bhagwad Gita would also need to be treated in the same manner.

The Assam administration has cited the equality in education as the primary reason to scrap its financing select institutions. While the state houses around 614 government madrasas, there are close to 900 private ones. As per sources, an approximate 3-4 crore rupees is spent annually on these Islamic schools.

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