Madrasas were the cradle of new inventions nay new civilization during the middle ages. In our country too the contribution of Madrasa towards educational and political revival cannot be denied. It was the springboard of freedom movement. It was the abode of intellectuals, poets, writers and revolutionaries.
While the Madrasas were places of new initiatives and harbingers of inventions it is regrettable for having secluded the institutions today as the mere provider of few religious teachings. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if we say that it has lost its pristine glory and its true status!
In this direction, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), having conducted a survey of 500 Madarasas covering diverse schools of thought in different states. What came out of these study/survey reports should be a matter of discussion. While there are number of issues which needs urgent attention, there also are some signs of heartening. The survey found many Madrasas in relatively good status maintaining quality, diversity and creativity in education with holistic approaches.
In this survey based on the infrastructure and community participation, teaching environment, innovative activities, faculty, integration of general and religious education those securing 90% and above are graded as A+, those securing 80% and above as A, those securing 70% and above as B+, those securing 60% and above as B and those scoring below 60% is graded as ‘C’. Further those Madrasas possessing infrastructure like water, good food, playing ground, residential facility, the availability of teaching and non-teaching faculty, clean environment, etc are awarded 60 marks, those Madrasas providing a semblance of general and religious education are awarded 70 marks, apart from which if there are sports equipments, library, computer education and first aid facilities 80 marks are awarded and those having innovative activities, expert faculty, language training, physical education and well ordained campus 90 marks are awarded.
The report also recommends few action points for the community leaders, Madrasa managements as well as State & Central Government.
- To establish a non-governmental Madrasa regulating body constituting all schools thought.
- A committee to study the infrastructure requirements of Madrasas has to be established.
- To appoint physical education teachers, providing sports equipments and to ensure sufficient play grounds has to be given prominence. Inter madrasa sports must be encouraged.
- Arabic learning must be encouraged. Students must be encouraged to speak and converse in Arabic within the campus.
- As Arabic attains prominence even in terms of the geo-political situation of Middle Eastern and African countries including all Muslim countries, the Government must make provision to include Arabic in second and third slots of language selections
- Arabic & Islamic studies chair has to be opened in all the Universities. All the Universities should commence BA in Arabic & Islamic Studies courses. Madrasa students must be made eligible to join these courses. MA courses must be commenced as a follow up for these courses.
- The teaching of mathematics, science, social studies and computer education must be made compulsory in Madrasas.
- There must be provision to hold social and cultural functions at Madrasas.
- Teaching of Hindi and English language to be made compulsory.
- Graduate trained teachers who are having Religious degrees may be appointed as faculty.
- Time duration has to be fixed for the graduation course (aleemiyath), like all other educational institutions.
- To fix a basic salary of minimum Rs. 25000 for the teachers.
Program organised by SIO in collaboration with CERT and presided by Br. Tauseef Ahmed (National Secretary, SIO of India)