Maharashtra to expand scheme for madrasas

Yearly provision of Rs. 2 lakh to develop infrastructure and Rs. 3 lakh for teacher salaries for each madrasas.

June 12, 2015 03:04 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:30 pm IST - MUMBAI:

The Maharahstra government has made the teaching of English, Maths, Science and Social Science mandatory in all madrasas that seek grants from the State.

While the scheme has been in operation from last year, the government has now decided to cover the remaining around 1,300 madrasas.

“The government is committed to the development of Muslims in the State and we have decided to expand the scheme base to ensure that quality education reaches Muslim students,” said Minority Affairs Minister Eknath Khadse. He said it was an effort to modernise the madrasas.

As per the scheme, every year, each madrasa will get Rs. 2 lakh to develop infrastructure and Rs. 3 lakh for salaries of teachers. In addition, Rs. 50,000 will be given for the purchase books for the library. The organisation that runs the madrasa will also have to appoint three teachers with adequate educational qualifications to teach students.

Out of 1,889 madrasas in the State, around 537 have agreed to be a part of the scheme. “We want to increase this number. Still a large chunk of Muslim students is away from these benefits,” said Mr. Khadse.

Multi-sector development

In an effort to upgrade cities with large minority populations, the State announced the ‘Multi Sector Development Programme’ to be implemented with the help of the Centre.

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