Meanwhile, prominent Muslim bodies including the AIMPLB and Darul Uloom expressed their opposition to the bill in no uncertain terms and even threatened to challenge it in the apex court.
Unfortunately, the country has a few parties that do politics on the grounds of religion which is not right and they should go, another Deobandi cleric said.
Amanatullah, another student at the madrassa, says the agenda of development would be a major factor this time.
Chairman, Islamic Centre of India, tells Namita Bajpai of The Sunday Standard that before introducing modern education in madrasas, the Government must equip them with requisite infrastructure.
The cautious reaction of conservatives in the Muslim community stemmed in part from the apprehension that this might lead to incursions into personal laws.