Madrasas Fear Losing Identity

Published: 06th July 2015 05:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2015 07:57 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The rift between the contemporary  and theology has come to the fore among the madrasas here. Even though the state government wants to bring some 5,000 of them into the mainstream education system, around 30 per cent of them refuse to allow their curriculum to be modernised on par with other schools where subjects like science, English and computers are taught.

The dissident madrasas believe that formal education is a threat to the Islamic education system and values. Maulana Zafaruddin, who runs Bab-ul Uloom, says, “Many maulanas feel the identity of the madrasas and their religious education will be lost and they will be overtaken by formal education over a period of time.” There was also the fear of job losses, if the government were to hire teachers in madrasas, he said. Madrasas here are run by private players, NGOs and various trusts. Of the 5,000, only 124 madrasas like the prominent Sunheri Masjid, Abusidique, Bilal Masjid, Madarsa Ahle Sunnat Islamia Mohamdia and Fazal-e-Uloom are registered with the Delhi Education Department. As thousands of students attending madrasas were not getting the benefits of modern education, the Delhi Minority Commission has been tasked to bring them into the mainstream.

“A survey of around 450 madrasas carried out found that 70 per cent of them want to incorporate modern topics within the traditional curriculum,” said former IPS officer and Delhi Minority Commission chief Qamar Ahmed.

Many local madrasas  do not want to impart formal education as they lack infrastructure. “Some are run from a single room and their numbers are in the hundreds. In 2009, the government launched the mid-day meal scheme under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme for madrasas. Only around 70 madrasas applied; 20 are availing the facilities,” he added.

Congress leader Mateen Ahmad said: “Though many madrasas give Adeeb, Adeeb-E-Mahir and Adeeb-E-Kamil degrees which are equivalent to Class X and Class XII, they cannot help a student gain admission to colleges and institutions.” 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp