Sanskrit will be taught in madrassas in Uttarakhand that are registered with the state Wakf Board, its chairman announced Wednesday.
Shadab Shams also promised to implement the NCERT syllabus in madrassas, besides upgrading their infrastructure. Shams said the curriculum will be an amalgamation of scientific learning and Islamic studies, and that students will be able to learn both Sanskrit and Arabic along with English.
In November last year, Shams had announced that all madrassas under the Waqf Board would have a uniform dress code with classes running from 8 am to 2 pm, just like other schools. He had also said that the Uttarakhand government would form a committee to survey all the madrassas in the state.
“The people of Devbhoomi are different from others. If our language, culture, and traditions are different from others, then our education pattern should also be different from others. Our children should learn our languages and prioritise that. We will appoint Sanskrit acharyas and Arabic teachers in our madrassas so that we can teach both languages. Our children will speak Sanskrit, Arabic and English too,” Shams told The Indian Express.
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There are 117 madrassas under the Uttarakhand Waqf Board. In the first phase, the board will develop four of these — one each in Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts — into model madrassas.
Shams said: “There will be namaz five times in the model madrassas. After the early morning namaz at around 6.30 am, an hour will be designated for Quran studies. From 8 am to 2 pm, the madrassa will run like a proper school. During that time, a school uniform would be mandatory just like any English-medium school,” he said.
Shams said spiritual leaders favour the implementation of Sanskrit in madrassas and appealed to them to adopt madrassas with less funds.