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Special grant to madrasas to celebrate Independence Day
Chandrani Banerjee in New Delhi | December 30, 2007 22:24 IST
Madrasas will now get a special grant to celebrate national festivals like Independence Day and Republic Day but hoisting of the national tricolour on these days will be mandatory for such institutions.
These are the new government decisions outlined in the 11th Five Year Plan that was approved by the National
The document says that the government would support modernisation of all madrasas and maktabs, whose number is
"Education in human moral values, civic duties, environment protection and physical education will be built into the system whereby every child is prepared to face the future with a healthy frame of mind and body and become a
These new measures of the government have evoked criticism from some educationists.
While renowned historian Arjun Dev said that the decision was not appropriate, historian Irfan Habib said the
On the mandatory hoisting of the national flag, he said Article 51-A of the Constitution already talks about it and every citizen is bound to adhere to it. "There is no point in specifically making them mandatory," he said.
The government should pay attention to the availability and accessibility of educational institutions rather than talking about such measures, Habib said.
"Special grant and hoisting a national flag is not an issue. The real issue is number of educational institutions
"I don't think this is an issue. If the government is allocating special grant, that seems fine," said renowned educationist professor Yashpal, adding "Madrasa literally means a place where learning and teaching is done".
A typical Islamic school usually offers two courses of study: a 'hifz' course; that is memorisation of the Quran (the
A regular curriculum includes courses in Arabic, Tafsir (Quranic interpretation), Shariah (Islamic law), Hadith