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Saturday July 30, 2011 11:40:53 PM, Agencies

New Delhi/Lucknow: Even as the Muslim clerics protested the Right to Education (RTE) vis-ŕ-vis Madrasa education, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry July 29 clarified that Madrasas are protected under Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution, and hence the Right of the Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act does not come in the way of continuance of such institutions or the rights of children enrolled there.


Madrasas imparting religious instruction do not fall under the ambit of schools as defined under section 2(n) of the RTE Act, it said.


The Ministry statement was issued in response to the remarks of Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani, the new V-C of the Darul Uloom, Deoband who criticised the RTE while speaking to the media and said he would oppose it.


“The seminary will strongly protest the move to snatch rights of madrasas through RTE, and it is with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) which is already opposing it,” newly-appointed V-C of Darul Uloom, Maulana Noman said.

He said the Act posed a threat to the independence of madarsas and their education system.


“If minority institutions are not excluded from the Act, then Deoband will lodge protest either on its own or under the banner of the AIMPLB,” Nomani said.


The Ministry said it had issued a guideline on Nov 23, 2010 under Section 35(1) of the RTE Act clarifying that such institutions (madrasas) were protected under the Constitution.


However, the Ministry implements the Scheme of Promotion of Quality Education in Madrasas. The objective of the scheme is to encourage traditional institutions such as Madrasas by giving them financial assistance for introducing science, mathematics, social studies, Hindi and English in their curriculum so that students studying in these institutions attain academic proficiency.


The Ministry has also introduced an RTE Amendment Bill in Parliament, which provides for School Management Committees constituted under section 21 of the RTE Act in respect of aided minority schools, to function in an advisory capacity only, so that they will not be required to prepare the School Development Plan.







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