New Delhi: The meeting with MPs
which HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had called today lacked unanimity and
ended without any results. The MPs will be sitting once again in
month's time to discuss the ambitious UPA proposal for Madrasa
The Muslim MPs who came for today's
meeting failed to bring the consensus on the proposed Madrasa
board, said the ministry sources.
The HRD Ministry had called all 59
Muslim MPS - from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for today's meeting.
However, only 18 MPs turned up for the meeting. Prominent among them
are Maulana Israrul Haque Qasmi - the only Congress MP from Bihar
and BJP MP Shanawaz Husain.
Of the 18 Muslim MPs who attended the
meeting today, some opposed the proposal and some backed. Consensus
could not emerge in today's meeting, said the ministry sources.
Later, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal asked
them to come with concrete proposal or suggest the changes in the
existing proposal, said the sources.
HRD Minister had given them a month's
time after which they would again sit for the consultation, said the
calling the MPs for consultation, the HRD Ministry had organised a
series of meeting at state headquarters to consult the community
leaders and Madrasa incharge.
these meeting failed in bringing unanimity over the proposal.
proposed Madrasa Board is not acceptable to us. It is better if the
government constitutes a committee comprising of Madrasa heads and
Ulema to look into the details of what actually it wants before
enforcing any decision on us”, Maulana Ghulam Mohd Vastanvi who
heads a chain of Madrasas and colleges across the country said about
that there is a wide gap between the two drafts of the Madrasa
board, one proposed by the Centre and other by the State, Maulana
Mehmood Dariyabadi said, “Similar questions were raised in a meeting
that was called in 2008 but the Government has not come up with any
explanation till now.”
Government’s intention is to include the modern education in the
Madrasas then we have already decided to do so. But the proposed
Madrasa board is vague that makes the intentions of the government
unclear”, said Mufti Huzaifah.
At the same time, there are few others
who back the government's proposal to Madrasa modernisation. "If the
government would not interfere with the syllabus and academics of
the Madrasa we don't have any problem", said Arshad Mukhtar,
secretary of Mohammadia Education Society that runs a chain of
Madrasa acroos India.
Mohammadia Education Society is in fact the
one that took the initiative in 1978 to include modern education
along with the Islamic curriculum.