"Madrassas have nothing to do with terrorism," a religious group
says in a report that also negates the allegations that Muslim
seminaries in India are breeding ground for terror.
The report by All India Coordination
Committee for Madrassas (AICCM) said "a concerted campaign... to
malign madrassas" had led to the deterioration of educational
standards in Muslim seminaries.
"A concerted campaign was going across
the country to malign madrassas' image by branding them as breeding
ground of terrorism.
There is no truth in it," said AICCM
general secretary Maulana Shaukat Ali Bastavi.
said an AICCM team prepared a report on madrassas after visiting
different seminaries all over the country.
"None of the madrassas across India
has been a centre of terrorism," the report concluded.
It said the terror charges against
madrassas and the students were baseless and "none of the madrassas
in India is involved in any anti-national activity".
"We probed into allegations against
madrassas," Bastavi said.
There are over 4,000 madrassas in
Bihar, including the seminaries where the staff gets the salary from
the state government.
There are 2,459 unaided madrassas.
According to the first-ever status paper brought out by the AICCM,
there are only 32 madrassas for girls under the government-aided
category and 576 madrassas in the unaided category.
Some madrassas in Bihar have begun
modernising their education system by introducing computers and
They even encourage students to join
the National Cadet Corps (NCC) training.