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Assam to close all state-run madrassas, sanskrit tols; official notification in November – India News , Firstpost

Himanta Sarma Biswa stated that whereas the government-run madrassas shall be transformed into excessive colleges, Sanskrit tols shall be become studying and analysis institutes to review Indian tradition

Guwahati: All government-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols shall be closed in Assam and a notification to this impact shall be issued in November, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated on Saturday.

The Madrassa Education Board shall be dissolved and all state-run madrassas shall be transformed into excessive colleges and new admissions shall be held for all as common college students, the minister stated addressing a press convention in Guwahati.

“The final year students will be allowed to pass out but henceforth all taking admission in these schools will have to study as regular students,” he stated.

The Sanskrit tols (institutes) shall be handed over to the Kumar Bhaskarvarma Sanskrit University and these shall be transformed into centres of studying and analysis the place Indian tradition, civilisation and nationalism shall be studied, the
minister stated.

“This step has been taken by the government to ensure that students get regular education under the Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA),” he stated.

The examinations of the madrassas and the tols are totally different with college students not showing for the matriculation examination performed by the SEBA, he stated.

“They are, however, given equivalency with those appearing in the board examinations which is unfair on the regular students,” Sarma added.

Asked if the step was taken with a watch on the state elections, which is probably going early subsequent yr, the minister stated,

“How can this be an election issue when we are only closing the government-run madrassas and not the private ones.”

There are 610 government-run madrassas in Assam with the state spending Rs 260 crore yearly, Sarma stated.

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