The Assam authorities has determined to merge small madrasas with bigger ones to cut back the risk of radicalism. The transfer got here after the state police busted 9 modules of terror outfits Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT) and Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and arrested 53 suspected terrorists final yr.
Addressing the media on Monday concerning the authorities’s transfer, Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta stated that one widespread factor in all of the modules busted by police was that they have been largely utilizing madrassas or masjids radicalization youth.
To counter the problem of radicalization, greater than 100 small, personal madrassas in Assam have already been merged with bigger ones.
“Not all madrassas are doing that (radicalisation), however there are shreds of proof of it. There is certainly a risk. Actually, as a result of Assam has an enormous Muslim inhabitants, they’re making Assam a tender goal,” the DGP said.
It has been decided that there will be only one madrasa within a periphery of three kilometres and those with 50 or fewer students will be merged with larger ones in the vicinity, he said.
Notably, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government has been tough on madrassas after modules of ABT operating from madrassas were busted. More than five madrassas where such connections were found were demolished for various reasons.
The move was termed ‘undemocratic’ by the All India United Democratic Front AIUDF and Congress, following which a forum was formed where the madrassa committees came together to help Assam police put a shutter on institutions that might be a threat to the country’s safety.
Mahanta said it was the Muslim leaders who approached the authorities to check these activities, and at a meeting with 68 community leaders, it was agreed to bring about educational reforms in madrasas.
“The Muslim community has helped us in this venture. We will soon have a figure in our hands. Over 100 madrassas have been merged already,” he stated.
Speaking on the Madrassa curriculum the DGP stated, “Madrassas are working tremendous, however the curriculum ought to be modernised. They additionally need it that method. Arabic training is essential, however normal training can be essential for the profession function of their youngsters.”
Besides teaching Arabic, the revised curriculum will follow modern educational trends, with particular emphasis on skill development. Four streams of Islamic studies are followed in the state and it was decided that a board, comprising members from each, will be formed.
A survey is going on to prepare a database of all madrasas, which will include land details, number of teachers, students and syllabus.
It was expected to be ready by January 25, the DGP said.
All teachers will have to undergo police verification and the Islamic leaders will also keep a watch on the teachers coming from outside the state.
“Superintendents of Police have been directed to keep a strict vigil, particularly in the minority-dominated Lower Assam districts, and the three districts of Barak Valley,” Mahanta stated.
“We instructed them (madrasas) to create a system of regularisation, accumulate all particulars, refill the prescribed format and put it in the portal. If any trainer comes from outdoors, share all his particulars earlier than appointing him to the madrassas. Very quickly a correct report will probably be filed by the discussion board on the report of madrasas,” he added.
The DGP further informed that Assam police is also in continuous contact with the police of other states in order to keep track of and crack down on terror modules much before they can act.
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