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UP: Madrasas Protest Move to Make Teaching of Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana Mandatory

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Lucknow: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is facing stiff opposition by autonomous madrasas in Uttar Pradesh for its decision to make the teaching of Hindu epics like Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana mandatory in 100 autonomous madrasas.

NIOS has mandated the rule for madrasas as part of the new curriculum on ancient Indian knowledge and heritage in the New Education Policy (NEP).

Muslim clerics have so far refused to accept the new curriculum of NIOS, an autonomous institute under the education ministry. They believe that NIOS has no power to take decisions on the madrasa curriculum. Nazim (chairman) of 350-year-old Lucknow-based Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Farangi Mahal, Maulana Khalid Rasheed, who is also a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board said the purpose of establishing madrasas is to strictly impart Islamic education.

“There are two types of madrasas in India; ones governed by the Madrasa Board and others run by the community on its own. The madrasas governed by the Board are bound to implement its decisions but others are independent to take their own decisions,” Rasheed said.

“NIOS, which comes under the education ministry, has no right to issue any direction to independent madrasas,” he asserted.

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