Uttar Pradesh Government to Conduct SURVEY of Unrecognized Madrassas

The Uttar Pradesh government has declared that it would audit the state’s unrecognized madrassas to learn more about their faculty, academic program, and basic amenities, among other things.

Danish Azad Ansari, a minister of state for minority affairs, said on Wednesday that the state government would carry out the survey as required by the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights concerning the accessibility of essential amenities to students in madrassas.

The minister promised that the survey would start shortly. Ansari said that information would be gathered on the madrassa’s name, the organization administering it, whether it is housed in a private or leased facility, the number of students enrolled there, and its amenities, including access to drinking water, furniture, power, and restrooms.

He said that data on the madrassa’s faculty, curriculum, source of funding, and connection with any non-governmental organizations would also be obtained.

The minister said that at this time, the government’s goal is to gather data exclusively regarding unrecognized madrassas when asked whether the state government will begin recognizing new madrassas following this survey.

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Interestingly, there are now 560 government-funded madrassas in Uttar Pradesh out of 16,461 madrassas. The state has not put new madrassas on its grant list for the last six years.

According to the decision published on Wednesday, the Madrassa principal and district minority welfare officer will be entitled to choose individuals from the dead dependant quota if there is a disagreement over the management committee for madrassas or any committee members are absent.

The dependant of the dead used to have trouble acquiring a job if there was a dispute with the management committee.

However, according to Ansari, assisted madrassas’ instructors and non-teaching employees may now request transfers with the authorization of the madrassas’ management and with the registrar of the state madrassa education council’s approval.

He said that women working in madrassas would be entitled to maternity and paternity leave per the law.

The general secretary of the Teachers Association Madaris Arabiya, Diwan Saheb Zaman, applauded the state government’s actions and said that both teachers and non-teaching personnel at madrassas would gain from them.