Guwahati, Dec 14: Education on religion (of any type) at the government expenditure will become a history in Assam from January 1, 2021 with the BJP-led government in Assam deciding to close down the practice of religious education in Madrassas and Sanskrit Tols in the state.
Assam Education Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today informed that Assam State Cabinet took a decision on Sunday to close down Madrassas and Sanskrit Tols in the state do away with religious education in government-run education institutions in the state.
He informed that Madrassa Board will be dissolved through a resolution in the next sitting of the state Assembly and academic activities all the 542 government Madrassas and 141 High Madrassas will be brought under Secondary Education Board of Assam (SEBA) and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) as they are being converted to normal schools. These institutions will come under administrative control of Directorate of Secondary Education, Assam as Madrassa Board will become defunct.
“The theological teachers in Madrassa institutions will be trained to make them eligible to teach general subject in the new academic environment,” Dr Sarma informed.
He said Madrassas (religious) education in Assam started way back in 1934 when Sadullah was the Premier of Assam. “By deciding to do away with religious teaching in Madrassas and Sanskrit Tols, Assam government has secularised the education system in the state,” Dr Sarma said.
The government has decided that all the 97 Sanskrit Tols in the state will be brought under the jurisdiction of Kumar Bhaskar Barma University and from next year onward they will run degree and diploma courses on Indian History and Ancient Culture.
“In fact, these institutions are being converted to study centres on Indian History and Ancient Culture and Assam has become the first state in the country to set up institutions to study Indian History and Ancient Culture,” the Education Minister said.