To crack down on fake madarsas, UP launches separate portal

To crack down on fake madarsas, UP launches separate portal
In a bid to crack down on ''fake'' madrasas, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday launched a separate web portal for them.
 
The portal, which was launched by the state minister for minority welfare Luxmi Narayan, would contain all information about all the state funded and recognised madrasas in the state.
 
Muslim clerics and madrasa managers sharply criticised the creation of the portal and said that the Islamic Seminaries were being ''targeted'' by the government.
 
Sources said that the madrasas would have to upload the number of employees working there including the teachers as well as about the building and class rooms and the number of students. ''The portal will help in identifying fake madrassas operating in the state,'' said an official of the UP Madarsa Board here.
 
Sources said that the Board officials suspected that a number of fake madrasas were operating in the state. ''There are reports that there were madrasas with very few students and teachers,'' said the official. Muslim clerics, however, decried the move. ''Why only madrasas...why not all the schools?'' asked the manager of a local madrasa here.
 
The step comes close on the heels of the decision by the state government to act against the madrasas, where the national anthem was not sung during the Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday in defiance of its directives.
 
Reports said that instead of the national anthem, the students of the 'madrasas' sang 'sare jahan se achha Hindostan hamara', penned by the famous Urdu poet Mohammed Iqbal. 
 
The managers of these madarsas also did not conduct video recording of the I-Day celebrations, which had also been made mandatory by the state government. The state government had, in a circular issued to all the 'madrasas', directed them to unfurl the tri-colour followed by the recital of the national anthem and national song. The government also directed the ‘madarsas’ to conduct videography of the entire program and submit the video and pictures to the concerned government official.

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