Yogi for 'modernising' madarsas

Yogi for 'modernising' madarsas

Yogi for 'modernising' madarsas

Allaying apprehensions in the wake of Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi's demand for closing down the madarsas (Islamic Seminaries) as they ''promoted terrorism'', Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday batted  for their ''modernisation''.

''What is needed is the modernisation of madarsas and sanskrit schools....closure is not a solution,'' Adityanath, whose government has incurred the wrath of Muslim clerics over action against several madarsas, said here at a function.

He said madarsas and sanskrit schools should include modern and job oriented courses in their curricula. ''They need to keep pace with the changing times,'' he added.

Adityanath also sought to allay fears that his government would reduce budget allocation for welfare schemes of the minority community. ''There were apprehensions that we will cut down the budget for the minority centric schemes.....in our nine-month stint we have initiated several new schemes for the minorities,'' he remarked.

The chief minister was speaking at a meeting of the minority affairs ministers of nine north zone states here.

Adityanath's remarks assume significance as they come close on the heels of demand for closure of the madarsas and converting them to public schools by Rizvi.

Clerics livid

Rizvi had said that the madarsas received funding from Bangladesh and Pakistan and promoted terrorism.

The remarks of the Shia Waqf Board chairman had triggered a huge controversy and several prominent Muslim clerics had demanded his arrest for his ''provocative'' remarks and sacking immediately.