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Assam Assembly passes Bill to abolish state-run Madrassas

GUWAHATI: Amid an outcry from the opposition, the Assam Assembly today passed a Bill to convert all state-run madrassas into regular schools.

Speaking at the Assembly today, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that if the students of the madrassas fail to adapt to modern courses of Science and Mathematics, they will be absorbed into existing Assam Government disciplines.

According to Asdsam Finance, Health, and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Bill will abolish two existing laws: Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995, and Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Re-Organisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.

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Minister Sarma has stated that all madrassa institutes will be converted into upper primary, high, and higher secondary schools with no change of status, pay, allowances and service conditions of the teaching and non-teaching staff.

At present, Assam has two kinds of state-run madrasas: 189 high madrasa and madrasa higher secondary schools run under the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC); and 542 pre-senior, senior and title madrasa and arabic colleges run by the State Madrasa Education Board.

On Sanskrit tolls, the Bill states that 97 existing provincialised tolls will be converted to “Study Centres, research Centres and Institutions to study the Certificate/ Diploma/ Degree courses to be started by Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University, Nalbari with effect from 1/4/2022.”

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