Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria today advocated teaching of science along with theology in madarsas and said such a move will help students in these religious schools to become a great scientist like the former President A P J Abdul Kalam.
“What will be the difficulty if science is taught in madarsas? Should the students toe a particular line for good? Why science shouldn’t be taught to produce someone like Kalam,” Katheria, who is MoS, HRD told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
“We want that science should be taught in madarsas… students should become ideal citizens … they be Hindus or Muslims and syllabus will be tailored keeping this in mind,” he said.
The minister said,”If we stick to old thought now, it won’t do any good. It is right to talk about one’s own religion but dragging it into every issue isn’t right.”
He further said that the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was given a religious colour.
He also expressed dismay about the uproar over Maharashtra government’s move to derecognise madarsas teaching only theology.
Denying Congress’s charge that Modi government was saffronising education, he said, “We have neither given a direction for teaching Bhagwat Gita nor made teaching of Tulsidas’s Ramayan mandatory. We have not stopped any madarsas from teaching.”
He said that mentality of Congress was such that if we make some change in education system, it will drub it saffronisation.
Congress was making wild allegations against us as they were troubled with our schemes launched since last one year, the MoS added.
Katheria said that they will go for changes in education system for its improvement.
Asked to comment of the remark of Congress leader Gurudas Kamat that HRD minister Smriti Irani had swept a restaurant once, he said that it wasn’t a bad job to earn a livelihood.
Katheria said that Irani was efficiently performing her role.