UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said shutting down madrassas was not a solution and pitched for providing modern education not only in Islamic institutions but also in Sanskrit schools to face competition.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said shutting down madrassas was not a solution and pitched for providing modern education not only in Islamic institutions but also in Sanskrit schools to face competition. Addressing a coordination meeting of minority welfare ministers of nine states, Adityanath said the country was not able to utilise energy of those “misguided” in ‘rashtra nirman’ (nation building). He further stressed that quality education was the solution.
“We can think about the modernisation of madrassas. Closing them down is not a solution but timely improvements should be considered. I also ask Sanskrit schools that besides imparting traditional education they should give computer, English, Science and Mathematics education to face competition,” he said. The chief minister made his statement in presence of Union Minority Affair Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and the state minority ministers for Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Punjab here in presence of Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
The statement comes in the backdrop of a controversy that erupted after Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi demanded a complete shut down of Madrassas. Writing a letter to PM Narendra Modi, Rizvi asked, “How many madrassas have produced engineers, doctors, IAS officers? Yes, but some madrassas have produced terrorists.”
Both Shia and Sunni clerics have unitedly filed an FIR against Rizvi, who also allegedly received a phone call from a man, claiming to be an aide of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, threatening to blow up him and his family. Aityanath said, “We are not able to utilise energy of those who are misguided in ‘Rashtra Nirman’. Only quality education is the solution. Our government is committed to development without any discrimination.”
Further, Adityanath said that transparency has increased in government schemes ever since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Adityanath said, “We should try to make such a society where no one feels neglected.” The chief minister was of the view that rather than providing loans to SC/ST women, efforts should be made to identify their skills and nurture their talents.