Saharanpur: 307 Madrassas, Including Darul Uloom, Declared Illegal Based On Govt Survey

New Delhi: Saharanpur district officials on Sunday declared Darul Uloom, Deoband- an Islamic education institution- as an ‘illegal’ unrecognized madrassa, as reported by the news agency ANI.

This decision came after a survey conducted by the government submitted its report. The district officials named 306 other unrecognized Islamic education institutions in their report as illegal.

“Information about 306 illegal madrasas that were traced was sent to Administration. Darul Uloom Deoband is also an illegal madrasa and is deprived of scholarships & other schemes,” news agency ANI quoted Bharat Lal Gond, District Minority Welfare Officer as saying.

“An investigation was done on basis of parameters set by the Administration like the year of establishment of the madrasa, the society that runs it, the name of the madrasa, and their source of income,” he added.

“Whatever decision the administration takes, based on that complaint will be filed,” BL Gond further said.

754 madrassas are registered with the district administration. Of which 664 runs up to fifth grade, 80 are up to eighth grade, and the remaining 10 madrassas are class 10 bound, ANI reported citing reports. Last month, the Uttar Pradesh government started the process of conducting a survey of Islamic education institutions.

According to the government order, the survey will be conducted on the basis of 12 aspects. The teams of officials for the Madrassas survey have been constituted by District Magistrate (DM) according to the order.

The UP government decided to hold a survey in unrecognized madrassas to ascertain information on the number of students, teachers, curriculum, and its affiliation with any non-government organization. The survey is also being conducted to ensure the basic facilities of the students of Madrassas.

Danish Azad Ansari Minister of State for Minority Welfare, Muslim Waqf and Waqf Department has informed that the order also holds to give maternity leave and child care leave to women employees working in madrasas in the light of the rules applicable in the Department of Secondary Education and Basic Education, the news agency reported.

Instructions regarding the survey have been issued to all the District Magistrates (DMs) in Uttar Pradesh.  The government has also ordered holding a survey of unrecognized madrassas by October 5. The teams will constitute officials of the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA), and District Minority Officers.

Once the survey is conducted it has also been instructed to hand over the report to the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) after which ADM will present the consolidated statements to the District Magistrates (DMs).

Moreover, it has been ordered that in case of a disputed management committee or in case of the death of any employee in an aided Madrassas, a post-facto approval for appointment by the principal Madrassas and District Minority Welfare Officer in the dependent quota of the deceased and the existence of a valid management committee has to be sought. 

(With ANI Inputs)