The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday announced to conduct a survey of unrecognized madrasas in the state to gather information about the number of teachers, curriculum, and basic facilities available there, among others.
Minister of State for Minority Affairs Danish Azad Ansari said that the state government will conduct the survey as per the requirement of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in connection with the availability of basic facilities to the students in madrasas.
"The survey will begin soon," the minister told PTI.
During the survey, details such as the name of the madrasa and the institution operating it, whether it is running in a private or rented building, the number of students studying there, and information regarding facilities of drinking water, furniture, electricity supply and toilet will be collected, Ansari said.
Information regarding the number of teachers in the madrasa, its curriculum, source of income and its affiliation with any non-government organisation will also be gathered, he said.
To a question whether the state government would start the process of recognizing new madrasas after this survey, the minister said that at present, the government's aim is to collect information only about unrecognized madrasas.
It is noteworthy that at present there are a total of 16,461 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh, out of which 560 are given government grants. New madrassas have not been included in the grant list for the last six years in the state.
The minister said that according to the order issued on Wednesday, in case of a disputed management committee in madrasas or the absence of any member of the committee, the Madrasa principal and district minority welfare officer will be able to make appointments from the deceased dependent quota.
Earlier, if there was any problem in the managing committee, the dependent of the deceased had to face difficulties in getting the job.
Ansari said that now on the application of the teachers and non-teaching staff of aided madrasas, they can be transferred with the consent of the managers of the madrasas concerned and with the approval of the registrar of the state madrasa education council.
He said that women employees working in madrasas will also get maternity leave and child care leave as per the rules.
Meanwhile, Diwan Saheb Zaman, general secretary of Teachers Association Madaris Arabiya, welcomed these decisions of the state government and said that it would benefit madrasa teachers and non-teaching staff.