West Bengal’’s madrassas attracting Hindu students

January 30th, 2009 - 6:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Kolkota, Jan 29 (ANI): Hindu students are making a bee line for madrassas in West Bengal, as these institutions have shifted their focus to modern subjects, including science and technology.
In West Bengal, 558 Government registered madrassas are imparting modern and scientific education. Arabic is also being taught as an extra subject.
“Our syllabus is similar to the secondary level syllabus… only 200 marks for Arabic are extra. So I think there is no problem in admitting (non-Muslim) children to our Madrassa,” said Sohrab Hussain, the President of the West Bengal Board of Madrassa Education.
A non-Muslim teacher at the Madrassa said all students are being treated equally.
“There is no differentiation between Hindus and Muslims. We walk, talk, eat and sit together. Everyone stays in harmony,” said Rupashi Biswas, a student of the Arizillapur Siddiquia High Madrassa.
Madrassas in West Bengal are trying to become secular and are also providing vocational training to students. (ANI)

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