The budget provision for the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madarasas (SPQEM) has progressively increased from Rs. 50 crore in 2009-10 to Rs. 104 crore in 2010-11 and Rs. 150 crore in 2011-12. The SPQEM seeks to encourage traditional institutions like Madarsas and Makhatabs to introduce Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Hindi and English in their curriculum, so that children studying in these institutions attain academic proficiency.
SPQEM is a scheme for educational empowerment of children in Madarsas and Makhtabs. The introduction of modern subjects is voluntary. The Government has conducted several workshops to spread awareness about the scheme, and provided enhanced annual outlays for its implementation.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question, in the Lok Sabha.