The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEM) is planning to revamp madrasa education in the country by making it mandatory for these institutions to be affiliated to either madrasa boards or state boards.
According to MHRD sources, the States have submitted their proposals, which are being studied, and based on the available budget, the plan of madrasa education’s makeover will be taken forward.
“The SPQEM is aimed at bringing about qualitative improvement in madrasa education and enable students to attain standards of the national education system in formal subjects. The government is planning to make affiliation to the madrasa board or state school boards compulsory,” a source said.
The Government is also planning to map madrasas in the country based on the Global Positioning System. “For this, the HRD ministry is planning to make Unique Identification mandatory for madrasas to trace their physical location via GPS,” added the source.
Last year, MHRD asked madrasas covered under the SPQEM to provide their GPS locations. In cas of not doing so, the institutions have to wait for teachers’ payment.
The existing features of the scheme enable madrasas to strengthen capacities for teaching of the formal curriculum subjects like Science, Mathematics, Language, Social Studies etc through enhanced payment of teacher honorarium.