The religious schools or madrassas are spread all over India, but teach the orthodox syllabus. The syllabus needs to incorporate Indian Constitution, law, sociology, Indian languages, English, study of various religions. The students need to be told about democracy, respect of dissent, multi-culturalism, tolerance of other religions, human rights, women and minority rights etc. They need to introduce transparency in their accounts and ensure accountability. The madrassa curriculum should be such that at some stage the students could enter the university education and gain credible degrees.
Others who spoke at the seminar included Abdul Ghafoor Parekh from Nagpur; Anjum Ahmed. Director, MARS, Orissa; Uzma Nahid of Iqra Education Foundation, Mumbai; Dr. S.S. Ameen, Chennai; Dr. Liquat Ali, Orissa Urdu Academy; Ashraf Abdul Aziz from Kerala University; Saiqa Hossain, research scholar, Calcutta University; Dr. G. S. M. P. Khadri, Murtazviya Educational Foundation, Chennai; J. P. Das, Cultural affairs specialist, US Embassy, Delhi; Ravi S. Candadai, Public Affairs counselor, US consulate, Chennai; Ratna Mukherjee, program advisor, US Consulate Chennai; Syed Saud Akhtar, PRO, Ranchi University; Anis Chishty, scholar, Pune; Dr. Sufia M. Uddin, lecturer Islamic Studies, Vermont University, US; Ruksana N. Lari, Member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Lucknow; Dr. Mushtaque Ali, Bhubaneswar; Dr. Rafique Anwar, US Consulate, Chennai; Mr. Anjum Naim, editor, Urdu Span, New Delhi.