Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Education Board said it will annul the approval of 240 madrasas across. The decision was taken following a thorough investigation by District Minority Welfare Officers, who found numerous problems, including non-operational institutions and inadequate documentation in these madrasas.
A list of affected madrasas that primarily focuses on institutions that are either not operating or have not fulfilled the necessary documentation requirements has been given to the madrasa board. Several of these madrasas have not posted the necessary papers on the UDAYS portal since there aren’t enough students registered.
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed Javed is the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Board, which is attached to the ruling BJP in the state. It is said that one of the main factors contributing to the termination of approval is the declining number of candidates appearing for madrassa board exams, which has become a growing concern.
Only 172,000 applications from madrasas throughout the state were received this year, a dramatic reduction. The Madrasa Board’s new rules, require students from other boards to pass Urdu,
Arabic, or Persian at the high school level in order to be eligible for admission to Aalim and to have passed the Intermediate or an equivalent exam in order to be admitted to Kamil, are blamed for this trend.
According to Dr. Priyanka Awasthi, Registrar of the Madrasa Board, the situation has prompted even some madrasas themselves to seek de-recognition. In May of this year, ten institutions voluntarily sent letters to the board. Additionally, 204 madrasas in Ambedkar Nagar are not functioning, and four in Lucknow have failed to submit essential student records. Notably, Amroha and Sant Kabir Nagar also feature among the institutions affected by the termination of approval.
The decision to revoke approval is consistent with the 2016 Madrasa Rules, which outline certain requirements for recognition. For permission, Tahtaniya and Munshi Maulvi madrasas need at least 150 pupils, while Munshi Mulavis need at least 30. Additionally, to maintain their recognition status, Aalim, Kamil, and Fazil madrasas must have a minimum of ten students show up for exams.