Modernization of Madarsas’ Education
The Scheme for Providing Quality Education to Madarsas (SPQEM) is being implemented all over the country through the State/UT Governments. SPQEM provides financial assistance to encourage traditional institutions like Madarsas and Maktabs to introduce modern education through subjects as Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Hindi and English in their curriculum through support for a maximum of three teachers, books, Teaching Learning Materials and Computer Labs. The scheme aims at providing the students education comparable with national standards, for which affiliation with the National Institute of Open schooling (NIOS) is integral to the scheme.
The amount released for the purpose during the last 3 years and current year is as follows:
(as on 22-02-2016)
|Rs. (in crore)||182.49||182.73||107.83||191.47|
A National Workshop was held on 09.10.2015 to create awareness amongst all the stakeholders. Thereafter, a preliminary meeting with the State Governments was held in order to sensitize the States on the issue of sending viable proposals as per the norms of the scheme and to ensure that maximum benefits can be provided to the madarsas. Two Central Grant In Aid Committee (CGIAC) meetings for SPQEM have been held so far on 15.09.2015 and 14.01.2016.
A significant decision has been taken in the second meeting of the CGIAC for SPQEM held on 14thJanuary, 2016 that for more effective and better implementation of the scheme, from the next financial year, the states should submit proposals in the beginning of the year itself in a single lot along with the list of Madarsas with U-DISE or unique code so that there is enough time available to implement and monitor the scheme more efficiently. The States have also been asked to specify the deadline to the Madarsas in their state for submission of UCs on time so as to facilitate timely release of funds. It has also been emphasized that all the proposals should come through the concerned State Government.
However, since the process of modernization of traditional Madarsas and Maktab is voluntary, it is upto the individual Madarsas/ Maktab having been in existence for at least three years and registered under the Central or State Government Acts or Madarsas Board or with the Waqf Boards or the National Institute of Open schooling (NIOS), to send its proposal to the State Governments to avail the benefits of the Scheme.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.
Source Ministry of Human Resource Development 25-February, 2016