A three-member team from the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday carried out a survey of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, a 125-year-old Islamic seminary in Lucknow, as part of an ongoing exercise to assess madrasas (religious schools) not recognized in the state, officials said.
The committee, consisting of Subdivision Magistrate (SDM) Naveen Chandra, Block Education Officer (BEO) Rajesh Singh and District Minority Officer (DMO) Sone Kumar, arrived at the seminary for the investigation at 10:20 a.m. and left around noon.
The team tried to collect information about the seminar, including details about its affiliation and source of income, Kumar said. The seminary is not affiliated with the state madrasa school board.
“Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Madrasa is not recognized by the UP State Madrasa Board of Education. Authorities here have stated that the seminary is registered under the Companies Registration Act of 1860 and is even older than the Board of Education of UP State Madrasa,” the DMO said. .
“However, they (the seminary) have courses which are recognized by the madrasa boards of West Bengal and Bihar. They said they have applied for recognition of some postgraduate courses from the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Language University in Lucknow. They promised to submit all documents soon,” he added.
The controversial drill, which started on September 10 and will run for 46 days, is in line with an order from the Department of Minority Welfare and Waqf, ordering the UP Board of Madrasa Education and magistrates district authorities across the state to conduct an investigation. of all unaffiliated madrasas.
On August 31, Danish State Minister for Minority Affairs Azad announced that the state government would soon conduct a survey of unrecognized madrassas to gather information on the number of teachers, curricula, facilities of base available and their affiliation with non-governmental organizations. The survey will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (NCPCR) regarding the availability of basic facilities for students in madrassas, he said.
“Nadwa authorities said there were 2,410 students and 81 teachers at the seminary. They have a library with 2.5 lakh books. They also have a hostel for around 2,200 students,” Singh said.
Regarding funding and source of income, the authorities said they run the seminar with the support of the people and use the money they receive in the form of property rent.
They were asked to provide documents to corroborate their statement, Kumar said. “Once they have provided the details, all members will sit down and write a detailed report which will be submitted to the government,” he added.
Nadwa management cooperated with the investigation team and provided all information, deputy manager Abdul Aziz Nadwi said.
“The meeting with them went very well, because there is nothing to worry about,” he said.
“We told them that Nadwa not only provided quality education on religion, but also on science, English and Hindi. Our students even serve at Oxford University,” he added.