20 Jan : The Government on Tuesday said it is considering setting up a Central Madrassa Board and approved recommendations that that aim at equalling Madrassa qualification with other equivalent degrees.
Claiming that Madrassa education has received special attention in his ministry, union HRD minister Arjun Singh said, "Recently, I approved recommendations regarding equivalence of Madrassas qualification, which will make madrassa students eligible for jobs under the Government of India."
He was speaking at the annual conference of state minority commissions in New Delhi.
Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council of Board of School Education in India (COBSE) had made these recommendations, he said.
"Setting up of Central Madrassa Board is also under consideration," he said.
Talking about the steps by his ministry for promoting education among minorities, Singh said, "During the last five years, we have taken many path-breaking steps to address issues of access, equity and inclusion in the national system of education in respect of minorities."
Permanent mechanisms have been put in place for the protection of educational rights of minorities, he said.
"The Bill to provide compulsory free education up to 14 years of age is an important step in this direction. The National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) was revived in 2004 which had been defunct since 1990s," he added.
A standing Committee of the NMCME has also been constituted to attend to issues relating to the education of minorities on an on-going basis, he said.