In lieu of a recent decision taken by the government, the education and finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on 11th of February that as many as 614 government-aided madrassas and 101 Sanskrit ‘tols’ (institutes) in Assam will be taken down in the next couple of months. As a part of restructuring the education scenario, these institutions will be merged with the high and higher secondary schools of the state soon.
This decision taken by the government has created a buzz across the state. While many are opposing the same fate of the Sanskrit ‘tols’ with the Madrassas, some are wondering what the future will bring to the thousands of students currently studying under these institutions.
Opposing the sudden decision by the government, the Assam Madrassa Co-ordination Committee organized a press meet today at the Guwahati Press Club. The press meet was presided over by Maulana Fajal Uddin Bhashani. Addressing the media he said,
“We are trying our best to convey our concerns to the Chief Minister. If needed we will put all our efforts to reach out to the President of India to discuss the issues.”