Madrassas in the state breaking new ground

KOZHIKODE: Don’t be surprised if you spot a career guidance cell or a full-fledged education help desk in madrassas in the state some time in the near future.

Madrassas which had limited their activities to the realm of religious education for centuries, are now planning to take up new roles ranging from educational counselling to employment generation. to keep up pace with the changing times.

A workshop attended by madrassa teachers and mahal committee office bearers from over 100 mahals in Malappuram has created a roadmap for empowering these religious institutions to take up new responsibilities.

The proposals that came up at the workshop revolve around putting the madrassa infrastructure to full use. Thousands of madrassa buildings lie unused except for two hours in the morning when they are in session. The education sector remained the key focus at the workshop with madrassas aiming to fill in the gap in crucial areas like vocational coursesand career guidance for youth.

“It brought to the fore the urge within the community to empower themselves to become agents of social change. Most madrassas now have decent infrastructure which the participants felt could be used for socio-economic empowerment,” said Suhail A, secretary, Muslim Welfare Association, which organized the workshop.

The function was attended by representatives from different Muslim religious groups and was inaugurated by Panakkad Syed Sadikkali Shihab Thangal. Over 1,000 madrassas in the state have already been provided computers under the central government-sponsored madrassa modernization scheme, and a large number of madrassa teachers have mastered the computer. The stirrings of a transformation are already visible in the mahals and madrassas in Malabar. Many of them have become platforms for relief activities with a mahal committee in Mongam breaking new ground in palliative care. Several mahals across Malabar have also taken up the drive against drug abuse.

And many have tied up with institutions like the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to start short-term certificate courses.

Noted Muslim religious scholar Dr Bahavudheen Nadvi, who is also the vice-chancellor of Darul Huda Islamic University, said that the diversification of activities were a very positive development which will have lasting impact on the development of the community. “The proposals that came up at the workshop were promising. Already many madrassas have started computer classes and secular education along with religious studies and many are in the process of taking up new activitiesfor socio-economic upliftment,” he said.(Source:timesofindia)




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