GUWAHATI: Amidst the ongoing debate over Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s announcement of closing down the government-run Madrassas in the state, the Assam government said that it has not taken a ‘final’ decision yet.
The development came to light after several students and parents of students of various Madrassas moved the Gauhati high court against the state government’s announcement to shut down the government-run Madrassas.
The petitioners sought the high court’s intervention as they feared that the decision would adversely impact the future of several students studying in these institutions.
Replying on behalf of the state government, counsel D Saikia, informed the court, “It is not a final decision of the state authorities and on the other hand, the expression decision merely refers to the initiation of a process by the state authorities to bring about a closure of the Madrassa Institutions.”
The state government side informed that it’s aware of the possible adverse consequences that the students pursuing their education in the Madrassa stream may have to face in the event of an abrupt closure without any effective alternative.
It said that the procedures adopted would be such that it would ensure that at least the present batch of students who are in the Intermediate (final FM), Final (FM) and MM are allowed to complete the courses that they may be presently undergoing.
The high court in its order observed, “We have taken note of that the grievances of the petitioners for setting aside the decision contained in the impugned communication dated 07.10.2020 have been taken care of…In fact, we cannot but agree with the submission of the learned senior counsel that in the given circumstances as indicated above by the state government authorities, this writ petition is presently premature… we close this writ petition for the present.”
Earlier, Sarma said that Assam has decided to shut down around 600 government-run Madrassas in the state as the state doesn’t advocate sponsoring religious teaching. A Madrassa is an Islamic school of religious teaching.
Assam is said to have a total of around 1,500 Madrassas, out of which 900 are privately run.