See, this is what every Indian state needs to practice! As we all observed, Indians are very fond of knowledge and most of it, we gain from ancient Sanskrit scriptures! In ancient India, we all knew that there were hundreds of scholars and saints, who explored the mysteries of this universe. It’s unfortunate that after natural tragedies, some of the scriptures got destroyed. But, when foreigners invaded India, they did not only ruined entire culture but the scriptures, a fond of knowledge! And, that’s how the Sanskrit language started to fade away from Indian society.
But, today! When communal clashes seem to be rising, a Madrasa of Gorakhanath is planning to teach Sanskrit in madrasas, the Islamic schools, from the next academic session, in a bid to acquire skills related to Ayurveda and yoga. Yes! students at a Madrasa here are learning Sanskrit in addition to Hindi, English, and Urdu.
Oh no! the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath did not force Madarsas to teach Sanskrit! Please, don’t blame him! It’s welcomed by the Madrasa itself!
It is reported that Students of Gorakhpur’s Darul Uloom Husainia Madrasa said they have enjoyed learning the subject so far, and are being taught well by their teachers and students.
Goarakhpur: Sanskrit, among other subjects, being taught at Darul Uloom Husainia madrasa. Principal of the madrasa says 'It's a modern madrasa under UP Education board & subjects like English, Hindi, Science, Maths & Sanskrit are taught here. They are also taught Arabic'. pic.twitter.com/g2Lc6Hm6Pq
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“We feel good to learn Sanskrit. Our teachers teach and explain things very well. Even our parents help us in learning,” a student told ANI.
Meanwhile, the principal of the Madrasa, Hafiz Nazre Alam, added that “being a modern establishment under the Uttar Pradesh Education Board, languages like Arabic are being taught as well. Subjects like English, Hindi, Science, Maths, Urdu and Arabic are taught here. Sanskrit is now being taught to all students above Class 5. The parents of the students are also very happy and have never raised any objection to this.”
It is reported that, in October last year, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said NCERT books are being introduced in Madrasas across the state, as per suggestions made by the state Madrasa Board. Usually, Madrasas are minority educational institutions offering study in Islamic theology and religious law. But, this is such an appreciable another move of a Madrassa after Uttarakhand Madrassas board which was requested the CM of Uttarakhand to seek for Sanskrit Teachers in Madrasas.
It is reported that, currently, there are about 19,000 recognised and 560 aided madrasas operating in the state.
Yes, in Uttarakhand, December 2017, It is reported that “The Madrasa Welfare Society that governs 207 madrasas across Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts proposes to begin the Sanskrit language as one of the subjects under centrally funded Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQM).”
Total, nearly 25,000 students are enrolled in these madrasas and the society, with the help of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, successfully appointed Sanskrit Teachers.
Sibte Nabi, chairman of the society, talking to Hindustan Times had said, “the madrasas are already imparting modern education in Hindi, English, Science and Maths besides Dini Talim, the religious subject, to students. When we can teach English, a foreign language, why can’t we teach an ancient Indian language? With the thrust of yoga and Ayurveda, there has been a spurt in the demand for qualified experts. The base of Ayurveda lies in Sanskrit. By learning Sanskrit, Muslim students will be able to compete for medical education.”
Nodding to Nabi’s statement, Maulana Akhtar Raza, manager of a madrasa at Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar district, claimed, “Sanskrit is not alien to Muslims. Several Muslim scholars know the language well Sanskrit is the second official language in Uttarakhand, which has 82.97% Hindu population, as per 2011 census figures, and are followed by Muslims with 13.95%.
“Madrasas in the state are managed under by Uttarakhand Madrasa Education Board which issue various equivalent to the formal education, such as Maulvi equivalent to high school, Alim equivalent to intermediate, Kamil equivalent to graduation and Fazil equivalent to post-graduation level.”, Raza added.
Vaidya Balendu, a renowned Ayurveda practitioner has opinionated that, “Ayurveda is believed to be a 5,000-year-old ancient medicinal system. Over the decades, books containing knowledge about the Ayurveda system have been translated into English, Hindi and other Indian languages. However, it is always handy if one is having ready knowledge of Sanskrit.”
As Hindustan Times reported, “According to a study by the Confederation of Indian Industries, the size of the industry of Ayurveda medicines and herbal products in India is estimated at Rs 4200 crores annually.”
Isn’t it appreciating? The madrasas which are famous for teaching only “Islam”, is now taking a big step for the future which is helpful for the students to understand the world and humanity better. I think madrasas of Uttarakhand as well as Gorakhanth, Uttar Pradesh stands first in line as a royal model to remaining madrasas of India.