Pakistan Madrassah reforms in 2011
No progress on Madrassah reforms in 2011
Lahore, Jan 02: Another year has passed without any tangible progress with regard to
streamlining the much talked about Madrassah education which has been in
focus, particularly since the 9/11 incident.
Even today, those
at the helm have to come up with an independent regulatory body for
religious seminaries while over the years, the Pakistan Madrassah
Education Board (PMEB), established in 2001 with an aim to modernise
traditional religious seminaries, has become redundant exposing the kind
of treatment being meted out to the important sector by successive
The issue has become more complex after the 18th
Amendment under which the subject of Islamic education has been
transferred to provinces. However the provinces, especially Punjab, are
wondering as to how they could streamline the affairs when religious
seminaries falling in their respective areas are actually
administratively control at the national level by their respective
Wafaqs (boards). These Wafaqs include Wafaq-ul Madaris,
Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan, Rabita-ul-Madaris Al-Islamia
Pakistan, Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Salfia Pakistan and Wafaq-ul-Madaris
If seen in the light of the 18th Amendment, the
Punjab government has practically made no headway regarding Madrassah
reforms despite the passage of more than a year when the subject of
Islamic education was transferred to provinces under the amendment. Even
no debate has taken place as to how Punjab should move with regard to
its supposed responsibility after this amendment.
the registration of religious seminaries in Punjab falls in domain of
its Industries Department while Department of Auqaf is supposed to
interact with these institutes for introducing reforms.
Now when a
new year has started, the stakeholders have demanded the authorities to
take practical steps to introduce necessary reforms bringing religious
seminaries into the mainstream and help remove misconception and
criticism that the Madaris have been facing over the years, particularly
At the same time, the stakeholders have underscored
the need of differentiating Quranic literacy centres and religious
seminaries, offering Dars-e-Nizami, in order to remove misconceptions
between the both.
Former Dean Faculty of Education of the Punjab
University (PU) Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal argues that some of the
authors did not give a faithful picture of Madrassah phenomena owing to
this very confusion. ěThus appears a distorted picture,î he says while
arguing there should be empirical evidence and actual statistics.
referring to his recent research conducted in Tehsil Ahmedpur East of
Bahawalpur district, Dr Iqbal said the total number of Madrassahs in the
Tehsil was 355 but after a further scrutiny, it was revealed that most
of these institutions were just established in mosques or sometimes they
were having one additional room and giving just instruction to students
for Nazira Quran and Hifz.
ěThese institutions cannot be
categorized as Madrassahs,î Dr Iqbal said while adding that there was
need to differentiate between the two to remove misconceptions about
Madaris reform issue was their right after
creation of Pakistan but no government succeeded in introducing them
owing to the trust deficit, he said, adding that religious seminaries
had been looked with skepticism.
Prof Iqbal, who is also a
Madrassah graduate, suggested that introduction of contemporary and
skill-oriented subjects in the seminaries was the need of the hour. He
also suggested setting up of a provincial body to streamline affairs of
religious seminaries, adding that there should also be a national level
body coordinating with the provincial level bodies. The news
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300 foreign students of seminaries without visas
Faisalabad: At least 300 foreign students have been
studying in madaris (seminaries) of eight districts of Punjab without
having valid visas for years.
in the knowledge, the Punjab Home Department has asked commissioners of
Lahore, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Attock, Faisalabad, Khanewal and
Rahim Yar Khan to look into the issue and take appropriate action.
on the information given by field officers, the report has been
dispatched to the Punjab government stating that 298 of the 329 foreign
students studying in different seminaries are living illegally as they
don't have any valid visa. Visas of a number of students have expired
between 2007 and 2010.
Foreign students belong to Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, China, Comoros, Ethiopia, Djibouti, France, Indonesia,
Netherlands, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali,
Morocco, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka,
Sudan, Thailand, Tunis, Turkey and Uganda.
They are studying in
Madressah Arabai, Raiwind; Madressah Arabia, Makki Masjid; Shadiwal
Road, Gujrat; Madressah Arabia Zikria Masjid, Westridge, Rawalpindi;
Madressah Arabia Madina, Dhaki Road, Hazro tehsil, Attock; Madressah
Arabia Zahoorul Islam, Talagang, Chakwal; Jamia Qadria Eidgah, Khanewal;
Madressah Al-Hussain Raisabad, Tulambad; Madressah Shamsul Aloom, Abu
Dhabi Road and Rahim Yar Khan.
Reports say that 243 of the 244
students are illegally staying in Lahore, 12 of the 23 in Gujrat, 15 in
Rawalpindi, 14 in Chakwal, two out of the 13 in Attock and 11 in
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NYA designs unique IT literacy programme
Islamabad: The National Youth Assembly (NYA) has designed a unique IT literacy
programme 2012 'Mobile-Computer Literacy' Project for the ignored people
of the society.
President National Youth Assembly Hanan Ali
Abbasi told this agency that NYA is equipped with computers, printer,
web-camera, and Intern facility suitable for 20 students at a time. It
has in built electricity system containing generator, UPS and batteries
of 10 hours back-up facility. Presentation will be given by using
projector and at least 200 students will get training at same time, he
Hanan said that lectures will be delivered to the
participants of training via projectors. Handouts will be provided to
the participants for further more understanding about computer use. Each
project cost is approximately Rs 3 million. President NYA said, "after
reviewing prevailing projects of various governmental and
non-governmental organizations, we realized some grey areas and in our
model project we are aspiring to remove these downside".
project, we have introduced a pragmatic way to train people from the
backward areas of the country through movable, convertible vans.
Advisor Nazia Raja said, "we have multifarious expectations with this
project, like; empowering literally-neglected people of
Omni-age-bracket, eliminating education-divide culture, multiplying
educational opportunities, and eradicating educational discrimination".
fifteen days course of 75 hours duration, containing computer typing,
MS Office, Introduction of E-mail and Internet including web-browsing
has already been designed for this training project.
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Letter writing contest winners
Islamabad: The Pakistan Post (PP) will organize ceremonies in different cities for
distribution of cash prizes among the winners of National Letter Writing
Director Land Pakistan Post Muhammad Yamin Khan
told this agency on Sunday cash prizes of Rs50,000, Rs30,000 and
Rs20,000 have been awarded to first, second and thirs position holders
respectively in three categories of different age groups. "In addition,
ten special cash prizes of Rs10,000 each have also been announced and a
special prize of Rs25,000 will also be given to the senior most letter
writer," he said. He said that more than 110,000 people across the
country participated in the competition.
In category "A",
Muhammad Furqan Zafar of Balochistan Residential College stood first
while Muhammad Shaheer of Divisional Public School Sahiwal bagged second
prize and Miss Sadia Sehar Abbasi from Thatta got third position.
Category "B", Atta Ullah from Nowshera got first position, Farzana
Ajmal from Kala Gojran, Jhelum second and Farzana Kamar Bahawalpur third
position. In category "C" Jamil Adeeb Syed from Karachi clinched first
position, Sardar Ali Khawaja from Islamabad secured second and Javed
Mansoor Yousaf from Lahore third position. The senior most writer
Muhammad Khuda Bux Farooqi from Chiniot will be given the special prize
of Rs25,000. The news
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