Workshop on Bihar madrasas emphasizes to equip them with capabilities to meet 21th century challenges

By Special Correspondent

Patna: Maulana Azad National Urdu University has organized a workshop here to discuss the educational conditions of Islamic Madrasas. The three-day workshop stressed the need of making madrasa education system capable to meet the modern challenges.

Addressing the workshop, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Dr. Amir Subhani said that the main reason for the backwardness of the community is the weak primary education.  There is a need to provide education facilities at primary level to our children if we want to address the issue of backwardness, Subhani added.

The workshop was organized for Madrasa of Bihar under the Multi-Partner Project at Hotel Charkia, Patna. Intellectuals from Bihar and Scholars from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi and Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad discussed the educational conditions of Islamic Madrasas. They also highlighted various aspects of the resource centers, proposed to be established by the Bihar government and termed it as the realization of the dreams of the madrassas’s students.

In his address, Dr. Mohammad Nadeem Noor, Chief, UNFPA, Bihar said that in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, artificial and emotional intelligence would have to be relied upon and madrassas should be equipped with the capabilities to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Prof. Ejaz Masih, Jamia Millia Islamia said that the JMI has developed a training module on adolescent education, a blend of science and culture, which enhances the skills of students through practical training.

The Project Director, Prof. Mohd Shahid (MANUU) said that the project is becoming popular among teachers and students of Madrasas and has gone far beyond traditional adolescent education. The novel pilot programme, funded by UNFPA being implemented by MANUU, JMI & Bihar Madarsa Board has caught the attention of Madrasas from other states also.

The workshop is a part of Adolescents Education Programme of MAANU which has highlighted many aspects of the madrasa education in the state and suggested a couple things for improving the standard of education in these madrasas spread across the state.

Prof. Faiz Ahmad, Principal CTE, MANUU Darbhanga delivered the welcome address. Former member, BPSC, Dr. Shafi Mashhadi, Dr. Ahmad Abdul Hai, a renowned surgeon and intellectual , former chairman Yonus Hakeem, and Ms. Safina, Secretary, Minority Welfare Department, also spoke on the occasion.

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