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UP govt will form a committee to fix minimum age for madrasa admission

Lucknow: The government of Uttar Pradesh will be creating a committee to fix a minimum age for admissions to madrasas, just like CBSE and ICSE, said Danish Azad Ansari, Minister of State and Minority welfare. After it came to notice that so many times parents used to admit their children late to madrasas and now the government wants to end this practice.

“A committee would be formed to determine the age of the student for admission in various classes of madrasas, on the basis of whose report a decision would be taken. At present, there are no plans to fix the maximum age for admission in madrasas,” said Ansari.

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A week ago, at the time of distribution of mobile/tablets to meritorious students of high schools of madrasas, Dharampal Singh, Minority Welfare Minister, said that so many older men who are still students at madrasa had come to receive the award and that is not right. Minister’s statement has now led to belief that the government will now fix the age limit for admission to madrasas.

However, Ansari declared that the government had no such plans and that Singh’s recent statement should not be taken in the wrong way. “What Dharampal Singh meant was that the education of children studying in madrasas should start at the right time and be completed at the right time,” he said. There are 16,461 madrasas in the state, out of which 560 receive government grants. The state government is emphasising modern education along with religious education in madrasas and is running various schemes for this.

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