Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said his government is considering laying down rules and regulations for private madrasas, Islamic schools, in the State.
Sarma’s statement has come in the wake of 11 persons including a Madrasa teacher being detained in the last 24 hours for their alleged links with global terror outfits namely Al-Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) and Bangladesh-based Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).
“We have converted 700 government madrassas into general schools to impart modern education to Muslim students. But the government has no control over private madrasas that will be opened as the Constitution of India has empowered the minority community to set up educational institutions.
“However, in view of growing jihadi activities in certain madrasas, the government will consult legal experts to formulate a set of rules to regulate and monitor functioning of private madrassas,” Sarma said.
The Chief Minister said the government is planning to make it mandatory for the private schools to introduce modern Islamic subjects like science and mathematics.
Sarma admitted that jihadi activities would continue to take place at different locations and time since Assam shares international border with Bangladesh where certain fundamentalist and terrorist elements are active.