Members of the HRD Ministry's NMCME have pitched for capturing details of unregistered madrasas in the country and setting up a national-level madrasa board with a suitable system for accreditation to ensure their academic standards.
In a recent meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities' Education (NCME), panel member Afzar Shamsi recommended that the data of unregistered madrasas be captured.
"There are two types of madrasas, one which are 'registered' which are roughly 20 per cent and the other one are 'unregistered' which are around 80 per cent. All the data which the government is having is based on registered madrasas," the minutes of the meeting quoted Shamsi as saying.
"There is a need to capture the details of the unregistered madrasas and bring them within the ambit of registration so that a clear picture is available," he said.
Another member Jamshid Khan said, "Madrasa boards in some states are defunct. While some states have these boards, some like Maharashtra do not have any madrasa board".
"It is suggested that there should be an all-India level madrasa board with suitable system for accreditation to ensure academic standards," he said.
"Madrasa should be linked with skill development council. In order to facilitate the spread of information amongst the madrasas besides making it available on the website, there should also be a move to spread an awareness campaign in their areas in which we members can contribute," another panel member Suman Kumar said.
The NMCME is chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and consists of nominees from state governments, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, academics, activists, administrators concerned with minority issues and the HRD Ministry officials.
The main function of NMCME is to monitor minority education and the ongoing schemes of the Ministry targeted at the community. It also makes recommendations to address the issues related to recognition and affiliation of minority institutions.