To promote modern education, Himanta BIswa Swarna announced to shut down of Madarsas
and Sanskrit tols
Assam government will shut down all state-run Madarsas and Sanskrit tols (schools) as it cannot allow teaching religious education with public money.
In lieu of warding out religious education in a secular country like India, the government of Assam proposed a closedown.
Contractual teachers to be shifted
All the 148 Madarsa contractual teachers will be shifted to schools under general secondary education.
The formal notice is set to come out in November. As the state was applying the modern education system, it couldn't continue with the provincialisation of religious institutions.
The Assam government runs 614 Madarsas, while 900 are privately run by Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind. Similarly, there are about 100 government-aided and 500 private Sanskrit tols.
An attempt to harass culture: Opposition
However, the move received immense flak from the Minority groups and Unions that promote Urdu and Sanskrit education. Claiming the move as an attempt to show off a secular image by weeding out Sanskrit and Urdu from the education setup.
While the Madarsa education system started in Assam in 1780, Sanskrit education became official under the Assam Sanskrit Education Act, 1957.