Jamia Academy to look after interests of 'madrasas'

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (UNI) 'Madrasas' in Delhi and some other states of the country are likely to start imparting modern education with an academy run by Jamia Millia Islamia deciding to look after the interests of these institutions.

The Academy for Professional Development of Urdu Medium Teachers at Jamia Millia Islamia here has been established with a view to provide support to Urdu medium schools to improve the quality of education in such institutions.

This would envisage all aspects of schools - in-service education of teachers, helping in making learning material available in Urdu text-books and reference material, co-curricular activities, helping in improvement in labs and other facilities and building up a positive attitude toward the education of downtrodden among the teachers.

The academy would also look after the interests of 'madrasas' in all these aspects.

Speaking after inaugurating a day-long convention of Urdu medium schools of seven states in Jamia Millia Islamia here, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit stressed the need of imparting modern education in 'madrasas' apart from traditional education.

The jurisdiction of Jamia's academy is spread over Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh besides Jammu and Kashmir.

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