New Delhi, Nov 13: After tracking foreign funds running Madrasas, the Government of India has now turned its attention to the teachers in the Madrasas.
It will now conduct a survey across states to check whether the Madrasas have teachers from Pakistan or Bangladesh. This comes in the wake of rumours that Bangladeshi nationals were teaching in these institutes in Burdwan, where a blast took place on October 2.
Apart from West Bengal, Assam too would be under scanner as it shares its border with Bangladesh. In fact, the survey will start with states sharing the international border with Bangladesh-West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Contradicting the apprehensions are recent internal reports from the home ministry, which state that majority of the madrasas are not spreading jehadi ideas. Backing the logic was Moulana Mahmood Asad Madani of the Jamiat Ulema-e Hind who objected to the random branding of madrasas as terror hubs. Blaming the government, he said that government-backed madrasas were not doing the real job, but the unrecognised ones.
A madrasa in Burdwan had Bangladeshi teachers
It is estimated that there are close to 35,000 madrasas across the country, with close to 15 lakh students. Surprisingly, most of these are not recognised by the government.