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Muslim scholars call for changes in Madarsas' curriculam

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Varanasi, May 1 (UNI) Concerned over fingers being raised on madarsas in wake of March 7 twin blasts here, Muslim scholars have called for reducing ''communication gap'' between the society and seminaries through suitable changes in their curriculam.

Addressing a two-day seminar on 'Present Scenario of Madarsas', which culminated at the Jamia Salfia Madarsa here today, scholars including Sayed Alam Kasmi and Mazhar Siddiqui (Aligarh Muslim University) said changes like teaching journalism and courses in linguistics was a must to link seminaries with common man.

They said Indian and foreign languages, besides media studies could be taught along with Quran and Hadis, to narrow down the gap between madarsas and society.

''Teaching limited to religion has isolated madarsas from the mainstream education system. The need of the hour is to meld seminaries with commoners to put an end to fingers being pointed by certain sections over the working of these educational institutions in light of cases like the Varanasi twin blasts,'' they maintained.

Speakers also said courses in media would not only help in keeping madarsas in sync with changes in global educational space, but also help remove myths pertaining to seminaries through media.

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