The teaching of Hindus’ religious traditions such as the Veda, yoga, Sanskrit, and Hindu Epics such as Bhagavad-Gita and Ramayana will become mandatory in the future at Islamic educational institutions as stated by the ministry of Indian education.
Last week Under the education ministry, an autonomous organization called the national institute of open schooling (NIOS) announced that they had prepared 15 courses of Indian knowledge tradition.
A new curriculum was presented by the minister of education called Ramesh Pokhriyal which wanted India lauding as a knowledge superpower. Teaching on these topics will shortly be incorporated into madrasas, according to the ministry.
Firstly this program will be launched in hundred madrasas. Later in the future, it will gradually increase to up to 500 more madrasas, as NIOS said.
This initiative has drawn intense criticism from senior Muslim clerics because they feel that the courses are arbitrary and unjustified.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed, the Lucknow-based Darul Uloom farangi Mahal Islamic seminary, told the DW that it’s almost akin to ask medical colleges to teach Bible and Quran rather than teaching what it was meant for.
A Muslim cleric called Maulana Yasoob Abbas told the DW that this program goes against the grain of constitutional principles and is divisive. He further said that these new compulsory teachings would increase the Controversies between India’s Muslim and Hindu communities.
He also said while referring to the right-wing Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) group that when the current government ever accept the teaching of Quran in the RSS fact Shishu Mandir schools?
After this announcement, sharp criticism has been faced by the ministry of education to clarify.
It is said that it is completely the learner’s discretion to select for subject combination from the bouquet of subjects given by the NIOS.
However, the ministry was not specified yet that it would introduce the Hindu epics into madrasas.