Madrasa in Uttrakhand is planning to add Sanskrit in their list of subjects. They believe if they can teach foreign language in the madrasa then why can’t an ancient Indian language being taught in it. The Uttarakhand madrasa welfare board took the decision which oversees all the 207 madrasas in the Uttarakhand.
Also, Sanskrit is the second official language of Uttarakhand. They think that it must be helpful in the teaching of Medical education and Ayurveda. The language is part of the ancient culture which has significant importance in the Indian tradition. Sanskrit is considered an ancient language because most of the ancient scriptures are written in that language.
Madrasa For Learning
Madarasa is schools for children where they are taught every other subject taught like in other schools. The name is slightly different for courses only. Uttarakhand has more than 80% of Hindu population while rest consists all other faiths. It was separated from Uttar Pradesh and considered a hilly state.
Education of any subject should be considered important because it has an intrinsic value attached to it. The madrasa welfare board has appealed the Chief Minister of Uttrakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat for the inclusion of Sanskrit in the Madaras education. There are 25000 students registered under the madrasa who undergo teachings of the madrasa.
Recently, a report in media also emerged that it has been rejected by the government. Madarsa education board deputy registrar claims that it is technically not possible because in madrasa they are already being taught three languages. Hindi and English, according to him are the priority languages in the madrasa teachings while the third language is a choice between Arabic and Persian.
The exclusion of Arabic or Persian would not be feasible. He further adds that he is yet to receive any such letter from the Welfare board, but if received they would discuss the matter with the chief minister about the technical problem. Madarsa welfare board is keen on the inclusion of language which will help students getting an education in Ayurveda and herbal.
THE FUTURE OF LANGUAGE
The onus lies on the society and government to take the decision as soon as possible because as mentioned in many media reports that different madrasas are welcoming the decision of madrasa welfare board, which is planning such action. Ayurveda and the herbal market has seen massive growth in recent times so it is quite natural for everyone to be part of the growth.
Not only Uttarakhand, the matter in other states should be discussed, and choices should be offered to the board for the languages they need to learn. Language cannot be attached to any particular religion. it is a very inclusive plan if implemented by the government which will teach one of the most celebrated languages of the world. The overall effect might be visible in the coming decades when we have students participating in the inclusive development of the society.
It remains to be seen that what steps does the state government takes regarding it, and if it does how will the funds be allocated. The requirement of Sanskrit faculty with eager students is a primary concern for the madrasa.