Uttar Pradesh conducts an examination of the famed Islamic institution in Lucknow

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In an ongoing effort to evaluate unrecognised madrasas (religious institutions) in the state, a three-person delegation from the Uttar Pradesh government conducted a survey of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, a 125-year-old Islamic seminary in Lucknow, on Thursday, according to officials.

The team, which was made up of district minority officer (DMO) Sone Kumar, block education officer (BEO) Rajesh Singh, and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Naveen Chandra, arrived at the seminary at 10.20 am and left at midday.

According to Kumar, the team made an effort to learn more about the seminary, including its affiliation and revenue sources. The state madrasa education board is not linked with the seminary.

The UP State Madrasa Education Board does not recognise the madrasa Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama. The seminary is even older than the UP State Madrasa Education Board, according to the local officials, who claim it is registered under the 1860 Societies Registration Act,” the DMO added.

However, the seminary offers several programmes that are approved by the madrasa boards of West Bengal and Bihar. They claimed to have submitted an application for the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Language University in Lucknow to recognise several graduate courses. They’ve agreed to submit all the paperwork quickly,” he continued.

An order from the minority welfare and waqf department asking the UP Board of Madrasa Education and district judges throughout the state to carry out a survey of all unaffiliated madrasas led to the contentious exercise, which got under way on September 10 and would last for 46 days.

The state government will soon conduct a survey of unrecognised madrassas to compile data on the number of teachers, curriculum, basic facilities available there, and their affiliation with any non-governmental organisations, according to Danish Azad, minister of state for minority affairs, who made the announcement on August 31. According to him, the survey will be conducted in compliance with the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights’ (NCPCR) directive regarding the accessibility of essential amenities to students in madrassas.

Authorities in Nadwa reported that the seminary had 2,410 students and 81 teachers. They have a 2.5 lakh book library. For about 2,200 students, they also have a hostel, Singh said.

Authorities claimed that the seminary is supported by the community and is funded in part by the rent they receive from various properties.

According to Kumar, they were requested to submit papers that would support their claims. All of the members will gather as soon as they have all the information and compile a thorough report that will be given to the government, he continued.

Vice-principal Abdul Aziz Nadwi stated that the Nadwa management cooperated with the survey team and gave all information.

There is nothing to be worried about, he added, adding that the meeting with them “went off extremely well.”

“We informed them that Nadwa offers high-quality instruction in Hindi, English, and science in addition to religion. Even at Oxford University, our students are in active service, he continued.