The state cabinet approved the proposal to close all government-run Madarsas and Sanskrit vidyalayas in Assam on Sunday. According to Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, there are 610 government-run madarsas in the state and Rs. 260 crores are spent every year in their operations.
In addition, there are about 1,000 recognized Sanskrit vidyalayas in Assam. Out of these, about 100 are government aided and the state government spends about one crore rupees annually on these Sanskrit schools. According to Biswa Sarma, government Madarsas will either be converted into regular schools or closed.
A bill in this regard will be introduced in the forthcoming winter session of the state Assembly. Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandrammohan Patwari said that the existing law relating to Madarsas and Sanskrit schools will be repealed.
A bill will be introduced in the forthcoming session of the Assembly. The winter session of the Assam Assembly begins on 28th December.