The State Madrasa Education Board in Assam has decided to modernize madrasa education and introduce vocatiol courses to enhance employability of students passing out from these institutions. The Board proposes to hold a day-long workshop at the Haji Musafir Kha in Guwahati on May 30 to draw up the plans for such an objective. However, what has been categorically stated is that this attempt at modernization does not imply that the madrasas will quit their traditiol and conventiol education with a strong religious bias. According to Mohsin Ali, Chairman of the State Madrasa Education Board, the Board will try to incorporate the progressive changes that have taken place in the system of madrasa education in different parts of India and in the Islamic countries of the world. One major area of thrust is introducing vocatiol education in order to create skilled pupils. The Board will do well to bear in mind that vocatiolization has become a dirty word in Indian education largely because people are not sure of how to go about imparting skills. Most people seem to think that this can be done by just lecturing about skills instead of imparting them. We certainly do not want an increase in the number of school dropouts and people taking to crime because there are no avenues open to them for honest work.
Changing our Madrasas