Students at Maharshi Bhardwaj Ved Vedang Shikshan Kendrais will soon be taught by Islamic scholars.
by Ashna Kumar
A Vedic school in Allahabad being run by the fringe group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is all set to undergo a ‘virtual’ metamorphosis with the help of a Muslim organisation.
Students at Maharshi Bhardwaj Ved Vedang Shikshan Kendrais will soon be taught by Islamic scholars as the school has joined hands with Gujarati businessman Zafar Sareshwala’s educational project Taleem-o-Tarbiyat.
Acharya Pankaj Sharma, principal of the school, said, “Taleemo-Tarbiyat came up with the proposal to teach our scholars English, social science and computers. Though we teach our students in Sanskrit, we are open to the idea of Muslim scholars teaching our students in subjects which will enable them to have better understanding and perspective of life, making them more capable.”
WHO IS THIS GUJARATI BUSINESSMAN?
Zafar Sareshwala, vice-chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad and a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had initiated the project to provide a virtual classroom to students of Madrasas in six towns across India. It aims to teach students only reading the Quran lessons in English, science and math.
AIM OF THE PROJECT
The project’s latest success was in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary consitutency of Varanasi, where 1500 girls joined the virtual class. Home minister Rajnath Singh had also attended one such virtual classroom in Lucknow.
Sareshwala told Mail Today, “Our aim was to bring Taleemo-Tarbiyat to Madrasas. But Vedic school is similar as only vedas are taught. Student is a student, the religion is irrelevant. We are looking at a tie up soon,” he said. He said there was reluctance initially from both sides. “It took hard work and conviction to get board both communities for the successful launch in Varanasi. The first class was held on February 19 this year and it was eventually attended by both Grand Mufti of Varanasi and BHU Vice Chancellor besides handful of Hindu and Muslim guest of honours. On similar line, the organisation hopes to hone skills at Vedic school,” he said.
The vice-chancellor added that the organisation would not meddle in religious affairs and would use technology to bring a revolution in schools run by religious organisations.
first posted on Indiatoday