Government may recognise madrassa degrees
By Mohammad Imran
ISLAMABAD: On the recommendations of the National Security Council (NSC), the government is likely to recognise degrees of five different Wafaq-ul-Madaris at the Intermediate and Bachelors level.
Earlier the MA level degree was recognised by the Higher Education Commission but the lower degrees were not recognised by the government.
Religious Affairs Minister Ijaz-ul-Haq disclosed during his telephone conversation with Qari Hanif Jalandhary, the Itehad-e-Tanzimat-e-Madaris-e-Dinya (ITMD) coordination secretary, that the NSC had recommended that the government should give the status of education boards to five Wafaq-ul-Madaris.
The five Wafaqs are Tanzeem-ul-Madaris, Rabtatul Madaris, Wafaq-ul-Madaris (Deobandi), Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al Salfiyah (Ahle Hadith) and Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al Shiat.
Sources said that the government was earlier considering a proposal to establish an inter-madrassa board that would conduct exams at Inter and BA levels of religious schools, after which their degree would be recognised. The idea was dropped because the inter-madrassa board would become an issue and representatives of the ITMD would not accept it,” sources added. They said that a meeting between Haq and representatives of the ITMD would be held in the next few days and would be followed by another meeting in which Education Minister Lt Gen (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi would participate.