//J&K madrasas under scanner

J&K madrasas under scanner

Jammu, June 27:

Activities of 113 Islamic seminaries operating in Jammu and Kashmir without government aid are being monitored, given a spate in grenade attacks carried out by persons not listed as militants in security agency files."A close watch is being kept on the 113 madrasas being run in the state after some modules of Lashkar-e-Toiba were busted and it was found that persons without criminal records were used for carrying out grenade attacks," an intelligence official said.

He said the intelligence agencies were monitoring where the financial assistance came from since no 'madrasa' was being funded by the state government and tabs were also being kept on the students of the Islamic seminaries.

"The madrasas are managed by the community out of their own donations. The salary of the teachers working in these seminaries varies from institution to institution and no government aid is provided to any of them," he said.

He said according to the Jammu and Kashmir School Education Act, 2002, no private school could be established and run without permission and ‘only such private schools as are recognised shall be permitted to function’.

The Act did not mention the term ‘madrasa’, he said.

He said the seminaries were also under watch as the School Education Department did not regulate 'madrasas' not imparting instruction in modern, contemporary subjects and instead engaging in religious education alone.