Edit: 26th April:

Please see comment from Prathisthan member. The institution gets Rs 30 crores annually. I am retaining the article to highlight the difference in the amounts granted. But the conclusion below about funding being stopped is wrong.

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Today the Minister of Minority Affairs announced 1 lakh madrassas in the country will be upgraded to modern technology.

It’s a good time to look at the treatment given by the Central Government for Madrassas vs Veda Pathashalas.

Madrassas:

In the budget for the year 2017-18, a sum of Rs 120 crores has been provisioned by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) for Madrassas. See item #20 in this document.

In the 2 previous years, sums of Rs 120 crores and Rs 295 have been granted for the same.

The main purpose of this budgetary allocation is for a scheme known as CENTRAL SPONSORED SCHEME FOR PROVIDING QUALITY EDUCATION IN MADRASA (SPQEM).

This scheme has provisions for student grants, assistance for libraries, infrastructure improvement and so on.

In addition to the above budget, the Ministry of Minority affairs grants financial assistance to Madrasas under the Multi-sectoral Development Program. Per an answer provided in the Lok Sabha, the following amounts were granted in the various years up to 2014-15.

Year             Amount (crores)

2011-12       3.10

2012-13       118.4

2013-14       11.73

2014-15       3.22


Veda Pathashalas:

The MHRD runs an institution called as the “Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain” which is aimed at promoting Veda Pathashalas and Vedic Culture.

In the year 2011-2012, a sum of Rs 12 crores was allocated to this institution.

In the year 2012-13, a sum of Rs 30.80 crores was allocated to this institution (see same link as above)

In the year 2013-14, a sum of Rs 3 lakhs (YES – 3 lakhs only) was allocated to this institution. (see row 28 in the link)

From the year 2014-15 onwards, the budgetary allocations for this institution were completely stopped. See page 89 of this document.

Even in the budget of 2017-18, in line with the decision to stop budgetary support for this Prathisthan, no amount has been allocated. (Read footnote 67, notice the name of the Prathisthan missing).

Summary:

A sum of Rs 120 crores annually for Madrassa support

A sum of Rs 0 crores annually for Veda Pathashala support

Note:

  • Some may argue that the support for Madrassas is given for teaching non-religious subjects. Numerous Veda Pathashalas also teach Science, Maths and the ilk.
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