Over 6,000 madrasas found unrecognised, survey to continue: UP govt

A total of 6,436 unrecognized madrasas have been identified in Uttar Pradesh so far, and the survey has been completed of 5,170 madrasas, said State Minority Welfare Minister Dharampal Singh on Wednesday.

Talking to ANI, Singh also said that the time period for the survey of unrecognized madrasas of the state has been extended till October 20. “The data of the survey will be made available to the government by November 15, 2022, by the district magistrate. The last date has been extended as some reports were not received,” he said.

The reports come a day after UP Minority Welfare minister Danish Ansari said that the process of physical survey of madrasas has been completed and its report would be sent to the government soon. The survey started following an order dated August 30 that was sent to all the district magistrates (DMs).

All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) member Maulana Yasoob Abbas has questioned the report of the madrasa survey and has sought clarity on the same. The Shia leader demanded that the survey report should be fair and the action taken on the basis of it should not be one-sided.

There are an estimated 17,000 recognised madrasas operational in Uttar Pradesh but there are no official records on unrecognised madrasas in the state. The UP Madarsa Board estimates there are about 40,000 to 50,000 of madrasas across the state.

The Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to survey unrecognised madrasas had received pushback from Muslim bodies such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH). Owaisi labelled it a “mini NRC.”

Madrasa authorities and Muslim leaders have been talking in hushed whispers about the spectre of the feared bulldozers razing their institutions down.

It was also condemned by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati and Congress UP unit.

Mayawati hit out at the Yogi government, accusing it of oppressing and terrorising Muslims and an attempt to “interfere in the functioning of private madrasas” through this survey. She has labelled the survey as “unfair” and an attempt to interfere in private madrasas that operate on community donations.

Madrasas have been maligned as jihad-producing factories on TV channels, in political stump speeches by Hindutva figures and social media.