Education reforms: Add modern subjects to madrassa curricula, suggests former CII chief

Published: March 17, 2014
Masud says madrassa students need to benefit from advances in research methodologies. PHOTO: REUTERS

Masud says madrassa students need to benefit from advances in research methodologies. PHOTO: REUTERS


Modern subjects must be introduced in the curriculum of seminaries so students there can learn advanced research methods, according to noted religious scholar Dr Khalid Masud.

Masud, a former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, was speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of an inter-madrassa essay writing contest organised by the Pak Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) and the Alif Ailaan education campaign.

Masud said madrassa students need to benefit from advances in research methodologies, but they cannot access these new trends in education unless the curriculum is revised to reflect the changes.

He also urged religious scholars and seminaries to focus on ethics and to also help overcome national differences.

Gilgit-Baltistan Council Member Maulana Ataullah Shahab said discussions among people belonging to different schools of thought are the need of the hour in Pakistan. Shahab said the madrassa students have to be made a part of the nation’s education system because ignoring one group or section leads to a sense of deprivation.

PIPS Director Amir Rana said dialogue and discussions between students from universities and students from seminaries can help resolve some of the misunderstandings that exist in society.

Alif Ailaan programme manager Imran Khan said only the government and politicians can improve the education system. But Khan said the civil society has to play its part in raising awareness about the fundamental right to education.

Earlier, students from universities and seminaries also participated in a dialogue with the theme “Role of education in development and nation building: the situation in Pakistan.” Students, who participated in the dialogue, said the government should initiate long-term projects in the education sector.

They also called for some uniformity in the education system and stressed the need to overcome the country’s education emergency through individual and collective actions.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ashraf P
    Mar 17, 2014 - 10:53AM

    This is nothing short of blasphemy ! Islamic education is the ONLY real education !!


  • Ali S
    Mar 17, 2014 - 1:06PM

    Finally something (kinda) sensible to come out of the CII. This is a practical solution to some of our education woes, since the vast majority of our poor send their kids to these places to get an education.


  • tattu mian
    Mar 17, 2014 - 6:20PM

    why didnt he said this when he was in the CIIRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 17, 2014 - 7:26PM

    What are the so called modern subjects?

    Rex Minor


  • Rex Minor
    Mar 17, 2014 - 7:27PM

    What are the so called modern subjects? What says the correspondent of ET?

    Rex Minor


  • hamza khan
    Mar 17, 2014 - 9:42PM

    @tattu mian:

    he did…this man was CII president under the shaukat aziz/musharraf government. apart from being highly regarded as an actual scholar of islam, he is well known to advocate madrassas teach other subjects, and if you recall the musharraf government recommended and was attempting to do this before our maulvis decided that a secular education is blasphemy.


  • Babar
    Mar 18, 2014 - 4:45AM

    @Ashraf P:
    Tell that to the doctors, engineers, teachers, etc who have studied ‘non Islamic education’ tbh for Muslims to increase their literacy etc they do need to teach various subjects. You should read on the Islamic golden age before trying to act smart and see that Baghdad was the capital of science and mathematics in a Islamic Khalifate. Also next time don’t visit a ‘doctor’ when your ill because they’ve had non Islamic education.


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