New Delhi, Oct 30: In a move aimed at improving the quality of education in state madarsas, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to introduce National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books in the Islamic educational institutions. Also Read - Blow to Mayawati As 5 BSP MLAs Withdraw Support, Set to Join Samajwadi Party

Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said that the state Madarsa board is preparing to provide students with books based on NCERT syllabus, which is followed by CBSE schools, to Madarsa students. Also Read - India Has Lowest COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Per Million in The World: Report

Sharma also announced that subjects like Mathematics and Science have been made compulsary in Madarsas. Also Read - Flipkart Big Diwali Sale 2020: Smartphones, Laptops, Electronics Available on Big Discount Offers- Check Prices

“After approval from the state government, Uttar Pradesh Madarsa board has started preparations to teach students from NCERT books,” the minister said in his tweet.

The Yogi Adityanath government had allocated about Rs 1,700 crore towards minorities’ welfare in the state’s budget for 2017-18.

The government earmarked Rs 394 crore towards imparting modern education in recognised madarsas and elementary schools.

The Yogi Adityanath government had in September blocked grant provided to 46 madarsas of the state after they were found no following the standards set by the education department.

Madarsas get financial assistance from the state government. At present, around 8,000 madrasas in UP are recognised by the UP Madrassa Shiksha Parishad, a government body. Among these, 560 are fully-aided by the state.