Staff Reporter, TDN World: Door to Madrasah education is open to all, it is proved again. With each passing year, non-Muslim students are increasingly taking admission in madrasahs. This year in 2020, 12.5% students belonging to the Hindu community have appeared for the West Bengal Board of Madrasah Examination (WBBME). Jagannath Das, hailing from the majoritarian Hindu community has remarkably secured sixth rank in the 2020 madrasah board examination, prompting congratulatory message from state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for his splendid performance.
This year 45,898 candidates sat for board exam, 8648 in Alim and 3898 candidates were from Fazil stream.
Tallying with the total examinees, 12.5% have been Hindus; among them 70% have been male and 30% female candidates. Significantly, 2.2% Urdu-speaking students have apeared for the board exam.
While Nosifa Khatun topped in the madrasah board exam with 771 marks out of 800, Jagannath Das came sixth with 760. And this proves that the Hindus are not lagged behind in the madrasah education, keeping aside their religious identity both community students are studying together.
Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to Madrasah Education. Media reports, and some politicians try to malign the image of Madrsah Education.
However, students like Jagannath and their families do not think in the same way.
“I don’t differentiate between Hindu, Muslim. I know, I am a human being. Our friends here thinks like that,” Jaganath told TDN.
Jagannath hails from a poor family at Khandagram, in Dubrajpur, Birbhum. His father is a day-labourer who also sells clothes in streets carrying on his cycle.
Jagannath aspires to become an engineer, but he is worried about financial hurdles.
“We studied in this madrasah. Most of the boys and girls in our village study here. Many are now well-plced, doing good jobs,” said Dinbandhu Das, Jagannath’s father.
Karibul Hossain, D.S High Madrasah headmaster, said,” Studdents belonging to different religions, castes reads here. We never discriminate one from the other. 40% students in our school are non-Muslims. Students from both the religion study here like brothers and sisters. They celebrate eid together. During Pujas they also greet ecah other.”