#India is a multicultural, multilingual and multi religious country. The current developments of educational provisions in India are much focused on school education. Basic education for any religious Minority group such as Muslim will be meaningful only if the system could encompass the cultural, linguistic and other social values into it. Educational policies have long ignored the unique educational need of the #Muslim religious group of the country. However, the education system of the country has several issues to address. Among these issues, first is the expanding access to appropriate learning provisions and opportunities and the second issue is making education relevant, useful and desirable for all. Madarsa is the most trusted educational institution of the Muslim to provide cultural education which has been running since long in INDIA and providing education for the Muslim community on traditional style. Many Madarsas all over the country have been registered and included mainstream subjects in their curriculum along with Islamic subjects. This is a new experience for both the #Madarsa organizers as well as policy makers. Achieving quality education along with other several indicators are also very important. This study was intended to evaluate the worked conducted by the #PVCHR entitled, “Continuation and expansion of elementary #education project for Muslim and Dalit children in Jaunpur and #Varanasi Districts, Uttar Pradesh.” and sponsored by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (#SDTT).
This evaluation exercise would not have been possible without the hard work and untiring effort put in by everyone who was associated with it. A heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped in every possible manner. I would sincerely like to thank Mr. Lenin Raghuvanshi Director of PVCHR who gave me this responsibility to evaluate the work done by the PVCHR in Madarsa of Jaunpur and Varanasi.
A special word of thanks to Ms. Saumya Gupta for her hard work and diligence, technical inputs, word processing and final layout of the report. I would also like to express my gratitude, for Dr. Rajeev Singh,Mr. Dilshad Ahmed Khan, and Mr. Irshad Ahmed for their support to the project.
Finally I would like to gratefully acknowledge the time, co-operation and effort of all the Principals/Heads, teachers, staff, students and parents of the Madrasas. We visited across in helping us to complete this evaluation.
Dr. Shaila Parveen
Department of Social Work,
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi