Call it quality, or an urge to get good education from wherever it comes, there has been a sharp rise in the number of Muslim students in the RSS-run schools in Uttar Pradesh.
According to a conservative estimate, the rise in the number is about 30% in the past two years after Modi government came to power at the Centre. Chintamani Singh, Pradesh Nirikshak (State In spector) of Vidhya Bharti, which manages about 1200 schools of the Sangh in 49 UP districts, said nearly 7000 Muslims enrolled in these schools. A majority of these students are enrolled in schools in rural areas.
Authorities at Saraswati Shishu Mandir and Saraswati Vidya Mandir claim that Muslim boys and girl students have been doing pretty well and have brought laurels to their schools in the fields of sports, cultural activities as well as academics.
“Our students like Mohammad Aqib, Aftab Alam, Ejaj Ahmad, Gufranuddin and Mohammad Akaram have won medals in Student Games Federation of India. Besides, there are several others who have won in Youth Commonwealth Games and other national competitions,“ he says.
“They not only attend schools like any other student, but get totally mingled with their peers and follow all rules like reciting slokas and `bhojan mantras’ (chants before a meal),“ says Singh, adding “ As of now, there 6,940 Muslim students, including 4,672 boys and 2,218 girls pursuing their education up to class XII in around 1,200 schools in 49 districts of the state.“
Not only students, Vidya Bharti has recently recruited eight Muslim teachers as well, he says. “Quality of education is the prime reason which has attracted Muslim parents to get their wards enrolled our schools,“ Singh adds. A number of parents of these kids TOI woke to accept Singh’s claim. The fact that a most of these Muslims students study in rural schools also reveals that these schools must be the best option for them, says asocial scientist.