The Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari while addressing the media in the monthly press conference organized by Jamaat at its headquarters demanded that those guilty of Babri Masjid demolition should be punished. He expressed his displeasure at the strategy of the Western powers to create instability and unrest in the Middle East. He regretted the incessant aerial bombings inSyria that is resulting in a lot of civilian casualties and is further damaging the already volatile situation. Earlier the Naib-Ameer of Jamaat JanabNusrat Ali also briefed the press about the recommendations of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for the New Education Policy. Naib Ameer Nusrat Ali said that :’’ Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has responded to the call of the government to participate in the discussion on the required reforms in the content and structure of education in India and has submitted its suggestions for the proposed New Education Policy. Some of those recommendations include:
- General Recommendations: include introducing a common education system, accepting education as a State responsibility, making education a tool to achieve equality and justice, making education a top national priority, introduce value based education and making mother tongue as the medium of instruction in primary education.
- Recommendations on Educational Finance: include allocating 6% of GDP to education with 1% of GDP on general higher education and 0.5% of GDP on technical education. 2% of GDP on research and development. Discourage commercialization of education.
- Recommendations on School Education: include changing the learning process from rote and exam oriented learning to in-depth, conceptual understanding and application of knowledge. Pupil teacher ratio as 1:20 for primary, 1:25 for upper primary, 1:30 for secondary and 1:40 for higher secondary. Minimum graduation as qualification for primary. Free education from age 5-18 years. Aptitude testing should be regular part of assessment of student. Education and Vocational counselors should be compulsory part of school staff. JNV pattern schools to be opened in minority concentrated areas.
- Recommendations on Higher Education: include strong regulatory framework that specifies stringent requirements for infrastructure, staff qualification etc. Universities should have upper limit as to how many colleges they can allow for affiliation. New Education Policy should set standards for utmost care in teaching and research in history in universities and colleges. Only approved methods and historiography as agreed upon internationally should be the criterion to judge the accuracy of historical data. Diversity index based incentive scheme to be implemented to encourage equality and diversity in higher education. Persian, Arabic and Urdu to be given due place as major contributors of Indian culture.