The Uttar Pradesh government had made it compulsory for all the students and teachers in UP madrasas to sing the National Anthem everyday ahead of beginning classes. Though the order for its implementation was passed by the government on May 9, it came into force from May 12.
The decision was made after the meeting of the UP Madrasa Education Board council on March 24. The order was passed by Uttar Pradesh minority state minister Danish Azad Ansari.
“Madarsa education crucial for minorities. When the national anthem is sung, students would learn society’s values. The government is working for the upliftment of Madarsa education. Now Madrasa students study religious scriptures alongside math, science, and computer,” said Danish Azad.
In compliance with the order, the madarsas will continue to sing other religious prayers along with the national anthem.
The order quoted, “It is to be conveyed about the singing of the national anthem in the morning before the commencement of classes in madrasas, that in the meeting of the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Education Board held on 24th March 2022, it was decided that in all the recognized/ aided/ unaided madrasas, from the upcoming academic semester, it will be mandatory for all the students (boys and girls) and teachers to sing the national anthem (starting from ‘Jana Gana Mana Adhinayak Jai He Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ up to ‘Jai He, Jai He, Jai Jai Jai Jai He’) in a coordinated tone with other prayers before the commencement of classes.”
Notably, due to Ramazan, the madrasas were closed from March 30 to May 11. Madrasas reopened on May 12 and thus the order which suggested the implementation by May 9 came into force from May 12. The order is directed to all recognised, aided and unaided madrasas.
In 2017, the UP Madarsa Board had made the singing of the national anthem and flag hoisting compulsory on Independence Day. Now following the fresh orders, recitals of the National Anthem will be practiced everyday in UP madrasas.