SC rejects PIL seeking regulation of non-religious education at Madarsas, Gurukuls

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The Supreme Court on October 8 rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking regulation of non-religious education being imparted in Madarsas, Maktabahs and Gurukuls across the country.

A SC bench, comprising of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Madan B Lokur, today declined to entertain the PIL but allowed the petitioners to approach respective High Court.

The petition was filed by advocate Akhruzzaman and social activist Sunil Saraogi seeking directions for the Centre and state governments to “take appropriate steps in a time-bound manner for regulating the education being imparted at all Madarsas, Maktabahs and Gurukuls in India.”

The PIL also sought direction for the Centre and state governments to establish uniform standards of proficiency and excellence with respect to education being imparted by these three institutes in India.

The PIL also sought regulating of non-religious education imparted at these institutes, recognized or otherwise, the PIL said that the Centre and state governments should bring all of them within a regulated and recognized legal framework by mandatory registration with them.

The PIL further claimed that more than 1.5 million young Indians are being educated at such institutes without any comprehensive and holistic framework, thus devoid of any standards of excellence and inhibiting their complete growth.