Examinations of Qawmi madrasa’s “Dawra-e-Hadith” degree, which has recently been recognised as post-graduation, are going to be held between May 15 and May 25 under indifferent question papers across Bangladesh.
The decision was made on Sunday in a meeting of a committee formed to conduct the examinations and implement the standard of the degree certificate at the office of Shah Ahmed Shafi, chairman of Hefazat-e-Islam, in Hathazari of Chittagong.
Claiming that Qawmi madrasas are no longer engaged in conventional politics, Shafi, also the head of the committee, defended its recent meeting with the government in Dhaka.
“We always strive for establishing peace in the society and country. So, there is no scope to spread confusion over the meeting with the government,” he claimed.
“Those, who are criticising the present stance of the Islamic scholars and Qawmi madrasa board, are doing it all out of their evil desires. We will have to remain united to stop propaganda about the government decision,” Shafi added.
Meanwhile, both the certificate and examinations were named “Al-Haiyatul Uliya Lil Jamiyatil Qawmia Bangladesh” with the committee deciding not to take any government fund, said Munir Ahmed, press secretary to Shafi.
The meeting also formed a sub-committee comprising 11 members from six local Qawmi madrasa education boards to help conduct the examinations.
The madrasas that are not registered with the six boards will not be allowed to take part in the examination. Any madrasa registered under a certain board will not be given registration from any other board this year, the meeting was told.
The Education Ministry on Thursday published a circular declaring “Dawra-e-Hadith” equivalent to a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies or Arabic, just two days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to acknowledge so in a meeting with Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Board and Hefazat-e-Islam leaders at Ganabhaban.
The decision has been garnering criticism from the civil society and prominent educationists.
Even, Islamist group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat on Saturday urged the government to cancel its decision.