Darul Uloom Faizane Raza, a madrassa based in Goregaon (West), is all set to become the first madrassa in the state to offer coaching for civil services exams to aspirants.
Mufti Mohammad Manzur Alam Ziyaee, who founded the seminary four years ago, said, “There are madrassas in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu that have introduced such classes for bright but underprivileged students. We have taken the lead in Maharashtra to do the same.”
Ziyaee said the madrassa would offer classes for free to meritorious Muslim graduates. The classes will be funded by donations from community members.
“The first batch comprising 40 students will start from July, to prepare for the August, 2016, UPSC exams,” he said.
Currently, the madrassa has 130 students studying Dakhil and Alim, and provides free accommodation to 70. Students hail from Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
“After an informal survey, we realised that many bright students, who could uplift the community by being a part of the administrative structure, miss out on the opportunity for lack of guidance and resources,” Ziyaee said.
The madrassa management is roping in trainers for the job, including former IAS (Indian Administrative Services) or PCS (Provincial Civil Services) officers. Mohammed Imran Mohammed Amin, who takes coaching classes for UGC NET (National Eligibility Test), is already on board.
The Goregaon (West) madrassa will be the first in the state to offer coaching for free to civil services aspirants. (Vidya Subramanian/HT photo)
Amin said, “This initiative was needed in a city like Mumbai. Muslims students have very few options of getting subsidised coaching for civil service exams.”
The Haj House near Crawford Market has been offering free coaching to UPSC aspirants for the last eight years. However, according to a senior official of the Haj House, the results have not been very encouraging. “This year, not a single student qualified from here,” he said.
The Mahmoodur Rahman Committee report on the socio-economic conditions of the state’s Muslims had revealed that Muslims, with 10.2 million population, form the second largest community in Maharashtra. However, their representation in government services was just 4.4% and, in 2012, there was not a single Muslim in the entire cadre of the IAS, the report said.