One-Day International Seminar on “Madrassa Reforms: Indonesia Experiences”

Globalization and revision of the curriculum of Madaris is a necessity to play a positive role in society said by H.E. Adam Mulawarman Taugue, Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia to Pakistan in an International Seminar on “Madrassa Reforms: Indonesia’s Experiences” organized by Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) today at Allama Iqbal Auditorium.

The Worthy Rector, IIUI Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while chairing the international seminar said that we need to make our students learn the worldly dealing which has been ignored in the modern education system. He endorsed the recommendations of H.E and added that the Madaris are still learning from the experiences of Indonesia while excepting the concept of modernization and Madrassa reforms so that a student can be accepted in the society with open arms. He further said that teachers training is much needed as they are the pillar of society.

Dr. Husnul Amin, Executive Director-IRD welcomed the guests and opened the session. He highlighted the importance of Madrassa in a Muslim society and briefed about the details and objectives of the program. Many renowned scholars from Indonesia and Pakistan presented their views on the topic.

Dr. Asep Saepudin Jahar explained the history of Madaris in Indonesia. He explained how the Madarris transformed from the Dutch colonial era to modern times. Madaris has been a great resistance against the colonial masters he added. Dr. Amin Abdullah added in the talk and explained the wonderings coming toward the way of madrassa reform in Indonesia. Dr. Aamir Tuaseen former Director Madrassahs told that here in Pakistan, the major issue is the registration of Madrasas. Dr. Raghib Naeemi talked about the registration. He told that 6000 Madaris have been registered so far while 42000 still remain. Madarris board is replaced by Madrassa directorate working under Ministry of Education. Maulana Ahmed Yousuf Banuri was of the view that politicians has their own vested intersts in a mainstreaming madrassahs. The problems lies in behavior not in curriculum. Traditional and modern education should be merged.

The seminar was attended by a large number of Pakistani and Indonesian students from Universities as well as from Madrassa and faculty members of IIUI.