New Delhi: Answering the raised voices of Muslim scholars and Islamic seminaries against the RTE Act, the Central government has cleared the air by clarifying that the Madrassas do not fall under the ambit of RTE Act.

“The Right to Education (RTE) Act does not come in the way of Madarsas,” the Human Resource Development Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said it is clear in the guidelines issued on 23 November 2010 that according to Article 20 and 30 of the Constitution, Madrassas do not fall under the ambit of RTE Act. It is mentioned in Section 35(1) of the Act.

"Madarsas imparting religious study do not fall under the ambit of schools as defined under section 2(n) of the RTE Act," a statement from the ministry said.

"The ministry has also introduced an RTE Amendment Bill in Parliament, which provides that school management committees (SMC) constituted under section 21 of the RTE Act in respect of aided minority schools shall function in an advisory capacity only, and will not be required to prepare the school development plan," the statement added.

Muslim scholars and Islamic seminaries have opposed RTE Act stating that it provides for prescribing the syllabus for Madarasas and also lays down rules for appointment of teachers.

JPN/Bureau