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Deoband Bans Students from Attending Coaching Classes on the Side

Darul Uloom Deoband, a renowned Islamic seminary, has implemented a ban on its students from pursuing external courses, such as English, offered by other institutions.
Darul Uloom Deoband has banned its students from taking courses like English being taught at other institutions while they are enrolled at this well-known Islamic seminary. The institute said it has imposed the ban because their education at the seminary is affected when students pursue courses at coaching centre outside as well. And, it clarified, that it has an English department of its own. A recent order from Darul Uloom Deoband’s education department mentioned English in particular, indicating that it was perhaps among the favourite courses students took on the side. “Students are informed that no other course (English, etc) will be allowed while pursuing education at Darul Uloom Deoband, the order said in Urdu. It added if their conduct is proved through reliable sources, the students will be expelled." Read | Darul Uloom Deoband Prohibits Students From Learning English While Studying in Islamic Seminary The order also warns students against remaining in their rooms while their classes are on. The administration will check the rooms, it said. According to the institute’s chief executive, Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani, some media reports were giving a wrong twist to the order. “It is being told in some media reports that English studies have been banned at Darul Uloom Deoband, which is not correct. At Darul Uloom there is a separate department of English, where students are taught," he told PTI. “This ban is only for students who take admission at Darul Uloom Deoband but instead of studying here enrol at coaching centres in the city to study English or other subjects," he said. Their education at this institution then gets affected, he added. He said the ban also applies students who carry out businesses, like running a tea stall, outside after taking admission at the madrasa. Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind leader and Darul Uloom principal Maulana Arshad Madani said his institution does not oppose modern education of English and computers. There are separate departments within the institution for them, he said. “It is often seen that after taking admission at Darul Uloom Deoband students go outside for coaching, which is wrong. That’s why this ban has been imposed," Madani said.

Darul Uloom Deoband, a renowned Islamic seminary, has implemented a ban on its students from pursuing external courses, such as English, offered by other institutions. The decision was made to ensure that the students' education at the seminary remains unaffected, as pursuing additional courses outside was found to be detrimental. It is important to note that Darul Uloom Deoband has its own English department.

The recent order issued by the seminary's education department specifically mentions English, implying that it might be a popular choice among students as an extracurricular course. The order, communicated in Urdu, explicitly states that no other courses, including English, are permissible while studying at Darul Uloom Deoband. Additionally, the order warns students against staying in their rooms during class hours, as room inspections will be conducted by the administration.

Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani, the institution's chief executive, clarified that certain media reports had misinterpreted the order. He emphasized that English studies have not been banned at Darul Uloom Deoband, as the seminary has a dedicated English department for its students. The ban primarily targets students who enroll at the seminary but choose to study English or other subjects at coaching centers in the city instead. Such actions compromise their education at Darul Uloom Deoband. Maulana Arshad Madani, the principal of the institution and leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, stated that Darul Uloom Deoband does not oppose modern education in English or computers.

The seminary has separate departments to cater to these subjects. He further explained that the ban was imposed to discourage students from seeking coaching outside the seminary after being admitted, which is deemed inappropriate. This ban also extends to students engaging in businesses outside, such as running tea stalls, after enrolling at the madrasa.