Madrasas should modernize and introduce English and other advance subjects in their teachings to keep pace with the modern world, prominent Muslim scholars said in Jaipur.
They termed English as a window to the world and laid emphasis on learning the language for career growth.
On the first day of ten-day residential workshop for the Madrasa teachers from across the country, the speakers called for modernization of education.
They said it was important for bringing the students to the mainstream and enabling them to compete for their career.
The workshop is the first of its kind being organised in Rajasthan after the completion of a series in other major cities of the country.
It forms part of the professional development programme on teaching English language skills for Madrasa teachers, which is being supported by the Regional English Language Office (RELO) - US Embassy, New Delhi.
The Marwar Muslim Education and Welfare Society (MMWES) and Taraqqi-I Foundation are jointly organising the workshop here.
"One of the main objectives of the series of workshops is to ensure professional development of English teachers and enable them to pass on the knowledge and information to the target groups in an effective manner," Raashid Nehal, Associate Professor, Aligarh Muslim University, said.
He said that the trainees will be able to guide and support their fellow teachers and act as a great educational resource for their madrasas.
The workshop was inaugurated in the presence of Rajasthan Health Minister A A Khan, Rajasthan Madrasa Board Chairman Maulana Fazle Haq and Rajasthan Waqf Board Chairman Liaqat Ali Khan.
Twenty-five teachers selected from various states including Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Hyderabad, Maharashtra, Chennai and Kolkata are participating in the workshop.
Connie Greenleaf, Senior Fellow- RELO was among others present on the first day of the event.