Deoband decides to share documents of students with local intelligence before admission
Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh‘s Saharanpur has decided to share documents of aspiring students with the local intelligence unit for “verification and an in-depth scrutiny of their antecedents”.
The move, as per those familiar with the matter, came about as the seminary has often come under criticism for “harbouring suspicious elements”.
Officiating Vice-Chancellor of the seminary, Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, said, “The seminary will also make other aspects of its admission process more stringent because the seminary has often come under criticism for “harbouring suspicious elements”.
“People blame the seminary for the misdeeds of the students, even though the institution’s work is restricted to academic activities. To preserve the reputation of the institution, we have decided to get police verification of all new entrants done,” he added.
Maulana Hussain Ahmed Haridwari, the education department in charge of the seminary, speaking about the move, said, “The documents submitted by the students to the institution will be investigated by the intelligence department. If they are found erroneous, legal action would be taken.”
This is being done to ensure that the institution does not get a bad name if some students are found to be indulging in any anti-national activities.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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