The government has formed a committee to set up an Arabic University to oversee the entire area of madrasa education activities.
Setting up a university has been a longstanding demand of people of madrasa education.
Headed by a joint secretary (university) of the education ministry, the six-member committee will formulate a draft law and select a site for setting up the first-ever university in the country, said a handout.
The other members of the committee are: joint secretary (madrasa and technical) of the ministry, chairman of Madrasa Education Board, principal of Madrasa Teachers' Training Institute, representative of University Grants Commission and secretary general of Jamiatul Moderesin.
The university will act as an affiliating university similar to the National University, the ministry sources said. It will also update curricula of different subjects of madrasa education, and offer degree.
There are more than 34.57 lakh students studying at 9,215 madrasa institutions, according to the website of the education ministry.