Sarfaraz Hussain, who topped the state board’s Class 10 exam with 590 marks out of a maximum 600, is a student of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed school.
He is not the only Muslim student of Sankardev Sishu Niketan, one of the many schools run by the Vidya Bharati-affiliated Sishu Shiksha Samiti, Assam.
The school at Betkuchi on the outskirts of Guwahati has 24 Muslim students, most of whom – like Sarfaraz – have won prizes for reciting the Bhagwad Gita.
“They have never complained about what we teach because our emphasis is on academic excellence apart from giving the students a grip on Indian culture and values,” Akshaya Kalita, the school’s headmaster tells the news agency.
Sarfaraz’s proud father, Ajmal Hussain, claimed that the opportunity of free education was the sole reason he was able to send his son to the school.”It would have otherwise been difficult to sustain his studies with my meagre income as a waiter in a small restaurant” says his father Ajmal Hussain.
The BJP-led government which recently came to power following the Assembly polls in Assam is trying to improve education facilities in the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ensured monetary support to both Sarfaraz as well as other students in Assam.
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