Following widespread criticism of its move to shut shut down all government-aided Madrassas, the Assam government has clarified that the decision was taken to ensure uniformity.

Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "In my opinion, teaching 'Quran' can't happen at the cost of government money, if we have to do so then we should also teach both the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. So, we want to bring uniformity and stop this practice."

Sarma said a notification will be issued in November where by all State-run madrassas will be converted into regular schools or in certain cases teachers will be transferred to state-run schools and madrassas will be shut down.  

Assam has 614 recognised madrasas -- 57 for girls, three for boys and 554 co-educational -- and 17 are Urdu medium.