Alwar Hindu youth first non-Muslim in nation to top Islamic Studies entrance exam

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(This story originally appeared in on Nov 17, 2020)

JAIPUR: Shubham Yadav (21) from Alwar has become the first non-Muslim in the country to top in the Central University Common Entrance Test in Islamic Studies.

A philosophy graduate from Delhi University, Shubham wanted to understand the religion in depth.

“There are so many misconceptions about Islam and I believe this is one of the most misunderstood religion. We read so many world leaders talking about it which made me think about taking it up in my post-graduation. Personally, I just want to study it to be a bridge between two communities at the time of so much polarisation,” said Shubham.

Dreaming to become a civil servant, Shubham said that Islamic Studies will be helpful for UPSC preparations. Shubham’s father is a businessman and mother a housewife. He said his father supported his decision to study the subject.

One major concern his parents have is security as he will be studying in Kashmir. “Out of 14 central universities in the country, colleges in Kashmir are the only ones offering the course in Islamic Studies. So, I will be there for two years. I have been to Kashmir and people over there are friendly. I don’t think we must make any misconception towards a community,” said Shubham.

In Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University, there are many Muslims doing PhD. Shastri Kosalendra Das, head of the department in the university, this is a welcome step. “People willing to take a look into other religions without any prejudices is a positive move. Many other community students are studying Sanskrit in the university. This can help in bridging the gap between the two communities,” said Das.

In Rajasthan University, there are two assistant professors in Urdu department who are Hindus. Rashmi Jain, an associate professor in Rajasthan University, said that whether it is for jobs or just interest of students, but now-a-days there is dilution of boundaries in education on the basis of communities.

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