ISLAMABAD – No less than 11,500 seminaries (Madrassa) have been registered so far with the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in order to integrate them into the regular education system. The official sources from the Directorate General of Religious Affairs said that efforts are underway to bring all (35,000) madrassas across the country under the Federal Ministry of Education. Under this initiative, Madrassa students would provide career opportunities in all national institutions, including the civil and armed forces. The sources said the new curriculum will bring major reforms in the “Madrassa school system” as it was being prepared in line with the international standard and meets all modern global needs. They said the seminaries played a key role in providing education to the underprivileged segment of society. Bring inter-religious harmony in the country; non-Muslim students learned their religion in schools. Previously, they were only taught the subject of ethics compared to Muslim students studying Islamic studies, they added. As per the agreement with the government, sources said, all Madrassas were required to register with the Ministry of Education as no seminary would be allowed to operate without registration. The Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has established 12 registration centers throughout the country for the registration of seminaries. These centers were controlled by the “Directorate General of Religious Education established in Islamabad. Regional directorates have also been established in Karachi, Sukkur, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Loralai, Peshawar, Kohat, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit”.