20/06/2016 8:13 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Muslim Enrollment In RSS Run Schools In UP Shoots Up

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Volunteers of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) arrive to attend a conclave on the outskirts of Pune, India, January 3, 2016. Thousands of volunteers attended the gathering which was held to promote the organisation and reach out to the society, according to local media reports. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the parent body of the BJP, recently announced that the number of Muslim students studying in their schools across Uttar Pradesh had increased by 30 percent over the last two years.

According to The Times of India, the figures are from the time that the BJP-led government came to power in Delhi.

The RSS, which adheres to the ideology of Hindutva or Hindu nationalism, also said that these students were following all the school rules — such as beginning the day with Surya Namaskar, singing Vande Mataram, as well as reciting Vedic shlokas.

In fact, earlier this month, a Muslim student from an RSS-run school in Assam topped the state board’s Class X exam securing 590 marks out of a maximum of 600.

As of now over 7,000 Muslim students are studying in 1,200 RSS-run schools across UP.

"The quality of education is the prime reason why Muslim parents send their wards to our schools," Chintamani Singh, state inspector of Vidya Bharti, which manages these schools, told TOI.

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