Madrasa headmaster to get National Teacher Award The teacher of a madrasa in West Bengal who enrolled more Hindus than Muslims is set to get the National Teacher Award from the President, on the occassion of Teacherâ€™s Day this year. Anwar Hossain, the headmaster of Orgram Chatuspalli High Madrasa in Burdwan district of West Bengal, has been informed by state government officials that he will get the highest recognition for a teacher on September 5 this year, at Rastrapati Bhavan. When Hossain joined the madrasa in 1977, it had just 34 students. As students rose, the institution drew more Hindus than Muslims, and today it has about 64 per cent Hindu students. â€œThe award I hope will do away with false notions about madrasas in our country. Madrasas are centers of learning where all sorts of education is being provided, â€œ Hossain said. Hossain, 56, reminsces about his three decades of work in shaping up the institution that has come to be a symbol of communal harmony. He said that the madrasa drew more students from other communities because the institution provided succour to students who had no access to education. â€œEven today all books till class X are given free of cost to the students,â€ Hossain said. When The Indian Express first reported about the Madrasa in January this year, the madrasa had 883 students of which about 555 were Hindus. Now it has been upgraded to Higher Secondary level and has 1078 students with HS streams in both Science and Humanities. â€œIt is good news for us that the headmaster will get this honour from the President. This also shows the effort made by the state government for modernisation of madrasas in West Bengal, drawing national and international attention,â€ said Abdus Sattar, Minister of State for Minority Development and Madrasa Education.