Rajasthan student becomes the first non-Muslim to top all-India entrance for Islamic Studies
For the first time, a non-Muslim student has topped the all-India entrance exam for a master’s course in Islamic studies at the Central University of Kashmir. Shubham Yadav, a 21-year-old Hindu student from Alwar in Rajasthan, has accomplished this feat.
The university confirmed that he is the first non-Muslim to make this achievement.
“This is the first time a non-Muslim has topped the entrance exam… We’ve had non-Muslim scholars in the past,” Professor Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi of the university said.
“Islam is portrayed as a radical religion and there is a lot of misconception about it. The division in the society is growing today and it is really very important to understand each other’s religion,” said Yadav, who developed an interest in Islamic studies while at college.
Yadav did his BA honours in Philosophy from the Delhi University. He said that he wants to learn more about Islam in the future. He has read several books on the Arab spring, Iran issues, Islam, and Prophet Muhammad.
Yadav is an UPSC aspirant and wants to become an IAS officer. He has hopes that studying Islamic Studies would help him with his exam preparations too. His father is a businessman, who he said, supported his decision to study the subject. His younger brother is studying in class 11.
The common entrance test for the master’s course took place on September 20 and the results were declared on October 29.
Courtesy : DNA