Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
To discuss the contemporary issues and to address the concerns regarding tribal situation in India a three days seminar (29-31 January) is being organized at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University.
Academicians and social scientists coming from across the country expressed their expert views to enhance living standards of the tribal while preserving their culture.
While inaugurating 47th Annual Conference of the Indian Anthropological Society (IAS) and the Seminar, Prof. Rajat Kanti Das, President, IAS described various issues pertaining to tribes in India and asked social scientists and anthropologists to come up with innovative suggestion to solve their challenges.
Prof. Sarit K. Chaudhary, Director, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal said that tribes having few thousand population in north-eastern states should be brought under the purview of higher education.
‘Through higher education a positive transformation can be ensured for tribes. There is also a need for interdisciplinary study of contemporary issues of tribes to come up with innovative suggestions’, he added.
Prof. Alok Shrotriya, Dean (Academics) discussed two point of views regarding the development of tribes. First, they should be leave on their own cause with little help from the society and second-they should be assimilated with the society through technological interventions.
He suggested integrated approach for their development giving necessary help from the society while learning from their rich cultural values and traditional knowledge.
The Seminar will witness different technical sessions ranging from sustainable development, poverty and unemployment, governance and policy, empowerment of women, tribal art and craft traditions to health and education.
150 researchers from different institutions have submitted their research papers for the Seminar. Two books from Dr. Nar Singh Kumar were also released at this occasion.
The Seminar is being jointly organized by IGRMS-Bhopal, IGNTU, IAS-Kolkota and Tata Steel Jamshedpur. Inaugural Session was attended by Prof. Prasanna K. Samal and Ms. Chaitali Kamble. Dr. Santosh Sonker presented vote of thanks.