Minister for Tribal Affairs Babanrao Pachpute announced here on Thursday that an ambitious project KG to PG has been chalked out for tribal students to bring them into mainstream. Also,a separate commissionerate for tribal education is in the offing,he told mediapersons.
The Minister,who was here for a function to felicitate meritorious tribal students,said,To ensure safety and security of the tribal students,three centres have been planned at Deori in Gondia district,Chandrapur and Nagpur to provide education to them from kindergarten (KG) to post-graduation (PG) level… About Rs 100 crore is expected to be spent on it and it will be funded by the Central government. It will be completed in ten years.
Pachpute said a similar project was already functioning in Orissa and a team of state officials would pay a visit there in September.
The Minister said,The state has 552 ashram schools and 132 more are under construction. Also,hostels are being built to accommodate 1,000 tribal girls and boys each are being constructed at all Tribal Commissionerate places like Nagpur,Amravati,Thane,Pune,Pimpri-Chinchwad,Mumbai and Nashik. Also,Adivasi Sankrutik Bhavans are being constructed at 15 district headquarters to provide cheap accommodation to visitors.
Pachpute claimed that over Rs 2,000 crore is being spent annually over tribal education and it has led to increased interest of tribal students in education.
He also said special training for tribal school teachers has been planned at Yashada,Pune at an expense of Rs 400 crore. To ensure proper teachers attendance,a biometric entry system is being installed at all ashram schools,he said.
The Minister said,The idea of a separate Tribal Education Commissionerate is awaiting clearance from the government.
A thorough check of ashram schools is to be conducted between August 15 and 30 and action will be initiated against those found wanting of desired parameters of functioning,he added.