Ambitious e-governance scheme for tribal welfare ashram schools and hostels – Andhra Pradesh

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An ambitious plan is on the anvil to bring the administration of as many as 74 tribal welfare ashram schools and 45 tribal welfare hostels in the Bhadrachalam Agency under e-governance from the coming academic year. With a view to ensure transparency, the Tribal Welfare Department has initiated the process of bringing e-governance to the centre stage of hostel administration. […]

The proposed e-governance initiative would run on the lines of the online hostel monitoring system being successfully implemented by the Social Welfare Department in the State, said Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam, Project Officer G Veerapandian. It will replace the existing manual attendance marking system and pave the way for online monitoring of the functioning of the tribal welfare ashram schools and hostels. […]

Hostel wardens and headmasters concerned will be trained and issued user ID and passwords for the implementation of the new e-initiative tentatively christened “hostel project,” he said. It is poised to become operational in June.

Source: “Tribal schools, hostels under e-governance soon” by P. Sridhar, The Hindu, Khammam, May 7, 2013
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Residential, Ashram and Factory schools

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  • Ekalavya* Residential School Scheme (EMR): a network of boarding schools where tribal children are to be educated in accordance with rules and syllabi provided by the government; such schools are being designated as “Eklavya Model Residential School (EMR)” with the objective of empowering students “to be change agent, beginning in their school, in their homes, in their village and finally in a large context.”
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    In some regions there are similar “Residential Schools” and “Ashram Schools” for tribal children, as in Tripura where they are managed by a society called “Tripura Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TTWREIS)” | Voluntary and involuntary
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  • Factory schools “exist to turn tribal and indigenous children – who have their own language and culture – into compliant workers-of-the-future. The world’s largest Factory School stated that it turns ‘Tax consumers into tax payers, liabilities into assets’.”– survivalinternational.org/factoryschools | Research this subject with the help of a Safe custom search engine >>

* Ekalavya (Eklavya, Eklabya): the name of a legendary archer prodigy “who, being a Nishada [Sanskrit Niṣāda, “tribal, hunter, mountaineer, degraded person, outcast”], had to give his thumb as a fee to the brahmin guru thus terminating his skill as an archer.” – Romila Thapar (“The epic of the Bharatas”) | Read the full paper here | Backup download link (pdf) >>

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