Mahatma Gandhi’s educational initiative for tribal areas facing serious neglect: Tribal Research and Training Institute at Gujarat Vidyapith (Ahmedabad) – Gujarat

Set up in 1962, the Institute carries out studies on the life, culture and economy of the tribal people of Gujarat . It has done extensive documentation and created a data bank on the living conditions of various tribes. The Institute has also been the coordinating centre for anthropological studies. It has conducted training programmes for state government officials, extension workers, educators, youth leaders and members of voluntary organizations tasked with working in tribal areas. The Institute has a tribal museum.

Started since the foundation of the Vidyapith in 1920, the Central Library has grown over the years to become one of the richest repositories in Gujarat […]

Source: GVP :: State Resource Centre for Adult Education
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Gujarat Vidyapith was founded by Mahatma Gandhi on 18th October, 1920. It has been deemed university since 1963 [University established under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956; vide Notification No. F.10-20/62-U2 of the Govt. of India].

Source: Welcome to Gujarat Vidyapith – Ahmedabad
Date Visited: Sat Feb 20 2016 15:55:35 GMT+0100 (CET)

KapilDave, Indian Express, Gandhinagar, Sun Apr 08 2012

Ashram Shalas, residential schools for tribals in rural areas promoted by Mahatma Gandhi to spread education and spirit of freedom in the rural and tribal areas of the state, now seem to be low on the government’s priority. […]

The state Tribal Development Department runs Ashram Shalas in 14 tribal districts of Gujarat to prevent drop-outs among the tribal children.

At present, there are 452 primary Ashram Shalas, 87 Uttar Buniyadi schools (secondary) and 10 Uchhatar Buniyadi (higher secondary) Ashram Shalas in Gujarat. In all, 549 Ashram Shalas have 69,995 students at present.

Ashram Shalas were started in Gujarat with a Rashtriya Shala in 1920.

They soon started promoting Nai Talim initiated by the Mahatma Gandhi along with Gujarat Vidyapith and other educational institutions with an aim of spreading educational in rural and tribal areas.

After the Independence, the concept of Ashram Shalas was promoted so that students from remote hilly and tribal areas also got better education.

The Ashram Shalas do not have extra co-curricula activities like sports, youth festivals, science fairs etc., and there is no coordination between district panchyat office and education officer.

Teachers of the Ashram Shalas don’t get benefits like provident fund and pension, the study said.

Source: Gandhi’s tribal schools dying: Study – Indian Express
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