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Institute of Tribal Studies and Research

University of Calicut

Chethalayam, Sulthan Batheri, Wayanad

 


 
 
  
  

Director : Dr. E. PUSHPALATHA

Phone: Office 04942407364

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Institute of Tribal Studies and Research

The University of Calicut is a premier Higher Education Institution in Kerala, working towards the goal of excellence in higher education and research in all areas of human knowledge and development. Established in 1968, the University emphasizes sustained development of the scientific and technological sectors, the promotion of the art and culture of Kerala, the advancement of the educationally backward section of the population and the furthering of development in the lesser developed regions of Northern Kerala.

Institute of Tribal Studies and Research (ITSR), located at Chethalayam, Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad, is a new centre devoted to Tribal Studies and to serve the specific aspirations of the tribal community of the state of Kerala especially that of Wayanad district. The residential UG programme in the Department of Sociology will be a unique event in the History of Kerala and the history of higher education in the state.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Institute of Tribal Studies and Research (ITSR) set up in Wayanad district of the state of Kerala is to attain excellence in academic quality, scholarly engagement, leadership, cultural enrichment and service of the tribal population of Kerala, The ITSR has an interdisciplinary focus that also recognize the diversity of tribal communities, cultures and languages. The mission serves the following purposes:

  1. To implement student programmes that support and nurture personal development and academic success in higher education

  2. To provide outreach programmes which encourage tribal students to excel in school and pursue higher education.

  3. To partner with tribes in programmes that meet education of tribal population, professional development and other mutually beneficial needs.

  4. To facilitate appropriate design and implementation of action research and other projects on issues and concerns that impact the quality of life of tribal people.

  5. To conduct seminars, symposia, conferences, and forums that present issues and topics relevant to the tribal people.

The Vision of the Institute of Tribal Studies and Research (ITSR) is grounded in the rich history and heritage of the tribes of the state. The vision of the Institute is to continue the legacy of the University as a leader in the education of the region of Malabar. The Institute is intended to be innovative and responsive to the educational needs of the tribal communities, and individuals. The ITSR will ensure learning opportunities and experiences which promote leadership, development, professional preparation, civic responsibility, and cultural stewardship among the tribal groups. The Institute is committed to the values that promote equality, compassion and respect for human dignity in the richly diverse university environment. And above all the Institute will act as a worthy research centre exploring the rich history of the region, the legacy of the tribes in various fields of human endeavor, their indigenous knowledge systems and specific art forms and culture.

All the interventions of the Institution with the tribal community will be in on par with vision of our First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who laid down the fundamental principles in this regard which comprise :

1. Tribal peoples should develop along the lines of their own genus and we should avoid imposing anything on them. We should try to encourage in every way, their own traditional arts and culture.

2. Tribal peoples’ rights in land and forest should be respected.

3. We should try to train and build up a team of their own people to do the work of administration and development. Some technical personnel from outside will no doubt be needed especially in the beginning but introducing too many outsiders in to tribal territory should be avoided’

4. We should not over administer these areas or overwhelm them with a multiplicity of schemes. We should rather work through and not in rivalry to their own social and cultural institutions.

The scheduled tribe population in the state of Kerala is mainly concentrated in Wayanad District. About 40 percent of the total tribal population of the State lives in Wayanad. Wayanad is the abode of culturally different tribal communities such as Paniyas, Adiyans, Kattunaikans, Kurumans, Kurichiyans, Karimpalan, Kurumbar, Kadar, and Koragar. The tribal communities have to be approached with different educational schemes and teaching strategies so as to suit to their way of life and cultural background. The University of Calicut is planning to provide the best possible education to the tribal communities through teaching, research and extension activities.

Major Programmes Offered by ITSR

PROGRAMME I – ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

Name of the course: Residential UG Programme in Sociology

The academic year in which the course is proposed to be started: 2015-16.

Number of students expected to join for the course: 40 per year


PROGRAMME II – SHORT TERM SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

Major Objectives

The major aim of the institute is to equip the first generation tribal students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to serve as agents of social change through providing them informed choices and opportunities which they lack at present. Bringing innovation and excellence in the higher education of tribal students and facilitating solution to the local/regional problems of tribals by way of training the required human resources from the tribal community itself are also aimed at. The specific objectives are:

  1. To promote higher education of tribal students

  1. To enable tribal students critically analyze the socio-cultural, political and economic reasons for their marginalized position in the society.
  1. To provide the theoretical, research and practical dimensions essential for the understanding, analysis and further action in addressing the issues of marginalization.

  1. To make them aspire for better job opportunities and make them economically independent.

  1. To build up conscientiousness and empower tribal youth

  1. To bring the tribal students to the mainstream and enable them to become agents of social change.

Any activity of development should ensure that the tribal people could set their feet string in their own cultural plain while at the same time their fetters are removed so that their hands are free to move up and down and around to accept anything that suit their development and advancement. Education, here, is a liberator and it should uplift the tribal community to freedom and self-reliance and proposes a new approach in tribal education.

The Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and de-notified tribes constitute the weakest section of India's population, from the sociological, ecological, economic and educational angles. Since  independence, the greatest challenge that the Government of India has been facing is the proper provision of social justice to the scheduled tribe people, by restructuring their socio-economic  conditions. The tribesman lives not only for himself alone, but also he is an integral part of the tribal life into consideration, setting up of an institute like ITSR in situ the very niche of tribesmen of Wayanad, can become a milestone in  the history of overall development in India, especially in the state of Kerala and  and pave way for uplifting the tribal community of the state as a whole and bring them forward into the main stream of the Indian life.  
                                            

 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

                The Institute of Tribal Studies and Research (ITSR) is a unique phenomenon that has happened to the State of Kerala under the auspices of the University of Calicut, a premier Higher Education Institution of Kerala, is the first attempt of its kind by any University in the State.

                The Vision of the Institute of Tribal Studies and Research (ITSR) is grounded in the rich history and heritage of the tribal community of the state. The Institute is intended to be innovative and responsive to the educational needs of the tribal communities and also the courses and various pedagogic tools help the students to develop not only a holistic academic perspective but also an ability to seize opportunities in a highly competitive environment. The Institute will ensure learning opportunities and experiences which promote leadership, development, professional preparation, civic responsibility, and cultural stewardship among the tribal groups. The Institute is committed to the values that promote equality, compassion and respect for human dignity, sense of social responsibility, human values and care for environment. The major impetus is on creating an environment conducive to learning for the students of tribal communities. All the interventions of the Institution with the tribal community will be on par with the vision of our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who has laid down the fundamental principles for the development of this ethnic community of our nation. Above all the Institute will act as a worthy Research Center exploring the rich history of the region, the legacy of the tribes in various fields of human endeavor, their indigenous knowledge systems and specific art forms and culture and thus pave way to bring them to the main stream of national life.