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Government of India
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
28 NOV 2022 7:08PM by PIB Delhi
NCST organises two day workshop Janjatiya Anusandhan- Asmita, Astitva evam Vikas’ on 27th and 28th November
  • Main Highlights :
  • NCST organises two day workshop on ‘Janjatiya Anusandhan- Asmita, Astitva evam Vikas’.
  • Discussions and deliberations revolved around important issues confronting the  tribal communities and finding innovative solutions to the same


The two-day workshop organised by National Commission for Schedule Tribes  on ‘Janjatiya Anusandhan- Asmita, Astitva evam Vikas’ concluded today .The workshop was inaugurated on 27th November, in the Plenary Hall of Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi . Discussions and deliberations at the workshop revolved around important issues confronting the  tribal communities and finding innovative solutions to the same.  

The inauguration session was attended by the  Chief Guest Shri Jatinder K. Bajaj, Chairman, ICSSR and Shri Harsh Chouhan, Chairperson, NCST; Shri Ananta Nayak, Member, NCST and Smt. Alka Tiwari, Secretary, NCST, New Delhi.

Shri J.K. Bajaj, in his address, focused on the ‘Development of India’ and the ST Communities in the next 25 years. He stressed upon the research on the indigenous values, role of tribal heroes in the freedom struggle and called for the Universities to come ahead with the in-depth research on Tribal Communities.

In the keynote address, Shri Harsh Chouhan, discussed the distorted narratives of tribes in colonial period and the reasons of the deprivation of the ST Communities. He urged to bridge the gap between image vs reality and highlighted on the need of the research on ST’s from their own perspectives preferably by themselves. He underlined that the Universities may play a vital role in the quality research and documentation.

Smt. Alka Tiwari, Secretary, NCST  shared her experiences and learnings as an administrator in Arki block, Khunti (the then Ranchi District) in Jharkhand that planning is required for proper utilization of the resources, but added that if we do not understand the people for whom we plan, it is meaningless.

On the first day of the workshop discussion on the linkages of the STs from past to present and the need to decolonize the narratives of tribal research were held.

In the workshop , the need for documentation on oral tradition to rectify the tribal histories was highlighted by the speakers.

On the second day of the workshop, discussions were held on the key issues like  need to prevent degradation of natural resources and distress migration; reduce  malnutrition and population under BPL, step up people's participation in the development process and preserve traditional development system.

Also the need for the grassroot Research and Impact Assessment to generate a knowledge based feedback was pointed out during the workshop.

In the discussions,  the role of Higher Education Institutions in the tribal research was  put forward and it was highlighted that these Institutions can make important contributions.

About 75 Vice Chancellors from the prominent Universities across the Country, approximately 450 Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and Research Students from the Universities participated in the Seminar, eminent Social Workers, along with Directors of TRIs and officials from various Central Ministries were also present in the Workshop.