Govt providing higher edu, coaching, fellowships to tribal students through Central Univs: HRD Min

New Delhi: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal said yesterday that the Central Government has established two Central Tribal Universities namely the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Amarkantak, and the Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh in Vizianagram, to provide avenues of higher education and research facilities primarily for the tribal population of India.

The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act (2014) inter-alia mandates for the establishment of a new Central Tribal University in Telangana. Further, there are several Central Universities in different States which also fulfil the aspirations of higher education of tribal youth of the region.

Further, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is implementing a scheme, National Fellowship for Higher Education of Scheduled Tribe Students, for the benefit of Scheduled Tribe (ST) students.

In addition to this, UGC is implementing the following schemes for the benefit of weaker sections of the society including ST students:

  1. Residential Coaching Academies of Minorities /SC/ST and Women
  2. Establishment of Centres in universities for the study of social exclusion and inclusive policy
  3. Establishment of Equal Opportunities Cells (EOCs)
  4. Establishment of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Cells in Universities
  5. Coaching schemes for Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/Other Backwards Classes (non-creamy layer)/ Minorities: (i) Remedial Coaching at Undergraduate & Postgraduate level (ii)  Coaching for entry into services (iii) Coaching for National Eligibility Test (NET).

This information was given by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 28 November.

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