A two-week Refresher Course in Tribal Studies for college and university teachers was organised by UGC-Human Resources Development Centre, NEHU here.
Around 35 participants from North East India as well as others from different states of the country took part in the programme.
The inaugural function held on November 1 was presided over by Dr. K B Das, Assistant Professor, UGC-Human Resources Development Centre, NEHU.
Prof. Streamlet Dkhar, Dean, School of Humanities, NEHU while speaking as chief guest on the occasion mentioned that the theme of the programme is highly appropriate in the present situation and stressed on the need to create awareness and to understand the term tribes, the diverse set of communities, the different diversity in terms of language, physical characteristics, culture and beliefs and their uniqueness.
She also mentioned that tribal studies has a social context such as preservation of culture, multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge and that this programme will help the participants in getting a different perspective on tribal studies.
Dkhar expressed hope that this refresher course will bring an expected outcome to be able to understand the social life and occupation of different tribal communities.
Prof. S Rama Rao, Director in-charge UGC-Human Resources Development Centre in his speech informed that this programme will cover a wide range of aspects with an overview on the different tribes, education and higher education aspects which can be taken further and the importance of e-content in playing a crucial role in education in tribal areas. He also mentioned that 250 programmes have been organised by the UGC-Human Resources Development Centre in the last ten to twelve years.
Others who spoke on the occasion include Dr. Quendarisa Kharbuli, Associate Professor, UGC-Human Resources Development Centre, NEHU.