Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
The Central University of Odisha has been selected to establish the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Chair (Professor) for Tribal Studies to promote developmental activities on various tribal issues in KBK region. The Central University of Odisha is the first university to be selected for the coveted chair in the country.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned funds to the University under the General Development Assistance Plan of the Union government for the year 2013-14 to carry out research activities.
Under this Project, the post of one Chair Professor, one Post-Doctoral Fellow, one Junior Research Fellow and two Technical Assistants have been sanctioned for five years, said a press release of the Central University.
Surabhi Banerjee, vice-chancellor of the University said that Koraput region is the right place for research studies concerning issues pertaining to the tribals.
“Research-oriented documentation on tribal issues like preservation of their cultural heritages, agricultural practices, ecology, customs, professions, traditional practices, tribal health and education can be undertaken by the University through this Chair,” said Banerjee adding that there is a dire need for research and survey work regarding the feasibility of potential use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for tribal development in Koraput region.
The use of ICT for the development of tribal communities will be one of the emerging and thrust areas that have not been adequately adopted in the region and can be done effectively through this Chair, she said.