Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Jul 20:
The Central government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for setting up of five more Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in Odisha this year.
Making the announcement here, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram Sunday said the state government will select the sites and arrange the required land for the EMRS.
EMRS are set up to provide quality middle and high school level education to Scheduled Tribe(ST) students in remote areas.
Officials said the state has 13 EMRS spread over nine districts. Sundargarh district has three EMRS, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Nabarangapur, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Jajpur districts have one each, the officials added.
“EMRS would help in imparting quality education to the tribal students and enable them to compete effectively for higher education programmes like medical and engineering,” Oram said.
Oram was here to inaugurate a resource centre on mother tongue based multi-lingual early childhood education, developed by an NGO at Mandiapalli near here.
The Union Tribal Affairs Ministry has drawn up a plan to modernize the Bhubaneswar-based Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute, Oram said.
UNESCO has identified the tribal museum of the institute as a Model Interactive Tribal Museum for further improvement, he informed.