Tribal Research Institute to work for preservation of JK’s tribal culture
Srinagar, Feb 23:
In order to preserve and promote tribal cultures, Jammu and Kashmir is all set
to establish its own Tribal Research Institute (TRI) by next fiscal year—which
would be focusing on to promote tribal practices and their art, culture and
Institute (TRI) is coming up in Khimber, Srinagar —which would be a centre of
excellence to focus on studying and promoting tribal practices and their art,
culture and languages in Jammu and Kashmir,” said, Secretary Cooperative and
Tribal Affairs, Abdul Majid Bhat during Public Grievances Camp at Banquet Hall,
He underlined the
need for preserving cultural practices and languages in order to preserve the
rich cultural heritage of indigenous people and the traditional wisdom that
dates back several generations. He said that Government was taking collective,
conscious and concerted efforts to preserve tribal cultures of Jammu and
Bhat said that
the TRI would work as body of knowledge and research, support evidence-based
policy, planning and legislations, capacity building and disseminate information,
Bhat said Tribal
Welfare Department initiated a slew of initiatives to promote language and
cognitive language skills among tribal population children at the primary
school level in these regions.
have 17 new hostels coming up for tribal students, while as 19 others are
already functional,” Bhat informed. He said that under several schemes, the
Government covers students and the tribal population of the regions—including
Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar, Gurez among other areas.
He informed that
480 residential accommodations have been already provided to the students in
several places in Jammu and Kashmir.
“TRIs will have a
greater role in making policies for tribals of the UT,” he said. “The aim of
the government is to give more autonomy to Tribals,” he said.
He said that
Government of India has provided additional funds to streamline the pattern and
establishment of TRI in Jammu and Kashmir. “There is a plan to give TRI more
autonomy in academic and financial matters so that they can recruit domain
experts for research work and have adequate physical infrastructure,” he
Bhat said that
the TRIs—which were constituted for research and documentation of
socio-cultural and liguistic aspects of tribal life, have picked up pace and
were doing better. He said that union ministry also intends to set up a
national-level apex body to coordinate activities of TRIs across the country to
train manpower, share best practices and disseminate information.
“Some of the
TRIs across the country will be selected to promote them as top research
centres and to coordinate the work of TRIs in the region,” Bhat said.