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Tudu Lauds Tribal Talent

New Delhi: Union Minister of State Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu Friday said that the Adivasi community has potential and multiple talents, not only in the field of research but they are also good in sports, art and crafts.

Inaugurating a two-day virtual “National Tribal Talent Pool Conclave” in collaboration with National Tribal Research Institute, (NTRI), Indian Institute of Public Administration, IIPA, New Delhi, KISS, (Deemed to Be University) and SCSCRTI, he mentioned that motivation and encouragement is required among the scholars.

He said that the tribal talent pool conclave will encourage the tribal talents with the proper guidance by various research institutes and such programmes should be encouraged.

Mr.Tudu said that Ministries, State Governments, NGOs and universities have to work together on “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” for achieving significant improvement in human development.

Secretary Anil Kumar Jha said that the Ministry has a mandate and plays a central role for the development of tribals in the country.

 “National Tribal Talent Pool Conclave is an important initiative of the Ministry, which aims to provide National Platform for the Tribal research scholars.

He mentioned that tribal talent needs to be showcased collectively on one platform. Tribal scholars can further contribute to policy formation at both Central and state level while public and private sectors can also contribute for the community at large.

 Conclaves/workshops like this will encourage these tribal scholars to be proactive with their research work, he said.

 He complimented the efforts of all the partners and suggested that collaboration is a basic key to knowledge enhancement and networking of scholars is important, working in similar research topic.

SN Tripathi, DG IIPA said, “We want this tribal talent pool to carry their work forward in the guidance and become a force or a think-tank of the ministry to help in conservation of tribal community.

He also said that this as an opportunity for all those tribal scholars, who are passionately engaged in tribal studies to interact, utilize, share, and exchange information with one another and with the community.

Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS, Odisha mentioned that “Today is a special day for tribal research scholars to develop a network to enhance their research work, and find correct literature, data analysis, improve communication skills, and it will further be a good networking opportunity for them.

 Most of them are not aware of how to link relevant data with relevant concepts and theory and workshops like these will encourage them to bridge these gaps, he said while emphasizing that future workshops by NTRI , can be held more frequently.

Director SCSTRI AB Ota in his remarks said that the tribal talent pool initiative is an important step towards bringing the ST scholars together.

 He also mentioned research methodology, and how statistical tools can be utilized for quantifying the data, plagiarism (check) and how further studies need to be conducted.

The difficulties highlighted by the research scholars in this conclave will help us in identifying the gap areas which will further support us for better capacity-building.

Nupur Tiwary, Special Director, National Tribal Research Institute and coordinator of this program informed that IIPA has conducted seven workshops in the last 1 year, physically and also through a virtual medium. NTRI is also creating an alumni base for future assistance and research fellows are keenly participating in various programs.

The Tribal Talent Pool Conclave was also attended by heads of various Centre of Excellence (CoEs) and Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs), from various parts of the country.