Jaipur, July, 2018: Even as India’s per capita income has risen to Rs 1, 12,835 in FY 2017-18 from Rs 1, 03,870 in FY 2016-17, India’s tribal population, numbering nearly 105 million as per the 2011 census, continues to struggle to find livelihoods. In order to meet this challenge, leading institution in development education School of development studies, IIHMR University, in conjunction with the Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF), is set to commence the 3rd Certificate Program in Rural Livelihoods from July, 26, 2018.
The program for the third batch will be rolled out by Professor Ajay Dandekar and IIHMR University Chairman, Dr S D Gupta. The program combines appropriate knowledge and skill components through a unique yet inclusive capacity building initiative. It focuses on the development of capacities of tribal youth from 10 states of the Central Indian Tribal belt.
Towards this end, BRLF and IIHMR University have brought together 15 leading organizations in the rural livelihoods sector to facilitate a multi-centre, multi-topic curriculum that covers different dimensions of rural livelihood. The current batch includes 30 tribal rural professionals. The batches are selected from the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh and students were picked from members of the Scheduled Tribes, De-Notified Tribes/Notified Tribes, and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups/communities from across BRLF mandated geographies.
Tribal communities face the brunt of society’s ignorance and apathy with their remote habitats and a high burden of displacement owing to various industrial projects. “What is required is an education initiative that is inclusive. IIHMR hopes to directly address capacity building and foster well-rounded self-dependence among the groups from tribal geographies by empowering yet another batch of fresh professionals who can engage in development work, particularly at the sub-district levels, be it through NGOs, Government institutions and initiatives or, as elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs)”, says Dr. S D Gupta, Chairman of IIHMR University, Jaipur.
The certificate course is a multi-center, multi-topic unique program with strong focus on IT-enabled field-based learning pedagogy. At least 14 knowledge partners, with extensive experience of rural development program implementations at the grassroots, have come together under the banner of the BRLF to design and institute this program that takes off from IIHMR University. Government policies have attempted to impart technical education to tribal populations to address the lack of opportunities. The UNDP has helped put sustainable methods in place with an emphasis towards participation of women and enabling technologies to meet future needs.
About IIHMR University:
Set up in 1984, IIHMR University is a leading knowledge institution of the country engaged in education, research and capacity building in the domains of public health, hospital and health management, pharmaceutical management and development studies. Over the past close to thirty five years IIHMR has carved a niche for itself among management institutions, both in India and abroad. IIHMR has been the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for strengthening Health Systems based on Primary Care, and has been termed as an ‘Institute of Excellence’ by the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. IIHMR University has conducted more than 500 research projects and studies on the health, social and developmental systems and policies in India and wider South-East Asian Region.