With an aim to promote the tribal culture of Northeast, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has announced to set up a separate department on tribal culture at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
‘Despite having a number of tribes across the region, I believe there has never been an attempt to institutionalize studies of tribal culture, history and philosophy,’ stated Irani. ‘This region has a vibrant culture, a philosophy that can be much known across the nation and the world. History of the region is rich in its contribution to mankind. But the challenge is, do we have an institutionalized mechanism to study this history, culture and philosophy?’ she questioned.
Irani said the proposed department would attract students from across the world who have a keen interest to understand and document the socio, economic, political and cultural history of the northeast. Eulogizing NEHU for its best standards in providing education and research, Irani shared, ‘This University has a legacy to be preserved, a legacy to bring forth to the world and a legacy that will harbor change not only in the Northeast but across the nation.’
The minister also announced that a coaching centre would be set up at NEHU for SCs, STs, minorities as well as female students to facilitate their entry into the central services, and for remedial coaching for NET examination and others.
For increasing participation of women and by disabled students in PhD programmes, the minister revealed the central government’s decision to relax the time required for women and disabled students to complete their higher education.