The Tribal Welfare department would be spending Rs. 2000 crore on imparting education to tribals over the next few years. Hence, there is a need to have separate directorate to deal with over 18 lakh tribal students right from KG to PG Levels and efficiently managing their resident schools, hostels and scholarships.
A draft is being prepared for the proposed body and it will be put up before the Cabinet for approval. As a part of a drive to improve education of tribals and monitor their attendance in the Government-run Ashram schools, the department has decided to install bio-metric system where both students and teachers will have to register their presence three times a day, said the Tribal Welfare Minister Babanrao Pachpute.
The project will be launched tomorrow, 15th of August, 2012. We will further have a check on Absenteeism of teachers as well as pupils, he added. A team led by Department Secretary and Tribal Welfare Commissioner will carry out checks between August 15 and 30 at these hostels to find out if there are any shortage of requirements. The team will further submit the report to the Ministry, he explained.
Similarly Women superintendents and watchmen will be appointed at all state-run hostels at a cost of Rs. 22.50 crore. Girls residing in these hostels are being provided with Bicycles and 22000 of them have already been served with.