IGNOU tie-up for tribal studies

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre (BRPC) for studies on tribals. The MoU is expected to open doors for ensuring legal protection of tribal knowledge in the country.

Eminent writer Mahashweta Devi was the guest of honour at the ceremony. Vice-Chancellor V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai along with senior officials from the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, HRD Ministry and trustees of BRPC attended.

The main objective of the agreement is to recognise BRPC and its partner organisations -- “Himlok” and “Adivasi Academy” -- as special autonomous centres of IGNOU to create courses in tribal studies.

Addressing the gathering, Mahashweta Devi said: “Tribals know much more than us. They are more environmentally conscious. They have preserved forests, rivers, hills, birds and animals for thousands of years, not us. And still we refer to them as ‘uncivilised’! This motivated me to take up a fight for them.”

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