As a part of MoU between CIPS and Tribal Welfare Department (TWD), Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP), CIPS was assigned six projects. As per the proceedings of Director, Tribal Welfare Department vide Procg. Rc. No 1205/TRM/VSP/2017 Dt: 06.01.2017.
The assigned projects were carried out with an innovative approach by bringing all the stakeholders involved onto a single platform. The projects were also completed in one year.
CIPS team visited best schools to identify innovative practices followed. After thorough research and many deliberations with the experts in the education field, CIPS suggested to TWD that a school may be established in collaboration with Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, which is a residential school for more than 25,000 tribal children. The model was suggested to TWD, GoAP along with a detail report on best schools through email dated 19.05.2017. TWD and CIPS teams visited Srikakulam District to identify the potential site for the establishment of the school and a High-level committee comprising principle secretary to Govt. GoAP, Director, TWD, and CIPS team visited KISS to discuss further on this initiative. A detailed report submitted to TWD, GoAP upon completion of the project successfully.
The project I Report (Final submitted a report to TWD)
CIPS was assigned to prepare a roadmap for the future research to be carried out by newly established TCR&TM in Vishakapatnam. In this connection, it was decided to organize a conference to bring academicians, administrators, and activists on the single platform to discuss and debate about the problems and policies in the tribal areas. Following this, the meeting was convened at CIPS on 02.05.2017. The meeting was attended by the then Special Commissioner, TWD, GoAP and representatives of TWD from Government of Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. The participants of the meeting decided to enlarge the scope to a national level. National Conference on ‘Revisiting Tribal Policies, Research, and Innovations’ was organized in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 29-30th August 2017. Honourable Minister for Tribal Welfare and Empowerment and Social Welfare Empowerment inaugurated the National Conference and attended by the then Special Commissioner, TWD, GoAP and Project Officers of ITDAs in Andhra Pradesh. Based on the discussions from the National Conference, Roadmap was prepared and submitted to the TWD, GoAP and TCR&TM, GoAP on 22.09.2017.
After thorough research and deliberations with the officials from TWD and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and other stakeholders in the area of skilling, it was decided that sensitization, mobilization and creating awareness are vital to address the issues in skill development. Following this, CIPS has identified a best practice, ‘Career Guidance and Counselling Centers Program’ which is being implemented by Commissionerate of Collegiate Education, Government of Telangana State in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and COIGN consultancy services Pvt. Ltd. In this regard, CIPS has proposed a similar project to TWD, GoAP, which is to be implemented at ITDA, Seethampeta, Srikakulam District, AP. It was agreed that a total of 2000 students of TW educational institutions would be trained under this skilling program.
To complete the project, CIPS has engaged the services of nine (9) students from Department of Anthropology, the University of Hyderabad to carry out the ‘Training Needs Assessment for the implementation of AP PESA act 1998’ under the supervision of CIPS staff (4). The interning students visited a total of 186 Gram Sabha Villages in all the ITDAs of Andhra Pradesh and interviewed total of 1668 Gram Sabha members to collect required data and furnished the report to CIPS.
After various deliberations and discussions with the experts such as university professors, field level officers, and NGOs working in the areas of PESA act it has been decided to broadly divide the chapters of the Training Module into Theoretical Aspects and Practical Aspects. The lessons concerning theoretical aspects of the training module were prepared by Mr. KV Subba Reddy, Joint Director (Retd.,) TCR&TI, TWD, GoAP, and Dr. Annamalai, Associate Professor (Retd.,) NIRD. The experts carried out extensive fieldwork and incorporated the needs of the Gram Sabha members in the module. SAKTI, NGO prepared the lessons on the practical aspects of the Training Module. This organization has been pioneering in addressing various grassroots level issues about STs living in the tribal areas of the Andhra Pradesh. The finalized Training Module was also tested on the field by SAKTI NGO on 26-28th March 2018 and made necessary corrections after the inputs from the field.
Project IV Reports
The Training Needs Assessment (TNA) was carried out in (5) ITDAS namely K.R. Puram ((7) functionaries), Chintur ((10) Functionaries), R.C. Varam ((3) Functionaries), Parvathipuram ((39) Functionaries), Seethampeta ((22) Functionaries). Total functionaries interacted with was (81). (dates of field visit: 11/06/2017- 23/06/2017). Based on the TNA the training modules were designed in collaboration with the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad. Various deliberations and orientation workshops were held at UoH with the identified experts and unit writers to discuss the template and contents of the module thoroughly. Under the guidance of Prof. B V Sharma and Prof. N Sudhakar Rao, Dept. of Anthropology, UoH, more than 36 academicians and other experts were engaged in drafting the units of the training module. The units were edited by Prof. BV Sharma and Prof. N Sudhakar Rao and assistant editor Dr. Kotesawara Rao. The training module is broadly divided into general aspects and specific aspects. The whole training module was released in the form of (9) Source Books.
Project V Reports: Nine source books of the training Module
The Training Needs Assessment (TNA) was carried out in (5) ITDAS namely Seethampeta, Parvathipuram, R C Varam, K R Puram and Chintoor. The (5) teams of CIPS had interacted with nearly (80) Headmasters/Principals of Ashram Schools and Residential Schools across the ITDAs. A series of deliberations and brainstorming sessions were held with the experts from TWD, GoTS & GoAP, Commissionerate & Directorate of School Education, GoTS to finalize the template and contents of the training module. The module was broadly divided into (3) categories viz (a) Academic aspects (b) School Health aspects (c) Administrative aspects. Source Books about academic aspects (6), Source Books about administrative aspects (2), Source Book of school health aspects (1) and a unique Source Book accommodating the innovative/ best practices about the education were prepared and submitted to the TWD, GoAP. Reports are yet to be uploaded.
Project VI Reports Ten Source Books of the Training Module of Head of the Educational Institutes in Tribal Areas