North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
This year saw considerable progress in digital mechanisms and online monitoring systems especially for scholarship schemes and expenditure of funds for tribal welfare.
According to a Press Information Bureau release, tribal medicine emerged as another priority area along with tribal research.
Expansion of Eklavya Model Residential Schools was stepped up this year while the empowerment of tribals through schemes like Van Dhan Yojana and Aadi Mahotsavs also remained at the forefront. Affirmation of tribal rights and their role in forest development was another important highlight this year.
Out of the total budgetary allocation of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to the tune of Rs. 6847.89 crore, a total of Rs. 5160.97 crore (i.e. 75.37 per cent) has already been spent on various schemes.
TRANSFORMATIONAL INITIATIVES w.r.t SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES
Selection process for scholarship schemes through dedicated portals: Ministry of Tribal Affairs is implementing three Central sector Scholarship schemes, the selection process is transparent, merit-based and managed through dedicated portals in line with the resolve of the Government towards digital India.
|Scholarship Scheme||url||Managed by|
|National Fellowship Scheme||https://tribal.nic.in/nfs.aspx||MoTA|
|National Scholarship Scheme (Top Class)||https://scholarships.gov.in||MoTA|
|National Overseas Scholarship Scheme||https://tribal.nic.in/nos.aspx||MeITY/NIC|
The applications for the academic year 2019-20 are under verification and the final merit list will be prepared by January 2020.
Integration with Digi-locker: During the year, both Fellowship and Overseas Portals have been integrated with Digi Locker. The student registers on Digi-locker and Scholarship Portal with the same Log-IN ID and Password. All documents available on Digi-Locker are automatically fetched and visible on the application form. In case some document is not available on Digi-locker, the student has the option to upload it manually in the application form. This has prevented uploading fake and fraudulent documents and has made the verification process easy.
Integration of universities with fellowship portal: There are 331Universities where 4,794 tribal Scholars are pursuing fellowship programs. All such Universities have been integrated with the Fellowship portal through the “Verification Module”, wherein the registered Nodal officer of the University can view documents available on Digi-locker and documents uploaded by the Scholar and can approve or reject application digitally. It has resulted in time-saving and checks fraudulent verification. There is also a facility to monitor applications pending with Universities and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs continuously follows up with Universities to expedite verification.
Tribal talent pool: Ministry is funding 4,794 research scholars for doing MPhil and Ph.D. in Fellowship Scheme, wherein tribal scholars from all over India are studying in select Universities. In order to get connected with Tribal Talent, harness their strength by understanding their areas of interest and empowering them to develop as entrepreneurs, researchers and make them aware about various other schemes of Government of India for their welfare, the Ministry has chalked out a unique initiative with Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA).
An interactive three-day workshop for researchers was organized in Delhi from December 3 to 5, where 57 students from seven Universities like JNU, Delhi University, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Jamia Milia participated. The programme is aimed to evaluate the quality of research projects taken by students, improve their research skills, understand issues concerning students, know their area of interest and aspirations; and capacity building. Similar programmes have been planned in the coming months in different Universities all over India where such scholars are studying. Based on these programmess, the Ministry plans to select 500 tribal scholars who would be invited to the National Level Workshop in Delhi after the completion of the programme in another six months.