There is something very special about the Faculty at the Academy. In the early
days of the Academy, it was decided that formal educational qualification need
not be the most serious consideration for being appointed as member of faculty
at the Academy. At least one batch of students was trained by Shri Mansignh
Rathwa, who has never attended a school, but a tremendous painter of Pithora,
and Dr. Bhagwandas Patel, a highly accomplished folklore scholar—forming a
single team for conducting classes for Museuology students. Similarly, Mrs.
Eileen Coates, an artist from Ireland, and Ms. Alice Tilche, a fresh graduate
from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, formed a team to teach the
same group of students. Young journalists and expert film makers have come
together to teach the students of Media Studies.Rajmohan Gandhi, Mahashweta Devi,
Justice M N Venkatachaliah have lectured the students, sitting on the rock under
the famous Mahuda Tree at the Academy, and lectured students ranging from 7 to
30 in age.
The Faculty has been a mix of young post graduates drawn from Adivasi
communities and visiting scholars as Prof. Shereen Ratnagar, Prof. Lachman
Khubchandani, Dr Ashish Kothari, Dr Nila Shah, Dr Bhagwandas Patel, Dr Arun
Waghela and Ms Eileen Coates.
The Academy strives towards creating a condition of informality in its teaching