As a place of learning and critical inquiry related to adivasi communities, their history, culture, world-views, arts, languages, medicine, economy, development and traditions, the Adivasi Academy tries to combine the essentials of the views on education of Rabindranath Tagore, Shri Aurobindo, J. Krishnamurthy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Ananda Coomaraswamy, all of whom challenged the established pedagogic regimen. The training imparted at the Adivasi Academy does make use of modern technologies, however, without unduly privileging the lexical traditions of knowledge. Oral traditions, performing arts, handicrafts and visual arts form the core portion of the curriculum at the Adivasi Academy. The training at the Adivasi Academy is designed to help trainees to enhance their awareness and sensitivity, improve their skills and level of knowledge in their respective area of management, planning, production, social work, etc. in relation to adivasi communities.
The Adivasi Academy allows experiments in designing education programmes relevant to ‘down-to-earth’ realities of tribals. The curriculum of the Diploma and Training Programmes are chalked out in an innovative manner so as to motivate learners and draw their talent potentials in the field of study. Instead of breeding competition through exams, students are encouraged to give semester seminars, write field reports and conduct interdisciplinary projects.
The courses provide scope to trainees for exploring new avenues of knowledge with a particular focus on critically examining the processes of tribal development and nuances of oral culture and plural society.
The scope of the Adivasi Academy's educational and research programmes and its cultural and social interventions extends to all ethnic and linguistic communities in India.