Higher Education

The Academy started as a literary and cultural endeavor. The Academy introduced in the 2000, a two year Diploma in Tribal Studies, with an informal curriculum geared to study and understand ‘how adivasis perceive the world’. An intensive dialogue with the trainees led to the emergence of a new philosophy of development based on self-reliance. For a decade between 2001 and 2012, the Academy instituted innovative courses in the areas of tribal development, culture, education, human rights, languages and gender. The academic courses extended their scope to encompass all aspects of development concerning the tribal region in western India. As an extension to the courses, the Academy successfully established projects in various sectors as non-formal education, healthcare, micro-finance and organic agriculture.

Between 2000 and 2012, the Adivasi Academy offered the following courses:

Post Graduate Diplomas in:
Tribal Studies
Tribal Culture and Museum Studies
Media, Publication and Rural Journalism
Development Initiatives in Panchmahals
Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Management
Food Security and Women’s Empowerment
Adivasi Languages, Society and Culture
Arts, Crafts and Documentation
Indigenous Knowledge for School Education
Theatre, Media and Journalism
Tribal Arts and Culture

Certificate Courses in:
Rural Healthcare Training
Accountancy and General Management for Rural and Community Based Organizations
Indigenous Environmental Knowledge
Indigenous Knowledge for School Education

Distance Education Programs in IGNOU:
Till 2012, the Adivasi Academy was registered as a Special Study Centre with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and facilitated Distance Education among under graduate and post graduate tribals. The courses included Women’s Empowerment, Participatory Forest Management, Human Rights, Nutrition and Child Care, Certificate in Guidance and Labour in Development.

Through its courses, the Adivasi Academy has played a significant role in redefining Anthropology and creating Tribal Studies as a discipline in India. The Academy initiated a national dialogue with Anthropology and Tribal Studies Department in India and engaged in the discussions on Engaged Anthropology and Indigenous Studies with Oxford and Durham Universities, U.K. The Academy has contributed to the formulation of Tribal Studies courses in universities as the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya and the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

In all, 320 students were trained at the Adivasi Academy under the various programmes. Many of the past trainees are engaged in community development work in their own villages. Some have even set up their own community based organizations.

Presently, the Adivasi Academy has shifted focus on research and documentation. The academic programmes are presently not on offer and will be announced when resumed