An important decision was taken by National Commission of Scheduled Tribes, NCST, on September 5th 2015. On this day, NCST recommended the state government to upgrade ‘Ashram Schools‘ as model schools. The main idea behind this was to make the government of Odisha focus on quality education and proper health in residential tribal schools. According to NCST Chairman, Mr Rameshwar Oran, these model schools would play role of reference point so that other states of India can also follow. It must be noted that, a discussion was held between Mr Rameshwar Oran and Mr GC Patel, Chief secretary of the government of Odisha. A three day visit to Odisha by NCST delegation team also took place recently from 2nd September to 5th September.
Mr Rameshwar Oran also vented his anger on those persons who were involved in sexual harassment cases of minor students of Sevashram Schools. He showed his total concern and sympathy for those minor girls and said that pregnancy in these minor girls was very disturbing trend. He also suggested the government of Odisha to take necessary steps to stop this sexual harassment.
Many issues such as those regarding education quality in tribal schools, health issues of inmates, security of children, were discussed in the meeting. Some other issues like training teachers for quality teachings, visits of the officers to the tribal schools, exposure visits of the students in tribal hostels were also given importance during the meeting. It was considered that, the tribal students lacked the much needed behaviours and attitudes for them to get into the social mainstream. So to make the tribal students ready towards social mainstreams, the commission proposed to teach behavioural and attitudinal changes in tribal students.
NCST Secretary, Mr Shyam Aggarwal, heaped praises on the state government and the effort taken by it in the establishment of 11 to 15 ‘Ashram Schools’ and hostels in many blocks. It was also to be noted that the commission went to districts such as Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamala, Sundargarh and Keonjhar. Some interactions took place between commission members and students, teachers of Umree School, Jeypur, Gupteswar School in Baipariguda, Linagarh School, Udaygiri. Kanjiapani Girls Hostel, Keonjhar and Kathapal School of Anandapur.
Mr Rameshwar Oran also took part in the discussion with Mr Behera, Development Commissioner UN and with Mr Surendra Kumar, Secretary, SC/ST Development Department. It must be noted that Mr Dwaraka Karol, Regional Director, NCST and Mr. Dubey, Assistant Director, NCST, also took part in the meeting.