The State Government has proposed to establish 10 Ekalavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in the tribal dominated areas to bring youths to the mainstream.
The decision is a part of the State Government’s strategy to spread education among the tribals and win them away from the influences of the growing Left Wing Extremism (LWE).
Minister for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe welfare Lalbihari Himirika said the proposal has been sent to the Centre and the schools will be opened once it is approved.
The proposal was approved in the last meeting of the Tribal Advisory council (TAC) held here.
The Department proposes to establish the EMRSs at Nilgiri, Kuchinda, Champua, Baipariguda, Gunupur, Umerkote, G Udayagiri, Jharsuguda, Lakshanpur, Tileibeni and Paralakhemundi.
In the first phase, schools will be set up at Nilgiri and Kuchinda. The rest will be set up over next two to three years.
These places where ST concentration is high are non-scheduled areas having very low literacy rate.
The Minister said the proposed intervention will facilitate in increasing the literacy rate as well as fulfilling the demand for quality education for the backward class people in remote locations.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has identified 186 Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) in the State.
Priority is being given to those areas where the ST literacy and particularly the female literacy is low.
Each school will have capacity of 480 with student strength for Standard VI-X at 60 each and for XI and XII, 45 each for Science and Commerce stream.
An autonomous society, Odisha Model Tribal Education Society (OMTES), has been created to manage existing 13 EMRSs, 19 education complex for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) girls and setting up and managing three residential schools for backward class students in Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.