Higher Education

The Adivasi Academy started as a literary and cultural endeavor. In the year 2000, the Academy introduced a two year Diploma in Tribal Studies 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 courses encompassed 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

These courses played a significant role in redefining Anthropology and creating Tribal Studies as a discipline in India. The Academy participated in an international dialogue with Oxford and Durham Universities, U.K Anthropology along with Tribal Studies Department in India on Engaged Anthropology and Indigenous Studies with. The Academy has contributed to the formulation of Tribal Studies courses in universities as the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, the Indira Gandhi National Open University and Shri Govind Guru University.

In all, 320 students were trained at the Adivasi Academy under the various programmes. Several 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 focuses on research and training. The Academy designs and conducts Orientation and Training Programmes for students and NGO members for knowledge sharing and perspective building.