express news service
Kozhikode: The project ‘Gothraprabha’, launched to help tribal students of Wayanad in the field of higher education, is bringing a change. On Monday, 13 students took admission in SB College, Changanassery, thanks to a project launched by the district administration in March this year.
The brainchild of Dr KP Nitish Kumar, a native of Wayanad, the first doctorate holder in social work among all tribal communities in the state, it is entirely run by tribal people.
“The higher education of tribal students in Wayanad has collapsed. About 40% of the students who appeared in the Plus 2 examinations this year failed. Most of the few students who cleared the higher secondary examinations have not continued their studies. A lot Those who prefer to continue education in Wayanad itself but there are very few opportunities in the district. Students will not move out of Wayanad in search of better colleges and courses though they may get seats under reservation. Due to this attitude their opportunities are lost. Our role is to provide guidance and help them,” said Nitish Kumar, who is also the district coordinator of the project.
Apart from 13, seven more students are expected to get admission in SB College. The 20 include seven from the Kattanayaka tribe, four each from Paniya and Kurichya, two each from Adia and Kuruma and one from the Muthuvan tribe.
Nitish Kumar said, “This time out of 724 tribal students who appeared in the Plus 2 exam, 486 passed. Our aim is to secure degree admissions for all of them in the upcoming allotment.”
According to him, the Kattunayaka and Adia tribes are the most backward in pursuing education due to several reasons. “Continuous follow-up is needed for those seeking admission. One minor reason is enough for students to stop their course. They are very emotionally sensitive, especially while living elsewhere. I see this as an Aboriginal student. I knew very well who had studied both inside and outside Kerala,” he said.
Realizing this, under the project 72 mentor teachers belonging to the tribal community were trained to guide the students.
According to Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) Wayanad district officer KC Cherian, the district does not have a post-matric hostel, although the state has the highest tribal population of 38%.
“Wayanad has model residential schools and pre-matric hostels for tribal students which are doing excellent work. Similar attention and opportunities should be provided in the higher education sector as well,” he said.