The tribal society of India has always been an integral part of Indian civilization and culture with its unique traditions and high virtues of life. It’s time that we revisit those tales of valor and patriotism and remember all those struggles and sacrifices made by our Tribal Heroes to free India. In this regard, NIT Rourkela is organizing a National Seminar in association with National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on the theme “Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle” on 09 September 2022 at 04.00 pm in Bhubaneswar Behera Auditorium. The seminar will be preceded by an Exhibition to be inaugurated by the Chief Guest for the event Shri Ananta Nayak Ji, Hon’ble Member, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes. To protect the rights of Scheduled Tribes and to monitor the development plans drawn for them, The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has been given a constitutional status established under Article 338A of the Constitution of India.
Detailing more on the upcoming event, the coordinator Prof. Ramakrishna Biswal (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences) said, “As we are celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, this is the golden opportunity and perfect time to celebrate the cultural identity of Tribal Societies through their notable history. The youth of the country must know the unforgettable contribution of Tribal heroes in the freedom struggle and organized movements like the Pahariya movement or movements by the Bhils or Nagas and many more. Their rich tradition, folk songs and stories which are prevalent in the tribal society and the stories of their sacrifices must be acknowledged to pass on the tale to the next generation. Therefore, NIT Rourkela in association with NCST and support of Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and Steel Authority of India Ltd. is organizing this event. More than 100 Universities of the nation are celebrating the same to salute the chronicle of tribal people.”
The event includes speeches by Chief Guest Shri Ananta Nayak Ji, and Chairperson Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao (Director, NIT Rourkela) preceded by a Film on Tribal heroes and a presentation on the Journey of NCST. The event will conclude with an Exhibition on the lives of Tribal Heroes in India’s Freedom Struggle.