JNU organizes an international conference to empower tribal communities

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Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) organized a two-day international conference to empower tribal communities in India. A total of 228 people presented papers on different issues in 45 academic sessions which were held in online and offline mode.

Participants presented their papers on different issues including languages, religions and different government programs relating to tribal issues.

The international conference titled “Importance of Technology in Empowering the Tribal Community of India” attracted the participation of more than 2,000 JNU students.

Jitendra Singh appreciated the Vice-Chancellor of JNU and said, “Since she took office, there has been a constant series of academic activities, which are also actually very carefully designed with social relevance and all are in the context of what the government led by Prime Minister Modi stands for.

The Union Minister further said, “Academia should in fact go beyond the classroom and create means for social good. And this event reflects or is dedicated exclusively to the vast, vast tribal community of this country. This event is a tribute to the neglected tribal leaders who led the struggle for independence. More so, the Prime Minister has empowered tribal communities by giving them rights. The prime minister also gave the tribals the representation to run the country.

Santishree Dhulipudi, Vice Chancellor of JNU, said: “It is a source of pride for our institution that it is delivering on the Prime Minister’s vision and mission of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ by organizing a si major conference on , science and technology, and that the central government supports us in this endeavor to realize Dr Ambedkar’s dream.

She highlighted how the Prime Minister leads by example. Appointing the first female tribal president to the highest office demanded was a vision shared by our ancestors, and it has now come to fruition. Congratulating and thanking conference organizer Dr. Reeta Sony, she said the conference is where the knowledge and insights from research will shape who we really are. Technology, she believes, is a tool of the human mind and only a means to an end.

She commended the Indian government for honoring the unsung heroes of the tribal community such as Birsa Munda, Alluri Sitarama Raju and others. Our civilization believes that knowledge is a way of life, and we are the only scientific civilization on the planet. This conference as a whole attempts to muster a sense of hope for a better future.

It became a mela to celebrate inclusive democracy where a tribal is in the lead. These two days were enhanced by the presence of many ministers, parliamentarians, vice-chancellors, directors and heads of various departments. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Jitendra SIngh, MOS S&T as the chief guest while Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan, MOS, Education was the guest of honor at the inauguration. (ANI)

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