Adivasi Childrens` Science Cong at Vizag from Feb 21
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 18:28
Mumbai: In a bid to preserve and promote traditional as well as indigenous scientific knowledge of Indian tribal groups, a three-day National Adivasi Childrens' Science and Traditional Knowledge Congress has been organised at Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh from February 21.

"This Adivasi Science and Traditional Knowledge Congress is the first of its kind. We wanted to consolidate the traditional knowledge available throughout the country actively involving tribal students and also make them interact with the modern scientists to understand its relevance through this event," Dr Chandrakant Puri Professor-cum- Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, SNDT Women's University said today.

The tribal child today is at cross-roads in education where their unique traditional knowledge receives little recognition from the mainstream society so much so that they themselves have lost the dignity of this knowledge, Puri said.

"Innumerable forms of scientific practices and knowledge are dying today for lack of due recognition that it deserves. While the country is moving ahead it is necessary for the young 'Adivasi' generation to participate in these inclusive growth models," he said.

Also, it is equally important that the country gives attention to strengthen and protect the invaluable wisdom of Adivasi ancestors, he added. Two NGOs-- Dhaatri, a Resource Centre for Women and Children working in Andhra Pradesh, in close association with Samata, an advocacy organisation for Adivasi rights will be closely working with SNDT Women's University and focus on strengthening adivasi knowledge and education, he said.

The aim of the Congress will be to make the tribal children conscious of their traditional knowledge and practices in their own communities as well as in other communities, Puri said.

To make them aware of the importance and relevance of these practices and thereby, instil a sense of pride and confidence.

The Congress is also to encourage them to seek solutions for addressing present day problems using traditional knowledge and improving on it, he said adding that it will also foster a sense of solidarity among children from various tribes and regions.

Efforts will also be made to strengthen awareness of the scientific traditions and wisdom of adivasi communities among mainstream students and emphasis will be laid on subjects such as farming practices, soil and water conservation methods, biodiversity, diet and nutrition, traditional medicine, metallurgy, tools and implements, weather prediction and traditional sports, Puri added.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 18:28

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