Published on: November 15, 2022

Eklavya Model Residential School

Eklavya Model Residential School

Why in news?

The Tribal Affairs Ministry intends to go ahead with its plan to build new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) on 15 acres of land in all sub-districts which have Scheduled Tribe communities of more than 20,000 people, who make up at least 50% of their total population.

Hurdles to build schools for tribals:

  • in hilly areas, Left-Wing Extremism-affected areas, and North-East India, finding a contiguous piece of land measuring 15-acres, as recommended, in areas where the population criteria is met, is becoming one of the most difficult tasks.

About Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS)

  • The EMRS model was first introduced in 1997-98 to provide quality education to tribal students with residential facilities in remote corners.
  • The aim was to build schools at par with the Jawahar Navoday Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas.
  • Parent Ministry : Ministry of Tribal Affairs,
  • Finance : With grants under Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India.
  • The government gives one time Rs30 lakh grant for establishing the school, thereafter up to Rs 30 lakh per school annually. Additional cost is borne by state government
  • Educational authority : National Education Society for Tribal Students
  • Chairman: Dharmendra Pradhan
  • Grades: 6th –12th standard
  • Age range: 11–19 yrs

Objectives :

  • Comprehensive physical, mental and socially relevant development of all students enrolled in each and every EMRS.
  • Students will be empowered to be change agents, beginning in their school, in their homes, in their village and finally in a larger context.
  • Support the annual running expenses in a manner that offers reasonable remuneration to the staff and upkeep of the facilities.
  • Support the construction of infrastructure that provides education, physical, environmental and cultural needs of student life.