Incentives & Assistance to Students
This scheme comprises of 5 components.
a. Special Incentive to Brilliant Students
The scheme is for providing incentives to the brilliant students from ST communities who perform well in academics and come out with meritorious performance.
b. Ayyankali Memorial Talent Search and Development Scheme
Under the scheme, talented tribal students (day scholars) studying from 5th standard to 10th standard are the target group and continuous assistance is being provided to them to excel in academics and extracurricular activities. Every year, 200 students studying in 5th standards will be selected under this scheme through an intelligence test.
c. Assistance for Study tour to School & College going Students
Under this scheme, Post matric students are given financial assistance for participating in excursions and study tours. Also, the scheme intends to conduct Bharat Darshan/All India Tour for selected tribal students with the approval of the SLWG.
Assistance to Orphans
This scheme is intended to provide special assistance to the scheduled tribe children who have no parents to look after. Assistance is given to care takers of such children. Each beneficiary is given Rs. 1000 per month.
d. Supply of Laptop to Students
The scheme is envisaged to provide Laptop to ST students of professional courses in approved University/institutes. The courses covered are MBA, M.Sc Computer Science, MCA, MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BVSc.& AH, B.Tech and M.Tech and other Post Graduation Degrees
Post-matric Scholarships for Scheduled Tribe Students
The scheme was 100% centrally assisted scheme at the time of introducing the scheme by Government of India. From 2014-15 onwards Central Government provides 75% of the actual expenditure under the scheme and State has to bear 25%. The scheme is intended for payment of educational assistance to the students undergoing various post-matric courses in and outside the state. This scholarship are granted and disbursed through e-grantz (net banking).
• Lump-sum grant
• Hostel Charges
• Pocket money
• Tuition fee ,Exam fee and Special fee
Pre-matric Scholarship for ST Students Studying in IX & X Classes (100% CSS)
During the year 2012-13, Government of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has introduced the centralised scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship for needy Scheduled Tribe Students studying in classes of IX and X through DBT system. This Scheme is effective from 01.07.2012. Educational assistance such as lump sum grant, monthly stipend to pre-matric students is given under this scheme.
Vocational Training Institute for Scheduled Tribes
There are two Vocational Training Institutes for Scheduled Tribe students functioning at Thiruvananthapuram and Idukki for imparting training in 3 trades.
Supply of cloth to Primary Students
Under this scheme Rs.500/- is given to each student studying in Tribal Schools for purchasing uniform cloth.
Incentive to Parents of ST Students
An amount of Rs. 50/- per month is given to parents of ST students studying in LP classes, who have 75% attendance in an academic year.
PROMOTION OF EDUCATION AMONG SCHEDULED TRIBES
The various components of the scheme are detailed below.
Peripatetic Education to the Primitive Tribes
To impart Lower Primary education to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups and other similar Scheduled Tribes, Peripatetic centres & single teacher schools have been set up in tribal dominated inaccessible areas of the State. There are 30 such institutions where 508 students are educated.
Tutorial Scheme for Students
The scheme is intended to provide special coaching to students of High School and Plus I & II classes to increase pass percentage. The monthly tuition fee would be directly given to parents for providing tuition through nearby tutorials. The target of the scheme is to cover 6000 ST students per year.
The scheme is for arranging transportation facilities to students living in the interior forests and inaccessible areas, in association with the Education Department, Local Governments and the Parent Teachers Association.
Samuhya Patanamuri (Community Study centre in tribal hamlets) (NewComponent)
To solve the linguistic and dropout issues and to create ambience for education in hamlets, department intends to start Community Study Centres in tribal hamlets throughout the state during 2017-18. One educated tribal youth from same community will be selected and who will work as a facilitator and social worker. The Centre will function in the already existing community hall or similar structure in the hamlet. The Centre will be provided with computers with internet, LED TV, furniture, reading materials etc. 30 students can be accommodated in each centre. Light refreshment will also be provided to the students.
There are 13 nursery schools running under the department for pre-primary education. The number of students is 258.
Vocational Training Centres
There are 11 vocational training centres for the courses in Tailoring, Fashion designing and Garment Making. The number of students undergoing these courses is 125.
Balavadies & Creches
For pre-primary education, there are 10 kinder gartens , 3 balavadies , 3 bala vijnana kendras and 1 vikas vadi functioning in the state. The total number of students in these institutions is 306. The students are given food , uniform , bag , umbrella etc.