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 Mission
 

To provide an integrated, sustainable approach for improving education, health and livelihood among tribal people across the nation through digital inclusion.

About Us

On June 20, 2018, The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, declared Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham as a Center of Excellence in Tribal Empowerment through Digital Inclusion (Amrita CoE-TEDI), in recognition of the institution's pioneering work in tribal development with an outstanding application and research-oriented foundation.

The multidisciplinary center has faculty expertise from Amrita departments of Analytics and Technologies for Education (AmritaCREATE), Community Medicine, Public Dentistry, Nutrition, Social and Data Sciences. Amrita CoE-TEDI works in the tribal areas of Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. Projects involve technology-based interventions in Digital Literacy, Substance Abuse, Oral Contraceptive Abuse, Integrative Health, Micronutrient Deficiencies, Digital Safety, and Antenatal Health Monitoring & Vaccination.

About Amrita

Drawing its inspiration and guidance from our Chancellor and world renowned humanitarian leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA), Amrita University has now grown into a dynamic, 5-campus, multi-disciplinary University with over 15 schools, 150 programs, 1750 strong faculty, and 18000 students.

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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s parent organization, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has a 15 year history of successful large-scale sustainable development work and has adopted over 100 villages across India.

In 2008, Amrita received the National Literacy Mission - UNESCO award for Adult Literacy from former Honorable President, Smt. Pratibha Patil.

In 2017, under a grant from the MeitY, AmritaCREATE completed training 1000 tribal youth in eLiteracy & Health Awareness. Beneficiaries received certificates from Former Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri. Jual Oram.


Our Work

Our Approach

To make a difference to the lives of those whom society has forgotten, we had to meet them on their ground, speak their language, become one among them

Our Strategies

To meet the unique challenges posed by the location and lifestyle of the tribal people, we tailor-made solutions & took it to their doorstep

Amrita Awareness Ambassadors (AAA)

Health and Social Awareness Program
 

The AAA Program developed by Amrita Center for Research in Analytics and Technologies...

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Abuse of Oral Contraceptives
 

Use and Abuse of Oral Contraceptives Study

This program by Amrita Dept. of Community Health studies the fertility patterns,...

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Nutrition
 

Awareness Program on Micronutrient Deficiencies

Through this awareness program, the Amrita Food Nutrition and Health Education Center...

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Digital & Health Literacy
 

Promoting Health & Wellbeing
 

Aligned with Digital India, this project from AmritaCREATE gives basic computer awareness to tribal people...

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Menstrual Awareness
 

Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Program
 

This project from AmritaCREATE provides menstrual hygiene awareness to adolescent girls,...

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Integrative Health and Wellbeing

Strengthening Tribal Health with Preventative Care and Awareness

This study aims to improve health care in tribal areas by integrating government PHC’s,...

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Amrita Awareness Ambassadors (AAA)

Health and Social Awareness Program

The AAA Program developed by Amrita Center for Research in Analytics and Technologies for Education (AmritaCREATE) seeks to build resilience and empower tribal adolescent boys and girls. The school-based program trains selected student ambassadors to spread awareness to peers, younger children in the local primary schools, as well as their tribal community, about substance abuse, nutrition and the value of education. The program targets tribal communities in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

The project was aimed to empower adults and children of selected tribal hamlets with tablets & 1000 ST candidates in Kerala where trained on integrated program with ACC combined with either social/ health awareness training. Amrita CREATE had taken into account the learning needs of tribal children and adults while designing the educational content in tablet format, taking into considering its screen size and low processing power. This project aimed to spread computer literacy and health awareness among the scheduled tribes using tablet technology in native languages.

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It offered benefits of e-literacy and empowerment to the tribal people, particularly the youth through Digital Literacy Program. Through this programme, the tribal students got the opportunity for the first time to use technology and tablet education free of cost. The project was piloted in the tribal areas of Palakkad (Attapadi), Idukki and Wayanad. ACC training, along with specific modules on social awareness was offered to the targeted tribal population.

  • A video application intended for adult learners to clarify and understand about basic societal functioning, child safety, health, hygiene and diseases was created and video contents developed by UNICEF were mainly used as part of the training.
  • Once the project got over, an impact study was conducted with a multifold perspective. The main objective was to study the impact of the training done among tribal areas in IT Skills and how much of E-Inclusion has been brought out through low cost devices among scheduled tribes in Kerala. The study also focused on measuring the impact of effectiveness of tab based education in tribal communities in Kerala.
  • Nair, P. (2007) has given importance on non-formal education in tribal areas particularly to reach out to the hardest-to reach group of children in remote areas. The content was created in the mother tongue of the tribal’s i.e. Malayalam for effective delivery and adaption. Jha & Jhingran, D. (2002) have strongly advocated the use of the mother tongue or home language as medium of instruction in early stages of education.
  • Access to education for rural communities is able to generate awareness about various issues that are commonly observed in rural areas: poverty reduction, control of disease, augmenting employment prospects, the importance of education, and increasing the-literacy rate (Chotani, 2013). With the intensifying network expansion of information communication technologies (ICTs) across the world, educationists are keen on making the most of the advantages of contemporary technology to catapult the-literacy levels amongst the world’s underprivileged population (Winthrop & Smith, 2012).
  • If well-executed, it can work remarkably well for fostering literacy and better quality of education across India, especially in linking rural students with superior faculties and universities (Das & Singha, 2012).Educating both boys and girls in a community through Low Cost Tablets can bring about the awareness needed to tackle various social and health issues (Chaudhary etal., 2010).Children understand and learn efficiently with the help of these visual aids.
  • Laptop and tablet computers offer much greater flexibility than desktop computers. Total touch interaction with the tabletop and the average total time spent by a group were found to be the two main collaboration factors contributing to the performance gain..Studies show that Clickers, tablet computers and other kinds of technology enable instantaneous interaction and feedback between teachers and students. Use of tablet computer technologies increases their motivation to participate in class.
  • Education can help overcome majority of issues as those mentioned earlier. It can help in the development of the tribal community by improving their living conditions and letting them know their privileges. However, trying to educate the tribal community has a few setbacks. These arise from the issues due to the lack of qualified teachers, adequate facilities and infrastructure and due to no access to quality education. An educational method that is capable of reducing the illiteracy rate by engaging the children and compensating for the lack of facilities, competent and committed teachers, as well as access to fundamental educational material is needed. Nedungadi & Raman (2012) describe the architecture of an adaptive learning system that offers personalized assessment and learning on both personal computers (e-learning) and mobile devices (m-learning) and showed that student engagement and learning on m-learning is comparable to e-learning
  • These have been addressed by the Amrita e-literacy and Awareness project that has the goal of improving the overall living conditions in the tribal areas by educating them on Social and Health Awareness and introducing them to e-Literacy using tablet technology. This will help to empower them and broaden their awareness about the need for healthy choices in their lives. For instance, making them aware of the importance of nutrition using stories and animations on the tablet will help them start making better choices. They can also learn how to make a kitchen garden and grow organic food.
  • Amrita CREATE, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has trained and certified 1,087 tribal youth and adults in the Wayanad, Idukki, and Attapadi districts of Kerala in Digital Literacy under the Digital India program. 92% of the tribal beneficiaries passed an external exam conducted by agovernment agency NIELIT. This revolutionary program took computer literacy to tribal communities, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn basic computing skills, have an email account or browse the internet. Beneficiaries also learned basic financial literacy with online banking and how to gain access to educational resources and government schemes. The beneficiaries include tribal’s in remote tribal settlements, in tribal schools, girls who had dropped out of the school system and received intervention at Mahila Shikshan Kendras, and girls from a Nirbhaya Hostel, who have been rescued from human trafficking or high-risk circumstances. Human trafficking is a big social evil which is plaguing Kerala as well. Statistics shown is Table 2.2 highlights that Kerala has one of the highest numbers in India in cases relating to Human Trafficking.

Awareness in Computer Concepts

  • The Awareness in Computer Concepts (ACC) is an entry level course to learn how to operate computers and use the internet like accessing e-Governance applications, bill payment, online banking, personal e-mail and educational sites teaching health and social awareness. The tribal will also get the opportunity to learn basic word processing. ACC is an initiative of DeitY, Ministry of Communications and IT and NIELIT (National Instituted of Electronics and Information Technology), all under the Government of India. On completion of the course, examinations will be conducted and ACC course completion certificates will be issued to the candidates on successful completion of their training.
  • The objectives of the Amrita e-Literacy and Awareness program is to spread computer literacy, and social and health awareness among the scheduled tribes, who are generally unable to avail themselves of the benefits of e-literacy. The training is provided on tablet computers and includes Awareness in Computer Concepts (ACC) and Health Awareness.
  • The Social and Health Awareness activities included videos and apps on the tablet that provide education on issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, not washing hands, spitting in public places, dangers of open defecation, advantages of boiling water and benefits of healthy food habits.

Nutrition

Awareness Program on Micronutrient Deficiencies

Through this awareness program, the Amrita Food Nutrition and Health Education Center seeks to impart knowledge on prevailing micronutrient deficiencies and educate them on the significance of micronutrients in their routine diet. The program also promotes locally available food resources and creates awareness on ethnic/traditional foods rich in micronutrients. The program targets tribal women of reproductive age group in Coimbatore District of Tamilnadu

Menstrual Awareness

Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Program

This project from AmritaCREATE provides menstrual hygiene awareness to adolescent girls, young women and mothers of girls. It targets tribal women and adolescents of menstrual age in the Alirajpur District of Madhya Pradesh.

Abuse of Oral Contraceptives

Use and Abuse of Oral Contraceptives Study

This program by Amrita Dept. of Community Health studies the fertility patterns, family sizes, and contraceptive use among the tribal population inhabiting Wayanad district of Kerala. The use and abuse of oral contraceptives is reported to be rampant as girls do not like to go to menstrual homes, common in tribal areas.

Integrative Health and Wellbeing

Strengthening Tribal Health with Preventative Care and Awareness

This study aims to improve health care in tribal areas by integrating government PHC’s, Allopathic and Ayurveda practitioners and Traditional Healers. The gap analysis study will give us a picture of which areas Ayurvedic practitioners could provide care. After completing the study the goal is to support specific health and wellbeing requirements in a holistic fashion by providing training to tribal healers/health workers.

Digital & Health Literacy

Promoting Health & Wellbeing

Aligned with Digital India, this project from AmritaCREATE gives basic computer awareness to tribal people. The program provides hands-on knowledge on how to operate a computer and perform simple operations such as browsing the internet, creating a word or excel file as well as more advanced operations such as filling an online application or booking online train tickets. The program targets tribal populations in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Tech-based Health Monitoring & Awareness

Antenatal and Vaccination Awareness Using IoT and Mobile Devices

This project from AmritaCREATE investigate the degree to which essential health care services are available in tribal areas and the prevalence and awareness of common diseases. It aims to recognize abnormal parameters in pregnant women, get help from doctors involved and ensure follow up. It also provides awareness for the health of children, including vaccinations. The program targets tribal populations in Bastar District in Chhattisgarh and Wayanad in Kerala.


Our Story

We have worked in collaboration with the AmritaSeRVe 101 village adoption program for last 10 years in 21 Indian tribal villages across India, also fulfilling the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In October 2018, The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, awarded Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham the title of ‘Centre of Excellence in Tribal Empowerment through Digital Inclusion’ in recognition of its significant work to uplift India’s tribal people in the fields of education, health and e-literacy.

A diverse group of Amrita’s departments, including Community Medicine, Public Dentistry, Nutrition and Social & Data Science, as well as AmritaCREATE (Amrita Center for Research in Analytics & Technologies for Education) worked together for this.

“Amrita is honored to have been given this distinction by the Tribal Ministry,” said Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Director, AmritaCREATE

“Our immediate plans are to understand baseline data and the impact of technology in areas such as digital literacy, oral-contraceptive use, oral hygiene, micronutrient deficiencies, digital safety, antenatal-health monitoring, and vaccination, as well as with our Adolescent Ambassadors for the awareness program.

We have already completed awareness training in the dangers of substance abuse to 1,000 tribal students,” she added.

At 41 rural education centers in 21 states of India, Amrita RITE provides tablet-enhanced holistic educational support for children, adolescents and adults, integrating health, social and gender-equality awareness and inculcating respect for local culture and heritage. This short film highlights how the Amrita Rural Education Centers have become the heart of the village, giving not only an education to earn a living, but also an education on how to live a quality life.

Challenges

Habitats located in remote hills and deep inside forests make certain sections of tribal people hard to render aid to. Also, the fear or adopting new methods over traditional ways and gender bias keep them from progress.


Impact Stories

Rajasthan is home to famed palaces, brave kings and beautiful queens. Stories of valour are written for eternity in the stone walls of their fortresses. The history of the city of Sawaimadhopur is inextricably intertwined with The Ranthambore Fort. The city was founded by Raja Sawai Madho Singh 1 in 1763. It is common to see the famous ‘ghoomar’ dance here. Economy depends on agriculture and hospitality. Guava and other herbs used in essential oils and traditional medicines. In recent times, regulations protecting forests and the ecosystem have affected the economy, including closure of a cement factory.

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The district has a mix of Meena and Gujjar communities. The Meenas are considered to have adivasi origins. They ruled parts of Rajasthan till they were overpowered by the Rajputs in the 14th century. Their condition further deteriorated under the Colonial rule by the British by being classified under the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871. They were stigmatized for centuries to come till it was repealed in 1952.

In recent times, Gujjars are a pastoral agricultural ethnic group, speaking several languages and following diverse religions. They are said to have migrated from Central Asia into Kashmir, Rajasthan and Gujarat. They mingled with the Rajputs and thrived in a larger part of Rajasthan till the arrival of the Mughals. The Gujjars opposed the British rule in India and took active part in revolts and were therefore classified as a ‘Criminal Tribe’. Currently both tribes are classified as Scheduled Tribes in India.

The literacy rate in Rajasthan is around 79%. Female literacy is lower than male (67% vs. 90%). However, among the tribals, the rate is lower. In September 2018, Amrita CoE for Tribal Empowerment Through Digital Inclusion implemented ‘The Digital Literacy Project’ in Rajasthan.

It was noted that an improvement in digital skills among tribal children helped them learn better.

Amrita CREATE trained 220 students (190 ST and 30 SC students ) in digital literacy in Harirampura village in Rajasthan.

Children were taught basic computer skills like how to use various computer programs with the aid of tablet, laptop and projectors. Social awareness programs were shown through videos developed by Amrita CREATE. Post the course, exams were conducted and successful candidates were given certificates.


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Tobacco Cessation & Community Sensitisation Program

Amritasmitham' Tribal Outreach Program, Amrita School of Dentistry


Amrita Tribal Center of Excellence
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri Campus
Clappanna P.O.
Kollam, Kerala- 690525
create@amrita.edu
+91(0)-476-2804520
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