Government of Kerala offers entry training in law for tribal students

Considering the fact that the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community does not show much participation in the legal profession, the District Legal Services Authority of Kerala has developed a training program named Niyama Gothram. Through this initiative, tribal youths would be prepared to pass various law entrance exams.

In the presence of Chief Guest DK Murali, Vamanapuram MLA and DLSA member, the program was launched at Dr Ambedkar CBSE School, Njaraneeli, Peringamala. K Radhakrishnan, Minister of Scheduled Tribes Development, was on hand to inaugurate Niyama Gothram.

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According to The Hindu, the district’s Scheduled Tribes Development Department has also joined the DLSA initiative. As part of this training program, students will be prepared for the common law entrance test, which is required for admission to national law schools.

The program is apparently organized in conjunction with reputable law schools in the district, including Mar Gregorios College of Law, Law Academy Law College, and Government Law College. In addition, fourteen teachers from these establishments have agreed to teach the students.

As many as 11 tribal students will be trained for the next law entrance test in June during the first phase of the Niyama Gothram program.

The initiator of the training program, K Radhakrishnan stressed that social and educational disadvantages must be eliminated in order to maintain the equity enshrined in the Constitution.

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The education sector has suffered a severe blow as a result of the impact of Covid-19, and the tribal population has suffered the most as they could not access programs online. They risked being abandoned. However, to address this learning gap, the UNICEF-supported School Sanjog initiative of a ‘school on wheels’ in India has offered fun-based learning to tribal children.

According to the UNICEF website, this effort was carried out in partnership with the Department of Education of the Government of Odisha. Sanjog School uses a visually appealing “school in a van” with child-friendly learning materials such as audio-visual tools, science kits, sports kits, books, etc.

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