About the School
School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology (STHTI) is one of the seven Schools of KISS Deemed to be University (KISS-DU) with pedagogic programmes that embody the mission and vision of KISS-DU. STHTI envisages building KISS D-U as a premier institution of teaching, research, skill development and social entrepreneurship for the youth from marginalized tribal communities. Accordingly, it is committed to bringing about curricular novelty and pursuing academic excellence in its three Master’s Degree Programmes, namely Education, Psychology and Home Science.
STHTI does not just impart knowledge to the tribal students in the aforesaid core disciplines but also takes enough care to prevent possibilities of alienation of the students from their own culture and heritage while enabling them to participate in the mainstream of the Indian citizenry. The curricular novelty is well reflected in the five innovative courses in Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology comprising components like tribal art, handicraft, textile, the status of women, religious beliefs and practices. Besides, it offers Value-added courses in subjects such as Tribal Cuisines, Social Reforms through Education: ideas of Gopabandhu Das, Self-help and Happiness, and Soft Skills like Communicative English and Data Analysis. These courses also gesture towards the vision and mission of KISS-DU.
- To develop socially competent, culturally accepted, nationally recognized, and educationally qualified human resources from tribal communities in consonance with the demands and trends of society, culture and economy in the present global order.
- To enable students to understand, explore and align the theoretical and practical dimensions of the cultural heritage of the tribal communities to the contemporary modern society, and help them critically analyse and relate the present tribal culture with both ancient and modern Indian culture.
- To empower students to undertake in-depth research studies on behaviour and attitude of the tribal people towards the prevalent formal and informal education, attachment towards their domestic businesses and their commitment towards their age-old cultural values and practices.
- To build improved pedagogic models for children and adults in non-formal modes.
- To enable students to recognize, foreground, commemorate and celebrate indigenous cultural memories of the empowering icons, events and processes.
- To train students in mental health care through self-help measures.
- To not only incorporate in the study of Indology a component of tribal culture and heritage, but also help the students critically discover the cross-fertilizations of the so-called mainstream, largely westernized Indian culture, traditional Indian ethos and the ethnic tribal cultures.
The following are the full-time academic programmes:
- MA in Education with specialization in Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology
- MA in Home Science with specialization in Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology
- MA in Psychology with specialization in Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology
- PhD under the School of Tribal Heritage and Tribal Indology