About the School
KISS Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar was established on 25th August, 2017. Out of the seven schools running under KISS DU, the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures has proved it’s relevance, importance and innovativeness since the inception of the University. This School offers two years Master Programmes of one hundred ten credits in the subjects such as Hindi, English, Odia and Sanskrit in addition to specialised studies from a comparatives perspective in tribal languages and literatures. This School also offers Ph. D. in innovative areas of literary knowledge that is particularly concerned with tribal
society, aesthetics and culture in an interdisciplinary framework. The academic programme of the School envisages preservation and revitalization of tribal literature, languages and cultures by offering a set of common innovative courses in the aforesaid Master’s Programmes, namely Tribes of India: Culture, Language, Demography, Fiction on Tribes: Issue of Land, Environment and Justice, Key Socio-Linguistics Concepts for Tribal Literary and Language Studies, World Poetry of the Aboriginals, Multilingual Education in India for Tribals and Theme based Movies, and Study of Artefacts and Material Culture in the Museum. The School proposes to offer Master’s programme indifferent tribal languages such as Santali and Ho in near future. Besides being trained in the critical interpretation of mainstream literary texts, each student of the School is exposed to research in ethnography, sociology and cultural anthropology through the learning of Research Methodology, doing fieldwork, and writing a dissertation. Career Orientation and Skill Development papers are also the unique additional features of the Master’s Programmes. The chief pedagogic agenda of the School is not only to critically engage the so-called non-native, elite and indigenous cultures with the indigenous oral-literary and aesthetic traditions but also to create possibilities of cross-fertilization between them through
Keeping in view the rich culture and linguistic diversity of the tribe, the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures seeks to promote the study of literatures and cultures of the tribes together with mainstream literary studies. A comparative perspective is reflected in the teaching and research, with focus on the transactions not merely between the so-called mainstream and marginal or peripheral literatures but also written and oral cultures.
- Study language, literature and culture from scientific and ideological perspectives.
- Protect, preserve and promote tribal languages, literatures and cultures through documentation and translation.
- Make a comparative study of languages and literatures from a heterogeneous perspective.
The following are the full-time academic programmes: