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Research Seminar: Educational Outcome of the Tribal Children in Odisha, India

(6 March 2018)

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Susama Hansdah, Visiting Scholar at the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact

India has the single largest tribal population (10.2 crores) in the world. Tribal population constitutes 8.6 per cent of the total population of the country (2011Census). It is the most economically impoverished and marginalised group in the society. Odisha is one of the educationally backward states with low level of socio-economic development. There are 62 tribal groups are there in Odisha and out of these 62 tribes, there are 13 tribes are known as particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PTGS) officially known as tribal’s or adivasi and use their own language (sasaura, juang, munda, santali, bonda, kolh, kissan, oram, kuvi , kui). This study proposes to examine the educational development among three tribal groups (Munda, Kolho and Santal)in terms of quantity and quality of their education. Therefore this study proposes to analytically assess the educational outcome of tribal children in school level and to identify those factors which create obstacles in their educational progress.

Educational development would mean not just about educational attainment in terms of years of schooling, but also its quality in terms of children’s score at particular level of education. In the present study, the term, ‘educational outcome’ refers to the educational attainment and achievement. ‘Educational attainment’ is treated as the level or years of education completed by the students. ‘Educational achievement refers to the quality of education completed. It is treated in terms of students’ score in different subjects at a particular level of education.

To understand the problem of tribal education this study is based on the following research questions (1) To what extent the educational outcome differs from one sub-tribal group to other sub tribal-groups? (2) What factors are more significant in affecting the educational attainment of sub-tribal groups? (3) What factors are more significant in affecting the educational achievement of sub-tribal groups?

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