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Gujjars, Bakerwals seek setting up of tribal university in Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu November 18 :  The Gujjar and Bakerwal community of Jammu and
Kashmir have demanded setting up of a tribal university in the Pir
Panchal belt with special reservation for marginalised groups and
people living in remote and backward areas of the state.
To press the demand the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation
(TRCF), a frontal organisation of the nomad Gujjar and Bakerwal
community, today organised a programme. Presided over by noted Gujjar
scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi the programme was attended by youth and elders
of society.
Dr. Javaid Rahi in his presidential address said  “there is an urgent
need to promote studies and research in tribal art, culture,
tradition, language, custom, medical systems, forest based economic
activities, special studies in the flora and fauna and advancements in
technologies relating to natural resources of the tribal areas of the
state,” .
He said “establishing a tribal university can cater to all these needs
adding that since Gujjars and Bakerwals figures at  the bottom in the
literacy map of state  and if such institution established it  will
help in the overall development of  tribes .”
He said Gujjars which includes Bakerwals as well,  constitute more
than 20% population of the state and they are lagging behind
educational , economically and other fields and  if the  Tribal
University will  be opened it will change the paradigm  of their life.
It was informed  by the speakers  that two separate memorandums sent
to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Human Resources Development
Ministry Prakash Javadekar by the Foundation in this regard.
The speakers stressed that “ Gujjars are demanding a tribal university
in the state since long. Three year ago, a delegation of tribal
dignitaries from the state met the then Union Human Resource Minister
and submitted a memorandum but nothing concrete emerged out of it so
far,”. “To remind the Centre, we have sent a fresh communique to PM
and HRD Minister, they said.
The speakers also appealed Jammu and Kashmir  Governor Satya Pal Malik
to press the Centre over the issue. The establishment of the
university will cater to the specific educational needs of the tribal
and marginalised population of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and
other north western Himalayan states, the memorandum stated.
The Speaker that 12 tribes of Jammu and Kashmir are demanding
establishment of a Tribal University in state on the lines of Indra
Gandhi National Tribal University in Madhya Pradesh.
Other who spoke include Ishataq Ahmed, Sadaqat Ali Chowhdhary, Sawat
Husssain, Mohd Ismael and others.

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