Naveen Patnaik unveiled five edited volumes of the “Encyclopaedia of Tribes in Odisha,” today which was published by the Odisha State Tribal Museum and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute.
Up to this point, only one state, Odisha, has published an encyclopedia of all tribes. The 62 Scheduled Tribe Communities and the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups are covered in the 3800 pages and 418 research articles.
The Chief Minister expressed his happiness over such an uncommon and impressive publication and praised the work of the Institute, saying that this book will undoubtedly be a great treasure and repository for all academicians, researchers, policymakers, and those who are interested in learning about the tribal communities of the State.
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The 418 articles in the encyclopedia were first published over the last 6 decades in the Adivasi journal and other publications. Prof. A.B. Ota, Director of SCSTRTI, and his Consultant S.C. Mohanty have worked tirelessly and admirably for the past four years to edit, compile, and publish this enormous work.
The Chief Minister also went through the museum’s galleries and praised the PVTG Museum’s newly installed Projection Mapping Unit.
It should be noted that the tribal museum is one of the best interactive ethnographic museums in the world and has one of the most exceptional collections of exquisite tribal arts and crafts.
The Tribal Museum was opened by the Chief Minister in 2001, and the PVTG-specific second Museum was opened in 2009. The Chief Minister granted the Museum the status of Odisha State Tribal Museum in 2018.
Minister of ST and SC Development Jagannath Saraka, Principal Secretary Saswat Mishra, Chief Advisor to CMO Balakrishnan, and Director of SCSTRTI and Odisha State Tribal Museum Prof. A.B.Ota were present at the meeting.