Two Day National Seminar on Tribal Society, their Linguistic Landscape and Indigenous Knowledge: Plan for Preservation and Promotion

Organizer: Department of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & Folk Literature, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (A Central University) Amarkantak, M.P., 484887, India

About the Seminar

  • When: 20th – 21st March, 2023
  • Call for Papers
  • Registration Fee Needed
  • Venue: Department of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & Folk Literature Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Madhya Pradesh, India

Publication of the Proceedings: All selected quality papers will be published in the form of book with reputed National / International publishers.

Call for Papers

Tribal society possesses a rich culture, art, literature. Indian literature is full of description of folk art of tribal heritage & society, their language, culture, indigenous knowledge like handicraft, hospitality, dedication towards their mother and motherland. During the British rule in India, these occurred several tribal movements like Kherwar Movement (1871-80), Sardari Movement (1881-95), Ulgulan (1895-1900), Tana Bhagat (1920-35) end more others to safeguard their culture, religion, identity, and their land. Moreover, these communities have learnt and developed their own system to co-exist with nature. There are numerous examples of tribal art, craft and their indigenous system, which still continue in age of modernization and globalization. For example, Apatani makes use of their own salt making system; Agaria are famous for their ethnic Iron art, Panika and Santhal have cloth weaving technique, Saura, Gond and Warli are known for their paintings; tribal communities of Baster are equipped with bell metal craft; Tui Changsu of Manipur has water-powered flour mills; and wooden crats of Meitei- Naga is well-known. Furthermore, they possess medicinal knowledge to cure diseases through the integration of natural medication and body’s vital ability to regenerate. We are not sure how long these indigenous skills will exist. Moreover, this traditional knowledge/skill is transferred from one generation to another with the help of language. It has been observed that once a language is lost, the indigenous knowledge/skill is also lost.

This seminar aims to discuss and deliberate the rich culture of tribal society, their indigenous knowledge including medicinal knowledge, along with the conservation of tribal culture and heritage, and language
and come up with some policy prescriptions which could be helpful in the building of our nation. Moreover, we will also ponder on how tribal language, their indigenous knowledge could be integrated in NEP 2020.


  • Indigenous Knowledge of Tribal Society and their languages: Conservation and Challenges
  • Tribal Societies as reflected in Various Indian Literatures
  • National Education Policy 2020 and Tribal Education
  • Tribal Society through ages
  • 21st Century and Socio-Cultural Changes of Tribes
  • Philosophy and Aesthetic envisioned in tribal art, painting, crafts and folk songs

Guidelines to the authors

The author(s) should submit the abstract either in Hindi or English not exceeding 500 words. The abstract should include the title of the abstract, keywords, content, and references if any. The name of the author/co-authors, their Designation, Institutional affiliation, Email and Mobile Number have to be mentioned clearly. A soft copy of the abstract and Full-Length Paper have to be mailed at the email id:

Registration Fee:

  • Research Scholars & Students (M.Phil /PhD) Rs. 500
  • Academicians/Faculty Members Rs. 700

The registration fee has to be deposited/credited to the following Account Number:
Account Holder Name: HOD OF TRIBAL STUDIES
Account Number: 3619761189
IFSC Code No: CBIN0284695
Branch: Lalpur IGNTU, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh

Register Here

Accommodation: Moderate Accommodation will be provided to the outstation participants.
Traveling Allowance: Travel ling allowance will be entertained subject to availability of funds.

Important Dates

  • Last date of Abstract Submission: 15 March, 2023
  • Acceptance: 17 March, 2023
  • Last date of Registration Fee: 18 March, 2023
  • Full Paper Submission date: 18 March, 2023
  • Seminar Dates: 20-21 March, 2023
  • Full Paper Submission for publication : 31 March, 2023


Chief Patron: Prof. Shri Prakash Mani Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, IGNTU
Patron:Prof. Shailendra Mohan, Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru
Director: Prof. Prasanna K. Samal, Dean, Faculty of Tribal Studies, IGNTU
Convenor: Dr. Gauri Shankar Mahapatra, Head, Dept. of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & F.L., IGNTU
Dr. Pramod Kumar
, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Linguistics & CSTL, IGNTU
Dr. Kasi Eswarappa, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & F.L.
Organizing Secretaries
Dr. Kumkum Kasturi
, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & F.L.
Dr. Sanjay Yadav, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & F.L.
Organising Committee
Dr. Amit Soni,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Museology
Dr. Narsingh Kumar, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Museology
Dr. K. Suman, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Linguistics & CSTL
Dr. Harjit Singh, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Linguistics & CSTL
Mrs. Kirti, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Museology.
All PhD Scholars of Faculty of Tribal Studies.

Dr. Gauri Sh. Mahapatra, Dept. of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & F.L. Email:,
Mobile Number: Dr. Gauri Shankar Mahapatra +91 9123790847
Dr. Pramod Kumar- +91 8471961515

How to Reach: The University is situated in the Mekal Range of Hills 20kms away from Amarkantak. It is 25kms away from Pendra Road Railway Station (Chattisgarh) on Katni-Bilaspur track of South West
Central Railway. Almost all the trains plying on this track stop here.

The University can be approached by air through Jabalpur (M.P.) in the West and Raipur (Chattisgarh) in the East.
Nearest Airport
1. Jabalpur – Distance 220 KM from the University.
2. Raipur – Distance 230 KM from the University.
Nearest Railway Station
1. Pendra Road – Distance 25 KM from the University.
2. Bilaspur- Distance 120 KM from the University.

About the University

The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak has been established by an Act of the Parliament of India. It came into existence by the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Act, 2007 and came into action on July 2008. The jurisdiction of the University extends to the whole country and it is fully funded by the Central Government through the University Grant Commission. The university caters to the tribals’ long cherished dream of higher education.

About The Department

The Department of Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & Folk Literature (previously Dept. of Tribal Studies) in the
University came up in 2015 and currently, it offers an Under Graduate programme, Post Graduate Programme, and Ph.D. Programme in Tribal Studies, Art, Culture & F.L. The Department also undertakes
policy-oriented Programmes and projects on environmental and developmental problems of the tribes across India and tries to evolve packages and delivery systems for sustainable development of the
tribes in harmony with their ecology, economy, and culture.

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