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Ashramshalas (Grant in Aid)


  • OVERVIEW | The Schedule Tribe population cannot afford to spend on their children’s education due to their weak economic condition. Instead of sending them to schools, they compel their children to start working in their traditional occupation or any other job so that they can monetarily support the family. Thus, government launched a scheme to give 100% grant to NGOs for starting residential schools, known as Ashramshalas, for standards 1-7, 8-10 and 11-12. These schools provide education, boarding and lodging to tribal students and are fully funded by the state government, though they are run by NGOs.
  • OBJECTIVE | To provide schooling, boarding and lodging to ST students at a single location, so that they can get better employment and also compete with other sections of the society.
  • INCEPTION | 1953
  • PARTNER | NGOs working in tribal areas
  • ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA | The Ashramshala has to enroll a minimum of 15 boys and 15 girls for the first time on inception. Then, every year it has to enroll 10 boys and 10 girls till 7th standard.
  • BENEFITS UNDER THE SCHEME | Students are provided with free education, hostel facilities, books, food, items of daily necessity free of cost. A grant of Rs. 1000 per month is given to the Ashramshala for every child.
  • KEY ACHIEVEMENTS | The State has 547 Ashramshalas including 95 Uttar Buniyadi Shalas for IX-XII Std. students and 452 Ashramshalas for I-VIII Std. students. More than 70,000 students enrol into these residential schools every year.
Figure 1: No. of Beneficiaries
No. of Beneficiaries
Figure 2: Expenditure Incurred
Expenditure Incurred
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