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Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) for Implementation of Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children, Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), India

Year - 2013 - 2016

Client - Department for International Development (DFID), UK

Project Brief

Umbrella Scheme for Education of Schedule Tribe (ST) children aims at reducing gaps in educational achievement of tribal students as compared to others. The strategy focuses on filling critical gaps in access to education, improving retention and quality, infrastructure augmentation, deployment of trained teachers, optimal use of funds, flexible approach to address geographic and economic diversity, close monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, etc.

DFID allocated £ 2.5 million towards Direct Technical Assistance (DTA) for a period of three years i.e. from 2013 - 2016. The overall objective of the DTA is to augment technical capacity within the MoTA, GoI in order to facilitate proper implementation of Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Students aimed at effectively achieving the national commitment to the education of ST children as contained in Articles 15(4), 21- A, 45 and 46 of the Constitution of India.


Our Approach

The main focus of the technical assistance at National and State level includes system reforms, setting up new systems, procedures, capacity building, development of data bank, research studies, effective mechanism for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode of disbursement of scholarships, single window scholarship web portal and sharing of good practices.


Key Achievements

  1. Supported MoTA to ensure the effective roll out of the umbrella scheme across various states, prepared Annual Work Plan & Budget (AWP&B), and ensured its appraisal and approvals;
  2. Supported the State Scheduled Tribe (ST) Welfare Departments to effectively draw on and utilise the resources from the umbrella scheme;
  3. Supported MoTA and the state level tribal welfare departments to design and implement innovative initiatives based on best national and global practices to reach the most disadvantaged tribal communities;
  4. Supported MoTA and the State departments to set up a robust programme monitoring & evaluation system to track the results and outcome of the umbrella scheme;
  5. Facilitated effective integration of tribal agenda and convergence with the Ministry of Human Resource Development/ Education and Ministry of Women and Child Development at the national and state level.
  6. Supported MoTA and states in developing web portal for implementation of DBT mode of disbursement of scholarships to tribal students, student tracking system and programme management information system (PMIS)