Central University of JharkhandGiven the rich socio-cultural heritage of the state, the Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ) established a Centre for Tribal and Customary Law to explore the possibilities of integrating the knowledge of man and society.

Perhaps for the first time in the country, a full-fledged course on tribal people has been introduced by the varsity from this academic session with a focus on law and governance aspects.

The indigenous societies are governed by certain socio-cultural mechanism for the maintenance of social order and peace. These include taboos, rituals, public opinion, and other such social conventions.

The Centre is providing Master of Arts in Tribal Law and Governance wherein it will provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the study of tribal people.

Jeuti Barua, the head of the department, said “CUJ is the first varsity in India to start a specific course on tribal people with such an approach. There are about 32 tribes in the state and they demand serious attention.” She added it will be beneficial for the students as this will acquaint them with the laws and policies, thereby facilitating their integration with the mainstream society.

Those with a minimum of 55% in graduation will be eligible for admissions in the course. The admissions will be done on the basis of a combined entrance test for which forms are available online.

The Centre for Tribal and Customary Law comprises three assistant professors headed by a professor who was the former director of the Law Research Institute, Guahati high court. (TOI)