Eklavya Model Residential Schools – UPSC Prelims

  • Eklavya Model Residential Schools(EMRS) is a Government of India scheme for model residential schools for Scheduled Tribes across India.
  • Nodal Ministry: The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the year 1997-98.
  • Aim: To impart quality education to ST children in remote areas. It will also enable them to avail themselves of opportunities in high and professional educational courses and get employment in various sectors.
  • The schools focus not only on academic education but on the all-around development of the students.
  • Grants: The government of India provides grants for the construction of schools and recurring expenses to the State Governments under Article 275 (1) of the Constitution.
  • Target: Every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons, will have an Eklavya Model Residential School by the year 2022.
  • Significance: The schools will be on par with Navodaya Vidyalayas. It will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture besides providing training in sports and skill development.

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