BSW-43:Tribals of South and Central India

By Dr. G. Mahesh   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 569

Welcome to the course on ‘Tribals of South and Central India’.


In this course, we will be learning about the tribal population existing in South and Central India along with their unique features and characteristics including culture, practices, beliefs, social organization, their livelihood, etc. This course will also highlight some of the emerging problems and perspectives of tribal development in the region.


This course not only provides knowledge but also impart deeper understanding of the diversity of our nation.

Course Credit


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Diploma
Start Date : 01 Feb 2022
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Block 1 : Tribals of South India
Week 1 - Unit 1 : Tribals of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Week 2 - Unit 2 : Tribals of Karnataka
Week 3 - Unit 3 : Tribals of Kerala
Week 4 - Unit 4 : Tribals of Tamil Nadu
Week 5 - Unit 5 : Tribals in Lakshadweep and Puducherry
Block 2 : Andaman and Nicobar Tribals
Week 6 - Unit 1 : Great Andamanese of Strait Island
Week 6 - Unit 2 : Onges of Little Andaman
Week 7 - Unit 3 : Jarawas of South and Middle Andaman
Week 7 - Unit 4 : Sentinelese of Sentinel Island
Week 8 - Unit 5 : Shompens of Great Nicobar
Block 3 : Tribals of Central India
Week 9 - Unit 1 : Tribals of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
Week 10 - Unit 2 : Tribals of Gujarat, Jharkhand and Orissa
Week 11 - Unit 3 : Tribals of Goa and Maharashtra
Week 12 - Unit 4 : Tribals of Bihar and West Bengal

Books and references

IGNOU’s CTRBS Materials-BSW-043

Instructor bio

Dr. G. Mahesh

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Dr. G. Mahesh is a qualified social worker and public health professional with M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Medicine and Community Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been trained and committed to work for rights based and gender sensitive issues. Prior to joining IGNOU, he has worked with international organizations in the field of Public Health, coordinating and facilitating regional and country level HIV and AIDS initiatives, liaising and networking with Government, national, international agencies and Civil Society Organisations working on HIV and AIDS in the Asia Pacific region.


Dr. Mahesh has keen interest in the areas of tribal development, professional ethics, human animal conflict (HAC), fundraising, institution building, networking and advocacy as significant tools in the field of social work. He has been working towards strengthening Social Work education and practice in Open and Distance Learning. Presently, Dr. Mahesh is coordinating CAFE and DAFE programmes in the School of Social Work.

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