CM Tarun Gogoi said Monday though inducting the Institute of Research & Documentation of Indigenous Studies (IRDIS) at the International Convention Centre of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here.
“The Institute has been conceived to carry out research and documentation on indigenous practices of ethnic and indigenous communities in the state,” he added.
Gogoi said that “All this needs to be researched and documented for posterity of the communities, and the IRDIS will go into multidisciplinary research in collaboration with Stanford University on documentation of the diverse ethnic and indigenous communities of the state, which will, in turn, empower the communities socially, economically and culturally.”
The IRDIS and the Stanford University would work in close partnership for shrewd and realizing multidisciplinary research and documentation projects for the empowerment of the communities, and also for conservation of their traditional and native knowledge and practices.
Both the IRDIS and the Stanford University are likely to carry out thorough studies in the way of life of the tribal and original communities comprising their food habits, their healthy lifestyles, the way of conventional treatment; their colourful attires and their traditional judicial system.
Founder president of IRDIS Deepa Dutt said that “The knowledge resource that will be evolved from such research work will be stored in a database for developing a modern data archive on indigenous studies based on latest technology.”