Maharashtra government in Month of June 2013 decided setting up separate education commisionerates in order to provide education to students of the tribal community.
The Commissionerates for tribals will be named by Adivasi Shikshan Ayuktalay and will first come up in four divisons of the state and the head office will be in Nashik.
The emphasis of Education Commissionerates is to provide quality education to tribal students. The government will also work towards improving ashram shalas that is the tribal residential school, seeing its poor condition. Around 80 per cent of ashram shalas are already undertaken by government. It has been found that tribal students were suffering due to poor infrastructure and academic facilities at ashram shalas and the supply of low-quality nutritional supplements.
The government will soon acquire 20 per cent of these ashram shalas as the most of the tribal residential schools were constructed in 1972 and are in shambles.
There are about 552 ashram shalas in Maharashtra and if it will go under upgradation the cost will come around 650 crore rupees. As per the government there is no shortage of fund in this regard.