Tribal Research Centre
The Tribal Research Centre initially under the control of Registrar of the Tamil university, Thanjavur was established at Udhagamandalam Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu in the year of 1983 - 1984. In the year of 1995, according to G.O.Ms No.161, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department of Tamilnadu date.30.09.1995 Government has issued orders for taking over the administrative control of the Tribal Research Centre (TRC) from the Tamil University Thanjavur. Then and the Tribal Research Centre (TRC) of Tamilnadu is managed by a fulltime Director and staffs from 01.02.1996. The Tribal Research Centre of Tamilnadu is very much identified as tribal essential institute for the welfare of the 36 Scheduled Tribes of Tamilnadu. For the overall development of the scheduled tribes, schemes like

Tribal sub - plan is implemented every year in Tamilnadu.
  • To conduct research studies on tribal communities.
  • To record social, economic, religious, political and psychological changes among the scheduled tribes.
  • To publish monographs on the life and culture of the tribal communities.
  • To research about their language and educate them to be confident.
  • To recommend weaker communities for inclusion in the list of SC/ST of Tamilnadu.
  • To research about their basic needs.
  • To impart training and proper orientation on tribal cultures and development.
  • To establish tribal museum to preserve the tribal cultural heritage.
  • To prepare perspective plans for the upliftment of the tribes.
  • To undertake periodical studies on Scheduled Tribes of Tamil Nadu
  • To conduct evaluation studies on development programmes Implemented by Government and Non-Government
    Organizations in Tribal areas.
  • To organize seminars and workshops on tribal developmental issues
  • To impart training and orientation on tribal culture and development to those who are concerned with tribal development

  • Library
  • Tribal Museum
  • Guest house
  • Kitchen
  • Staff Quarters

More over Tribal Research Centre of Tamil Nadu is acting as an Integral part of the planned development of Tribals. It is also concentrating more on Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) Identified by the Government of India like
  • Todas
  • Kotas
  • Irulas
  • Kurumbas
  • Paniyans
  • Kattunayakkans

Goals of TRC:
The centre's ultimate aim is to frame the strategy for the development of Tribal communities of Tamilnadu through schemes for the tribes, research on tribal status and training for the tribal youth. Review and evaluation of Tribal Welfare Schemes, Tribal needs and problems are also done by the research centre.

Tribal Museum: Tribal museum established in 02-10-1996 at Tribal Research Centre, Udhagamandalam, Tamilnadu is to preserve the cultural heritage of the tribals. It was decided to setup a Museum on Tribals in the Tribal research Centre at Udhagamandalam at a cost of Rs.200.00 Lakhs, under the centrally sponsored scheme of Research and Training aspect. The expenditure is shared equally with central and State Government.