Department Of Anthropology & Tribal Studies
About the Department
The Department of Anthropology and tribal studies established, as well as started functioning within Sidho Kanho Birsha University from the academic year 2012-13. Formally it comes in functioning with the joining of Assistant Professor Jagdeep Oraon, Department In-Charge of the Department and Assistant Professor Sudip Bhui. However the Department is started as a Tribal Studies where both faculties joined and contribute to the growth of Anthropology and Tribal Studies as a new discipline in the university. With different time and spare different Guest faculties have given their priceless contribution for the development of the department, in present Mr Mayank Prakash Assistant Professor (Contractual) joined the department from 24 February 2014.
Department imparts training in both theoretical and applied research in Anthropology and tribal studies, which equips students to meet the academic challenges in urban/rural/tribal field studies. Apart from studying ethnographic diversity, the department is oriented towards application of anthropological knowledge to the better understanding of tribal socio-cultural problems and development issues. The department will develop a Biological and Prehistoric Archaeology laboratory and small museum as a teaching aid for students.
Message from DIC
I would like to draw the attention to the World Universities in our enriched department in the field of Higher education. Primarily our goal is to enhance the quality of education and keep a milestone in the field of usual teaching – learning as well as intensive field work; it helps us to build the tribal society of our dreams. We will endeavour to develop our department “Anthropology and Tribal Studies” as one of the world’s largest and most vibrant centres for teaching and research in the discipline.Our main thrust areas are:
1. Anthropology and Tribal Studies provides the empirical, holistic understanding of tribal people and Mankind.
2. Anthropology and Tribal Studies understands the changing scenario in the wake of information technology leading to explosion of knowledge and the shrinking world, and forces of globalisation threatening diversities and identities.
3. Strengthen the department on the Global Pam or advance research and quality education.
4. Create healthy environment of teaching and research.
5.To make the best use of Information Technology infrastructure for teachers to adopt new methods and teaching aid for enhancement of teaching.
Vision & Moto:
Department presently introduced PG course of Anthropology and Tribal Studies with specialization of Tribal Studies. In forthcoming academic sessions, department will try to open M.Phil as well as Ph.D degree courses. Opening of these courses will mainly keep in mind to better understand and impart our effort to preserve the Indian tribal culture and indigenous knowledge.
India is land of tribal’s and aboriginals. The tribal people are rich in cultural heritage and skill of art and craft but they are still marginalized in respect to higher education as well as in other walks of life. Now in the present age of globalization the world has shrunk into a village as the society has advanced in technology. But the tribes, who are the custodians of Indian culture in real sense, are far behind in this race of advancement.
In order to rescue them from the present plight, the university has put before itself the following vision aims and objectives-
1.Department provides avenues of education, especially higher education and research facilities primarily for the tribal population of India.
2.To disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in tribal problems, art, tradition, culture, language, medicinal systems, customs, forest based economic activities, flora,fauna and advancement in technologies relating to the natural resources of the tribal areas.
3. We will endeavour to collaborate with national and international universities and organizations, especially for undertaking cultural studies and research on tribal communities.
4.To formulate tribal centric development models, publish reports and monographs and to organize conferences and seminars on issues relating to tribes and to provide inputs to policy matters in different spheres.
5.To take appropriate measures for promoting the members of tribal communities capable of managing, administering and looking after their own needs by access to higher education through a university of their own.
6.To disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in such other branches of learning as it may deem fit.
7.To take appropriate measures for promoting innovations in teaching learning process in inter-disciplinary studies and researches and to pay special attention to the improvement of social, educational and economic conditions and welfare of the scheduled tribes within the Union of India.
1. One Teacher of the Department visited University of Manchester (UK) in the month of August 2013 for participating in AUIES conference.
2. Two studentsof Semester III (Brajamohan Samal and Ria Mukherjee) had actively participated in the National Workshop on Anthropology and Museums organised at Bhopal from 21st to 23rd October, 2013 by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Bhopal, M.P.
3. Department has actively participated in university sports and organised special classes for the NET.
4.Department Student Tapati Sinha won the dance prize at Manbhum Victoria Institution premises, Purulia in the auspicious occasion of 26th January 2014.
5.With the collaboration of Santali Department, Department has organised Sarhul (Baha) festival at University level in 31st March 2014.
Apart from usual teaching, faculties and students of the department participated in different seminar and workshop.
M.Sc., Ph.DAssistant Professor
M.Sc., M.PhilAssistant Professor