Department of Anthropology

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About the Department

The Department of Anthropology was established in the year 1999. The Department provides facilities for intensive training and research in the areas of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Visual Anthropology. The Department aims to train candidates who are oriented towards advanced research and training related to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Rural Studies and Urban Populations Ethnographic field work is part of the curriculum.
About Head of Department
Dr. Jesurathnam Devarapalli
  • Associate Professor

I obtained PG and Ph.D in Anthropology from Andhra University and was awarded the Research Associate(PDF) Fellowship from the Council of Industrial and Scientific Research(CSIR). Joined Pondicherry University as guest faculty in 2000 and have served this university for the last 20 years as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. I am instrumental in building the Department of Anthropology, the first 6 years when there was not even a single sanctioned post to the department. The department has witnessed a steady and stable growth starting with one student in the year of establishment and presently reached a strength of 33 enrollment, and I have the honour of teaching all these students. Organised national seminars and the recent one is held during 1-2 August 2019 on ‘Tribal cultures in transition’.

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2018 - Jesurathnam Devarapalli
Associate Professor
Valerie Dkhar
Assistant Professor
ajeet jaiswal
Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor

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* Rich collection of books, Journals and reports in the Library. * Computer facilities with free internet access for the students and scholars. * Laboratory for Physical Anthropology.
Major research projects were received from University Grants Commission, Indian Council of Medical Research, etc.
Students of the Department find placement in Anthropological Survey of India, Social and Tribal Welfare departments and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).

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