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.
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’.