ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP

  1. 1967-89          -        Head of the Department of Anthropology, Utkal University














  2. 1973                -        Founder- Editor, Man in Society, (Journal of the Department of Anthropology, Utkal University)
     

  3. 1977                -        Founder- Director, Population Research Centre, Utkal University (funded by Govt of India)
     

  4. 1978                -        Founder-Coordinator, Centre for Regional Studies, Utkal University (funded by UGC)
     

  5. 1978                -        Organized and Co-chaired the Post Plenary Session on  “Anthropology of Shifting Cultivation” of the 10th                                                                              International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) at Bhubaneswar, 1978
     

  6. 1981                -        Organized and directed UGC Seminar on “Man and Forest   Ecosystem” at Utkal University
     

  7. 1983                -        Founder and Editor, South East Asian Perspectives (1st International Journal in the Social Sciences from Odisha)
     

  8. 1986                -        Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University
     

  9. 1988-89           -        Coordinator, Dept of Special Assistance (UGC) in Anthropology, Utkal University
     

  10. 1989-90           -        Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University
     

  11. 1990-91           -        Director, Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, a Research Centre of the                                                                           Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) with State Government partnership
     

  12. 2003-06           -        Chairman, Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies
     

  13. Unknown         -       Vice-President, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists
     

  14. Unknown         -       Vice-President (Former), Anthropological Association of India
     

  15. Till 1997          -       Co-Founder and President, Association for Social Research and Action (ASRA) working with the Hill Bonda
     

  16. Unknown         -       Founder President, Association for Friendship and Cultural Cooperation with Indonesia
     

  17. 1981??             -       Founder-President, National Organization for Family and Population Welfare (NOFAP)

  • Introduced teaching of SouthEast Asia as a regular course in collaboration with Depts of Geography and History, the 1st time this area was studied at an Indian University

  • Introduced Specializations of “Development Anthropology” and “Population Anthropology”, another 1st in the country for Anthropology Departments.

  • First University Department in the country to produce ethnographic films. The first films were on the Saora of Ganjam and on the Upper Indravati Dam region, Koraput. 

  • Organized the Silver Jubilee of the Department in 1982

  • His leadership ensured the Department getting the DSA (Department of Special Assistance) during his tenure in 1988 that led to the Department now (since 2009) being one of the two Centres for Advanced Study in Anthropology in the country (the highest ranking by the UGC)

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