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Prof. Kamal K.Misra

Advisory Member

Professor Kamal K. Misra is a former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, India. He was a Professor of Anthropology, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, and was also the Dean of the School of Social Sciences there. He taught for 41 years, from 1978 to 2019, without any break. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India, M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Post-Doc from the University of Kent, UK. He taught at Utkal University, University of Hyderabad (both in India) and at Austin College, Texas, USA. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Linguistics. He has written and edited 24 books and about 100 research papers on different sub-disciplines of Anthropology, Human Ecology, Linguistics and Museology. He was the Director of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal and the Director of Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata. While the former is the largest ethnographic Museum of Asia, the latter is the largest anthropological research organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He has a distinguished career as an anthropologist, who was awarded Utkal University Gold Medal, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award, Sarat Chandra Roy Memorial Medal, among others. He was the Member of the High-Level Committee (Xaxa Committee) on the Status of Scheduled Tribes of India and was a Guest Researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Misra was a consultant for the UNDP, Action Aid and other International Development Agencies at different times. Currently he is an ICSSR Senior Research Fellow affiliated to the NKC Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Prof. Misra could be contacted by email, [email protected]

Prof. P.Venkata Rao

Advisory Member

Prof.P. Venkata Rao is Professor Emeritus of anthropology at the Department of anthropology, University of Hyderabad. He obtained his M.A (1976) and Ph. D (1983) in anthropology from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He got selected for Central Government Civil Services through Union Public Service Commission (1984). He has been teaching anthropology at the University of Hyderabad since 1985. Prof. P. Venkata Rao functioned as Head (2003-2004, 2005-2008), and as Coordinator, UGC Special Assistance Programme (2012- 2016) of the Department of Anthropology, and as Dean (2016-2019), School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad. He is presently associated with the journal, The Eastern Anthropologist (published from Lucknow since 1947), as editor. Dr. Venkata Rao’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of Anthropology of Development, Economic Anthropology, and Complex Societies. He has special interest in the study of Ageing, and the dynamics of tribal communities. He was a recipient of the University Grants Commission’s Research Award (1999-2002). He has six books and about seventy research publications to his credit. Fifteen Ph. D students and twenty-nine M. Phil students obtained degrees under his guidance. He presented a large number of papers at national and international seminars and workshops. He also carried out research projects and consultancies for organizations like UGC, ICSSR, ISRO, USAID, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, etc. Dr. Venkata Rao served several academic bodies and expert committees and professional organizations in various capacities. He was Visiting Fellow (UGC SAP) at Delhi, Kannur, Andhra, and Sri Venkateswara universities. Presently he is on the Academic and Research Appraisal committee, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research (ICSSR), Dharwad, Karnataka (2018-, and SAP advisory committee of Sri Venkateswara University. He was a member of UGC expert committees, for the review of SAP programs, Research Advisory Board of National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad (2005-08), Board of Studies in Anthropology, University of Madras (2004-2007), and Karnatak University, Dharwad 2011-2013). He also functioned in the steering committee for the empowerment of Scheduled tribes during the Eleventh Five Year Plan, and the consultative Group on Social Justice and Empowerment for midterm appraisal of the Tenth Five Year Plan. Research Areas: Anthropology of Development, Tribal Studies, Complex Societies, and Ageing

Prof. Michael J O’Brien

Adisory Member

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Texas A&M University,

Michael J. O’Brien was born in Houston in 1950 and graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston in 1968.
His undergraduate degree is from Rice University (1972) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1977). After graduation he served as a research associate at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln until 1980, when he joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of anthropology and director of the American Archaeology Division, the research arm of the anthropology department. He became director of the Museum of Anthropology several years later and joined the College of Arts and Science dean’s office as associate dean for research. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 1989 and became dean of arts and science in 2006 following a national search.
O’Brien is best known for his work in evolutionary archaeology and biology and has authored or edited 26 books and written over 150 articles, which have appeared in journals such as Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Human Evolution, and Journal of Theoretical Biology. O’Brien and his wife, Gloria, have five grown children and a rather lazy cat, Marley.

Prof. Michael Crawford

Prof.Michael H.Crawford is Professor Emeritus of anthropology at the Department of anthropology, University of Kansas. He obtained his B.A. Anthropology from University of Washington-Seattle 1960, he obtained M.A.in Anthropology, Biological anthropology from University of Washington-Seattle 1965, and he obtained Ph.D.in in anthropology, Biological Anthropology from University of Washington-Seattle 1967. Prof.Michael H.Crawford was the , Founding Member of American Association of Anthropological Genetics and served as its President during 1994-7. He was Awarded the 2016 Charles R. Darwin Research Achievement Award by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 15th in Atlanta, GA.
Prof. Michael H. Crawford received Franz Boas Research Achievement Award from the Human Biology Association, April 14, 2011, Balfour-Jeffries, Higuchi Award for Research Excellence at the University of Kansas, 2006, Argentine Academy of Sciences, Cordoba, elected Foreign Academician, 2001-. This is an honor shared with Charles Darwin—who was inducted into the Academy in the 19th century. He served as President, Human Biology Association (premiere society of US Human Biologists.)

Prof. John Blangero

Adisory Member

Prof.Michael H.Crawford is Professor Emeritus of anthropology at the Department of anthropology, University of Kansas. He obtained his B.A. Anthropology from University of Washington-Seattle 1960, he obtained M.A.in Anthropology, Biological anthropology from University of Washington-Seattle 1965, and he obtained Ph.D.in in anthropology, Biological Anthropology from University of Washington-Seattle 1967. Prof.Michael H.Crawford was the , Founding Member of American Association of Anthropological Genetics and served as its President during 1994-7. He was Awarded the 2016 Charles R. Darwin Research Achievement Award by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, April 15th in Atlanta, GA.
John Blangero is an American human geneticist who ranks in the top 3000 researchers in the world in terms of scholarly citations.[1] His research has been highly funded by the National Institutes of Health where he is reported to have obtained more than $64 million dollars in direct funding for genetic studies of common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and psychiatric diseases.[2] He is a professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine in Brownsville, Texas, where he is also Director of the Genomics Computing Center at the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute. In addition, he serves as director of the San Antonio Family Heart Study, and played a major role in organizing the construction of the 11,000-processor computer cluster MEDUSA, which he and his collaborators use for genetic research at UTRGV.[3][4] Before joining UTRGV, he worked at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research. His research has included a project focused on studying the function and structure of the human brain, for which he collaborated with David Glahn of Yale University.[5] He has also studied the genetic and environmental causes of diabetes and fatty liver disease among the Mexican American population in South Texas.

Prof.N.K.Ambasht

Advisory Member

Prof.N.K.Ambasht NAWAL KISHORE AMBASHT was born on 19th July 1941. He obtained PhD in anthropology. in 1966 H Doctoral Thesis was titled “A Critical Study of Tribal Education; M.A. Sociology in 1962; Prof.Assoc. , EWC Hawaii USA,1977; Cert. NFE (Manchester) in 1979; He includes lecturer Dept. of Adult Education, NCERT1966; READER, Dept of School Education NCERT 1974; HEAD, Dept of Extension Services, Faculty of Education & Extension, University of Sokoto, Nigeria 1980, PROFESSOR & HEAD, IN THE NCERT, 1985; Member Secretary, Educational Research and Innovation Committee NCERT; Head Department of Education of Groups with Special Needs.; Head Department of Non-Formal and Alternative Schooling; CHAIRMAN, National Institute of Open Schooling 1999, VISITING PROFESSOR, Jamia Millia Islamia 2003, SENIOR FACULTY, Sathya Sai International Centre of Human Values 2004, PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR, IASE University 2009, PROFESSOR EMERITUS, International Institute of Adult Education, New Delhi
Prof.N.K.Ambasht rendered his services in various distinguished Positions such as Member, Board of Management IGNOU, Member, Expert Group on Elementary Education. the planning commission, Member, Expert Group on Secondary and Higher Education, Planning Commission, Member, Expert Group on Value Education, MHRD, Govt. of India, Member of the World Bank’s expert group to evaluate DISTRICT PRIMARY EDUCATION PROGRAMME OF Govt. of India (Twice), Expert member for the Unesco meet of the West African Education Ministers for open schooling, Dakar, Member of the Indias delegation on Education in E-9 countries held at Beijing, China, Chairman, Taskforce on Curriculum Framework on Adult Female Literacy Rapporteur, AICTE Review Committee set up by Govt.of India, Rapporteur, Review Committee of the National Bal Bhawan set up by Govt. of India. Rapporteur, Review Committee of The Indian Council of Philosophical Research, set up by the Govt. of India, Chairperson of the ‘NCTE committee to review B Ed curriculum’; Chairperson of the Screening Committee for the Regional Committees of the NCTEMember, Management Committees of DPS, ; Mihan, Nagpur; DPS, Kamptee, Nagpur, Bal Bharati Public School, Noida; Member of different expert groups of the NCTE, NIOS IGNOU etc.

Prof.Subhadra Mitra Channa

Advisory Member

Prof. Subhadra Mitra Channa taught Anthropology at the University of Delhi. She retired from service on 31 October 2016. Her areas of interest are marginalization and identity, gender, religion and cosmology, ecology, and landscapes. She was a Charles Wallace Fellow to UK (Queen’s University 2000) and a Visiting Professor to MSH, Paris (2002), Fulbright visiting lecturer to USA ( 2003), and a Visiting Professor in 2008-9 to USC, USA. She has written about fifty scholarly papers and is the author/editor of eight books. She was the President of the Indian Anthropological Association and currently is editor of the Indian Anthropologist; was Chair of the Commission on the Anthropology of Women (IUAES) and is now an elected Vice President of IUAES. She was awarded the S.C. Roy memorial gold medal by the Asiatic Society for lifetime contribution to cultural anthropology, Her most recent publications include, ‘Gender in South Asia’ (Cambridge University Press); ‘The Inner and Outer Selves’ (Oxford University Press), and the edited book, ‘Life as a Dalit’( ed.) (Sage Publications) and Gendering Material Culture (ed.). Email: [email protected]

Prof.A.Papa Rao

Advisory Member

Professor Alahari Papa Rao (Retired). Former Professor and Head. Department of Anthropology, Sri Venkateswara University. He has been nominated as Member of Rasthriya Manav Sangrahalya samihi for a period of five years by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India very recently. (VIDE the Gajette of India July, 9th 2020.). He is the recipient of various honors vij Andhra Pradesh Meritorious Teacher Award, Dr Panchana Mitra Lectureship Award. (Asiatic Society). UGC Emeritus Fellowship, Lifetime Achievement Award of University of Delhi (Anthropology Dept). He was one of the expert members of various committes of UGC. and UGC nominated him as Member of advisory committee of special assistance program for Utkal University, Vidyasagar University, Calcutta University (Anthropogy Dept).. He visited and associated with various universities and organizations on different academic and administrative assignments. He is life member of Indian science congress association and Indian society of Human Genetics.
He was born on 10th June 1953 in a coastal village vij Annagaripalem. Kavali rural mandal. Nellore Dt. In Andhra Pradesh. He had his higher education at J.B.College, Kavali, VR college, Nellore. and Sri Venkateswara University College Tirupati. His academic qualifications are. M.Sc and. Ph.D in Anthropology. He joined as Lecturer in the Department of Physical anthropology and Prehistoric archaeology and raised to the level of Professor. Department of Anthropology. SV University. He has more than three decades of postgraduate teaching and research experience at university level. During his long academic career he has served several administrative and academic positions. He was the former Head of the department of anthropology, Former Chairman, Board of studies, former Coordinator for the UGC SAP organized by Department of Anthropology. Former Principal of SV University of College of Sciences. OSD to Vice Chancellor. and Convener of AP Lawcet and PGL cet. He has trained several Ph.D and Post-doctoral research scholars under his supervision. He has contributed significantly in all subfields of anthropology. He has published research papers in the national and international journals. He attended and organized several national and international conferences. He also visited Canada , UK, USA. UAE, Singapore, and Malaysia on different occasions. Most of his well wishers has expressed happiness on his nomination above mentioned.

Prof. P.Vijaya Prakash

Advisory Member

Former Professor of anthropology, Former Registrar, Andhra University, Former Vice-Chairman, APSCHE, Presently, prof.P.Vijaya Prakash is serving as the Member of APSCHE. The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), the first of its kind in the country, set up as per the recommendations of the National Education Policy 1986, is primarily a coordinating body between the University Grants Commission (UGC), the State Government and the Universities

Prof. Gregory. S

Advisory Member

Prof.Gregory Savarimuthu is the Former Professor of anthropology, former Head, Department of Anthropology, Kannur University, Kerala, India. He is the General Secretary of the United India Anthropology Forum (UIAF), The Forum is intended to provide a unique platform for the exchange of views and ideas among the anthropological fraternity, mainly through virtual mode, and to serve as a platform in the creation and dissemination of anthropological knowledge, popularise and promote the discipline of anthropology at the institutional level, expand the application domains of anthropology with an inclusive and participatory approach, enhance the career prospects, and establish the identity of anthropology on firm grounds.

Prof.Vijoy S.Sahay

Advisory Member

Professor (Emeritus) Vijoy S Sahay, Former Head, Department of Anthropology, University of Allahabad, did his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. in Anthropology from Ranchi University. He obtained PhD for his fascinating research work on the Nicobar Archipelago under the supervision of Professor L.P. Vidyarthi. Professor Sahay’s main areas of interest in Anthropology have been teaching anthropological theories, and conducting field researches among the most primitive tribal groups of the country, particularly the primitive tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. During the course of his anthropological career, Professor Sahay has carried out fieldworks in almost all parts of the country; from the tribal areas of the Himalayas in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south, and from the Khasi of Meghalaya in the east to the Bhils of Rajasthan in the west.
A widely traveled scholar in India and abroad,Professor Sahay has been author of a number of books, and research papers. Prof. Sahay is the Editor-in-Chief for the last 20 years of the internationally renowned anthropological research journal, THE ORIENTAL ANTHROPOLOGIST, published by the SAGE Publications. His latest book EXPERIENCING ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE NICOBAR ARCHIPELAGO has been brought out by the ROUTLEDGE. His forthcoming book is on ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT: FROM EVOLUTIONISM TO POSTMODERNISM AND AFTER. Professor Sahay has also been member of two important committees constituted by the Government of India for the protection and preservation of the dwindling tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Prof. Anup Kumar Kapoor

Advisory Member

Prof. Anup Kumar Kapoor taught papers on Human origins and ariation, Living Human Populations/ Biological Diversity in Human Populations, Craniometry, Somatometry and Somatoscopy, Human Population Genetics, Ethnic elements in Indian Populations, Anthropology of India, Anthropology in Practice, Fundamentals of Population Studies, Paleoanthropology, Human Population Genetics, Biostatistics, and Computational Anthropology, Serology, Dermatoglyphics, Demographic Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Research Methods and Techniques, and Applied Physical Anthropology for the last 32 years in the University of Delhi. He has been awarded various awards like Ruchi Award, Life-time Education Achievement Award, Vidya Ratan Award, Man of the Year Award, Dr. Panchanan Mitra Memorial Award, and also has been elected as the Sectional President in Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences of Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata. He has served variously in the capacity of Provost of D. S. Kothari hostel from 1999-2001 and as a member of governing body of various committees and colleges. Also, he was the deputy Proctor of Delhi University from 1989-2004. He has successfully completed several projects variously funded by ICMR, ICSR, UGC, University of Delhi, ICSSR, etc. and is currently investigating a project funded by Lionex Diagnostic and Therapeutics, Germany Sponsored project “Prevalence of Tuberculosis among migrants and settled populations of Delhi” (2013-14). He has been central to framing the syllabus of B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., (Anthropology), and Certificate Course in Forensic Science and is a Patron of various committees including Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Professor Kapoor was the former Vice-Chancellor of Jiwaji University, Gwalior. He retired from active service in January 2019.
Email: [email protected] Prof. Anup Kumar Kapoor taught papers on Human origins and ariation, Living Human Populations/ Biological Diversity in Human Populations, Craniometry, Somatometry and Somatoscopy, Human Population Genetics, Ethnic elements in Indian Populations, Anthropology of India, Anthropology in Practice, Fundamentals of Population Studies, Paleoanthropology, Human Population Genetics, Biostatistics, and Computational Anthropology, Serology, Dermatoglyphics, Demographic Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Research Methods and Techniques, and Applied Physical Anthropology for the last 32 years in the University of Delhi. He has been awarded various awards like Ruchi Award, Life-time Education Achievement Award, Vidya Ratan Award, Man of the Year Award, Dr. Panchanan Mitra Memorial Award, and also has been elected as the Sectional President in Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences of Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata. He has served variously in the capacity of Provost of D. S. Kothari hostel from 1999-2001 and as a member of governing body of various committees and colleges. Also, he was the deputy Proctor of Delhi University from 1989-2004. He has successfully completed several projects variously funded by ICMR, ICSR, UGC, University of Delhi, ICSSR, etc. and is currently investigating a project funded by Lionex Diagnostic and Therapeutics, Germany Sponsored project “Prevalence of Tuberculosis among migrants and settled populations of Delhi” (2013-14). He has been central to framing the syllabus of B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., (Anthropology), and Certificate Course in Forensic Science and is a Patron of various committees including Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Professor Kapoor was the former Vice-Chancellor of Jiwaji University, Gwalior. He retired from active service in January 2019.Email: [email protected]

Prof.Agasthya Munirathnam Reddy

Advisory Member

Professor Agasthya Munirathnam Reddy was the former Professor of anthropology and head of the Department of anthropology, at Sri Venkateswara University, Andhra Pradesh. He offered three decades of coaching to the Civil Services aspirants that opted for anthropology as one of their optional subjects.  As a result, 62 aspirants were successful to get into IAS, IPS, and other allied services. He proudly says that he offered guidance to a politician to go to people and find their problems and solve them then, as a result, he went for a long journey on his foot and meeting people and listening to the voices of people of across the whole state, as a result, he became the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was the anthropologist that designed “padayathra” which is an advice g former Chief Minister  Dr.Y.S.Rajashekhar Reddy to go to people and ask them about their problems and listen to what they have to share and respond justly. Prof.A.Munirathnam Reddy says there is much to do to society as an anthropologist.

Prof.S.M.Sirajuddhin

Advisory Member

Dr.S.M.Sirajuddin has obtained. M.A degree in Development Studies- Development Economics (First class) from the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K (1999).  Ph.D. in Anthropology from Karnataka University, Dharwad, India (1986).,  M.Sc in Anthropology (First class) from S.V.University, Tirupati, India (1974). He was selected for the Fulbright Scholarship for post–doctoral work in the Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, the U.S.A from Sept 1992 for one year. He has obtained the British Council Division Scholarship for an M.A course in Development Studies – Development Economics at University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K for one year during 1998-1999.Obtained University second rank in M.Sc Course in the university. He has secured state merit scholarship at high school stages and school rank in S.S.LC

Dr.S.M. Sirajuddin served as the Planning and Management Advisor, Ministry of Education, Civilian Technical Assistance Program (USAID), Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Kabul. Afghanistan from February 1st, 2014 to January 31st, 2016.International Social Safety Net Expert, World Bank Project – Pension Administration & Social Safety Net in Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul from August 1st, 2010 to 31.12.2013. International Adviser – UNDP, Afghanistan (SSA Contract), Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Govt. of Afghanistan, Kabul. Afghanistan from April 1st, 2008 to March 31st, 2010.Deputy Adviser, Social Justice and Empowerment Unit, Planning Commission, Parliament Street, New Delhi – 110 001. India from August 2003 to 31st March 2008.. Deputy Adviser, Programme Evaluation Organisation, Planning Commission from September 12, 2001, to August 18, 2003. He served as the Senior Research Officer, Programme Evaluation Organisation, Planning  Commission, Parliament Street, New Delhi –110 001. India from January 9th, 1997 to September 11, 2001. Research Associate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, the USA from September 1992 to June 1993 as Post Doctoral Fulbright Scholar. Anthropologist, Anthropological Survey of India, Mysore from April 28th, 1989 to January 6th, 1997. Research Associate, Anthropological Survey of India, Mysore, August 1975 to October 1982.

Over a.period: of about 38 years  Dr.S.M.Sirajuddin  handled about 30 projects. submitted: 20 Reports He has done: More than 2 years of Fieldwork in seven states of India covering various disadvantaged groups and communities for primary data collection, supervision, as Team Leader, monitoring, policy, and programs implementation with provincial governments. He has published 3 books and 27 papers to his credit of which 9 papers are presented internationally and 18 papers are presented nationally.

Prof.N.Sudhakar Reddy

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Prof.P.K.Bhowmick

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Dr.Sunitha Reddy

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Prof.P.Munirathnam Reddy

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Prof.V.Gangadharam

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Prof.Ajit Kumar Singh

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Dr.K.Raja Reddy

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Prof. Kamal K.Misra

Advisory Member

Professor Kamal K. Misra is a former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, India. He was a Professor of Anthropology, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, and was also the Dean of the School of Social Sciences there. He taught for 41 years, from 1978 to 2019, without any break. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India, M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Post-Doc from the University of Kent, UK. He taught at Utkal University, University of Hyderabad (both in India) and at Austin College, Texas, USA. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Linguistics. He has written and edited 24 books and about 100 research papers on different sub-disciplines of Anthropology, Human Ecology, Linguistics and Museology. He was the Director of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal and the Director of Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata. While the former is the largest ethnographic Museum of Asia, the latter is the largest anthropological research organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He has a distinguished career as an anthropologist, who was awarded Utkal University Gold Medal, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award, Sarat Chandra Roy Memorial Medal, among others. He was the Member of the High-Level Committee (Xaxa Committee) on the Status of Scheduled Tribes of India and was a Guest Researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Misra was a consultant for the UNDP, Action Aid and other International Development Agencies at different times. Currently he is an ICSSR Senior Research Fellow affiliated to the NKC Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Prof. Misra could be contacted by email, [email protected]