Anthropos India Foundation


SPSS course

AIF organized Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) Online course in two modules. Module one on 1st  to 3rd  October focused on the Basic and Analysis with SPSS and Module two on 8th to 10th  October focused on Advanced Statistical Analysis with SPSS. The lectures were delivered by Dr. Rajesh Raushan, a Demographer, Public Health and Development Researcher. The events were attended by young researchers who were given hands-on training on SPSS.

Ethnography training workshop

Anthropos India Foundation organised a two-day Ethnography Training workshop on 16th -17th  October 2021, to promote ethnographic methods. The event was attended by junior and senior scholars who had a chance to interact with faculty members and discuss anthropological methods. The first session by Dr. Haripriya Narasimhan talked about the historical development of ethnographic tools to decipher the complex realities of media and its relation to society. Following this, Dr. Archana Kaushik introduced the participants to key elements of autoethnography and its effective implementation by sharing her personal and professional experiences. Dr Aditya Deshbandu, former faculty at IIM Indore, introduced the participants to the virtual world, highlighting new techniques of Netnography and virtual ethnography. The insights from his research on video games enabled the participants to explore the new virtual reality with traditional tools of ethnography. The session by Professor Bhagwan Roy talked about digital ethnography for Tribal Development. All the sessions provided the participants with the opportunity to interact directly with the experts and seek guidance for their research work, thus fulfilling the motive of this short capacity building workshop.

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Capacity Building Training Program on “Digital Ethnography and Ethnographic Methods for Documentation of Tribes”

Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), Government of Odisha and Anthropos India Foundation, together with the support of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India  organized a month-long Training Program on ‘Digital Ethnography’ for Tribal Research Institutes (TRI) Personnel, from
16th  November 2021 to 14th  December 2021. A total of 23 TRI from the country registered for the Workshop and 56 personnel attended the program twice (on every Tuesday and Friday) a week. The participants were guided by experts from Anthropology on ethnographic documentation of the tribes. The capacity building training for a month (27 hours) gave a basic theoretical understanding of ethnography as a method, defining central concepts and focusing on digital ethnography as a new branch of social and cultural research, with new and innovative ways to understand and decipher the life of people through digital medium.

Career Choices in Anthropology

Anthropos India Foundation organized a two-day Anthropology Career Conclave on 22nd  and 29th of January 2022 for career guidance in anthropology. The event was attended by undergraduate, graduate and research scholars from different disciplines across the country and had few international students. Experts on different subject matters guided a total of 64 young participants. The first day of the conclave had Dr. Geeta M., Principal Secretary, Government of Chhattisgarh guided the students on ‘Anthropology and Civil Services’followed by Prof. Charu Smita Gupta, Deputy Director (Retd.), National Crafts Museum on‘Anthropology of Museology’. Mr. Bhaskar Venkatesh, Senior Marketing Consultant, delivered a talk on ‘Anthropology in Business and Entrepreneurship’ and Dr. Sunita Reddy from Jawaharlal Nehru University talked on ‘Anthropology and Academics’. Prof. A. B. Ota, Director, SCSTRTI, Odisha gave a talk on ‘Anthropology Careers in Tribal Research Institutes’ and encouraged the young participants to engage in rigorous fieldwork actively. The  second day of the conclave started with Ms. Swasti Acharya’s words on ‘Anthropology, AI and Startups’, followed by Prof. Kewal Krishan, from Panjab University on ‘Anthropology and Careers in forensic Sciences’. Prof. N C Dash, from KISS delivered a talk on ‘Careers in Population Anthropology’ and Dr. Arbind Sinha, Advisor, CDMA-MICA on ‘Anthropology and Communication’. Dr. Vipin Gupta from University of Delhi guided the participants on ‘Anthropology and Careers in the field of Health’ and Dr. Piyush Ranjan Sahoo, from AnSI on“Anthropology and Careers in Anthropological Survey of India”. Late afternoon session was by Prof R. Siva Prasad on ‘Anthropology in Development Sector - NGOs/ INGOs’ and on ‘Anthropology and filmmaking’ by Dr. Alison L Kahn, Dr. Avitoli Zhimo. All the sessions allowed the participants to interact directly with the experts and seek guidance on their future in Anthropology.

Understanding and Applying Anthropological Theories

Anthropos India Foundation conducted an online workshop on “Understanding and Applying Anthropological Theories” from 11th  July 2022 – 16th  July 2022. The workshop was attended by students, researchers and young faculty members from all over India. The four-day workshop reviewed the major theoretical approaches that make the discipline of Anthropology unique. The lectures by senior faculty members were on evolutionism, diffusionism, functionalism, structuralism, interpretive and symbolic anthropology and postmodernism. Focusing on the major schools of thought and major theorists, the workshop continued for four days and helped participants to know the theories with a critical lens and also enabled them to learn how to propose theories in their study.

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Training Program on Research Methods and Report Writing for the officials of Tribal Research Institutes across the country.

Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), Government of Odisha and Anthropos India Foundation (AIF), together with the support of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Government of India organized a seven weeks long Training Program for Tribal Research Institutes Personnel from 18th  July 2022 to 23rd  August 2022. A total of 23 TRI from the country registered for the Workshop and 55 personnel attended the program every alternate day of the week. Under the guidance of Prof. A B Ota, Director & Special Secretary of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI), Government of Odisha, and Dr Sunita Reddy, Chairperson, Anthropos India Foundation, the program was conducted successfully. The training program was intended to train the TRI personnel in research methods, report writing and presentation skills. The participants were guided by experts from various disciplines from Jawaharlal Nehru University, the University of Delhi and the University of Allahabad. Dr Navaljit Kapoor, Joint Secretary, MoTA, inaugurated the training program with his encouraging address. Other experts, Prof Sanghmitra Acharya Professor, JNU; Prof Ramesh C Gaur Director, NSD; Prof Vaishna Narang Professor (retd), JNU; Dr E Kannan, Dr Sunita Reddy, Dr Nemthianngai Guite, Dr Garima Dalal from different centres of JNU; Dr Prashant Khattri, from the University of Allahabad; Dr Chakraverti Mahajan from the University of Delhi were the experts for the Program. The capacity-building training gave a basic understanding of the research methods covering both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The participants were also trained in proposal writing, report writing, and presentation skills. The training equipped the researchers with various research methods, tools and data collection techniques. The training program was a success and on the last day of the Valedictory session, a few TRI personnel presented their research
proposals. Each proposal was discussed by experts and suggestions were given. Professor A. B. Ota, who meticulously organized the training program, was impressed by the presentations and gave some recommendations to the participants. Dr Sunita Reddy, Founder and Chairperson of Anthropos India Foundation, was the Course Coordinator of the Program, gave her suggestions, and called for more such training programs for TRI personnel in the future. The course was well conducted with the involvement of Dr Gunjan Arora, Mumuksha Porwal and Habiba Haroon, interns from AIF and Madhusmita Sahoo from SCSTRTI.