I Research Activities :
A researcher has proceeded on tour to the Anthropological Survey of India, Eastern Regional Centre, Kolkata and then to undertake a field trip to Bisipara for a period of 15 days under the 12th Five Year Plan Project “Bio-Cultural Diversity, Environment and Sustainable Development.”
A researcher was requested to proceed on tour to village Jhalaria, Balrampur District (Chhattisgarh) for a period of one month with immediate effect in connection with the 2nd phase of fieldwork under the 12th Five Year Plan Project “Bio-Cultural Diversity, Environment and Sustainable Development “. Further, he was also requested to attend the Sub-Regional Centre, Jagdalpur to finalize the report within a period of fifteen days.
On a communication received from the Directorate of Tribal Welfare, A & N Administration, Port Blair, relevant to finalization of the draft policy on Shompen, two research personnel of this Regional Centre were requested to proceed on tour to Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar along with a team from the A & N Administration was deputed for the “Contemporary Survey on Shompen tribe” for a few days.
The National Seminar “Life, Livelihood strategies & Technology Among the Hunter-Gatherers” and a Photo Exhibition “Islands Cultures of India,” began in traditional fervour with all pomp and show; bouquets were presented to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries on the stage of the Auditorium that was followed by lighting of lamp and invocation that the students of Kendriya Vidylaya No. 1 performed; besides offering a memento the Chief Guest that marked the promising culmination of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Port Blair Regional Centre. Dr. M. Sasikumar, in his welcome address gave a brief introduction of the National seminar vis-à-vis the hunter-gatherers, how they are confronted with various challenges in contemporary situation, many a problem that they are facing such as control over resources, procurement of foods, stiff competition with other neighbouring communities, health, and plausible nutrition etc. Nonetheless, they are coping hard in maintaining economic resources, built-up flexibility, and diversification and seem to be succeeding, self-contained and better in continuing their foraging life, livelihood strategies as foragers of modern time.
To mark the wrapping up of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Anthropological Survey of India (An.S.I.), Andaman & Nicobar Regional Centre, Port Blair, a National seminar was organized on 6th and 7th May, 2013 that Shri G.Theva Neethi Dhas, Secretary (Tribal Welfare), Andaman &Nicobar Administration (A&NA) inaugurated “Life, Livelihood strategies & Technology Among the Hunter-Gatherers” and a Photo Exhibition “Islands Cultures of India,” on May 6, 2013. Prof. K.K.Misra, Director, AnSI presided over the function and dwelt at length on the important activities and the National Plan projects of the organization as a premier research organization aiming at documentation and dissemination of knowledge, collection, and preservation of specimens in addition to conducting scientific fieldworks on socio-cultural aspects, physical and biological variation with special focus on the prestigious “People of India” covering the entire length and breadth of our country. The four technical sessions followed with the presentation of 25 research papers over the two days. Delivering his presidential address on 7th May 2013, Prof. Misra called upon the Regional Heads to conduct more such seminars from time to time for an exchange of ideas among anthropologists and thereby enriching their knowledge, especially the young and promising scholars. Concerning the research papers, he said that the An.S.I. will compile & publish those papers in the form of a book in the not too distant a date.
Activities of the Zonal Anthropological Museum (ZAM) :
Two research personnel of this Regional Centre attended the Orientation Course in Biological Anthropology aspects of the ‘Village Study’ held from 16th to 22nd May, 2013 at Anthropological Survey of India., Eastern Regional Centre, Kolkata under the 12th Five Year Plan Project. The above mentioned Orientation Course included introductory lectures on ‘Biological Demography,’ ‘Nutritional Aspects and the Anthropometric Measurements,’ ‘Analysis and Report Writing,’ ‘Social-Cultural Anthropology,’ ‘Ecology and Psychology’ etc.
To mark the “International Museum Day” , a Drawing Competition was held on 18/05/2013 in the Zonal Anthropological Museum (ZAM) of the Anthropological Survey of India, A & N Regional Centre, Port Blair in collaboration with the Science Centre, A & N Administration, Port Blair. Students from various schools participated in the competition. Prior to the competition, students that the Science Centre brought, were taken to different galleries of the ZAM and apprised them of different material culture belonging to the tribal communities of the A & N Islands. The winners of the competition were given awards and all the participants were given certificates.