Anthropology is the study of humanity. Its main subdivisions are social and cultural anthropology, which describes the workings of societies around the world, linguistic anthropology, which investigates the influence of language in social life, and biological or physical anthropology, which concerns long-term development of the human organism. Archaeology, which studies past human cultures through investigation of physical evidence, is thought of as a branch of anthropology in the United States.

  • Year of establishment                               1994
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  • Courses conducted                                     M.A. /M.Sc. &  Ph.D.
  • Examination Pattern                                 Semester Wise
  • Syllabus                                                            Based on CBCS
  • Student Strength                                         56 Per Semester

HOD Anthropology  – Dr. G.N. Jha

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    Kandsar Birhor Tanda: An Anthropological Adoptation

    The Anthropological department of Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh recently undertook a unique venture of adopting a Birhor village in the remote region inhabited by this primitive tribe. to upliftment of the small community which finally resulted in at least enhancement of awareness level of this vulnerable lot. The Anthropological action was divided in to four controlled stages packed by approriate methodology with clear cut hypothesized outcome. Kandsar is a village of  Hazaribag district. It is situated in Katkamsandi Block and surrounded by the forest and hills. This small but attractive village is situated 18 Km south-west of Hazaribag on NH 100.

    In the first stage of data base was prepared in the entire Birhor population was constituted as universe, while family was the unit of sample consideration. All Birhor families were visited by the department for data collection with qualitatively loaded questions using personal interview schedule, besides other quantitative tools of data collection. The interviews intended to identify and underline the basic problems faced by this innocent tribesmen. The data base thus prepared was used for other subsequent stage, because they were designed not to investigate but to deliver, that something substantial in very short time assigned for this study. In the second stage Kandsar Tanda (a Birhor village)  experienced a different type of cleanliness campaign, in which participation of each and every Birhor has been ensured. The active co-operation of district medical service helped to improve the health awareness situation of the village. Students of Anthropology department provided free soaps to every Birhor, and educate the lot to the significance of bodily cleanliness to the overall need for hygiene level of the community. The campaign was organized on the basis of finding, that due to non-bathing or improper bathing. The Birhors sustained multiple skin diseases. It was earlier found in study, that adaptation of settled living in such villages is only a recent phenomenon for the Birhors. They fundamentally belong to a migrating and mobile lifestyle, and only few years before they had a nomadic existence, finding their subsistence in peripheral jungles of the mainstream villages in this region. It seems that so far all the governmental interventions have remained focused on facilitating their settlement through Indira Awas Yojna and similar types of residential planning for this mentally migrating community. Such planning have unfortunately ignored, this psychological makeup of this primitive tribe upon which their whole socio-economic structure is based, resulting in families of the governmental efforts or in the non- adjustment of Birhor leaving them in the jeopardy and peril of this type of forced existence. That approach have overlooked the beauty of Kumbas, the leaf- dwellings, which were so meticulously constructed by these skilled Birhor, for seasonal habitation in the forest, which could have been compared with luxurious tree houses of Texas and Dallas made on fashionable work orders in America these days.

    Anthropology as a discipline fight against ethnocentricism and therefore in the third stage of  the departmental action study under the leadership of Dr. Ganga Nath Jha, the head of department, Vice- Chancellor,Prof. ( Dr.) Gurdeep Sing and Pro-Vicechancellor, Prof. (Dr.) M.P Sinha of the University  also joined to conduct a unique door to door campaign intended for heath education. The whole village was invited and their lady headwomen was asked to address the villagers to covey and properly communicate the import of education imparted by the department. They were apprised of the need of nutritive food habits, hygiene, maternity care, natal and post natal precautions as it was earlier found that this village with population of 156 people suffered chronic malnutrition among their children below 14 years of age. The fourth stage is going on, and the department has adopted these Birhor Tanda, for other interaction on constant basis.

    The Vice-Chancellor of the University had already shown keen interest in Birhors, Shankar Birhor of Ramgarh was adopted by him for free higher education on the occasion of international tribal day. Birhor is one of the 32 tribes living in Jharkhand, and one of the 8 primitive tribes identify among them. Birhors are known for exquisite rope-making, and they interact through selling kand-mools(herbs and shoots)and honey in adjacent townships.


    List of HOD

    Sl. No. Name Date
    1. Dr. RAJENDRA SINGH 22-08-1994 31-12-1996
    2. Dr. R.K. PRASAD 01-01-1997 31-12-1998
    3. Dr. RAJENDRA SINGH 01-01-1999 31-12-1999
    4. Dr. K.P. SHARMA (DEAN) 01-01-2000 26-01-2000
    5. Dr. CHATURBHUJ SAHU 27-01-2000 06-02-2004
    6. Md. AFZAL HUSSAIN ANSARI 07-02-2004 15-02-2006
    7. Dr. CHATURBHUJ SAHU 19-02-2006 14-05-2010
    8. Md. AFZAL HUSSAIN ANSARI 15-05-2010 27-03-2015
    9. Dr. GANGA NATH JHA 07-04-2015



    1. Amardeep Kumar – Union Bank PO, Mumbai
    2. Dr. Avro Chaudhry – Prasar Bharti
    3. Arjun Prasad – C.T.O. Govt. of Jharkhand
    4. Shamsher Alam – Asst. Professor Central university of Jharkhand, Ranchi.
    5. Divya Bharti – An.S.I. Govt. of India, Nagpur
    6. Alok Bharti – N.G.O., NACO, Hazaribag
    7. Madhu Kumari – N.G.O, Ramgarh
    8. Dr. Shardendu Niraj – CN college, Ramgarh
    9.  Dr. K.C. Gaekwad – Vice principal, St. Montesseri School, BTPS
    10.  Vinay Kumar – Teacher in Govt. of Jharkhand
    11.  Sahid Ansari – Guest faculty, university department of Anthropology, V.B.U., Hazaribag
    12. Abrar Alam –  Guest faculty, university department of Anthropology, V.B.U., Hazaribag
    13. Rajesh Kumar Rishi – Inspire Fellow, University department of Anthropology, V.B.U., Hazaribag


    Toppers List

    1. UMA SHANKER ROY 1995 – 1997  71.25%
    2. DADAN SINGH 1996 – 1998 62.50%
    3. ANAMIKA KUMARI 1997 – 1999 62.63%
    4. RINA KUMARI 1998 – 2000 61.13%
    5. ALOK KUMAR 1999 – 2001 60.44%
    6. NUTAN KUMARI 2000 – 2002 65.69%
    7. SHIBY SAM 2001 – 2003 64.87%
    8. MAMTA KUMARI 2002 – 2004 63.50%
    9. POONAM KUMARI 2003 – 2005 65.00%
    10. VEONITA KUMARI 2004 – 2006 65.88%
    11. SHAMSHER ALAM 2005 – 2007 75.56%
    12. SUNITA MISHRA 2006 – 2008 71.31%
    13. TABASSUM FATIMA 2007 – 2009 68.13%
    14. NISHAT ASHRAFI 2008 – 2010 63.94%
    15. DIVYA BHARTI 2009 – 2011 73.19%
    16. SANGYA PRABHAT TARA 2010 – 2012 72.75%
    17. RAJESH PRASAD 2011 – 2013 69.25%
    18. RAJESH KUMAR RISHI 2012 – 2014 70.87%
    19. PRIYANKA KUMARI 2013 – 2015 66.00%





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