ANSI Kolkata invites application for JRF, SRF and visiting fellow positions

The Anthropological Survey of India (ANSI) Kolkata has called for applications to the students who want to pursue JRF, SRF and visiting fellow positions. ANSI has 27 jobs, according to the notification. The fellowship aims to offer the opportunity to research students/scholars to undertake advanced study and research in Anthropology and allied disciplines related to Bio-Cultural Sciences, according to an NDTV report.

While the upper age limit for JRF position is 28 years, it is 32 years for SRF post. Visiting Fellowship is open to a scholar (Indian/Foreign) of eminence in Anthropology or Allied Disciplines irrespective of their age, as evident from his/her academic achievements and contributions to the respective discipline.

For SRF position, applicants must have Master’s Degree in Anthropology or Allied Disciplines (Psychology, Geography, GIS & Remote sensing, Linguistics, Folk-Lore, Museology, Biochemistry, Micro Biology, Biotechnology and Archaeology) related to Bio-Cultural Sciences with at least two years of research experiences. For JRF position, candidates with Master’s Degree in anthropology or Allied Disciplines associated with Bio-Cultural Sciences can apply. Applicants should note that they must have secured minimum 55% marks in the qualifying degree. While Visiting Fellow will be selected through the interview, SRF and JRFs will be selected through written test and interview. The tenure of all the fellowships will be three years.

Anthropological Survey of India is the only research organisation to pursue anthropological research in a Governmental setup. The genesis of AASI stems from the Zoological and Anthropological section of the Indian Museum, which became the Zoological Survey of India in 1916. In 1945, the Anthropology section of the Zoological Survey was carved out to become the Anthropological Survey of India (ANSI) with Dr B.S.Guha as the founding Director, in 1946. The head office was shifted from Banaras to Calcutta in 1948. Much before the establishment of the ANSI, almost since the beginning of the last century, the unparalleled diversity of the people of this ancient land has come to the notice for a study of every cognoscente interested in the Indian people, their culture, social institutions and above all their ethnic affinities. Efforts were made to understand the people scientifically, not only for the furtherance of scientific knowledge but also for its application towards the country’s needs and its national wellbeing. The ANSI rose to every occasion to contribute its might, through its mandate of pursuing research in socio-cultural and biological aspects of the Peoples of India in a holistic perspective, with an emphasis on the matters of contemporary relevance and national significance.

After Independence, the need to bring in harmony among the people, separated by the clashing interests of ethnic, cultural, and religious affiliations and to devise ways and means for the Aboriginal and disadvantaged social groups to suitably adjust to the changing conditions in and outside the country, without jeopardizing their ways of life, was a challenging task for India. In this and many other functions, ANSI proved its mettle to the appreciation of all. The Anthropological Survey of India’s contribution for understanding the people of India by its coverage of the entire length and breadth of the country and its human surface, its publications and ethnographic films have been widely used and acknowledged all over the world. The ANSI kept itself abreast of the new challenges facing humanity and tuned itself to reap the benefits of the emerging technologies all over, for the benefit of humankind.

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