The Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University has been established in 1948 with Madhab Chandra Goswami in-charge. The Department initially started with under graduate teaching at a cottage on the eastern side of Dighali Pukhuri in Guwahati. In 1956, with the setting up of the Gauhati University's permanent campus, the Department shifted to Jalukbari. In the same year, the department launched its post graduate programme. In the last 67 years of existence the Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University has been imparting quality education in its three major branches of Physical Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Archaeological Anthropology.

The Department offers Post graduate and PhD courses in the branches of Physical Anthropology, Socio-cultural Anthropology, and Archaeological Anthropology. Twenty six students are admitted to the semester system PG programme every year. Ethnographic field works is a compulsory part of the PG course which is conducted every year. In addition, the students have to undertake dissertation field work in their chosen branch of specialization. The department has the facilities of Bio-chemical laboratory, Osteometri,c and Craniometric laboratory, Dermatoglyphics laboratory and museum specimen preservation laboratory. There is also a computer laboratory with internet facility to access e-journals. The PhD programme is for 5 years with one semester compulsory course work.

The Department is actively involved in Anthropological Research in the region. It has received the UGC, Special Assistance Programme in the current year (2015) for conducting research in the two thrust areas of Cultural Heritage: Tangible and Intangible and Population Ageing and Health. It has previously received and completed UGC DSA in the year 1992 on the topic -Community Contact cum Extension Education Research.- Besides faculty members of the Department have conducted a number of short term programmes, long term research projects sponsored by various financial organizations. National and regional seminars, workshops special lectures, etc. are organized from time to time to enhance the academic quality of the department.

The Department also has a library. It has books on all the areas of anthropology and other allied subjects and disciplines. Volumes of old journal of national and international repute are also preserved. The field reports and dissertations are kept in the library. The library has about 1300 books and it is updated at regular intervals.

The Bulletin of Department of Anthropology is published annually. It is a peer-reviewed research journal (ISSN 2230-9527).

The Department of Anthropology has a museum named as Madhab Chandra Goswami Anthropological Museum. The North Eastern part of India has a diverse geographical, etnological and cultural background. this unique situation makes the region anthropologically very significant. it is also referred to as a 'paradise for anthropologists'. The museum has been collecting, preserving and documenting the cultural materials from the different parts of the region since its establishment. it can be said to be a repository of the documents of the cultural history of the region.

The museum houses both ethnographic and archaeological specimens. in addition there are skeletons of chimpanzee, gorilla and other primates. the museum has a large collection of basketry items, ornaments belonging to different tribes of the North East, wooden figurines and other items of every day use made of wood, masks, iron objects and a rich collection of fiber and textiles of the region.

Old Departmental Data

Masters Degree Course

The Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University offers two years Post Graduate Course in Anthropology. It is a semester based curriculum with four semesters. The students will receive Masters degree in Science and Arts after the completion of the course. The students have the option of specializing in Physical Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Archaeological Anthropology from the third semester.

The first semester has three theory papers of 100 marks each and two practical papers of 150 marks. The theory papers cover aspects of process and principles human evolution, methods and principles of archaeological anthropology, society and culture. Ethnographic field work of 100 marks, including material culture, methods of preserving museum materials, is a compulsory practical work in this semester. The other practical paper of 50 marks covers serology, physiology, dermatoglyphics and sense perception.

The second semester has three theory papers of 100 marks each and two practical papers of 150 marks. The theory papers deal with human variation, prehistoric man and culture and other aspects of society and culture. Practical in physical anthropology includes craniometry, osteometry and bio-statistics. Archaeological anthropology practical deals with prehistoric technology covering stone tool and pottery technology.

In the third semester, the students have to choose their specialization from Physical Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology or Archaeological Anthropology. There are three 100 marks compulsory theory papers for all students and two papers of 100 and 50 marks each from the chosen specialization. The compulsory papers covers applied, action and development anthropology, applied physical anthropology, rural and urban anthropology. Students have to submit a dissertation for 100 marks based on field work on the chosen specialization. Each of the optional papers from the three branches has a paper on research methodology for 50 marks.

In the fourth semester there are two general papers of 100 marks each. The first general paper is on society and culture in India and North-East India and the second is on the anthropology of North-East India. Each of the specialization have three 100 marks theory papers. The Physical Anthropology optional papers cover formal genetics, population genetics and anthropological demography. Social and Cultural Anthropology covers anthropological theories and thoughts, study of monographs and modern trends in social anthropology. Archaeological Anthropology includes environmental archaeology, prehistoric economic patterns and social archaeology, prehistory of South and South East Asia.

PhD Course

The PhD programme of the Department is for 5 years duration with compulsory one semester course work.

The Department presently has around 14 research guides. The areas of research in Physical Anthropology are broadly growth, demography, population genetics, ageing, medical anthropology, etc. Research on Social and Cultural Anthropology include studies on socio-cultural change, rural and urban anthropology, health, etc. Archaeological Anthropological research is mostly in the areas of ethno-archaeology, geo-archaeology, environmental archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, etc.

The Department presently has 62 PhD students pursuing research under this programme. There are 2 Post Doctoral research scholars working in the Department. Between 2001 and 2013, 47 students have received PhD degree from the Department.

Departmental Research

The Department has received Special Assistance Programme, DRS I under University Grants Commission in 2015 to undertake research in the following two thrust areas:

  1. Cultural Heritage: Tangible and Intangible
  2. Population Ageing and Health

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA/MSc in Anthropology Anthropology 4 2 26

Total marks for the course is 1800. Each semester consists of 450 marks. In the first and second semester there are three theory papers of 100 marks and 150 marks practical. The third semester has 350 marks theory papers and 100 marks practical. The fourth semester consists of 450 marks and five theory papers.

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in Anthropology Anthropology 5

The Ph.D Programme is 5 years. Students are admitted through a admission test. Provisional registration is done on the basis of admission and depends on available vacancy of the guide. Six months course work is compulsory which the students have to qualify. Final registration can be done after two years and on submission of progress report.


Abdullah Ali Ashraf [ Head of the Department ]
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Archaeological Anthropology, Prehistoric Archaeology
Dwipen Bezbaruah
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Archaeological Anthropology
Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur
MSc (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Social and Cultural Anthropology
Rekha Das
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Physical Anthropology

Associate Professors

Arifur Zaman
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Advanced Social and Cultural Anthropology
Chandana Sarmah
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Physical Anthropology
Gulrukh Begum
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Physical Anthropolgy
Sushil Sinha
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Social and Cultural Anthropology

Assistant Professors

Humi Thaosen
MSc (Gauhati) Social and Cultural Anthropology
Smita Devi Bora
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Archaeological Anthropology
Robinson Senar
MSc (Gauhati) Archaeological Anthropology

Associated Faculty

Bapukan Choudhury
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Physical Anthropology
Birinchi Kumar Medhi
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Dilip K Medhi
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Pune) Archaeological Anthropology
Rani Hazarika Kakoti
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Arindita Goswami (Christianity And Culture Change : An Anthropological Insight Into The Hmars Of DimaHasao District, Assam)
Barnali Das (Ageing Among the Tiwas of Morigaon District, Assam)
Bhanitashri Kalita (Occupational Chgange Among The Kaibartas And Banias Of Barpeta Town, Assam)
Biraj Das (The Patnis of Barak Valley, Assam: a Study of Historical and Ethnographic Dimentions)
Biren Barman (Adoption and Social Security : A Study among the Bodos of Udalguri area of Assam.)
Chabina Hassan (An Anthropo-Archaeological study of the Rock -Cut Ganesha in Kamrup District)
Chayarani Hazarika (Opium Addiction and Fertility and Infant Mortality : A Study among the Singphos and the Wangchos of Arunachal Pradesh.) ICSSR Fellow (JRF)
Chintu Ronghangpi (Society and Culture of the Karbis Living in the Hills and Plains of Assam)
Dhani Ram Boro (Patterns Of Morbidity Among The Bodos And The Rabhas Of Goalpara District, Assam)
Dhrubuman Misra (Food Habit, Nutrition and Disease of the ElderelyKarbis of Dimoria Block, Kamrup District, Assam)
Geetanjali Devi (An Anthropo-archaeological study on the protected sites of greater Guwahati) ICHR Fellow (SRF)
Gitali Borah (Continuity and Change in Economy of the Kaibartas of Kapahua and Nakapahua village of Lakhimpur District, Assam)
Gulenur Islam Barbhuiya (A Demo-Genetic Study among the Muslims and Meiteis of Cachar District, Assam) MAK Azad Fellow
Humi Thaosen (Universe of Religion Among The Dimasas and Nagaland With Special Emphasis On The Daikho System Of Worship)
Humen Chutia (An Anthropogenetic Study Among The Deoris Of Bordoloni Development Block, Dhemaji District, Assam)
Jharna Konwar (Megalithic Tradition in Assam-Meghalaya Border Region)
Jintu Hazarika (Socio-Economic Life Of The Garos, Bordering Assam And Meghalaya) ICSSR Fellow (JRF)
Jitumoni Baishya (Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene : A study on knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Women Construction Labours in Guwahati City)
Junumai Deori (A Cross-sectional study on Physical Growth among the Deoris of Assam & Arunachal Pradesh) UGCRajib Gandhi National Fellow (SRF)
Jyotirupa Sarma (A Study of Compital Fertility and Post Menoposal Health of the Working and Non Working Assamese Women of Guwahati, Assam)
Jyotisman Taye (Traditional Conflict Resolution Methods and their Relevance Today : A Study among the Boros of Kokrajhar Area of Assam)
Jyotismita Phukan (Respiratory functions, hypertension and nutrition among the high and low altitude Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh)
Komoli Deuri (Knowledge, Attitude And Practices Related To Family Planning Among The Deoris And The Mishings Of Narayanpur Block, Lakhimpur District, Assam)
Krishna Baruah (Traditional Mode of Exchange Between Peoples of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam (Dhemaji and Lakhimpur district)
Krishna Bora (A Study of Culture Change among the Tiwas of Morigaon District of Assam)
Lakhimi Devi (Women at Work: A Case Study on Law Enforcement of Assam)
Lilu Rani Hasnu (Anthropological Significance of Beads : A Study among the Dimasas)
Likhan Ch Doley
Luna Goswami
Manashi Rabha (Cultural proximity between the Garos and Rabhas of Dudhnoi river valleys - An Anthro-Archaeological Study)
Marina Sinha (Morbidity in ageing with special reference to chronic degenerative diseases among the Meiteis of Guwahati and Hojai)
Mayurpankhi Borah (Growth And Nutritional Status Of The Kalita And The Rabha Children Of Kamrup District, Assam) UGC JRF
Meyajungla Longcher (Women Entrepreneurship:The Case Of The Ao-s Of Dimapur, Nagaland)
Mitali Rabha (Festivals of the Rabhas in Goalpara District of Assam : Continuity and Change)
Momi Ojah (Hiraware In Trade And Commerece In And Away From Barpeta)
Mousumi Das (An Ethnographic Study of the Potters of Salmara, Majuli and its Archaeological perspective)
Munmi Gogoi (Age Related Changes among the Tai Ahoms of Lakhimpur District, Assam)
Nabajit Deori (Study of the Archaeological Remains of Ancient Kapili-Jamuna Valley, Nagoan District of Assam)
Nabanita Medhi (An Assessment on Education among the Youths in the Urban Slums of Guwahati City, Assam)
Namita Deka (Change in Dress of the Assamese Female of Guwahati City, Assam)
Nancy Malsawmluangi (Understanding The Socio-Cultural Heritage Of The Kuki In Assam In The Light Of Christianity: An Anthropological Approach) UGC JRF
Nilkamal Sinha (Brick Structures In Brahmaputra Valley, Assam Upto 1200 A.D. : An Archaeo-Ethnological Approach)
P Jhon Mao (Material Culture of the Mao Nagas : An Anthropological Study) UGC Rajib Gandhi Fellow (SRF)
Pahari Gogi (Morbidity and Mortality Among the Under Five Children ofBodos, Garos and Caste Population in the Rani Area of Kamrup District, Assam)
Pankaja Dutta (A Study on Reproductive and Child Health among the Sonowal Kacharis of Lakhimpur District, Assam)
Parismita Saikia (Bio-Social Aspects of Menopause and Menopausal Health among the Mishings of Majuli, Assam)
Priyanka Gogoi (Occupational Pattern Of Rural Youths In Lakhimpur And Dhemaji District Of Assam)
Rashmi Rekha Das (Megalithic Pactice And Their Conservation Strategies Among The Karbis)
Ratul Gogoi (Health status of the adult Mishings of Lakhimpur District, Assam)
Rijumoni Sarma (Population genetical study among the Tiwas of Morigaon district, Assam)
Rita Deka (The Ground Lithic Artifacts and Spatial Variation: A Study based on Collection from Northeast India)
Ritu Geu Goswami (Food Habits and Related Folk Beliefs with Special Reference to Nutritional Status among Karbi Women in Kamrup District, Assam)
Robinson Senar (Neolithic Tradition in West KarbiAnglong, Assam)
Sarat Bhuyan (Determinants of Health among the SaraniaKacharis of Baksa (BTAD) District, Assam)
Smita Devi Bora (Geo-Cultural Context Of Prehistoric Sites Of West Garo Hills, Meghalaya) UGC JRF
Smriti Rekha Sonowal (Bio-Social Aspects Of Ageing In A Rural Context : A Study Among The SonowalKacharis Of Lakhimpur District, Assam)
Suryapta Nath (Marriage And Family : Continuity And Change Among The Meiteis Of Cachar District, Assam)
Utpal Borah (A Study On The Effect Of Bio-Social Factors On Birth-Weight Among The High And Low Altitude Monpas Of Arunachal Pradesh)
Bimla (Role Of Voluntary Organization In Women-s Welfare In Kohima District, Assam)
Nayanika Das (History and Development of Natun Kamalabari Satra, Majuli)
Sudeshna Choudhury (Heritage Culture of Majuli with Special Reference to Dakhinpat Sattra.) ICHR Fellow
Bhabani Kumar Borah (Curator)
Gagan Choudhury (Lab Assistant)
Dipangkar Kayastha (Lab Assistant cum Computer Typist)
Tarun Das (Lab Bearer)
Sarbeswar Das (Lab Bearer)
Dipak Upadhaya (Peon)
Jitendra Das (Driver cum Field Peon)
Uddab Sarma (Laboratory Bearer)
Shangpam Kashung (Gender Dimensions of Tangkhul Naga Society and Culture: A Study in Continuity and Change) Dr S Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellow
Y C Charles (Indigenous Herbs and Herbal Medicinal Methods and Treatment among the North-Eastern Tribes of India with Special Reference to Manipur) UGC Post Doctoral Fellow


Department of Anthropology

Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam

Phone : (+91) 3612570248

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Research Facilities

The Department has a Bio-Chemistry Lab, Osteometry Lab, a Craniometry Lab and a Prehistoric Lab. Besides these there is an Anthropological Museum with rare and important collections mainly from different parts of Northeast India and other states which serve as a laboratory for preservation and conservation. The Department has a well established Computer Lab having Internet facility and a rich Seminar Library containing about 1300 books of different areas of Anthropology and more than 200 Journals.



The Department organized a three day national seminar on -Cultural Heritage of Assam- from 23 to 25 April 2015, in collaboration with Indira Gandhi RastriyaManavSangrahalaya, Bhopal. Professor K.K.Basa of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar delivered the keynote address. In addition, two special lectures were arranged. One was delivered by Ranjana Ray Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Calcutta University and the other by Dr. ArchanaBaruah of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. A total of 70 research papers were presented over 12 academic sessions on different aspects of the rich heritage of the state.


A multidisplinary workshop on "Rock Art and Allied Subjects in North East India" - sponsored by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi was held on 20th November 2013. The workshop was organized at the seminar hall of the department and attended by noted paleontologist Pro (retd.) G.L.Badam, Dr. B.L. Malla from IGNCA and Dr. D. Beura from the Department of Geology, Utkal University. Faculty members of the Anthropology, Geology, Geography, Botany, Linguistics, Economics, Mathematics, research scholars and students of Gauhati University attended the workshop.

Invited Lectures
  1. Professor Vinay Kumar Srivastava of the Department of Anthropology, Delhi University was invited to deliver lectures on 18 and 20 March 2014. He delivered lectures on the topic "Functionalism and Structure Functionalism in Anthropology: its relevance in present day context". The lectures were well received and attended by students, research scholars and teachers of the department.
  2. Professor Vinay Kumar Srivastav of Delhi University on 28th September, 2013 delivered a lecture on "Anthropological Theories".
  3. A lecture programme was organized by the department in collaboration with IGNCA, NERC on 16th May 2013. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Bettina ShardaBaumer, Indologist and Director of SamvidalayaAbhinavagupta Research Library, Varanasi. The topic of her lecture was "The Power of Words: Understanding Indian Culture through its Key Concepts".
  4. Professor Mathew Snipp From the Department of Sociology, Stanford University delivered a talk on the "Development of Ethnic Studies in American Universities" on 26th March 2013.
Film Screening

The department on 14th March 2013 in collaboration with IGNCA, NERC organized a film screened on -Islamic Heritage of North East India- followed by a research report presented by Prof. Abu Naser Syed Ahmed. The film was directed by shri Abdul Majid. It was attended by the Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University and faculty members of various departments of the University.

  1. A photo exhibition on the life and culture of hill Tiwa tribe of Assam put together by photographer RiturajKonwar as a part of the National Seminar on Cultural Heritage of Assam.
  2. A second exhibition on rock art heritage of Assam, by Dr. DwipenBezbaruah, Assistant Professor of the Department of Anthropology was also organised as a part of the National Seminar on Cultural Heritage of Assam.
  3. A book exhibition was organized by the Indian Council for Historical Research as a part of the Cultural Heritage of Assam.

Awards To Toppers

  1. Dr Renuka Das Memorial Award for securing First Class First Position in M.Sc. Anthropology is awarded by ther Assam Science Society.
  2. MallikaMahanta Memorial Award for securing the first class first position in M.Sc. in Anthropology awarded by family members of Late Ms. Mahanta.
  3. Manju Rani (Goswami) Barkataki Memorial Gold Medal awarded to topper in M.A./M.Sc. in Anthropology under Gauhati University. Award given by family of Late Ms. Barkataki


The Anthropological museum of the Gauhati University set up in the Department of the Anthropology in 1948. By 1950, it developed into a nucleus for a good teaching museum embracing all the branches of anthropology namely, Primate skeleton, bones models of fossil men, objects illustrative of the prehistoric cultures of our ancestors and ethnological specimens which illustrate the different aspects of material and spiritual cultures of the tribal and peasant folk. By 1960, this department is developed into a full fledged teaching in researching museum. It is an integrated museum where the all the sections of man’s cultural achievements are preserved.

In keeping innumerable contribution to build up the Museum today’s state the Gauhati University acknowledged the name of Prof. M.C. Goswami, the former head of the department, anthropology and named the museum as "Madhab Chandra Goswami Anthropological Museum".

At present the museum has more than 15000 collections which includes 3000 ethnographic, 12000 archaeological and 10 skeletons of anthropoid apes and primates. These collections are from different ethno-cultural zones of North East India.

The Curators of Museum since beginning:

1. Shri P. D. Saikia1958-1959
2. Dr. P. C. Saikia1959-1970
3. Dr. H. C. Sarma 1970-1973
4. Dr. B. Choudhury 1976-1981
5. Dr. S. K. Roy 1984-2009
6. Dr. B. K. Borah2009 till date
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