Anthropology Career in India

Anthropology is a science, which studies the origin and the physical, social, and cultural development and behavior of mankind. It encompasses the study of the origin of human species as well as its cultural and social structures.

Besides, Anthropology also studies the evolution of man at different ages as well as the physical and cultural diversity among humans, living at the same period of time, at various parts of the world in diverse environments.

Anthropology is the comparative study of human similarities and differences. It includes the biological and cultural history of the human species over the last four million years, the cultural patterns of people from around the world down to even those who happen to live next door to you, and the techniques and ideas people have used both to exploit and protect natural resources and the environment.

Unfortunately, Anthropology as a field of study still remains among one of the lesser known and less popular subjects. Mankind has yet to explore its full potential.

Anthropology Eligibility Criteria

Even aspiring students with arts can also apply to pursue a course in Anthropology. Generally a Science background at the +2 level is preferred for a B.Sc. programme in Anthropology. B.Sc in Anthropology is of three years duration and thereafter one can specialize in any of the branches at M.Sc and M.Phil levels. A candidate, who plans to join international development agencies as an advisor, should preferably have a Ph.D. degree in the subject.

Anthropology Job Prospects

There are three main areas of employment for an Anthropologist, i.e., teaching, research and working in museums. Research jobs are available in organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, the Planning Commission as well as international organizations like the United Nation’s UNESCO or UNICEF also require their services.

Moreover, openings are also available for socio-cultural anthropologists with Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who seek their expertise in understanding of relations between industry and society.

Cultural anthropologists are particularly well suited to work in professions involving people, such as teaching, law, medicine, social work, and journalism. Archaeology majors may become cultural resource management specialists.

Museums are yet another potent source of employment. Many organizations like the ICMR, WHO and the Police Department also offer employment to anthropologists for the purpose of crime detection.

A section of the students may possibly opt for anthropologically oriented research to provide better service delivery or to assess social issues and social problems, such as in public health, education, urban planning, social welfare, and government planning, international development.

Anthropology Remuneration

Since the nature of job prospects is very diverse, the salary can vary tremendously. Though, initially pay packet in this field of work is not as lucrative as other hot professions, but there is a tremendous amount of satisfaction associated with this profession.

One can expect a starting salary somewhere around Rs. 8,000-12000 per month. There also exists a stiff competition among researchers working in the field of Anthropology for grant of money from national and international funding agencies. Hence aspirants who wish to carryout research in Anthropology must be well prepared.

Anthropology Institutes

The following Indian universities offer B.A/B.Sc./M.A./M.Sc in Anthropology.

  • Andhra University
Vishakhapatnam – 530 003

  • Bangalore University
Bangalore – 560 056

  • Berhampur University
Bhanja Bihar, Berhampur, Distt, Ganjam
Orissa – 760 007

  • Dibrugharh University
Dibrugarh, Assam

  • Dr.Hari Singh Gour Vishwa Vidyalaya
Gour Nagar, Sagar, MP

  • Guwahati University
Gopinath Bordili Nagar
Guwahati, Assam

  • Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University
Srinagar, Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh

  • Karnataka University
Pavate Nagar, Dharwad, Karnataka

  • Kurukshetra University
Kurukshetra, Haryana

  • Manipur University
Canchipur, Imphal, Manipur

  • Nagarjuna University
Nagarjuna Nagar – 522 510

  • North Eastern Hill University
Shillong – 793 002

  • North Maharashtra University
Jalgaon – 425 002

  • Pt.Ravishankar Shukla University
Raipur-492 010

  • Pune University
Pune – 411 007

  • Punjab University
Paliala – 147 002

  • Punjab University
Sector 14, Chandigarh, Punjab

  • Ranchi University
Ranchi, Ranchi – 834 001

  • Sambalpur University
Jyoti Vihar, Burla, Orissa

  • Siddhu Kanhu University
Dumka – 814 101

  • Sri Venkateshwara University
Tirupati, Chittor District, AP

  • University of Allahabad
Allahabad – 211 002

  • University of Calcutta
Senate House, 87, College Street
Calcutta, West Bengal

  • University of Delhi
Delhi – 110 007

  • University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad – 500 046

  • University of Mumbai
Mumbai – 400 001

  • University of Mysore
Mysore – 570 005

  • University of Rajasthan
Jaipur – 302 004

  • Utkal University
PO Vani Vihar
Bhubaneshwar Orissa-4

  • Vidya Sagar University
PO Midnapore, West Bengal

  • Vinoba Bhave University
Hazaribagh – 825 301

  • Visva-Bharati
PO Santiniketan-731