Anthropology as a subject has its beginning in the century-old college since 1962, and the first batch of degree students were passed out with Anthropology as a pass subject, both in Science and Arts streams in 1965. Anthropology having practical teaching was a unique subject in the Arts stream and attracted a good number of students to opt for this subject in degree level. So it has opened its wings immediately after a couple of years with the provision of Honours teaching in 1970. With introduction of provision of field study training programme for 15 days duration in a rural /tribal area with submission of a field report was included in the Honours syllabus as a separate paper with 100 marks.

Considering the growing demand among the students for opting Anthropology in PG level the subject was opened in this college in the year 1980 with provision of 16 seats. This is the 1st college which has the distinction of having Anthropology in P.G. level in the entire State as well as there is no provision in P.G. in Anthropology under Berhampur University earlier. The students were deprived of getting opportunity to study Anthropology in P.G. level in entire South Odisha. There are two different branches of specialization namely, Social Anthropology and Physical Anthropology with provision of teaching in CBCS pattern with theory papers and practical including the submission of a dissertation by undertaking Field study training programme in a remote tribal/ rural village for each branch of specialization for a period of 30/20 days, have been introduced in the syllabus as a full paper with 100 marks.

The Odisha Government also pleased to sanction 32 seats in M.Phil courses and got affiliation from Berhampur University from the year 2013-14. From this year the Department is going to admit students in M.Phil studies.Prof. Dr. L.K Mahapatra, Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, Utkal University, inaugurated the P.G. Department of Anthropology on 21.02.1981 under the headship of Dr Krushna Kumar Monhanti. Opening of M.Phil Courses in Anthropology was initiated by Dr. P.M Nanda, Reader and Head, P.G. Department of Anthropology and the Government has been pleased to open 32 seats in M.Phil under Berhampur University since 2014-15 sessions and the Department gained the status of Research in higher studies like M.Phil and Ph.D.

The Khallikote Autonomous College has upgraded to Khallikote Unitary University on 01.08.2021 and currently The PG Department of Anthropology comes under the said University.

Name: Mrs. Prangya Priyadarsini Sahoo
Designation: Assistant Professor
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Name: Mr. Ratnakar Palei
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  1. Piyusaranjan Sahoo, Research Associate, Anthropological Survey of India, Port Blair, Andaman
  2. Banita Behera, Assistant keeper, Anthropological Survey of India, Port Blair, Andaman
  3. Saroj kumar Dhall Assistant Proof Lucknow University
  4. Sri Manas ranjan Das, Visiting Scholar, Odisha Pride, New Delhi
  5. Amarendra Mahapatra, Dy. Director, ICMR, Bhubaneswar.
  6. Prof. Soumendra  Mohan Patnaik, Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University


Seminar Library: The Department seminar Library is functioned with 440 no. of text books which are only used by the students on rotation, and it is operated by a teacher of the Department. These books are used by the students and teachers in the department.

Wall Magazine: The wall magazine ‘NRU FA’ is displayed in the department with various papers cutting on different issues relating to the subject and papers relating to fieldwork prepared by the UG and PG students.

Laboratories: This Department has two well equipped Laboratories; one is used for the UG and another for PG students. The Laboratories are now self sufficient and well equipped with various modern apparatus and equipments for use by students as per their syllabi.

Computer Laboratory: The existing computer laboratory of the Department has been set up by the funds allocated by UGC during 9th plan period. One senior most demonstrator of the department is kept in charge of this laboratory.

Department store: The department store is maintained by the store-keeper of the department. All the files and laboratory equipments are kept in proper order and safe custody.


The Department used to undertake fieldwork training programme of UG and PG students every year, to study the physical aspect, socio-economic and cultural life of different tribal and rural people inside and outside of the state. This Department has so far covered the Tribe and castes of Ganjam , Phulbani and Koraput districts and the communities include the Gadaba, Koya, Saura, Kondha, Golla, Potter, Fisherman, Christians, Telugu communities etc. The major thrust area and people of study during the last five years are as shown in the following table.

2013-14 Philin Affected Nolia Community Brahmapur City Social aspect
2014-15 Post Philin Impact Study in K Aryapalli village of Chatrapur Ganjam Social aspect
2015-2016 Rural  community Kumbhajhari Social and Physical aspect
2016-2017 Urban Community Berhampur Social and Physical aspect
2017-2018 Rural community New Aryapalli Social and physical aspect
2018-19 Rural community Kumbhajhari Social and physical aspect
2019-20 Tribal community Ramaguda Social and physical aspect
2021-22 Tribal and Rural Community Different places in Odisha Social and Physical aspects


Name Position Place
Dr. Jagannath Padhy Professor of Sociology Surat University
Dr. Jayaram Panda Reader in Anthropology University of Jammu
Dr. Premananda Panda Prof. in Anthropology Sambalpur University
Sri Simanchal Panda Senior Personal Manager Hira cables Burla, Sambalpur
Dr. Pradeep Patjoshi Co-ordinator, UNICEF New Delhi
Dr. S.M. Patnaik Prof Anthropology Delhi University, Delhi
Dr. Sukanta Choudhury Prof in Sociology Lucknow University
Sri. Amerendra Mahapatra Deputy General Manager (Personal), NALCO Angul
Smt Mamta Roy Medical Technologist Washinton
Sri Ranjan Kumar Sahu General Manager Bata Shoe Company, Kolkatta
Sri Gopal Rao Executive Steel Authority of India, Vishakhapatnam
Dr. Sarat Chandra Panda Deputy Chief Manager (personal) M.C.L Sambalpur
Dr. Binod Choudhury Scientist Crocodile Research Centre, Chennai
Sri Sapana Kumar Dash Reader in Anthropology Ispat College, Rourkela
Dr. N.C. Dash Prof Dept of Population study Fakir Mohan University, Balasore
Dr. Itishree Padhi Associate Professor  in Anthropology B.J.B Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar
Sri Gopabandhu Panda Lecturer in Anthropology N.E. Hill University, Shillong
Dr. Swetansu Kumar Rath Sr. Lecturer in Anthropology B.J.B Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar
Sri. S.N Pathy Principal Science College, Pudamari
Sri. Premlal Baxi Asst. Consolidation Officer Parlakhemundi
Sri Devadatta Pattnaik S.P Vigilance Cuttack
Sri Rabindra Kumar Satapathy News Reader A.I.R Cuttack
Dr. Purbi Jena Junior Research Fellow Anthropological Survey of India
Dr. Priyadarshini Sahu ICMR Bhubaneswar
Dr. Amarendra  Mahapatra Dy. Director ICMR, Bhubaneswar
Saroj Kumar Dhall Assistant Professor in Sociology  Lucknow University
Miss Banita Behera Assistant Keeper,Officer in Charge Zonal Anthropological Muesum Anthropological Survey of India Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre
Kanhu Charan Satpathy Associate Professor in Anthropology Utkal University
Madhu Kumari Lecturer in Anthropology Non Govt. Aided College, Chandikhol
Monalisha Padhy Post Graduate Teacher