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Western Regional Centre

The Western Regional Centre of Anthropological Survey of India was established in September 1975 at Udaipur, Rajasthan under the dynamic leadership of Dr. R. S. Mann to cater to the need of anthropological studies in western India especially states of Rajasthan and Gujarat which have a substantial tribal or adivasi population. The office which started in a rented building in the heart of the city, shifted to it’s own capacious premises at Pratap Nagar in the year 2006 with the view to develop and add new facilities like the DNA Lab, Zonal Anthropological Museum, Library, Central Repository, Guest House besides the office building. At present the sanctioned strength of staff at this regional centre is 52 of which 30 are scientific & technical while 22 are ministerial staff.

The jurisdiction of this regional centre extends to the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Union Territories of Daman-Diu and Dadar Nagar Haveli. The Western Regional Centre was founded with the objectives of undertaking systematic probing among the castes, tribes and communities so as to provide base-line information as well as to understand the nature and extent of bio-cultural variations and relevant problems which the people might be experiencing. So far this regional centre has proved its worth and delivered the goods.

This centre has been involved with the following National Projects:

  • Bio-cultural diversity, environment and sustainable development (study of 5 villages so far, and 1 village under the component Border Area Study on Indo-Pak border)
  • DNA polymorphism in the contemporary Indian population
  • Community Genetics & Health: Bio-cultural Adaptation (Health Awareness and Screening Camps have been organized among the Saharia and Garasia of Rajasthan, Siddi of Gujarat, and Dubla (Halpati) of Daman-Diu)
  • Study of PVTGs of India
  • People of India
  • People of India: Cultural Diversity (Traditional Knowledge) (6 studies were undertaken)
  • Contemporary tribal movement and tribal economy
  • All India bio-anthropological survey including genetical demography
  • All India linguistic trait survey
  • All India project on culture trait and culture area survey
  • Tribal education in India
  • Weaving in India
  • Ethnography: Structure and process
  • Survey of indigenous health practices
  • Human origin and variation
  • Agrarian situation in India
  • Genetic structure of Indian population
  • Bio-anthropometric study of Indian women
  • Nutritional status of Indian population
  • Study of Scheduled Castes
  • Study of folk music, folk art and folk tradition
  • Study of craft and craftsmanship

Under the People of India project, the centre successfully shouldered the responsibility of preparing brief ethnographic profile of 580 communities inhabiting in areas under it’s jurisdiction namely 294 communities in Gujarat, 424 in Rajasthan, 28 in Daman-Diu and 14 in Dadar Nagar Haveli.

This centre has been involved with the following Regional Projects:

  • Colour Photographic Documentation of the PTGs
  • Type -2 Diabetes
  • Kutch and Saurashtra area study
  • Adolescent growth and physical development of Bhil children in Udaipur district of Rajasthan
  • Study of the Bhil of southern Rajasthan: Ethnography and change
  • Performance of Bhil and higher caste boys below 14 years of age on a test of intelligence
  • Human adaptation to extreme climate of Jaisalmer
  • Linguistic identity of the Bhil of Gujarat
  • Ecology, environment and human population in India
  • Study of religion shamanism and mother goddess cult among Indian tribes
  • Women poverty and rural development
  • The study of health and traditional status of Mina and Bhil tribes evicted from Ranthambore wild life sanctuary of Rajasthan
  • The study of health and traditional status of Gujjars evicted from Ranthambore wild life sanctuary of Rajasthan

Outreach activities like Exhibitions / Seminars / Workshops / Health Camps:

  • Exhibition on Cultural profile of Western India in February-March, 1986
  • Exhibition on Tribes of Western India in April, 1986
  • The Regional Officer at WRC, Udaipur acted as local co-ordinator of the International Seminar on Visual Anthropology at Jodhpur in December, 1987 organized in collaboration with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
  • Exhibition to exhibit Life and Culture of tribes in Western India in 81st session of Indian Science Congress Association
  • Seminar on the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations, 7-9 October 1996 and exhibition on theme ‘March of Man’on 7thOctober, 1996
  • Workshop on Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage(TK) held from 4th to 6th  August, 2010
  • Exhibition on ‘Cultural artifacts of Communities of Rajasthan’ at Shilpgram, Udaipur from 21st to 31st December 2010 during Shilpgram Utsav
  • Intensive Training cum Workshop on Facets of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Bhils of Rajasthan from 21st to 25th May 2014
  • Interactive Workshop on the Crafts of the two Tribal Communities of Rajasthan (Bhil &Saharia) was organized from 7th September to 13th September 2014
  • Under the National Project “Community Genetics & Health: Bio-cultural Adaptation” Health Awareness and Screening Camps have been organized among the Saharia and Garasia of Rajasthan, Siddi of Gujarat, and Dubla (Halpati) of Daman-Diu
  • Exhibition at Shilpagram during ShilpgramUtsav. From 21st to 30th, 2014 on the theme “AdiShilpa: An Exhibition on the Crafts of Two Tribal Communities of Rajasthan”
  • “Sensitisation Programme on Art and Crafts of the Bhil Tribal Community of Rajasthan” organized from 6th February to 8th February 2015 at MaaShardaKanyaChatarvas, Kushalgarh, Banswara -327801
  • National Level Official Language Workshop and Seminar on ‘Contemporary Villages of India: Development & Changes’ organized on 18-19 February 2015
  • “Sensitisation Programme on Art and Crafts of the Saharia Tribal Community of Rajasthan” organized from 27th February to 01st March 2015 at Sitevadi, Khelwada, Baran district of Rajasthan

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