The present compiled work of seventeen chapters is based upon the research papers presented in the UGC sponsored national seminar on “Problems and Prospects of Ethnic Communities of India with Special Reference to North East India” organised by the Department of Anthropology, Dibru College, Dibrugarh in collaboration with District Research Office of Assam Institute of Research for Tribals and Scheduled Castes, Guwahati, Assam on 18th and 19th January, 2012. The book covers a wide spectrum of issues, relating to socio-economic and socio-cultural changes, ethnic movements, ethnic problems and conflicts, dyeing traditions and gender issues among various tribes and communities of North East India. The present volume containing these wide ranging research findings will be of equal interest and utility to the academicians, policy maker, social workers and the scholar and student of Anthropology, Sociology and other social sciences.
Jaswant Singh (b. 1979) presently working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Anthropology, Dibru College, Dibrugarh has received M.Sc. (2003) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees in Anthropology from Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh. He served in different institutions in India like Lakhimpur Girls’ College, North Lakhimpur, Assam (2003-2006) and Dibrugarh University (2007-2008). He has to his credit 12 original research papers published in reputed professional journals, several chapters in edited volumes and edited two other books. He has organised one UGC sponsored National Seminar and is an active life member of several professional anthropological bodies. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal Manthan and is the joint secretary of Assam Science Society, Dibrugarh branch. His research interest includes genetic demography and growth and nutritional studies among the ethnic communities of North East India.
Promanita Bora (b. 1971) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Dibru College, Dibrugarh, Assam. She was educated at the University of Dibrugarh, Assam. Her academic career was very bright. She stood First Class in B.Sc examination in Anthropology (Major) with distinction marks. Dr. Bora did her M.Sc. in Anthropology from Dibrugarh University with first class first position followed by Research work. Further, she was honoured with postgraduate (Merit) Prize and during her Ph.D. work she was awarded with Departmental Research Fellowship offered by Research Council, Dibrugarh University. Later on, her doctoral thesis was qualified for getting financial assistance by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (I.C.S.S.R) New Delhi. Moreover, she has published eight Research papers and several popular articles in Assamese and English. Recently she had the opportunity to get the post doctoral research fellowship from the I.C.S.S.R., New Delhi. She had successfully completed one UGC sponsored Minor Research Project and played the secretarial role in organizing and conducting one UGC sponsored National Seminar at the premises of Dibru College, Dibrugarh, Assam. At present she is busy with various Research activities and projects, specially in N.E. region of India.
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