Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18:
Department of Anthropology, Utkal University and Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe Research & Training Institute (SCSTRTI), in association with Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), will organize a three-day Indian Anthropological Congress 2015 in the Odisha capital beginning from February 21.
The focal theme chosen for deliberations during the Congress is ‘Tribal Transformations in Contemporary India: Issues and Challenges”.
Briefing newsmen here today, Sabita Acharya, head,PG Department of Anthropology, Utkal University said the basis of distribution of principal basis of livelihoods, tribals in India demonstrate an enormous range from gatherers-hunters through pastorals and food-growers to practitioners of post-institutional economy which suggests phases of transformations based on adoption of technology and consequent socio-cultural differentiation.
“What appears essential, therefore, is to cultivate a different kind of sensitivity, initially for appropriate understanding of the extant of variety of tribal livelihood patterns and then to formulate adoption strategies with special emphasis on felt-needs of the concern people,” she added.
Vice Chancellor of Utkal University Prof AK Das, who was present at the press briefing, said before planning development initiatives, it is essential to make a comprehensive and careful assessment of ground realities.
“It remains a big challenge for us in the 21st century as to how the tribal transformations in contemporary India will result in the tribal people considering themselves as important partners in the march towards an inclusive society and sustainable development”, he said.
The three-day event will organize a round table session, two memorial lectures and several plenary, technical, scientific and open sessions.