About the Centre of Excellence
The Centre of Excellence in Studies on Tribal & Marginalized Communities (CoE in STMC) is a World Bank – Odisha Higher Education Programme for Equity and Excellence (WB-OHEPEE) supported Centre established by Utkal University to carry out socially relevant research pertaining to society, culture, health and livelihood challenges among the tribal and marginalized communities in an inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional framework. It has been working on three cross-cutting themes such as the following, focusing on 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), (1) Documenting and Revisiting Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Odishan Tribes, (2) Understanding the Changing Scenario of Tribal Health, Nutrition & Livelihood, and (3) Understanding the changing perspectives of ethnomedicinal practices and development programmes in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To become a leading Centre of Excellence engaged in promotion of research and extension activities relating tribal and marginalized communities.
- To engage in basic research and socially relevant extension activities on emerging areas of culture, society and health of the tribal and marginalized communities.
- To play an important role in understanding, documentation, conservation and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritages of tribal and marginalized communities that would bring positive changes in their lives.
- To study the socio-economic profile & ethnographic account of tangible and intangible cultural heritages of 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), and to document their dying heritages.
- To make a critical study of Nutritional Health and Maternal & Child Health, status of the PVTGs
- Based on ethno-healing practices, to prepare an inventory of ethno-medicinal plants and to undertake their pharmacological characterization study.
Basic Framework of the Centre: Inter-disciplinary & Inter-institutional
Inter-disciplinary: (8 Departments from 4 schools participating), namely; Social Sciences – Anthropology, Economics, Sociology & Psychology; Humanities – Odia; Life Sciences – Biotechnology & Botany; and Pharmaceutical Sciences – Pharmacy
Inter-Institutional: Collaborative mode of research with other universities/research organizations such as; SCSTRTI (Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe Research Institute), Bhubaneswar, RMRC-ICMR (on Nutritional Health); KIMS (on Mental Health); Centurian University (on Ethno-Botany).
Coordinator: Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patra, Associate Professor, P.G. Dept. of Anthropology, Utkal University
Co-coordinator: Dr. Suresh Chandra Murmu, Associate Professor, P.G. Dept. of Anthropology, Utkal University
Mentor: Prof. Kamal K. Misra, Former Vice Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar
Post Doctoral Fellow
- Dr. Binoy Kumar Kuiti
- Dr. Madhusmita Sahoo
- Year with title of the published articles, authors and journals
- The Juanga – A Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group of Odisha: A Review. Sanghamitra Sarkar, Mitali Chinara, Kanhu Charan Satapathy and Prasanna Kumar Patra. Man in Society, 2019; 26: 100-115. (ISSN 2347-1530)
- A Study on blood pressure distribution among the Juangs: A Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) of Odisha.C. Satpathy, P.K. Patra, Mitali Chinara, D.K. Barik and Samir Ranjan Bal. ADIVASI, 2020; 60(2): 34-47. (ISSN: 2277-7245)
- Prevalence and Pattern of Depression Among the Juang (PVTG) Adults of Odisha. Shilpi Smita Panda, Swagatika Sahoo, Binoy Kumar Kuiti, Kanhu Charan Satapathy , Mitali Chinara and Prasanna Kumar Patra. ADIVASI, 2021; 61(1): 16-25. (ISSN: 2277-7245)
- An inventory of ethnobotanicals used as medicines: A case study of the Juang tribe in Gonasika Hill range of Keonjhar district in Odisha. GSJP Jena, R Mishra, PK Patra, M Chinara, SK Mishra, A Mohapatra, KB Satapathy. International Journal of Botany Studies, 2021; 6(3): 377-386. (ISSN: 2455-541X; Impact Factor: RJIF 5.12)
- Evaluating the impact of world’s largest social welfare programme in the context of India’s climate change: a suggested framework. Saswat Kishore Mishra, Madhusmita Dash, and Pradeep Kumar Sahoo. International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, 2022; 7(7): 2161-2177. (ISSN: 2455-8834) (I.F. 0.98).
- Factors Affecting Depression among the Juangs: A Vulnerable Tribal Group in Odisha. Shilpi Smita Panda, Binoy Kumar Kuiti , Swagatika Sahoo , Mitali Chinara and Prasanna Kumar Patra. Skylines of Anthropology, 2022; 2(1): 25-44. (ISSN: 2583-1402)
- Composite Index of Anthropometric Failure (CIAF) among Juang Children and Adolescents of Keonjhar District in Odisha, India. Binoy Kumar Kuiti, Dilip Kumar Barik, Subhendu Kumar Acharya, Kanhu Charan Satapathy & Prasanna Kumar Patra. Man, Environment and Society, 2022; 3(1): 133-154, (ISSN: 2582-7669)
- Social Security of Mining Workers: Policy Versus Practice. Pradeep Kumar Sahoo, Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Himanshu Sekhar Rout. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 2022; 7(3): 1-18. (e-ISSN: 2365-1792) (I.F. 0.98).
- Assessment of Nutritional status among Children and Adolescents of Juang tribe in Keonjhar District of Odisha, India. Binoy Kumar Kuiti, Subhendu Kumar Acharya, Kanhu Charan Satapathy, Dilip Kumar Barik & Prasanna Kumar Patra. The Oriental Anthropologist, 2022; 22(2): 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/0972558X221122945. (e-ISSN: 0976-3430). (I.F. 0.30)
- Intra-individual Co-prevalence of Under-nutrition and Central Obesity among Adult Juangs of Keonjhar District in Odisha, India. Binoy Kumar Kuiti, Subhendu Kumar Acharya, Kanhu Charan Satapathy, Dilip Kumar Barik & Prasanna Kumar Patra. Antrocom Journal of Anthropology, 2022; 18(2): 377-386. (ISSN: 1973-2880).
- Developmental Scenario of Hill Kharia Particularly Vulnerable Community:Special Reference to Education in Mayurbhanj District, Odisha. Madhusmita Sahoo. Indian Journal of Anthropological Research, 2023; 2(1): 25-41. (ISSN: 2583-2417)
- Livelihood Practices of the Bonda Tribe of Odisha. Madhusmita Sahoo, Binoy Kumar Kuiti, Prasanna Kumar Patra. The Researchers’, 2023; IX(I): 36-48. DOI – 10.21276/tr.2023.9.1.AN4. (ISSN: 2455-1503)
Ethnographic Data Collection from 10 PVTGs of Odisha
PVTG Community & District
(PVTG Household / Individuals covered)
Data collection completed on 10 PVTGs such as:
Bonda & Didayi from Malkangiri, Dongria Kondh from Rayagada, Hill Khadia, Lodha and Mankidia / Birhor from Mayurbhanj, Juang from Kendujhar, Kutia Kondh from Kandhamal, Lanjia Saora from Gajapati and Paudi Bhuiyan from Deogarh districts
Socio-economic profile & Ethnographic account
Maternal & Child Health
1272 Ever-married women
325 Adolescent boys & girls
Health seeking behavior
New Social Engineering Product if any
·PVTG Development Index: Work in progress to develop a parameter-based PVTG Development Index for policy module and intervention-based development.
24 PG, 5 M.Phil and 3 Ph.D students (including 2 from PVTGs) have been given training on various aspects of social science research data collection, analysis and article writing on PVTGs. 3 early-researchers got publication support.
Extension work done
Community health check-up (Blood pressure, Blood glucose level & Lipid profile) done, result shared with villagers and counseling provided.
Career counseling provided to high school students, about after-school career paths.
- Infrastructure Created and Manpower:
- Nutritional Anthropometry & Physiology Laboratory: located at PG Department of Anthropology. Instruments available: Anthropometric rod, Stadiometer, Blood Lipid Analyzer, Karada Scan, Spirometer, Infantometer, Haemoglobinometer, etc.
- Phyto-chemistry Laboratory: Location: Central Instrumentation Facility Building (1st floor), Utkal University. Instruments available: UV Spectrophotometer, Binocular Microscope, pH Meter, Manual Capsule filling machine, Hot-air oven, Water bath with LID etc.,
- Others: Video Conferencing Facility, Meeting Hall, Research Office Facility