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Name Dr. Sovanjan Sarkar
Designation Assistant Professor
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
Office Phone No +91 3222 298-396 / Centrex Extn. 396
Email ID
Fax 03222-275329
Mobile No 9433586924
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Address Nataraj Apartment. 497 Lake Gardens. Lake Gardens. Kolkata - 700 045
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Ph. D.University of Calcutta2006
M. Sc.University of Calcutta1999
B.Sc. (Hons.)University of Calcutta1997
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University since 2 April, 2012
Worked as a "Consultant" of a project on "Nutritional Status of the Tribal Pre-school Children of West Bengal", carried by The Cultural Research Institute, Govt. of West Bengal, funded by The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India.
Taught in the Post Graduate Course in Dietetics and Community Nutrition Management (DCNM) under Directorate of Distance Education, Vidyasagar University.
Attached with the PG Department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University as Guest Faculty. Previously attached with PG Department of Anthropology, Calcutta University and PG Department of Geography, Vivekananda College for Women, Kolkata as Guest Faculty.
Previously attached with many undergraduate colleges under Calcutta and Vidyasagar Universities in the Department of Anthropology and having experience of more than 6 years of teaching.
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Cardiovascular epidemiology and lifestyles, public health
Gene-environment interaction and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, cohort study pertaining to health and disease, women's reproductive health, health studies of the elderly.
Course/ Subject Taught 
ANT/102: Biological Anthropology
ANT/101: Fundamentals of Anthropology
ANT/106: Practical of hominid fossils
ANT/202: Basic statistics and computer use
ANT/205: Practical of Somatometry, somatoscopy, osteology
ANT/303: Biocultural aspects of health and disease
ANT/401: Human population genetics
ANT/403(BA): Biological anthropology
ANT/405(BA): Dissertation
ANT/204: Fundamentals of Anthropology (CBCS)
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Cardio-metabolic risk among the high altitude inhabitants: A brief reviewIn: Ethnicity and Syndrome X. Editors: Mithun Das and Kaushik Sankar Bose. 181-1982020Nova Science Publishers, New York.
Association of Central Adiposity with Metabolic Syndrome among the Bhutias of Sikkim, India.In: Obesity and Syndrome X: A Global Public Health Burden. Editors: Mithun Das and Kaushik Sankar Bose,73-87.2019Nova Science Publishers, New York.
Knowledge and Belief about HIV/AIDS among the Schoolgirls of Classes XI-XII in Paschim Medinipur in West Bengal, India.Journal of Life Sciences 10(1): 58-65.2018Kamlaraj Enterprise and Taylor & Francis
Biocultural correlates of hypertension in two communities of dissimilar genetic ancestry in Sikkim, IndiaAnnals of Human Biology 37(1):23-432010Informa Healthcare
Perceived psychosocial stress and cardiovascular risk: Observations among the Bhutias of Sikkim, IndiaStress and Health 24:23-342008Wiley
Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in two tribal populations of the sub-Himalayan region of India: Ethnic and rural-urban differencesAmerican Journal of Human Biology 17(6):814-8172005Wiley

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Mini nutritional assessment and instrumental activities of daily living: Association of social support among the oldest old people of Midnapore town of Paschim Medinipur District, West Bengal, IndiaSouth Asian Anthropologist 20(1) 9-162020Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.
Lifestyle Correlates of Metabolic Syndrome among a Tribal Population Inhabiting Sikkim, India. In: Anthropology in North East India. Editor: Sarthak Sengupta. 261-274.2018Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi.
Blood glucose level and its adiposity related correlates among two population groups of Sikkim, India.Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society. 53(2) 132-144.2018Indian Anthropological Society
Physical activity, diet and lipid profile: A study among the Bhutias of Gangtok, SikkimNutrition and Health among Tribal Populations of India: A bio-cultural approach. Editors: Nitish Mondal and Jaydip Sen2016B. R. Publishing Corporation, Delhi.
Cardiovascular risk profile and possibilities for cardiovascular health education in Sikkim, IndiaExplorations in Anthropology of Northeast India. Editor: Sarthak Sengupta2014Gyan Publication
BMI, a better predictor of hypertension among a tribe of Sikkim, India: Evidence of gene-lifestyle interactionIndian Journal of Physical Anthropology and Human Genetics. Vol.: 31, 11-232012Serials Publications
Genetic and environmental factors affecting blood pressures among the Bhutias of Sikkim, IndiaIndian Journal of Physical Anthropology and Human Genetics. Vol 31; 315-3252012Serial Publications
Complex intervention: the most recent method in public health research.Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society. Vol 47, No.: 3, 313-3212012The Indian Anthropological Society
Age trends in blood pressure and obesity among the urban Bhutias of SikkimTribes and Tribals (Special Volume 2). 59-662008Kamla-Raj Enterprises
Prevalence of diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in a selected population with special reference to influence of family history and anthropometric measurements- the Kolkata Policeman StudyJournal of Association of Physicians of India 56: 841-8442008Association of Physicians of India

Other Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Seasonal variation in blood pressures and hypertension among the Bhutias of Sikkim, IndiaStudies on Biomedical Anthropology: Profiles of Health Culture (Chapter 19). Editors, R. K. Mutatkar, Ajit K. Danda and Vikash Bhatt. 169 - 1792010Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), Jhargram, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, Aryan Books International
Urban living and obesity. In: On Medical Anthropology: IndiaEditors, Ajit K. Danda and Indu Talwar. 191 - 2042010Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), Jhargram, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

Books Published
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Indraja BankuraPsycho social health of the oldest old population in Midnapore town of West Bengal, IndiaNASubmitted2020
Shreya MukherjeeMaternal Reproductive Health and Child Health: A Comparative StudyNAOngoing2023 (Expected)
Samarpita KoleyLifestyle correlates of multimorbidity in relation to obesity, hypertension and some selected chronic ailments: A rural-urban comparisonNAOngoing2021 (Expected)
Mahua SamantaA biosocial study of menstruation: Knowledge, attitude and practice among rural school girls of Pascim Medinipur, West Bengal, IndiaNAOngoing2021 (Expected)

Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Socioeconomic status vis-à-vis health and health care system: An overview from ethnic groups living in West Bengal and SikkimPunyatma Dipak Narayan Dhar–Bhabanisankar Singha Tarpanaashram, West BengalThe Institute of Social Research and Applied Anthropology, Bidisha, Narayangarh, Paschim Medinipur2019
Ethical issues in bio-anthropological fieldworkDepartment of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, Barasat, West BengalDepartment of Anthropology, West Bengal State University2019
Health status and care: A comparison between some tribal populations of West Bengal and Sikkim.Cultural Research Institute. Backward Classes Welfare and Tribal Development Department. Government of West Bengal.Cultural Research Institute. Kolkata.2019
Equity versus disparity in health: Where does Sikkim stand?Department of Anthropology, Srichaitanya College, Habra and Department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, Barasat, West BengalSrichaitanya College, Habra, West Bengal2018
Dietary practices and cardiovascular risk factors: Overview and preventive measuresDepartment of Nutrition, Haldia Institute of Health SciencesDepartment of Nutrition, Haldia Institute of Health Sciences2018
Membership of Learned Society 
Indian Society of Urban Health (ISUH)
Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA)
Sasanka Sekhar Sarkar Society for Human Sciences (SSSSHS)
The Indian Anthropological Society
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Life Member, The Indian Anthropological Society, Kolkata2014 to present
Life Member, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA)2007 to present
Joint Secretary and Life Member, Sasanka Sekhar Sarkar Society for Human Sciences, Kolkata2003 to 2012
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
National Seminar on “Contemporary Anthropology and Northeast India”2018ParticipatedCotton University. Organized by Department of Anthropology, Cotton University, Guwahati, Assam and Indian Anthropological Society, Kolkata
Indian Anthropology Congress-20182018PresentedDepartment of Anthropology, Gauhati University. Guwahati. Assam
Indian Anthropology Congress - 20172017Organizer and Presented paperDepartment of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University.
National Conference on “Human diversity: Biological anthropological approaches”2015Paper presentedIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
45th Annual Congress2015Paper presentedIndian Anthropological Society

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
Food and Health: Biocultural Dimensions2018Organizing SecretaryUGC
Indian Anthropology Congress-20172017Teacher-in-ChargeUGC, IGRMS, ICSSR, ICMR, AnSI
Perspectives in Bio-cultural Anthropology: Issues and Challenges2017Organizing SecretaryUGC
Anthropology of Music2016Joint SecretaryUGC
Award NameAwarded ByYear
International Travel GrantDST, India2013
International Travel GrantDBT, India2011
NET LectureshipUGC2010
Full Scholarship for ConferenceBill and Melinda Gates Foundation2009
Senior Research FellowshipIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata2002
Junior Research FellowIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata2000
National ScholarshipGovernment of India1997
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