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Name Dr. Sovanjan Sarkar
Designation Assistant Professor, Teacher-in-Charge
Department Name ANTHROPOLOGY
Office Phone No 03222-276554 Extn. 438
Email ID sovanjan@mail.vidyasagar.ac.in
Fax 03222-275329
Mobile No 9433586924
Personal Website
Address 188/23A/1 Prince Anwar Shah Road. 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        
Working 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.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University since 2 April, 2012
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.
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/306: Application of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
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
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
Lifestyle and lipid levels among the Bhutias of Sikkim, India: a micro-level study. (Abstract)Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry 23(suppl.) 14-152008Association of Clinical Biochemists of India
High prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its correlates in two tribal populations of India and the impact of urbanizationIndian Journal of Medical Research 123:679-6862006ICMR


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 Guidence
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Mahua SamantaA biosocial study of menstruation: Knowledge, attitude and practice among rural school girls of Pascim Medinipur, West Bengal, IndiaNAOngoing2020 (Expected)
Samarpita KoleyLifestyle correlates of multimorbidity in relation to obesity, hypertension and some selected chronic ailments: A rural-urban comparisonNAOngoing2020 (Expected)
Tanwi ChakrabortyPULMONARY FUNCTION AND ITS LIFESTYLE RELATED CORRELATES AMONG THE BENGALI SPEAKING POPULATION RESIDING IN AND AROUND MIDNAPORE TOWN, WEST BENGAL, INDIANAOngoing2018 (Expected)
Sampita BiswalRural-urban comparison in relation to bio-social determinants of age at menarche among the Bengali Hindus: A follow-up studyNAOngoing2018 (Expected)

Project Work



Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Status
PREVALENCE OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) AND PULMONARY FUNCTION AND ITS LIFESTYLE CORRELATES AMONG VARIOUS OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS OF MIDNAPORE TOWN, WEST BENGAL, INDIAPrincipal InvestigatorUGC, India6000002 year20132015
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Health and the Healthcare System: Glimpses from the northeastern State SikkimMahisadal Girls’ College, Purba Medinipur, West BengalMahisadal Girls’ College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal2012
Lifestyle Correlates of Metabolic Syndrome among the Bhutias of Sikkim, IndiaIndian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA)Lucknow University, Lucknow2012
My Research and Learning in SikkimDepartment of Anthropology, Vidyasagar UniversityVidyasagar University, Midnapore2012
Global Warming: Anthropogenic IssuesSantoshpur Prof. Satyendra Nath Bose Science Circle, KolkataSantoshpur2007
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
Indian Anthropological Congress 20152015PresentedDepartment of Anthropology, Utkal University; SCSTRTI, Bhubaneswar and INCAA
National Conference on “Human diversity: Biological anthropological approaches”2015Paper presentedIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
45th Annual Congress2015Paper presentedIndian Anthropological Society
44th Annual Conference and National Seminar2014Presented paperPt. Ravi Shankar Shukl University, Raipur, India, organized by The Indian Anthropological Society
43rd Annual Conference and National Seminar2013Presented paperHeld at Indian Museum and Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, organized by The Indian Anthropological Society
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Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Awards
Award NameAwarded ByYear
International Travel GrantDST, India2013
International Travel GrantDBT, India2011
NET LectureshipUGC2010
Senior Research FellowshipIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata2002
Junior Research FellowIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata2000
National ScholarshipGovernment of India1997
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