Not many disciplines offer you the freedom of studying sociology, biology, chemistry, psychology, philosophy, political science and economics - all together.
Anthropology is one discipline that allows an arts student to get a BSc degree. Such was the case with Kalinidi, a PhD scholar at the department of anthropology at the University of Delhi. Says she, “I did my graduation in anthropology from Lucknow University and got a bachelor of arts degree. However, I got an MSc in anthropology from the University of Delhi when I completed my postgraduation.”
Anthropology is a truce between arts and science and allows students to study a combination of subjects to study human beings better. “We study everything related to human beings… from their psychology and body measurements to biology and community behaviour,” she adds.
USP: Well-equipped laboratories, good faculty and a sound reputation
Faculty Strength: 20 approximately
IT quotient: Despite the huge renovation work going on here, students and faculty have access to computer labs with high-speed internet
Infrastructure: All geared up to provide adequate support to anthropology students, research scholars and faculty. Well-equipped laboratories, spacious classrooms greet you as you move through the corridors. Everyone here is very proud of the anthropology museum. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Studentspeak: “Many people don’t really have any idea of what anthropology is all about. In my interaction with people, they have confused it with things as peculiar as ‘study of insects’. It is a wonderful subject and worth taking up as a career. So enriching in its appeal, a degree in anthropology helps you contribute to fields as diverse as linguistics, philosophy, culture, human behaviour etc,” adds Kalindi Sharma.
Placement cell: Students can find placements in various fields like, forensics, research labs, crime investigators, NGOs. Anthropology is quite big in the West, so for many students, it is a safe passage to countries abroad.
Clubs and societies: Anthropology is strictly about academics. There aren't many clubs and societies in the department. However, an alumni association has been started recently and there is a research seminar group that helps organise various conferences and seminars on anthropology.
The department is housed in a historic building and was part of a ballroom when Lord Mountbatten (the last viceroy of India) stayed here
“I wish more international seminars and conferences are organised by the department so that we can get more exposure and benefit from our interactions with the experts,” adds Kalindi Sharma