It’s a great recognition to the excellence and contributions of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) to the global research endeavors, as three UoH scholars were invited to present their research papers in the International Conference of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), London UK, which was held virtually from 14th to 16th September, 2020.

The conference theme is titled “The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future”. The Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal Geographical Society, the British Academy, SOAS University of London, and the British Museum, London, UK had jointly organized the conference.

Mr. Ajeet Jogi

Mr. Ajeet Jogi, Ph.D. Scholar supervised by Dr. George Tharakan C. at the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad,  presented his paper titled “State Policy over the Forests and Lands, and Livelihoods and Survival of Indigenous Communities in India: Problems and Prospects”. The objective of the paper was to analyse the impact of colonial and post-colonial government’s policies on the indigenous communities and their livelihood and survival.

Mr. Thunga Ramesh

Mr. Thunga Ramesh, M.Phil. Scholar supervised by Prof. K. Raja Mohan Rao at Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Hyderabad, has presented his paper titled “Indigenous Communities, Subsistence Economic Systems, and Nature Conservation Practices in India.” The paper aimed to understand how the traditional communities have adopted / evolved / developed various conservative mechanisms / principles, and practiced them in order to protect their natural environment and livelihood in a sustainable manner in Andhra Pradesh, India through an anthropological perspective.


Mr. Sambaiah Aerukala

Mr. Sambaiah Aerukala, PhD. Scholar supervised by Prof. B. V. Sharma at the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, has presented his paper under the title “The Kurumas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States, India: An Anthropological Study” the paper focused on the indigenous knowledge of Kurumas communities of shepherding, blanket, waving. He discussed how the sheep rearing communities and their livelihood is supported by the natural resources.