The department of Anthropology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, has established its academic excellence in the field of Anthropology ever since its inception in 1960 by Late Professor S.R.K. Chopra F.N.A., as its founder head. The department is well known for its researches in the fields of palaeoanthropology, palaeoecology, human growth and development, genetic epidemiology, twin studies, medical anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology. It has made notable discoveries of primate and other mammalian fossils from the Siwaliks.
The department offers Bachelor's (B. Sc. Hons. Sch.), Master's (M. Sc. Hons. Sch) and Doctoral Degree programmes in Anthropology. It also runs a one-year Diploma Course in Forensic Science and Criminology. Infrastructure and Laboratories facilities for teaching and research are available in various sub-fields of Anthropology, namely, Osteology, Auxology, Serology and Bio-chemical Anthropology, Palaeoanthropology, Prehistoric Archaeology, Dermatoglyphics, Radiology. The unique and nationally acclaimed .Museum of Man' in the Department has a Gallery of Fossil Apes, Primates and Man, which displays life-size models based on fossil material collected from the Siwaliks, and an Ethnographic Gallery that includes items of material culture. The Department was recognized as one of the centers under U.G.C. Programme of Special Assistance in 1988. This programme has been extended up to 2009 as DSA Phase-III. The department has also been selected for support under UGC Assistance for Strengthening of the Infrastructure of the Humanities & Social Science (ASIHSS) Programme in Anthropology for a period of five years, i.e. from April, 2005 to March, 2010.
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