Tribal Studies and Ethnomedicine (Head-in-charge)Prof. K. Robin, Dept. of History & Ethnography, MZU
Post Graduate Programme in Tribal studies and ethnomedicine is currently hosted by the Department of History & Ethnography, Mizoram University under the School of Social Sciences, and established in 2019. At present, students’ intake capacity is 30. It is a two years Masters Degree programme with a total of 4 semesters and having extensive fieldwork components with 88 credits within the framework of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). The first academic session was started from August, 2019 in a make-shift classroom provided by the Department of History & Ethnography, Mizoram University. At present, there are three guest faculties namely; Dr. Laithangpuii, Dr. Julia Lalmuanpui and Ms. Zohmangaihi Ralte and Prof. K. Robin as the Coordinator.
Masters Degree programme in Tribal Studies and Ethnomedicine aims to impart knowledge and enable students to understand the academic discourse and issues pertaining to various tribal communities of India. One of the primary objectives is to have an in-depth study of the various tribal groups and showcase the dynamics of tribal communities to the larger mainstream India from the economic, social and cultural perspectives.
The study of ethnomedicine is concerned with the study of the traditional medical system from the indigenous point of view. The ethnomedical approach proves particularly useful for the study of indigenous therapeutic agents that enables to understand the healing practices according to indigenous explanatory models and its correlation to the modern medicine or allopathy. Tribal studies and ethnomedicine will strengthen our understanding of the issues relating to tribal problems and development.