The department’s bio-waste committee, plays a crucial role in overseeing the proper management and disposal of biomedical waste. Biomedical waste encompasses materials generated during healthcare activities and laboratory work that may pose a risk to public health or the environment if not handled correctly. This committee in collaboration with SMS Water Grace BMW Pvt. Ltd. is responsible for implementing procedures to ensure the safe collection, segregation, storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal of biomedical waste. They also monitor compliance with regulations and guidelines related to biomedical waste management. The biowaste is collected from different labs in the Department every alternate day and disposed off as per the rules. As a best practise, the waste is segregated into tissue waste (blood/tissue), biotechnology waste (agarose gels etc) and waste sharps (needles, syringes and lancets).
Collaborations between Department of Anthropology and Indian Establishments The Department of Anthropology has been actively engaged in fruitful collaborations with esteemed Indian establishments, such as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Department of Science and Technology (DST). These collaborations have yielded significant advancements in various fields. Through its partnership with ICMR, the Department of Anthropology has contributed to vital research on public health, genetic studies, and epidemiology. The collaboration with AIIMS has facilitated the exploration of healthcare disparities, medical anthropology, and the impact of culture on health outcomes.
The collaboration with DBT has led to breakthroughs in the study of human evolution, genetics, and genomics. Moreover, through its partnership with DST, the Department has enhanced its research capabilities in areas like social anthropology and ethnography. These collaborations have not only broadened the horizons of the Department of Anthropology but have also contributed to the growth and development of the Indian scientific community. By pooling expertise and resources, these partnerships have fostered interdisciplinary research, improved public health policies, and enriched our understanding of human diversity and cultural dynamics. These collaborations between the Department of Anthropology and Indian establishments, including ICMR, AIIMS, DBT, DST, and others, have been instrumental in advancing knowledge, addressing critical societal issues, and promoting scientific excellence in the field of anthropology.
Fieldwork: Doctoral fellows, project fellows and other research scholars are integral part of the Department of Anthropology. These dedicated scholars not only contribute significantly to the department's research initiatives but also benefit immensely from hands-on fieldwork experiences in different parts of India. They engage in rigorous data collection (both biological and social) in rural/urban areas, participant observation, and ethnographic studies, honing their research skills and deepening their understanding of anthropological concepts. The present department also allows them to contribute up-to two years to conduct a wide-ranging fieldwork, so every research scholar can collect inclusive, rich bio-social data from a participant after having consent.
The project is an initiative to create awareness for β-Thalassemia among young adults of Delhi and NCR region and conduct mass screening. It includes identification of β-thalassemia carriers and other hemoglobinopathies followed by molecular characterization of the mutations causing these hemoglobinopathies. To provide support and guidance, the project aims to offer genetic counselling sessions to individuals identified as carriers and their family members. These sessions will help them better understand the implications of thalassemia, make informed decisions regarding marriage partners and reproductive options, and maintain good health for carriers. Additionally, the project aims to document the distribution of thalassemia carriers within communities and regions, analyze variations in carrier prevalence, and identify specific mutations among them.