The government has initiated measures to develop a tribal anthropological research centre in Wayanad. Its field station would be located at Attappady. The field centre would be a new one in the area to study genetic diseases. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Anthropological Survey in India (AnSI) that is based in Kolkata. The centre will make a detailed study of tribal communities in Kerala. The field station will be studying the occurrence of the sickle cell anemia and other genetic diseases among others.
The discussions on the modalities of the proposal are being held and the participants of the most recent discussion include AnSI Director Srivastava Vinay, Deputy Director Sasikumar, Senior Human Ecologist Umeshkumar and Minister for Tribal Welfare A.K. Balan. One of the most possible locations for the project include the campus of the Institute of tribal Studies and Research Centre at Sulthan Bathery. Pushpalatha - Institute Director, informed that the proposal will be further discussed with Calicut University.The researchers visited the Manthanam Adiya colony at Thirunelli and interacted with the residents. It was decided after the interaction that the study of the tribe will begin immediately. The priority would be given to the incidence of sickle anemia among tribespeople.
By: Neha Maheshwari