Acharya Prafulla Chandra College (APC College)

Acharya Prafulla Chandra College

Govt. Sponsored | NAAC Accredited A Grade College with CGPA 3.23

Affiliated to West Bengal State University

Acharya Prafulla Chandra College (APC College)

Dr. Ashish Mukherjee

M.Sc., Ph.D., MIPHA

Contact Details:

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Acharya Prafulla Chandra College, New Barrackpore, Kolkata-700131 West Bengal, India

Research Area :

Bio-social Anthropology

Field of Interest:

Public health and nutritional epidemiology, maternal and child health, bio demography auxology and human biosocial development

Awards & Scholarships :

  • Received Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) awarded by the Anthropological Survey of India (Government of India), in 2001.
  • Received Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) awarded by the Anthropological Survey of India (Government of India), in 2005.
  • Received Young Scientist Award in the 91st Indian Science Congress in 2004 for pioneering research on “Adolescent Physical Growth Development and Nutrition”.

Doctoral Research:

Undertaken Ph.D. research project in Biological Anthropology on “Adolescent Physical Growth, Development and Nutritional Health Aspects” under Vidyasagar University, West Bengal.

Research Publication:

More than 50 research articles/scientific papers have been published in different reputed indexed journals, books and seminar/conference proceedings. Selected research articles in journal and edited books are presented in chronological order of publication. The full text/abstract of the publications are accessible ONLINE at the MEDLINE/PUBMED and/or respective website(s) of the publishers.

Selected Research Publications (in Peer-reviewed Indexed Journal):

  • Acta Medica Auxologica (Italy): 2001; 33(1):39–45.
    Body mass index, regional adiposity and central body fat distribution among Bengalee Hindu girls : A comparative study of pre-menarcheal and menarcheal subjects.
  • J. of Physiol . Anthro. & Applied Hum . Sci . (Japan): 2002; 21(6):273–276. Adiposity, central body fat distribution and blood pressure among young Bengalee adults of Kolkata, India : Sexual Dimorphism.
  • Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India (India): 2003; 52(3):67-75.
    Obesity : A critical health problem of the new millennium.
  • Anthropologie (Czech Republic): 2004; XLII(2):137–140.
    Sex differences in anthropometric characteristics among 11-14 year old urban Bengalees of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India.
  • Journal of Human Ecology (India): 2005; 18(3):213-216.
    Anthropometric assessment of nutritional status of adolescents of Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Anthropological Science  (Japan): 2005; 113(2):141-145.
    Differences in body composition between pre-menarcheal and menarcheal Bengalee Hindu girls of Madhyamgram, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India.
  • Anthropologischer  Anzeiger (Germany): 2005; 63(1):93-101.
    Physical exercise, body mass index, subcutaneous adiposity and body composition among Bengalee boys aged 10-17 years of Kolkata, India.
  • Anthropologischer  Anzeiger  (Germany): 2005; 63(4):439-448.
    Age trends in anthropometric characteristics among 6-9 year old Bengalee Hindu school girls of Kolkata, India.
  • Collegium  Antropologicum (Croatia): 2005; 29(2):487-492.
    Regional adiposity, body composition and central body fat distribution of 10–16 year old Bengalee boys of Nimta, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India.
  • Anthropological Science  (Japan): 2006; 114(1):65-68.
    High prevalence of undernutrition among adult Kora Mudi tribals of Bankura district, West Bengal, India.
  • Ecology of Food & Nutrition (USA): 2006; 45(3):159-169.
    Anthropometric profile and chronic energy deficiency among adult Santal tribals of Jhargram, West Medinipur district, West Bengal, India: Comparison with other tribal populations of Eastern India.
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition (Britain): 2007; 3(3):216-221.
    Stunting, underweight and wasting among Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme children aged 3-5 years of Chapra, Nadia district, West Bengal, India.
  • Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (Malaysia): 2007; 13(2):131-139.
    Comparison of nutritional status between tuberculosis patients and controls: A study from North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, India.
  • Indian Journal of Public Health (India): 2007; 51(1):59-61.
    Age variations in overweight men and women in rural areas of Hooghly district, West Bengal.
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition (Britain): 2007; 3(2):141-145.
    Overweight and obesity among affluent Bengalee schoolgirls of Lake Town, Kolkata, India
  • Anthropologischer Anzeiger   (Germany): 2009; 67(2):121-128.
    Undernutrition among adult Bengalees of Dearah, Hooghly district, West Bengal, India: Relationship with educational status and food habit.
  • Anthropologischer Anzeiger   (Germany): 2009; 67(3):269-279.
    Prevalence of undernutrition among pre-school children of Chapra, Nadia District, West Bengal, India, measured by composite index of anthropometric failure (CIAF).
  • Iranian Journal of Pediatrics (Iran): 2010; 20(1):63-68.
    Mid-upper arm circumference based undernutrition among Bengalee Children of Chapra, West Bengal, India.
  • Anthropological Science (Japan): 2010; 118(1):57-60.
    Anthropometric characteristics and undernutrition among adult Santal tribe of Birbhum District, West Bengal, India.
  • Journal of Natural Science, Biology & Medicine (Ireland): 2013; 4(2):369-373.
    Relative fat distribution in relation to menarcheal status among Bengalee Hindu girls of West Bengal, India.

Selected Research Publications (in Book):

  • Human obesity: A background. In: Human Obesity: A Major Health Burden. Edited by: K. Bose. Delhi: Kamla Raj Enterprise. Journal of Human Ecology Special Issue No. 13. pp. 1-9 (2005).
  • Under nutrition among the rural Bengalee pre-school children of Chapra block, Nadia district, West Bengal. In: Reproductive and Child Health Problems in India. Edited by: K. K. N. Sharma. Delhi: Academic Excellence, pp. 110-115 (2005).
  • Rural development: Some health aspects. In: Perspectives of rural development: problems and prospects. Edited by: R. K. Das, A. Basu and A. Guha. Kolkata and Midnapore: Indian Anthropological Society and Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, pp. 101-115 (2006).
  • Causes and consequences of obesity. In: Anthropology Today: Trends, Scopes and Applications, Edited by: M.K. Bhasin and V. Bhasin. Delhi: Kamla Raj Enterprise. The Anthropologist Special Issue No. 3. pp. 223-240 (2007).
  • Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bengalee adults of Kolkata Metropolitan area, West Bengal, India. In: Obesity: A Multidimensional Approach to Contemporary Global Issue. Edited by: R. Sinha and S. Kapoor. New Delhi: Dhanraj Book House, pp. 118-125 (2009).

Selected List of Workshop/Seminar/Conference Participation:

Workshop on History, Science and Society in the Indian Context 05-16 February
The Asiatic Society, Kolkata
35th Annual Conference of The Indian Anthropological Society on Rural Development: Biological and Social Indicators 19-21 September 2002 Vidyasagar   University, Midnapore
36th Annual Conference of The Indian Anthropological Society on Sustainable Development: Tribal, Rural and Urban 16-18 May 2003 Jhargram, Midnapore
Workshop on Visual Anthropology 08-12 September 2003 University of Calcutta & American Centre, Kolkata
91st Indian Science Congress 03-07 January 2004 Punjab University,  Chandigarh
National Seminar on Human Origins, Genome and People of India 22-24 March
India International Center, New Delhi
93rd Indian Science Congress 03-07 January 2006 A.N.G.R. Agricultural University, Hyderabad
National Seminar on Human Health: A Bio-cultural Synthesis 31 March 2010 West Bengal State University, Barasat
National Seminar on Anthropology in the 21st Century 25-26 March 2014 North Bengal University, Darjeeling
National Seminar on Archaeology of Greater Calcutta 20-21 November 2014 Centre for Archaeological Studies & Training, Eastern India, Kolkata

Previous Official Affiliation:

  • Department of Anthropology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
  • Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India
  • Anthropological Survey of India (Govt. of India), Kolkata, India
  • Post Graduate Govt. Institute for Physical Education, North 24 Parganas, India
  • Bangabasi Morning College, Kolkata, India
  • Loka Kalyan Parishad, Kolkata, India

Present Official Affiliation:

Department of Anthropology, Acharya Prafulla Chandra College, New Barrackpore, Kolkata 700131, West Bengal, India.

Membership of Professional/Learned Bodies:

  • Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (RMIC), Kolkata, India
  • Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Kolkata, India
  • Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Kolkata, India
  • Indian Anthropological Society (IAS), Kolkata, India
  • Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, India