Government of West Bengal
Activities of Cultural Research Institute
Conducts ethnographic studies on different Communities.
Supplies specific recommendation for Identification of various Castes/Communities.
Initiates Research Project on different aspects of Tribal Life and Culture.
Conducts Evaluation Studies on various schemes and. programmes undertaking by the Department of Backward Classes Welfare for development of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
Helps the department in preparing and documents on the three Primitive Tribes Groups of West Bengal.
Provides opinion/comments on identification of caste/community status of the disputed cases sponsored by the certificate issuing authorities.
Supplies information in regard to the questions raised in the State Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha.
Undertakes Research Work as guided by the National Commission for Backward Classes as well as Other Commissions like National Commission for De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes.
Organizes Transcription Work and Translation of Rev. P.O. Bodding's unpublished writings kept in the form of Microfilm.
Participates in preparation of Tribal Sub-Plan and Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan and Annual Reports of the Department.
Provides Success Stories and Photographs to the Department of Backward Classes Welfare, Government of West Bengal as well as the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.
Collection and Display of Ethnographic Specimen of different Tribal Groups of West Bengal are done through the Museum of the Cultural Research Institute. Museum of the Institute is holding nearly five hundred composite types of specimens for display in the showcases.

Most of the specimens are bio-degradable, which requires more attention with appropriate care. Specimens of the Museum are covering a panoramic view of tribal style of life in West Bengal. This Museum is the treasure house of tribal heritage.

Here, preservation as well as storage has been done for many artifacts along with notes. The Museum, has also taken up a program for its modernization with the help of digital technology. Permanent Exhibition is also annexed to the Museum. Internship Training program for Post-Graduate students of Museology was also run by this section.
A Quarterly Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute is published since 1962. The Institute has published various Books and Monographs along with two Handbooks - one on Scheduled Castes of West Bengal and another on the Scheduled Tribes of West Bengal. A Bengali Journal of the Department of Backward Classes Welfare named UTTARAN SAMAYIKI is also published from this Institute.
(A list of Publications is appended).
Organizes Primary Level Bhawaiya Sangeet Competition and Santal One-Act Drama Competition (Regional Level)every year.
Extends support to organize the Departmental Programme on observance of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's Birth Anniversary, Hool Divas (Santal Revolt), One Act Drama, Tribal Folk Festival, Promotion and Dissemination of Tribal Folk Art, Felicitation of Tribal Eminent Personalities and Observance of World Tribal Day have been extended.
Attends "Exchange of Visits" Programmes of different Tribal Research Institutes.
Organizes Seminars on the Problems of the Scheduled Tribes of the State.
Conducts Training Programmes for the field level staff of the department engaged in the welfare of the SCs, STs and OBCs.
Library of the Institute is holding .near about fifteen thousand books and journals of national and international repute. The panorama of the books includes different aspects of tribal life and associated factors. The library is maintaining a small Reading-room too. Different journals are also received in the Library through exchange programme.
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