The research Institute has three major wings namely Research wing , Training wing and Development studies wing. A reference library also functions in the same premises. Apart from these an Ethnological museum and a Documentation centre Art forms of Scheduled communities are also functioning in the same campus.

1) Research wing

This wing conducts Applied and Developmental research with an interdisciplinary approach incorporating theoretical perspectives from the domain of Anthropology, Sociology , Linguistics ,Economics , Statistics and History. Besides Classification of community studies are also conducted. As per act of 1996 , the Anthropological wing is designated as an expert agency and a separate vigilance cell is functioning to curb the bogus claims of the benefit of reservation policy. The reports of individual caste determination cases referred by the scrutiny committee are submitted to the government for further action. Anthropological reports by this wing to the screening committee prevents the infiltration of candidates with bogus SC/ST certificates for admission professional activities. Ethnographic studies  are also conducted.

  • The Research Wing conducts ethnographic studies on various communities, especially on the Scheduled Communities of the state, with a view to understand their socio-cultural dimensions as part of its Classification of community studies.
  • The Wing also conducts Inclusion and Exclusion Studies of various communities
  • The Wing has also completed the Base Line Survey on among the five PTG’s in Kerala.

Vigilance Cell

  • As per act 11 of 1996 a separate Vigilance Cell is also functioning in the Research Wing , in order to curb the bogus claims of the benefits of the reservation policy.
  •  The individual caste determination cases referred by the Screening and Scrutiny Committees are conducted by this wing.

Screening Committee Cases

  • The Committee has referred a number of doubtful cases for anthropological verification to the Vigilance Cell of the Research Wing.
  • A total of 1224 anthropological enquiries were conducted and reports submitted to government  during the last and the current financial year

Scrutiny Committee Cases

  • The Committee has referred a number of cases pertaining to persons who have enjoyed/ enjoying SC/ST benefits, on the basis of bogus SC/ST certificates, for anthropological verification.
  • Almost 20 cases have been completed during the financial years 2006-08, and the enquires in 15 cases are at the stage of finalization.

Studies conducted for the Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes

  • The KSCBC has entrusted the task of conducting community studies as part of inclusion studies into OBC Category.
  • During the last and the current financial years 5 such community studies have been completed and report submitted.

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(2) Training wing

Training is conducted to inculcate scientific knowledge of Community Development for the officials working under various governmental department for SC/ST Development. Training for SC/ST youth also conducted for the proper utilization of govern-mental plans and programs. Special care is taken to impart training, applying the recent trends of Information Technology that would enable members of scheduled communities to acquire better skills. Training is unique as it incorporates method of both formal and informal learning. Seminars and workshops on SC/ST development are also organized by this wing.

  • Conducts Training programmes to inculcate scientific knowledge of community development for the officials.
  •  Training for SC/ST youths and leaders are also undertaken for effective utilization of Governmental plans and programmes.
Calendar of Training Programme during the current financial Year

(3) Evaluation Division. ( Development studies wing)

This wing conducts various evaluation studies of the programs implemented for the development of Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes. The Tribal Sub plan, Special component plans and other development schemes are studied critically for analyzing the feasibility of such programmes and reports are submitted to government for making necessary changes in the plan programmes. Current issues related to the development of SC/ST population is given due care and immediate spot study is made by this wing to call the attention of the government for an urgent action. Studies proposed by the Central Government are also conducted. All these have great significance to the  policy makers as it explores the possibility of the given situation in a scientific and systematic manner. An experienced team of Economists , Sociologists, Anthropologists and Statisticians work together in  this wing for a comprehensive analysis of the policies and its implementation pertaining to SC/ST development.

  • Undertakes applied and action-oriented research studies pertaining to the development of the scheduled communities in Kerala.
  • Evaluation of development programmes coming  under TSP and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are conducted. Identification and rectification of policy fatigue, if any, is one of the major focus of such studies.

Studies Completed during 2006-07

  • Role of NGOs in the Tribal Areas of Kerala: A Case Study from the Wayanad District
  • Socio-cultural changes among Scheduled Tribe Mavilan Community
  • Non Wood Forest Products and the Scheduled Tribe Cooperative Societies in Kerala: Crisis and Opportunities.

On-going Research Projects

  • Non Wood Forest Products, Biodiversity Conservation, Participatory Model Development, and the Livelihood Strategies of  Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribes in Kerala
  • Ethno-Biology of the Kurumbas of Attappady.
  • Evaluation Study of the Samrudhi Kendras of Kerala

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(4) Auxiliary wings  (Aadikala Kendra & Ethnological Museum)

The art forms of the scheduled castes and tribes were either neglected or suppressed for many known and unknown reasons everywhere in the world and especially in Kerala. In fact, these art forms have a peculiar role in the mainstream culture of Kerala. Recognising their importance KIRTADS has been taking initiative for the preservation of culture for the past few years. These steps have become fruitful through the opening of an ethnological museum called ‘Aadi Kala Kendra’ (a centre for primordial art forms) at Kozhikode, for protecting old art forms, symbols and cultures.

 The primary aim of this venture is to sustain the uniqueness of the art forms of the primitive tribals. As part of the initiative, senior artists from among the tribals will be identified who will train the new generation in these art forms. This is intended to protect the cultural heritage of these people and pass it on to the next generation. The tribal riches, mainly connected with art and culture, are facing a serious threat of extinction all over the world. But the revival movements also are getting stronger. If such movements can be strengthened, the lost cultural heritage can be saved.

Library and Data bank

The department has a well equipped library with more than ten thousand books on various disciplines such as Anthropology, sociology, Dalit studies, Linguistics Economics, History ,Folk lore, Statistics, Woman studies etc. International and national journals are also available here reference. Now the department has proposed to the government the computerization of the library. Researchers and students can make use of this facility.

(5) Administration wing

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The traditional anti-diabetic medicine used for generations by the Kaani Tribals in South Kerala is going to create history of sorts as the national patent office in New Delhi is going to formally grant it India's first patent for a tribal medicine.