Akhyai Jyoti Mahanta

Assistant Professor, HoD, Sociology
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  • Department - Sociology
  • Designation - Assistant Professor, HoD


Phone 9957097993


Title of the Thesis Year of award Awarding university
2020 Dibrugarh University


Title of the Thesis Year of award Awarding university
2020 – present Tezpur University

Courses Taken

Courses Offered over the Years:

  1. Introduction to Sociology - I & II
  2. Sociology of India – I & II
  3. Political Sociology
  4. Economic Sociology

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  • Paper presented at UGC sponsored National Seminar organized by Khagarijan College, Nagaon on the theme ‘Inter-State Border Disputes in North-East India’, 28th -29th October, 2015 - “The Causes and Impact of Assam – Nagaland Border Dispute at Mariani Constituency (Jorhat): A case study at Rongkham Village, Naginijan Tea Estate and Bocha village.”
  • Paper presented at ICCR and DU sponsored International Seminar organized by Department of Sociology and Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Studies in Performing Arts, Dibrugarh University on the theme ‘Art and Culture: Change and Continuity’, 4th-5th March, 2019 - “The Changing Trend of Satriya Mask Art: A Question of Acceptance and Durability.”
  • Paper titled at the ISS & DU sponsored National Seminar organized by Department of Sociology, Dibrugarh University and Indian Sociological Society (RC-10) on the theme ‘Gender: Expanding Discourses, Examining Intersections’, 21st -22nd October, 2019 –“Low Caste Married Women: The Narratives of Unheard Voices in the Satra Institution of Assam.”
  • Paper presented at National Seminar on ‘Reading and Writing about the Lives in Northeast India’ organized by Department of Sociology, Tezpur University, 3-4 February, 2019 – “’Caste-ing’ Initiation: A Study of the Neo-vaishnava Sect in Assam.”
  • Paper presented at NCW sponsored National Seminar on ‘Identification of Abusive Relationships and Prevention of Domestic Violence’ organized by Digboi Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Digboi on March 8, 2022 - ‘Food, Caste and the Discrimintory Treatment towards Women: A Study in the Sattra Institution of Assam’.
  • Attended the Winter School on ‘Performing Religion: Theory and Practice’ organized by IIT, Delhi on February 17-21, 2020.
  • Participated in the month long Faculty Induction Programme from February 15 to March 16, 2022 organized by Teaching Learning Centre, Ramanujan College, University of Delhi.


Non-Academic Writings:

  • Interview titled - ‘Tete-E-Tete with Hemchandra Goswami, Eminent Mask Artist from Majuli’ – published jointly with Udeepta Phukan in ‘Discover North-East’, an online magazine, on 8th February, 2017.
  • Assamese translation - ‘Sinor Bandh-Birodhi Prasar Abhiyanot Nagorik-Xomajor Bhumika’ – published in ‘Aalap’, a well-known six-monthly magazine in Assam; Bandhav Publication, Guwahati; Third edition, April-September, 2018. [Original English article by Liu Jianqiang titled – ‘The Role of Civil Society in China’s Anti-Dam Campaigns’ – published at Journal - (Understanding Asia’s Water Crisis)]
  • Assamese Translation – ‘Jounaj Bastovbaad: Cinemar Onnyo Ek Matra’ – published as a book chapter in Noni Teron’s book Cinema Bhabona-Sinta. Original English Article titled – ‘Erotic Realism: Another Dimension of Cinema’.
  • Article titled – ‘Sambhrantakaranor Dixe Bihu’ – published on a magazine Enajori prepared on the occasion of Rupai Kendriya Rongali Bihu Sanmilan, 2022.
  • Article titked – ‘Joymotir majere Jyoti Xuwaran’ - published on a magazine Abhinaba Jyoti prepared on the occasion of All Assam Student Union’s Centrally organized Silpi Divas at Doomdooma, 2022.
  • Article titled – ‘Cycle aru Sanman’ – published on Amar Asom, a daily Assamese newspaper, on January 18, 2022.


Invited Lectures

  • Resource person on an online event to discuss on the issues related to examination preparation and student psychology especially for the HSLC and the HSSLC students. The event was organized by Asom Chatra Parishad on May 24, 2021.
  • Judge for the ‘Personality Development’ competition held in PNGB Government Model College, Kakopather as part of the college week celebration on April 8, 2022.


Literary/Cultural/Social Activities

  • 1st position in the Essay Competition on the topic Heritage and Development on the theme ‘Craft Tradition of Assam’, organized by the Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University on World Heritage Day, 20th April, 2015.
  • 1st position in Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Essay Competition, 2016 (Assamese) organized by Tezpur University for and on behalf of the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Special member of Souvenir, TechXetra (annual technical festival), 2014, Tezpur University.
  • Editorial member of Souvenir, TechXetra, 2015, Tezpur University.
  • Convener of Srijan (University annual magazine), 2015-2016, Tezpur University.
  • Official member of University Choir Team for the session 2013-2016.
  • Participated in the Orientation Course in Drama conducted by noted actor and director Baharul Islam from 4th June to 7th June, 2015, organized by the Centre for Assamese Studies, Tezpur University.
  • Performed Borgeet at the Cultural Evening held on the occasion of the 19th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking (NACLIN) organizedby DELNET in collaboration with Tezpur University on 26th October, 2016.
  • 1st position in the Borgeet competition at 17th Annual Meet, 2013-2014, Tezpur University. Best Supporting Actor in the Drama competition at 18th Annual Meet, 2014-2015, Tezpur University.
  • Assistant Direction in the short film ‘Let’s Play PUBG’, June 9, 2020.
  • Served as a member of National Service Scheme (NSS) team from 2013 to 2015 under Tezpur University.
  • Volunteered on the ‘Project on Developing Child Friendly Panchayats in Three Gram Panchayats of Balipara Block, Sonitpur District, Assam’ organized by UNICEF with partnership of Equal Opportunity Cell, Tezpur University, 2015.
  • Installation of Arsenic Nilogon (filter) on the community basis for providing Arsenic free drinking water to the school students and villagers in Titabar area, Jorhat (Assam) under the supervision of Professor Robin Dutta (received patent for this innovation in 2017) of Chemical Science Department, Tezpur University.

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List of Publication

  1. Mahanta, A.J. (2022). ‘Naamgharor Sthapotyoshoili: Ek Avalukan’. Gariyoshi, pp. 5- 9, Guwahati: Sahitya-Prakash.
  2. Mahanta, A.J. ‘Inter-caste marriage: An untold Saga of Oppression in a Vaishnava Monastery of Assam.’ Explorations. Vol. 5 (1), April 2021, pp. 91-114. India Sociological Society.
  3. ‘Historicity of Casteism: Assam and the Vaishnava Monasteries’. Journal of Critical Reviews. ISSN – 2394-5125; Vol 7, Issue 13, 2020.

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Educational Qualifications: 

M.Phil (NEHU)
Ph.D. (NEHU)

Specialization Social and Cultural Anthropology"

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Area of Interest:
Emerging trend in Ethnicity, Identity consciousness, Culture studies, Youth behaviour, Intellactual Property Rights and Displacement studies etc.

Ph.D Awarded :

Dr. Phatick Ch. Baruah, 2003 : Customary Laws Among the Mishings

Dr. Farhin Ara Rohman, 2008 : Folk Narratives and Social Reality : A Case Study of the Karbis of Assam

Dr. Sunil Kr. Borgohain, 2008 : Social and Political Status of the Morans

Dr. Bhanu Pangging, 2013 : Neo-Vaisnavism and the Mishings of Majuli Island : A Study on Continuity and Change

Doctoral Fellows :

1. Ganesh Kumar Shah (27-12-2008) Rajiv Gandhi Fellow : Cultural Response to Displacement : A Case Study of Rohmoria Region.

2. Pankaj Gogoi (11-12-2009) : Ethno-medical Knowledge and Its Socio-cultural base, Efficacy, Problems and Prospects : A Case Study of Dhemaji and East Siang Districts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

3. Anup Hazarika (16-12-2011) : An Anthropological Impact Assessment of Flood : A Case Study od Dhemaji development Block

4. Mondira Baruah (16-12-2011) UGC-JRF : Cultural Ecology of a Flood Prone Area : A Case study of Three Village Communities, viz., Ahom, Chutiya. and Mishing of Chamarajan Area in Dhemaji District.

5. Chusmita Konwar (30-11-2012) UGC-JRF : Impact of Flood on Socio-economic Life of the People : A Case Study in Dhokuwakhana Sub-division of Lakhimpur District, Assam.

6. Dipa Patir (30-11-2012) : Traditional Coping and Indigenous Adaptation Strategies Employed during Flood by the Mishing Population in Dhemaji District of Assam.

7. Purabi Saikia (30-11-2012) UGC-JRF Land Alienation due to Establishment of BCPL Project and its Impact on Socio-economic Life : A Case Study in Barbarua Development Block, Dibrugarh.

Life Memebership







Selected Publications


  1. Continuity and Change Among the Ahom, New Delhi, Concept Publishing Company, 2006.
Other publications
  1. Impact of Displacement on the Traditional Occupation of the Displaced Population of Rohmoria : A Case Study. With Ganesh Shah. Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh..Vol.-39, ISSN-0976-2264, 2011
  2. Cultural Ecology : The Human Interface, in Dibyajyoti Dutta and Jukti Ratna Saikia edited, Environment and Development : Emerging Issues and Debates. P. 196-202. Guwahati, Planet ink, 2011. 
  3. Indigenous Knowledge of transportation, preservation and packaging of food and other items of economic importance among the Sonowal Kacharis of Dibrugarh district”. Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Vol.35, 29-38, 2008.
  4. “Dynamics of Culture Change of the Ahom”.Indian Journal of Tai Studies, Vol.VII. Moran, Institute of Tao Studies and Research, 2007.
  5. “Glimpses of Social Reality Through Tattoos of the Wanchos of Arunachal Pradesh”. Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 41:291-297(2006), Kolkata, 2006.
  6. “Disintegration of ‘Haori’ Institution and its Impact on Folk Society”. Indian Journal of Tai Studies, Vol.V. Moran, Institute of Tai Studies and Research, 2005.
  7. “Striking A Dynamic Equilrium: A Study on Continuity and Change Among the Ahoms of Lakhimipukhuri-Jaikhamdang Village,Sibsagar, Assam”.North East India In PerspectiveRajat K.Das et ll(ed.). New Delhi: Akansha Publishing House, 2005.
  8. “Karbi Folk Narratives: A Window to Social reality” (Joint)Tribal Studies In Northeast IndiaS.Sengupta (ed.). New Delhi : Mittal Publicaton, 2002.
  9. “People’s Perception of Ethnicity; An Exploration Into The World of Folklore”.Ethnicity in Assam,K.M. Deka & K.N. Phukan (ed.). Dibrugarh University: Centre for North-East Studies, 2001.
  10. “Mother’s Brother’s Daughter: An Analysis of Matrilineal Cross-cousin marriage among the Purum/Chothe”.Wonder That Is Culture: Festschrift to Prof. P.K.MisraT.B.Subba (ed.). New Delhi : Mittal Publication, 1999.
  11. “Politics of Ethnicity in North-east India: An Appraisal”. North-east India: The Human Interface.M.K.Raha & A.K.Ghosh (ed.). New Delhi, Gyan Publishing House, 1997.
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