CCD plans to undertake two long-term projects, viz. (1) Structurological studies on Gujarat Tribals; and (2) A series of publications based on the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Bombay (JASB) 1886-1936.

Most studies on Gujarat tribals have been culturological, covering their dress, diet, demeanour, dance, music, religion and customs. There are no focussed studies on their social structure, internal social  and political organisation, which examine the organisation of family, lineage, clan and tribe, and their marriage rules. CCD has undertaken a pilot study of the Gamit tribe and plans to study nearly 30 other tribes of Gujarat in the coming years.

CCD has commenced bringing out a series titled Indian Anthropology, 1886-1936, edited by A.M. Shah and Lancy Lobo. Primus Publications, Delhi, has agreed to publish this series. The first two volumes are ready for publication. The Anthropological Society of Bombay was a learned society formed in 1886 by the English-educated literati of Bombay (now Mumbai), both European and Indian. It published the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Bombay continuously until 1936. In fifty years, JASB published fifteen volumes, each with eight numbers, plus a Silver Jubilee Number and a Golden Jubilee Number  an average of two to three numbers a year. In all it published about 750 articles, covering various branches of anthropology. While the majority of articles were concerned with South Asia, a remarkably large number also covered West Asia, North-East Africa, East Asia, South-East Asia, Europe and America. Within South Asia, all the major regions and religions were covered. In all, about 130 authors contributed to the journal. They belonged to almost all parts of South Asia and several countries of Europe. This is a valuable record of the first fifty years of anthropology in South Asia, almost forgotten today. It offers rare ethnographies and theoretical discussions that serve to understand the society and culture of the time as a benchmark for studying social and cultural change and as insights into the creativity of indigenous scholarship. With a view to help scholars in using them, the articles in JASB are classified according to certain broad themes, and will be presented in a series of volumes as listed below:

Volume 1.       Essays on Suicide and Self-immolation

Volume 2.       Ethnography of East and South-East Asia

Volume 3.       Ethnography of West Asia and North-East Africa

Volume 4.       The Parsees: Their Traditional Society and Culture

Volume 5.       Theoretical Approaches: Terms, Concepts and Methods

Volume 6.       Physical Anthropology

Volume 7.       Archaeology and Historiography

Volume 8.       Religion and Society in South Asia: The Holistic Perspectives

Volume 9.       South Asia: Regional Ethnographies

  1. South India and Ceylon
  2. Western India
  3. Central and North India
  4. Eastern India

CCD is sure this series will provide an overview of the formative period of Indian Anthropology, which will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in India and across the world.

Apart from these two major projects, in the coming years CCD will take up smaller studies on  relevant issues of suicide; status of students who failed in Std. X and XII; and status of widows. CCD has planned two national seminars, one on environment, and the other on B.R. Ambedkar. A foundational lecture to be held each year is also contemplated.