Andre Beteille

The well-known Sociologist Dr. Andre Beteille receives the Padma Bhushan award from the President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on March 28, 2005.jpg
Beteille (left) receives the Padma Bhushan from the President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, c. 2005.
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
InfluencesG. S. Ghurye
Academic work

Andre Beteille, is an Indian sociologist, writer and academician. He is known for his studies of the caste system in South India.[1] He has served with educational institutions in India such as Delhi School of Economics, North Eastern Hill University (in Shillong), and Ashoka University.

Early life and education

Beteille was born to a French father and an Indian mother.[2] He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Calcutta.[3] Thereafter he received his doctorate from the University of Delhi. After a brief stint at the Indian Statistical Institute as a research fellow, he joined the faculty of sociology at the DSE.[4]


He has taught at distinguished universities including Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He has also served as the Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.[4]

He was a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi where, since 2003, he remains Professor Emeritus of Sociology.[5] He was appointed National Research Professor by the Government of India in 2007.[6]

Presently, he is the Chancellor of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya [7] and prior to that he served as the Chancellor of Ashoka University.[8][9][10]

Awards and recognition

He is a recipient of the third highest civilian honour of India, the Padma Bhushan, and was also made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[11] He also served on the Social Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2010.




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  6. ^ Bipan Chandra and Andre Beteille Appointed as National Research Professors
  7. ^ "Administrative Officials". NEHU Shillong. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Chancellor". Ashoka University. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Ashoka and After: The Universities We Believe In". The Wire. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  10. ^ Puri, Anjali (27 December 2014). "I haven't lost faith in democracy. It is here to stay...: Andre Beteille". Business Standard India. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
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