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Material and Methods
Results and Discussion
Summary and Conclusions
By the blessings of God and parents, the help and guidance rendered to me by a host of people, I could complete of this research work.
I am deeply indebted to my research supervisor Dr. P. Chengal Reddy, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, for his involvement right from the selection of the research problem. His constant encouragement, able guidance and enthusiasm made me to finish this research on time. I know mere words are insufficient to thank him and convey my true feelings.
I am thankful to the Head, Department of Anthropology for providing me the necessary facilities to carry out this research work. I take this opportunity to thank all the faculty members of the Department for their encouragement and help on different occasions.
I express my deep gratitude to Dr. P. Venkatramana, Senior Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, for his guidance and extreme help at every stage of this work which made this thesis possible in the present form. I am also thankful to Dr. K.K. Reddy for his suggestions.
I am indeed grateful to my colleague Mr. P. Annaiah, for his help during data collection. My special thanks are due to my friends Mr. K. Ramakoti Reddy and Mr. M. Prasad during the period of data collection. I record my thanks to my colleagues Mr. M. Gangaramaiah, Mr. K. Prabhakar and other friends, and well wishers for their help during the field work.
I am very much thankful to Mr. Pradeep Kumar and Mr. Ravi who helped me during laboratory analysis.
I express my sincere thanks to Prof. K.V.S. Sarma, Department of Statistics, S. V. University, Tirupati and Dr. Deepa Raj, M. V. Diabetes Research center, Chennai for their timely help in the data analysis.
I am indebted to my mother Smt. Marry Pakala and my father Sri. Chengalrayan Pakala to whom no amounts of verbosity would do justice to their contribution to my growth as a human being and towards my overall personality. I am also thankful brothers Mr. Dathendra Prasanna Pakala, Mr. Surendra Babu Pakala and sister-in-law Dr. Sirisha T who have instilled strength, support and inspiration at all times during my course of research.
I am gratefully acknowledged the financial support (Young Scientist Fellowship) of Andhra Pradesh Council of Science & Technology (APCOST), Hyderabad to carryout this work.
Last but not the least I would like to thank all the subjects for their cheerful cooperation during the data collection.
TIRUPATI ( CHANDRASEKHAR RAO. P )