Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

Call for Applications for short-term courses (TISS Patna Centre)

Applications Invited

Date and time: Dec. 14, 2021 1:00AM - Feb. 17, 2022 4:00PM

Venue: Online

The Centre for Development Practice and Research (CDPR), a Patna-based Centre of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), invites applications for various short-term courses.

Course 1

Labour and Migration during the Time of Globalisation

Dates: 14-17 December 2021

Duration: 15 hours (one credit)

The course offers an insight into how various economic theories of migration have evolved, beginning from the classical theories to the more recent New Economics of Labour Migration (NELM). The course will familiarise the participants with both Macro- and Micro-economic theories of migration such as the Classical, Neo-Classical, Keynesian, Marxian, Dual Labour Market and other theories. It will help participants understand how a migrant is placed in relation to wage differential, employment, remittances, etc.

The course also aims to offer a broader overview of various databases related to labour and migration. It will explain databases used for labour and migration centric research such as NSSO, Census, and Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS).  While providing an overview of the two PLFS rounds, the comparability of the PLFS rounds with the previous ‘Employment and Unemployment’ NSSO rounds will also be discussed.


1.     Various theories on labour migration in the context of contemporary issues in migration and their usage in the current world order.

2.     Quantitative approaches to migration studies and a critical overview of various databases on migration.

3.     Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) rounds: 2017-18 and 2018-19 and their comparability with the previous NSSO rounds.

To register for the course on “Labour and Migration during the Time of Globalisation”, click here.

Last date for receiving application: 25 November 2021

The application form should be mailed to patnacentre@tiss.edu.

Announcement of selected candidates: 30 November 2021


Course 2

The Political Economy of Trade Union Movement in India

Dates: 6-9 January 2022

Duration: 15 hours (one credit)

The trade union movement in India has a chequered history in India. Industrial relations was defined by an institutional framework where the state played a mediating role between capital and labour. Trade unions’ inability to extract ‘concessions’ from employers was the result of an alliance between the state and domestic capital, and labour’s interests were seen as something to be accommodated and not maximised.

The nature of trade union movements changed further with the introduction of economic reforms in the 1990s. The trade unions mainly derived their membership from public sector undertakings (PSUs), banking and insurance. The steady pace of privatisation challenged this traditional base of trade unions and forced them to organise workers in the informal sector. Over the last three decades, the number of contract workers has risen sharply in the organised manufacturing sector. In the absence of supportive laws, the task of organising contract workers has become more difficult. The challenges before the trade union movement have been further accentuated by the emergence of the platform economy and gig workers, where existing institutional arrangements of labour struggles are rendered irrelevant. The recent changes in labour laws where existing laws have been converted into four labour codes have posed new challenges to the trade unions.

This course will address issues concerning the trade union movement in India. It will cover industrial relations and the current legal framework (since the promulgation of four labour codes), emerging platform economy and gig workers, and issues in organising the informal sector workers, including women workers. The course will conclude with a roundtable of unionists, labour activists, and scholars on new practices of solidarity and challenges of organisation in the face of new technologies.  


1.     Industrial relations since the Economic Reforms

2.     Contemporary legal regime and labour in India

3.     Informal Workers and Organisation/unionisation

4.     Platform Economy and Gig Workers

5.     Women workers’ organisation in India

6.     Resistance, Solidarity and the Future of Work

To register for the course on “The Political Economy of Trade Union Movement in India”, click here.

Last date for receiving application: 15 December 2021

The application form should be mailed to patnacentre@tiss.edu.

Announcement of selected candidates: 20 December 2021


Course 3

Doing Research on Religion in Social Sciences

Dates: 19-22 January 2022

Duration: 15 hours (one credit)

The course offers a broad overview of doing research on religion in social sciences and the challenges of ‘knowing’ it ‘objectively’. The principal objective of the course is to engage with religion as a social reality and, thus, explore the possibilities of widening the understanding of ‘religious’ phenomena through creative social science research. In due process, the course intends to go beyond the dominant tropes of doing research on religion and challenges the modernist and post-modernist framework of analysis.

The complex social realities within which multiple religious identities operate in a setting like India provides us an opportune moment to broaden our understanding and open up a dialogue on doing research on religion. We are witness to the fact that as a historian, sociologist, anthropologist, political scientist or researcher in the cultural study, any attempt to understand religion is necessarily marred by the limitation of existing tools and methods of social sciences. From the vantage point of ‘politics of knowledge’, the course offers a fresh insight into the existing limitations of research in social sciences and opens a new window of opportunity for those keen to widen the scope of research on religion.


1.     Religion in social sciences – historical overview

2.     Challenges of doing research on religion in social sciences: Some methodological issues

3.     Creative social science research – religion and politics of knowledge

To register for the course on “Doing Research on Religion in Social Sciences”, click here.

Last date for receiving application: 30 December 2021

The application form should be mailed to patnacentre@tiss.edu.

Announcement of selected candidates: 5 January 2022


Course 4

International Migration from India and Indian Diaspora

Dates: 07-10 February 2022

Duration: 15 hours (one credit)

India has a long history – from pre-colonial to current times – of international migration, which has also created one of the largest diasporas in the world. The international migration from India is highly varied – temporally, spatially, and in terms of migrants’ composition and migration outcomes. In a complex world from the point of view of border controls, differential treatment to students, entrepreneurs, professionals, skilled and unskilled labour, the rise of anti-immigrant sentiments, and competition among emigrant sending countries that crucially depend on remittances, international migration has generated special interests amongst economists, sociologists, political scientists, geographers, historians, and scholars from other disciplines.

In recent times, India has tried to give special treatment to the people of Indian origin who are eligible to obtain an ‘Overseas Citizens of India’ card. A large number of Indians settled abroad have also increasingly shown their desire to reconnect with their ‘homeland’. The rising anti-immigrant violence in different countries, discriminatory policies of ‘nationalist’ governments, and growing trend among people of Indian origin to assert their cultural identity (linked with the homeland) have also galvanized the Indian diaspora. This interdisciplinary course will help participants understand key issues in the larger context of the global discourse on international migration and diaspora.


1.     Global Compact for Migration (GCM) as a framework for regulating international migration.

2.     Indian labour migrants’ Gulf dream, the complex of emigration/immigration procedures and 

        migration outcomes

3.     International migration of professionals and students – drain, gain, and beyond

4.     Indian migrants abroad and entrepreneurship development

5.     Return of Indian migrants, refugeehood, and the question of citizenship

6.     An overview of Indian diaspora formation, particularly from colonial to current times

7.     Indian diaspora’s homeland engagement

To register for the course on “International Migration and the Indian Diaspora”, click here.

Last date for receiving application: 15 January 2022

The application form should be mailed to patnacentre@tiss.edu.

Announcement of selected candidates: 20 January 2022


Common Information

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for all four courses will be English.

Number of Participants

The number of participants in each course can be up to 25.


The workshops are for early-career researchers. Candidates should have a master’s degree in any discipline of social sciences and humanities. They should preferably be enrolled either in the MPhil/PhD programme or teaching in a college/university.

Application Process

Those willing to apply should download the prescribed application form, duly fill it and send its scanned copy by mail. The application must be accompanied by a piece of academic writing of approx.. 1000 words on a topic related to the course you wish to apply for. A candidate may apply for more than one course.

Applications will NOT be considered if not received in the prescribed format and not accompanied by the write-up.  Participants will be selected through a screening process of the applications based on their academic background and the quality of their write up.

Course Fee

There is NO fee for the courses announced above.

Announcement of Selected Candidates

The announcement will be displayed on the website of TISS, and subsequently, selected candidates will be informed by email.

Selected candidates will receive a Zoom link, and some reading material will be sent to them in advance. Attendance in every class is mandatory for getting a certificate of successful completion of the course.

For any queries, candidates may write to patnacentre@tiss.edu or call Mr Neeraj Kumar, Programme Manager, Research (Mobile: +91 8987 041 323) during working hours, 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays.