Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

Orientation Course on Labour Migration: Perspectives and Practice (by TISS Patna & Aajeevika Bureau)

Applications Invited


Date and time: Aug. 9, 2018 9:00AM - Aug. 19, 2018 10:00AM

Venue: TISS Patna Centre


Orientation Course on Labour Migration: Perspectives and Practice
9th –19th August 2018, Patna

The Center for Migration and Labour Solutions (Aajeevika Bureau) and the Centre for Development Practice and Research (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna) are proud to announce the fourth round of the Orientation Course on Labour Migration: Perspectives and Practice.

The Course aims to provide a learning platform for practitioners and workers' rights advocates with focused work or engagement with labour migration. It aims to enrich practitioners’ field insights with conceptual inputs on labour migration and at the same time creates avenues for academic and policy discourses to draw from the ground experience of practitioners. The course seeks to bridge the divide between academia and practice through a two-way feedback loop, and deepen knowledge on labour migration.

What does the course offer?

  • An opportunity to cultivate:- A deep understanding of labour migration - its key drivers; relationship with economic growth and poverty; its developmental outcomes; as well as the pressing policy challenges in the area
  • An appreciation of action research for making systematic enquiries for better practice
  • An enhanced understanding of labour regulations and labour reforms in India

Design, Tools and Faculty

The course combines classroom teaching with simulation exercises, action-research, and group assignments under the guidance of distinguished faculty members. The constellation of faculty draws from reputed institutions such as JNU, IIM-Ahmedabad, TISS Mumbai and Patna, and CMLS. Participants should expect a rigorous eleven-day programme with heavy demands in terms of participation, self-learning and evaluation.

Eligibility and Selection

A total of 25 seats are available under the programme. Participants from field based development organizations, trade unions actively engaged in labour advocacy, and students of labour and migration are encouraged to apply.

Participants will be shortlisted based on their written applications in a prescribed format (download here) and final selection will be based on a telephonic interview and organizational references. Applicants must possess a graduate degree and should have at least 3 years of work experience. Fresh post graduates and students pursuing post graduation in relevant discipline are encouraged to apply. All aspirants must possess a working knowledge of English.

The last date for submission of completed applications is April 20, 2018. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and shortlisted candidates will be informed by May 15, 2018. This will be followed by telephonic interviews. The final list of selected candidates will be announced before June 15, 2018.

Course Fee
This programme is partially covered by a grant from IKEA Foundation. It provides for boarding, lodging, teaching and research expenses of the participants. Selected participants are expected to cover their travel to and from Patna and contribute a fee of Rs. 5000

Course Organisers

i. Center for Migration and Labour Solutions (CMLS), Aajeevika Bureau
CMLS is a knowledge institution, promoted by Aajeevika Bureau, focused on building field capacities, undertaking research and bringing policy attention to the issue of internal labour migration in India. It combines practice and knowledge and seeks to build a strong cadre of migration practitioners across India to address this development issue effectively.

ii. Centre for Development Practice and Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
The Centre for Development Practice and Research is a Patna-based independent research centre of TISS, Mumbai. The centre undertakes multi-disciplinary research studies and field action projects on issues specific to Bihar and organizes short term courses for academics and practitioners. The priority areas of research of the Centre include migration and labour studies, justice, school education, and public health.