Tata Institute of Social Sciences
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Orientation Programme on Migration


Venue: Centre for Development Practice and Research, TISS Patna Centre

Contact Period: February 17 to 27, 2018

Online Period: December 15, 2017 to February 14, 2018

The Centre for Development Practice and Research (CDPR) of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) announces an orientation programme in ‘Migration’. The programme will be offered from the premises of the TISS Centre at Patna.

We live in the 'Age of Migration'. Though migration is an old phenomenon, actively promoted by the Colonial State, it was after the advent of liberalisation and integration of markets that migration has accelerated and diversified exponentially. It involves various factors - the state, government, local actors, political economy of new forms of production and labour processes, urbanisation, climate change, displacement, violence, citizenship, welfare, gender, identities and processes of formation of subjectivity, rights and entitlements, and so on. Thus, migration has to be understood as a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon, which also requires nuanced understanding of various methods that can be applied in studying it. In this backdrop, an orientation course on migration is being organised with the following objectives:

  • To present an overview of various facets of contemporary migration.
  • To facilitate a multi-disciplinary and integrated understanding of labour migration.
  • To analyze the influence of law and policies of the State on migration patterns.
  • To introduce students to theories and empirical research methods in migration studies.


Overall there will be eleven modules which are as follows:

  1. Main Concepts and Theories in Migration Studies
  2. Migration and Immigration in Modern History
  3. Overview of Migration in South Asia
  4. Migration and Labour
  5. Migration and Urbanisation
  6. Environment, Climate Change and Migration
  7. Gender, Informalities and Migration
  8. Internally Displaced Persons and Refugeehood
  9. Research Methods in Migration Studies
  10. Issues of Rights, Welfare and Justice in Migration
  11. Policy Perspective on Migration

Number of Participants

The maximum number of participants will be 25 out of which five (5) participants will be from SAARC countries.

Course Fee

The course fee is Rs. 3000/- for the entire duration of the course. This includes the cost of board and lodging and course material. Selected candidates will be informed about the mode of payment of fee. There is freeship available for a maximum of five candidates.

There is NO fee for submission of application form.

Essential Qualification of the Candidates

The candidates should have a master’s degree in any discipline of social sciences and humanities. In case of a practitioner on migrants’ rights, essential qualification can be relaxed but they must have at least three years of work experience.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction will be English.


The faculty will be drawn from various campuses of TISS and also from other prestigious universities/institutions of India.

Criteria for Selection

The participants will be selected through a screening process of the applications based on the background, interest and statement of purpose of the candidates. Those willing to apply should download the application form, duly fill it and send by mail (scanned copy) or post. The application MUST be accompanied by a statement of purpose (SOP) in approximately 500 words.

Announcement of Selected Candidates

The selection of candidates will be announced on 25th November 2017 on the website of the TISS and subsequently intimation of selection will be sent by e-mail. Selected candidates can deposit the course fee in TISS account by electronic transfer by 5th December 2017.

Commencement of the Course

The course will be delivered in two phases:

  1. A two-month pre-contact course during which the participants will periodically receive reading material through our online courseware and will be required to complete their assignments. The pre-contact phase will commence on December 15, 2017 and end on 14th February 2018.
  2. An eleven-day contact course will be held from February 17 to 27, 2018 at Patna. This part of the course will be residential. The participants will be required to reach the venue in the evening of 16th February 2018 and they may leave in the morning of 28th February 2018.

Certificate of participation will be awarded to those participants only who have completed both phases of the course.

Term Paper

The participants will be required to submit a term paper prior to the commencement of the contact period. They will be required to present their term paper during the contact period.

Last date of receiving application

The last date of receiving application by mail or post is 5th November 2017.

The application form should be sent by mail to: patnacentre@tiss.edu or by post to: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi Public School (Junior wing), Priyadarshi Nagar, West Bailey Road, Patna - 801 503 (Bihar) INDIA.

For any queries, candidates may write to patnacentre@tiss.edu or call the office (No. +91 7781 950 665) or Mr. Neeraj Kumar, Programme Manager (Mobile: +91 8987 041 323).

List of selected and waitlisted candidates

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