Fourth Orientation Course on Migration

February 12, 2020 to February 20, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Immigration & Migration History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Intellectual History, Ethnic History / Studies

Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

Orientation Programme on Migration

February 12 to 20, 2020, Patna


The Centre for Development Practice and Research (CDPR), a Patna-based Centre of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) announces its third orientation course on ‘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, TISS Patna offers an orientation course on migration with the following objectives:

1.  To present an overview of various facets of contemporary migration.

2.  To facilitate a multi-disciplinary and integrated understanding of labour migration.

3.  To introduce students to theories and empirical research methods in migration studies.


Overall there will be nine modules which are as follows:

1.  Main Concepts and Theories of Migration

2.  Migration and Emigration in Modern Indian History

3.  Labour, Employment and Migration

4.  Urbanisation and Migration

5.  Gender and Migration

6.  Forced Migration (Statelessness and Refugeehood)

7.  Approaches to Research Methods in Migration

8.  A Two-day Workshop on Paper Writing on Migration

Number of Participants

A maximum number of 20 participants will be admitted in the course.

Course Fee

There is NO fee for submission of application form.

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

Essential Qualification of Candidates

Candidates should have a master’s degree in any discipline of social sciences and humanities and should preferrably be enrolled either in MPhil/PhD programme or teaching in a college/university. In case of a practitioner on migrants’ rights, essential qualification can be relaxed but they must have a master’s or equivalent degree and 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.

Application Process

Those willing to apply should download the prescribed application form, duly fill it and send by mail (scanned copy) or post. The applicants MUST write a detailed proposal of approximately 2500 words of a research paper which they intend to write/develop into a publishable paper.

Applications, if not received in the prescribed format and without the abstract, will NOT be considered. Since we receive a large number of applications, the participants will be selected through a screening process of the applications based on their academic background and quality of abstract.

Announcement of Selected Candidates

The selection of candidates will be announced on 10th January 2020 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 the TISS account by electronic transfer by 20th January 2020.

Commencement of the Course

The course is of nine-day duration of which Sunday will be a holiday. The course will be residential. The participants will be required to reach the venue in the evening of 11th February 2020 and they may leave in the morning of 21st February 2020.

Two-day Paper Writing Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to support the participants in writing a publishable paper on migration. The detailed proposal (of approx. 2500 words) will be the basis of the workshop in which invited discussants, TISS Patna Centre’s faculty and their peers will give detailed comments on the abstract. The process will continue after the Orientation Course wherein the participants will be invited, with travel bursary, to attend authors’ workshop for discussion on the first draft of the paper. Selected papers will be sent for blind peer-review and further revision. It is expected that through this process the authors will be able to write a publishable paper for a peer-reviewed journal or edited volume. 

Last date of receiving application

The last date of receiving application by mail or post is 25th December 2019.

The application form should be sent by mail to: 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 or call the office (No. +91 7781 950 665) or Mr. Neeraj Kumar, Programme Manager (Mobile: +91 8987 041 323).

Contact Info: 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna Centre
Delhi Public School Senior Wing
Village: Chandmari,
Danapur Cantonment, Patna - 801 502 (Bihar) INDIA

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