Internal labour migration is an overwhelming reality that underscores India’s developmental landscape. While migration opens up new vistas of work and employment for millions of people on the move, creating new opportunities for many, it also pushes people into unequal and highly exploitative work regimes. On one hand, migration gives people an exit from issues that ail a rural society (such as agrarian distress and caste violence), but on the other, migration reconfigures its own methods of exploitation. The recent pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of migrants’ lives even further, questioning their belongingness to the city where many have spent several years.
In such a scenario, what has migration meant to the migrants themselves? What do different patterns of labour migration really tell us about the changing nature of work and about migration itself? Can rapid urbanization and the growth of cities become a beacon of hope for migrant workers? What can one say about the distressed condition of rural and agricultural areas in the country, and their role in spurring the exodus from India’s countryside? What is the nature of the impact of migration on rural and urban areas?
Despite migration being widespread, it remains poorly understood as a socio-historical, cultural and an economic phenomenon. There is indeed a compelling need to build a critical understanding of migration from different vantage points, locating migration at the cusp of changing nature of work, market and state interventions, and crisis. Keeping these realities in view, and the contradictions that surround labour migration, Azim Premji University, Bangalore is offering a short course for development practitioners.
The course will be transacted in English, on a face-to-face mode. Various kinds of resources will be used, including class lectures, audio visual material, short films etc.
1. To provide an overview of the labour migration landscape in India
2. Critically analyze the dynamics of internal labour migration in India as a contemporary social and economic reality.
3. Explore the push and pull factors of migration, both from the source and destination point.
4. Explore key development agendas from a migration lens, analyzing related policy concerns.
This course is open to mid-career professionals who are working in and on migration, urbanization, informality, agrarian transformations, labour questions and others interested in learning more about migration in India. Depending upon availability, some seats may be open to research scholars studying labour and migration. All applicants must possess a working knowledge of English.
Participants should expect a rigorous six-day program in terms of participation, self-learning and assessment. Those who participate in the course on all days will receive a ‘Certificate of Participation’ from Azim Premji University.
Prior to this, Puja was a member of the faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore Centre, where she taught Advanced Econometrics to Post Graduate and PhD students. Apart from being involved in a number of research projects, she has various publications to her credit. Puja has also trained a number of Economics and Statistical…
Vandana works in the areas of historical sociology, political economy of development, environmental history and social theory. Before joining Azim Premji University, she was a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur and at Western Connecticut State University where she taught a range of courses on Indian politics and society, Introduction to Sociology,…
Rajesh has more than 14 years of experience in the field of urban poverty dealing with issues of unorganised labour, financial inclusion, social security, migration, job placement, training and skill enhancement in the informal sector of the economy. He was previously associated with MAYA in their livelihood initiative, initiating Self Help Groups, Cooperatives, and Workers’…
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