Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

Third Orientation Programme on Migration


Date and time: Dec. 15, 2018 10:00AM - Feb. 27, 2019 6:00PM

Venue: TISS Patna Centre

Centre For Development Practice and Research, Patna

 Orientation Course on Migration


For list of selected and wait-listed candidates, click here.


Contact Period: February 17 to 27, 2019

Online Period: December 15, 2018 to February 14, 2019

Venue for Contact Classes: Centre for Development Practice and Research, TISS 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 analyze the influence of law and policies of the State on migration patterns.

4.      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 History in South Asian Context

3.      Migration and Labour

4.      Migration and Urbanisation

5.      Environment and Migration

6.      Gender and Migration

7.      Statelessness and Refugeehood

8.      Migration Studies and Its Methodologies

9.      Issues of Rights, Welfare and Justice in Migration

Number of Participants

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

Course Fee

There is NO fee for submission of application form.

The course fee for selected participants both from India as well as SAARC countries 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 Indian candidates.

Essential Qualification of Candidates

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.

Application Process

Those willing to apply should download the prescribed 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. Application not received in prescribed format will NOT be considered.  Since we receive a large number of application, the participants will be selected through a screening process of the applications based on the background, interest and statement of purpose of the candidates.

Announcement of Selected Candidates

The selection of candidates will be announced on 25th November 2018 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 2018.

Commencement of the Course

The course will be delivered in two phases:

a)      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, 2018 and end on 14th February 2019.

b)      An eleven-day contact course will be held from February 17 to 27, 2019 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 10th November 2018.

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).