In order to better understand the livelihood strategies of migrants and enable evidence-based policy formulation, a network of organisations and individual researchers including Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Centre for Policy Research and National Institute of Urban Affairs have joined hands with the Tata Trust to work on a new initiative: Strengthen and Harmonize Research and Action on Migration in the Indian Context (SHRAMIC).
SHRAMIC also aims at creating a conducive environment for migrants and to recognize their contribution while formulating poverty reduction and employment strategies. The distinctive element of SHRAMIC initiative is the close interaction between academia and NGOs, building upon the knowledge of both sets of partners in order to address common issues of interest. As a result of this close collaboration, it is expected that academic partners would acquire a better understanding of the actual experience of migrants and NGO partners would be able to better appreciate the role of the nature research methods of the academic partners.
Conceptualised under the umbrella of SHRAMIC, this workshop aims to present a macro overview of internal migration in the country and unique insights from the field on how people in rural areas take migration decisions; how they experience the city and the unique challenges they face in the process.
The workshop marks the release of a special issue of Urban India Journal, a bi-annual journal of National Institute of Urban Affairs, on the subject of Internal Migration in India. The issue is a collection of select published research papers from a network of 67 migrant resource centres across India offering insights from the field on critical issues related to labour migration, employment and urbanisation.
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Prof. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs
Prof. Sanjiv Phansalkar, Program Director, Tata Trusts
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research
Dr. Debolina Kundu, Associate Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs
Inaugural Address: PP Mitra, Principal Labour & Employment Advisor, Ministry of Labour and Employment
Release of Special Issue of Urban India on Internal Migration in India
Panel 1: Skills, Employability, Jobs: Improving Labour Market Outcomes in Indian Cities
Chair: Padma Shri V.R Mehta, Trustee, Tata Trusts
Padma Shri V.R Mehta, Trustee, Tata Trusts
Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, Advisor, Niti Ayog, Government of India
Ms. Sabina Dewan, President & Executive Director, JustJobs Network
Ms. Gauri Gupta, National Skill Development Corporation
Ms. Megha Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Leapskills
Panel 2: Nature, Extent, Effectiveness of Migration as a Livelihood Strategy: The Role of Government & Judiciary
Chair: Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research
Mr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice President, Bhartiya Janata Party
Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief - Tata Sustainability Group, Tata Sons Ltd
Prof. Kamala Sankaran, Professor, University of Delhi
Vote of thanks: Ms. Poornima Dore, Senior Program Officer, Tata Trusts