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About the Centre
Population movement across countries and continents has been an integral part of studies and research on international relations. Human resource mobility is an essential feature in the era of globalisation which has integrated world markets, networks, and technologies. They contribute to the increasing movement of various groups, such as labourers, students, professionals, and families, for multiple purposes. Here the important phenomenon is that the migrants of today are the Diaspora of tomorrow – and those of yesteryears, that of today. In Post-independence India, overseas Indians have served as a bridge of friendship and cooperation between India and host countries. Many factors and actors have contributed to the changing dynamics of human mobility throughout history. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented challenges to human mobility with its attendant consequences for the lives of migrants across the world. The CIDS deserves particular importance in this context. It is one of the inter-disciplinary Centres of Area Studies, and Innovative Research set up by the School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP), Mahatma Gandhi University, in 2008, as part of the expansion program of the School.
Chairman: Dr. Lirar Pulikkalakath
The CIDS, SIRP intends to focus on the following objectives:
In order to achieve the above objectives, the Center envisages the following activities/ plans.