Kalyani, July 3: In a major step towards study of diaspora, a weeklong inter-disciplinary workshop titled Migration for Better Life: Challenge and Response in a Globalized world began at the Kalyani University on Tuesday. More than fifty teachers and research scholars across the state have participated in this workshop which was organized by the University’s Centre for Studies on Bengali Diaspora and Faculty of Arts and Commerce.
The workshop was inaugurated by vice chancellor professor Sankar Kumar Ghosh. Consul General of Nepal to Calcutta, Eaknarayan Aryal and US Consul for Economic and Political Affairs Prasenjit Gupta were present during the inaugural programme.
Director of Centre for Studies on Bengali Diaspora professor Sumit Mukherjee said, “The basic objective of the workshop is to address the issue of migration in an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspective. We would try to generate new insight on the issue of national and international migration through inputs from varied discipline. To achieve this we have planned to bring teachers, researchers and students together to work on diverse subjects, related disciplines with an endeavor to provide common platform highlighting the problems and obstacles faced by migrants”.
In June 2015, the Kalyani University authority, for the first time in the country had began study of diaspora setting up an independent centre for research, analysis and enumeration of the diaspora of a particular community.
Vice chancellor professor Sankar Kumar Ghosh said, “Our aim is to build up an innovating thought among student on the issue. This workshop will help Bengali diaspora to explore their thoughts and exchange ideas on a common platform and encourage students to do research work in near future”.
The workshop will end on July 9 with a special lecture session by Deputy High Commissioner of Great Britain Bruce Bucknell.