Dr. Helen R. Sekar is presently the Coordinator of the National Resource Centre on Child Labour (NRCCL). This work entails a mix of primary and secondary research, advocacy, training, planning, monitoring and evaluation. Her initial interest was Labour Administration and Labour Welfare.
Later on, drawing on field work in several parts of India, she has conducted research on child labour in hazardous industries such as lock industry, knife industry, brassware industry and match and fireworks. Her other areas of research include employment of children home-based work, slaughter houses, children at the traffic lights, ragpicking children, insecurities and vulnerabilities of children vending on the streets, implications of HIV/AIDs on child labour and related issues. The focus of her research was the development of theory and empirical evidence on risk, resilience and coping in childhood and children’s economic and social roles and responsibilities. She has also focused on child labour and education, child labour legislation and enforcement, Impact of technological change on the demand of child labour, health and child labour, Panchayati Raj Institutions and child labour.
As an experienced trainer comfortable with simulation work, she has contributed to the development of teaching skills which has meant an extensive interface with managers, trade union leaders / office bearers, labour administrators, NGOs, elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Youth Groups, members of Teachers’ Association, Government Officials, Project Directors and Field Officials of NCLP. She has been guest faculty on courses organized by various academic and training institutions. Her major books in the recent period entitled “Hard Labour at Tender Age”, “Girl Child Labour in the Match Industry of Sivakasi: No Light in Their Lives”, Child Labour Legislation in India: A Study in Retrospect and Prospect and many booklets, Training Packages, Reports, Compendium, Monographs on the issue of Child Labour. She has also published several articles in journals of National and International Repute. Dr. Helen R. Sekar is on the editorial board of Awards Digest, the journal of Labour Legislation.
Child labour in hazardous industries such as lock industry, knife industry, brassware industry and match and fireworks.
Employment of children home-based work, slaughter houses, children at the traffic lights, rag picking children, insecurities and vulnerabilities of Informal sector Vendors, children vending on the streets, implications of HIV/AIDs on child labour and related issues
SAARC conference on child labour
In the year 2009, Dr. Sekar has coordinated the SAARC confrence on child labour
Implemented a number of research, training and Evaluation projects
Dr. Sekar has implemented a number of research, training and Evaluation projects of the IILS, UNICEF, ILO-IPEC, ILO-IPEC-ABSBP and ILO-INDUS-CLP