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Integrated Labour History Research Programme

The Integrated Labour History Research Programme (ILHRP) is a specialised research programme on labour history research, set up in collaboration with the Association of Indian Labour Historians (AILH), a body of professional historians and scholars interested in history of labour. The overall aim of the ILHRP is to initiate, integrate and revive historical research on labour in India and is the first of its kind in the country. The programme has three mutually reinforcing components such as digital archiving of Indian labour; writing labour history of India; and interdisciplinary research. The archive systematically collects and preserves various documents and material concerning the working class in digital form, through collaboration and networking with various stakeholders (such as trade unions, NGOs, governmental departments and business houses). Networking with similar agencies (national and international) involved in digital archiving is also a crucial aspect of the archive.

 

So far, the archive is the country's largest digital repository of labour documents, with more than 15 gigabytes of data on the World Wide Web (www.indialabourarchives.org), for public access. The collections for the archives are generated through commissioning and monitoring research and collection projects on prioritised areas of labour history, which involves negotiation and networking with experts and agencies, both within and outside the country. The programme also organises regular academic discussions, seminars and colloquia on the prioritised areas of labour history. The programme has so far more than 50 completed / ongoing research and collection projects. Since year 2000, the programme has published 18 working papers and organised around 80 seminars/discussions, including 6 international seminars on labour history.

 

The programme is continuously advised and monitored by a Joint Advisory Committee, which is constituted of nominees and representatives from both the Institute and the AILH. The current JAC Members of the Programme are:

 

Representatives/ Nominees from AILH:

 

  • Prof. S. Bhattacharya

  • Prof. Madhvan K. Palat

  • Dr. Prabhu P. Mohapotra

  • Dr. Rana P. Behal

  • Dr. Indu Agnihotri

 

Representatives/ Nominees from WGNLI:

 

  • Mr. V.P. Yajurvedi

  • Prof. Sumit Sarkar

  • Director General, National Archives of India

  • Dr. Ravi Vasudevan

  • Dr. S.K. Sasikumar

 

Centre Co-ordinator

Dr. S.K. Sasikumar, Senior Fellow