The University of Mumbai will receive a grant of Rs 3.5 crore from the European Union to undertake research in the field of diaspora and migration. The four-year ITN CoHab research project will be held in collaboration with the Muenster University, Oxford University, Stockholm University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
“This initiative will help us bring the university research department under the international union, thereby enhancing its standards by attaining world-wide recognition,” said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of Colleges and University Development. “The motive behind this alliance is to also let students understand the importance of research. It will help them gain global exposure at a young age and also, help them seek better opportunities in the international market.”
The subject of diaspora and migration comes under the faculty of humanities and social sciences. However, for the international project, research will be conducted at an inter-disciplinary level across the five universities. The research will not only concentrate on the theoretical aspects of the subject, but will also include practical applications to understand the different characteristics of migration.
The project aims to strengthen bonds between researchers and the trade and cultural world including the European Union Immigration Lawyers Network, Centre for Advanced Studies in India and the Migration Policy Group, a European think-tank.