Centre's Mandate :
S.R. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labour) has been instituted at the National Institute
of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad by the Ministry of
Rural Development (MoRD), in honour of legendary civil servant Shri S.R. Sankaran.
The objective of the chair is to promote research on issues that would enhance understanding
and help in improving the world of work and the life of rural labour. Collaborative
research, seminars, workshops and policy dialogues involving institutions, organisations,
policy makers and other stakeholders with similar objectives, and placing the results
in the larger public domain through working papers, articles in learned journals,
books and policy briefs are part of the activities set out for the Chair.
The chair has been conducting research activities in collaborative mode on issues
of rural poor, marginalised groups, women workers, labour mobility and housing condition
for rural poor. It has been organising national and international seminars and public
lectures by inviting eminent social scientists, focusing on burning issues of rural
The chair has been disseminating the ideas of S.R. Sankaran concerning the rural
poor and the marginalised through publishing public lectures delivered by eminent
scholars, proceedings of the conference/seminar, working papers and books. Some
of research and other activities are given below:
Research Studies (Completed)
- 'Comparative Study of Rural-Urban Migration in India and China – with Special Reference
to Temporary Circular Rural-Urban Migration', in collaboration with the China Centre
for Urban-Rural Studies (CCURDS), East China University of Science and Technology,
Shanghai in China, and Centre for Development Alternatives (CFDA), Ahmedabad, Institute
for Development Alternatives (IDA), Chennai and Hyderabad Urban Lab, Hyderabad,
undertaken by the SRSC.
- ‘Migration of Rural Labour in Hill Regions: A Case of Uttarakhand’, in collaboration
with V. V. Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow.
- ‘Housing for Rural
Poor in India with special reference to Kerala’, in partnership with Laurie Baker
Centre for Habitat Studies, Thiruvananthapuram .
- ‘Migration from Western Odisha
to Brick Kilns in Andhra Pradesh’, in collaboration with School of Economics, University
of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
- Papers based on research work from these studies including
studies by CCURDS were presented at the International Conference on Labour and Employment
Issues in the Context of Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum: Dimensions, Processes and
Policies held in March 2015, organised by SRS Chair
Research Studies (Ongoing)
- 'Interlinking of Markets in Tribal Areas and Their Implications on Livelihoods of
the Tribal Population,' with an objective to understand the dynamics of development
in tribal areas and the role of institutions in two States of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand
- 'Changing Contractual Arrangements of Rural Labour Market in India,' the key objective
is to understand the factors including public action contributing for the changes
in the nature of labour relations and its implications for labour households in
rural India in three States -Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha
- 'Changing Perspectives
of Women Work and Decline in Labour Force Participation of Rural Females in India,'
with an objective to understand the declining work participation among rural female
labourers and the probable reasons behind the decline in three States of Andhra
Pradesh, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh
- 'A Village Study in Telangana,' the key
objective is to understand the changing Socio -Economic scenario of rural area in
a village in Medak district of Telangana State.
- National Seminar on ‘Labour Market and Issues of Adivasis in India’ was held during
22 -23 January, 2015 at NIRD&PR, Hyderabad. Inaugural address was given by Prof.
C. H. Hanumantha Rao. Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Virginius Xaxa of TISS
and valedictory address was given by Prof. Dev Nathan of IHD, New Delhi.
- International Conference on ‘Labour and Employment Issues in the Context of Emerging
Rural-Urban Continuum’ was held during 12 - 14 March, 2015. Eminent scholars from
India and abroad participated. Scholars from China (East China University of Science
and Technology, Shanghai), Netherlands, Switzerland and UK presented papers. Inaugural
address was rendered by Prof. S. R. Hashim. Keynote address was given by Prof. Jan
Breman and valedictory address was delivered by Prof. Ashwani Saith.
- National Seminar on ‘Dynamics of Rural Labour Market in India’ was held during 10
- 12 March, 2016 at NIRD&PR, Hyderabad. About 32 presentations by experts and young
scholars from different parts of India, from various disciplines were held. Prof.
C. H. Hanumantha Rao gave the inaugural address, while keynote and valedictory addresses
were delivered by Prof. S. Mahendra Dev of IGIDR, Mumbai and Prof. Y.K. Alagh, respectively.
Invited Public Lectures
- Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Emeritus Professor, CESP, JNU, New Delhi, on ‘Development by
Dispossession’ on 16th April, 2015.
- Prof. V. K. Ramachandran, Professor, Economic
Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, on ‘Aspects of Proletarianisation
in Rural India’, 16th October, 2015.
- Working Papers
- Changes in Wages and Earnings of Rural Labourers - A. V. Jose
- Rural Non-farm
Employment - Some Issues and Facts - Brajesh Jha
- Revisiting the Theme of Women
as Workers and Women’s Work: Gender and Location as Significant Markers of Work
Status - Padmini Swaminathan
- Rural Labour in India: Emerging Issues and Perspectives:
Towards an Agenda for Research - T. S. Papola, Brajesh Jha, A. V. Jose, Padmini
Swaminathan, Ajit Ghose, K. P. Kannan, Sucha Singh Gill, Ravi Srivatsava, Judith
Heyer, Amita Shah, J. Jeyaranjan, and D. N. Reddy.
- Rural Poor and Access to Land: Andhra Pradesh Experience of Administrative Initiatives
in Augmenting Land Resources of Scheduled Castes - D.N. Reddy
- Financial Inclusion of the Poor and Marginalised: Why State Supported Bank-Linked
SHGs Emerge as a Clear Choice over MFIs? - D. N. Reddy
- SRSC Public Lecture Series
- Development by Dispossession - Amit Bhaduri
- SRSC Conference/Seminar Address Series
- Adivasis in India: Issues of Livelihood and Labour Market, Public Action and Market
Solutions - C.H. Hanumantha Rao, Virginius Xaxa and Dev Nathan
- Rural Labour in India: Processes and Policy Options - C.H. Hanumantha Rao, S. Mahendra
Dev and Y. K. Alagh
- SRSC Conference / Seminar Proceedings
- Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act 2008: Implementation Concerns – A Report
- Labour and Employment Issues in the Context of Emerging Rural - Urban Continuum:
Dimension, Processes and Policies
- Books (edited)
- 'Adivasis in India: Resources, Livelihoods and Institutions', Bloomsbury India,
Dr Kailash Sarap
Educational Qualifications :
Ph.D , economics, (University of Delhi), Visiting Fellow University of Namur, Belgium,
Common Wealth Fellow, University of Oxford.
Areas of Interest :
Agrarian Relations, Rural Land and Labour Markets, Natural Resources and Access