Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies


How to apply


There are two stages of admission to the CISLS

1. For full time two-year interdisciplinary MA programme in "Development and Labour Studies".
2. For Direct PhD programme to work on themes such as- Political Economy of State, Development and Underdevelopment in the contemporary world, Labour History, Globalization and the changing forms of Labour, Global Production Systems, Informalisation in various sectors, Labour Market, Forms of Employment, Poverty, Migration, Urbanisation, Labour Rights and Regulation, Workers' Organizations and Politics, Trade Unions, Resistance, Peasant Production, Non-farm Economy, Agrarian Change and Rural Development, Political Economy of Care, Discrimination on the basis of Caste, Gender and Community, Common Property Resources, Public Policies in the Unorganised Sector, and Sustainable Development.

The Admission Announcement for admission to both the programmes of study is published in Employment News & various newspapers all over India through publication in national dailies and leading newspapers of different regions of the country and is also put on the JNU website http://www.jnu.ac.in. For further details about the admission policy and procedure please visit http://admissions.jnu.ac.in

For admission to MA in Development and Labour Studies:

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Students with a bachelor degree in any discipline with minimum 50 per cent marks are eligible to apply. The applicants will be examined through an all-India entrance test in the light of their knowledge on themes and issues studied in a standard social sciences' bachelor programme.

The M.A. admission test will carry a total of 100 marks and students will be tested in the broad thematic areas of major social science disciplines: political economy, theories and contemporary themes in development and labour, development economics, sociological and political theories. The purpose of the test is to select candidates who demonstrate aptitude for analytical skills and ability for original thinking.

The question paper will have multiple choice, comprehensions, short notes and long essay type questions. The multiple choice questions will test the general and analytical awareness based on the syllabus of social science subjects at the undergraduate level. The comprehension will be based on classical texts. The short notes and essay type questions will test the knowledge, writing and analytical abilities of candidates on important contemporary issues in India.

For the syllabus of the MA Programme in "Development and Labour Studies", Click here

The Centre has signed an MoU with the Global Labour University (GLU) for including its MA Programme in Labour and Development Studies as part of the GLU initiative of a network of trade unions, universities and the ILO (International Labour Organisation) to deliver high-level qualification programmes for the practitioners. The GLU offers Masters Courses in five different countries on trade unions, sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards, multinational companies, economic policies and global institutions and promotes research cooperation on global labour issues. For further details see http://www.global-labour-university.org

FOR SELF FINANCING FOREIGN NATIONALS (TO BE CONSIDERED 'IN ABSENTIA') Important Instructions for filling form and Admission Form

For admission to the Direct PhD programme:

Students from all disciplines in Social Sciences and Humanities fulfilling the criteria mentioned below can apply for admission to the direct PhD programme—
(a) obtained M.Phil./MD/MPH degree of a recognized University/Research Institution as relevant to each centre with minimum Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 6.00 in 10 point scale/comparable standard where the grading is based on system other than 10 point scale. The candidates who have obtained M.Phil. degree from a University/Institution where dissertation is not graded or grading is not on 10-point scale, are required to forward a copy of their M.Phil./MPH dissertation along with the Application Form for the purpose of assessment of their credentials;
(b) at least 2 years research experience in reputed institutions with research publication(s) comparable to M.Phil./MPH standard in the areas of informal sector and labour studies. In addition, they should have obtained Masters Degree with FGPA of 6.00 in the 10 point scale/ comparable standard or equivalent percentage.

Candidates will be expected to have a well developed research proposal which focuses on issues related to informal sector and labour. They also need to be aware of the available literature in their proposed research areas. Candidates will be assessed on merit, analytical framework and the relevance of the research proposal to broad theme of informal sector and labour. After the shortlisting of the application based on the fulfillment of the entry requirements and the merit of research proposal submitted (of about 2000 words) candidates will be called for an interview. The final selection will be based on the interview.

For further details on the Direct PhD Programme, click here

To find the answers to your queries about the admission process you can also contact us at email: chairperson_cisls@mail.jnu.ac.in; rajeshgupta725@gmail.com
Phone: 011-26738863; 011-26704696



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Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies
Room No: 316/317
School of Social Sciences-I
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi-110067
Phone : 011-26738863