ODI International Conference on 10-11 January 2023. Theme: "Contributions of Indian Diaspora in Freedom Struggles of India and the rise of Global India during Amrit kaal"; Venue: Essentia Luxury Hotel, Near World Cup Square, Pipliyahana, Indore-452016 Phone: 0731672577, Madhya Pradesh; Host University- Devi Ahilya university, Indore.
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Books on Diaspora by ODI & its Members
Published in Collaboration with ODI
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Organised in India
Interaction and Talks organised by ODI
Collaborations with Academic Institutions
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Inaugural Session
Auditorium II, Convention centre, JNU
Prof S. K. Sopory
Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar
Prof. Ajay Dubey
Conference Chair,
Principal Investigator, Diaspora & International Migration Programme (DIMP), CAS/SIS/JNU, &
Editor in Chief, Diaspora Studies, Routledge, London
Initial Remarks
Dr. Bijay Ketan Pratihari
Treasurer ODI International Faculty Member, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Dr. J. M. Moosa
Chairperson CAS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers
Country Director Heinrich Boll Foundation,New Delhi.
Keynote Address
Prof. Kavita Sharma
President, South Asian University, New Delhi & Chairperson, ODI International
Chief Guest Adress
Mr. Mahen Utchanah
President, Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Mauritius
Chairman Remark
Prof S. K. Sopory
Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Vote of Thanks
Prof. S. N. Malakar
Director, UGC Area Studies Programme on Africa CAS, JNU
Day 1: January 10th, 2016 (Parallel Session)
Session IA: 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Session IB: 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Theme: Global Diaspora in Development
Theme: International Migration in Development
Chair: Prof. Jayanta Kumar Ray
        National Research Professor , MHRD, GOI
Chair: Prof.Chris de’Wet
            Rhodes University,  South Africa
Venue: Auditorium II
Venue: Hall III
Prof. Santishree Pandit
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Savirtri Bai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
Diaspora and International Relations: Theory, Challenges and Prospects
Prof. Maurits S.Hassankhan
Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Paramaribo Suriname
Migration, Diaspora and Development: The case of Suriname
Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee
Asian African Heritage Trust,
Nairobi, Kenya
Diaspora Identities and Values:Complexities in Development Initiatives
Ms. Sanusha Naidu
Project manager Emerging Powers Project
Fahamu Pan-African, South Africa
Unpacking the South African Indian Diaspora: Comparative Experiences in International Migrant for Development
Mr. Yigal Palmor
Public Affairs & Communication
The Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel
The Jewish Agency - Convener of the Jewish people
Ms. Jenna Sikka
Sociology Department
Syracuse University,
New York, USA
Return Migration of the Indian Diaspora: The Relationship between Gender and Self Silencing in Narratives of Coming Home
Prof. Ajay Dubey
CAS, School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Indian Diaspora Policy: Challeges to Development Interface
Dr. Sophia Thubauville
c/o Goethe-Universität Frankfurt,
Grueneburgplatz,  Frankfurt, Germany
Migration of Indian academics – Chance or risk for Ethiopia’s university sector?
Dr. Saeed Ahmed Khan
Dept. of Classical  & Modern Languages,
Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University,
Detroit, USA
The Pull Factor of an Indian Passport: Indian Nationality as a Consideration for Indian Diaspora Migration Choices
Discussant: Prof Aparajita Biswas
Discussant: Prof. Chandrashekhar Bhat
Session II A: 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Session II B: 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Theme: Global Diaspora in Development
Theme: International Migration in Development
Chair: Prof. Santishree Pandit
Chair: Amb. Virendra Gupta
         Former High Commissioner,  South Africa                  
                        Venue: Auditorium II                       
Venue: Hall III
Ms. Iris Rajanayagam
History and African Studies
Humboldt University
Berlin, Germany
Self Organisation of Tamils in Germany and their Contribution to General Development
Dr.. Bina Fernandez
Senior Lecturer
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne,
Diasporas driving Development? Examining the Developmental Impact of Policies on the Ethiopian Diaspora in the Middle East
Dr. Annette Skovsted Hansen
Associate Professor
School of Culture and Society,
University of Aarhus, Denmark
Two Nepali Sisters: Diaspora as a Network Strategy
Amb Manju Seth (retd.)
Indian Ambassador
Madagascar &
Advisor, International Collaboration and Media Interface, (ODI)
International    Migration and Development : Indian  Diaspora in France & Madagascar
Dr. Ramola Ramtohul
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies, Department of Social Studies, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Reaching out to the diaspora to enhance development in Mauritius
Prof. Dolly Sunny
Professor of Economics
University of Mumbai & Hon. Director
ICSSR-Western Region, Mumbai
Reflections on Female Migration and Diasporic Disposition: The Case of Middle East
Ms. Terencia Joseph
Chair, Department of History and Social Studies
School of Humanities
University of Southern Carribbean,
Trinidad and Tobago
Moving Money: Remittances and Indian Workers in St. Lucia
Dr. Movindri Reddy
Associate Professor
Diplomacy and World Affairs
Occidental College
Relations between the indentured diaspora and indigenous communities in Fiji and South Africa and its impact on outward migration
Discussant: Dr. Amba Pande
Discussant: Dr. Bijay Pratihari
Session III A: 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Session III B: 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Theme: Indian Diaspora in Development
Theme: Diaspora in Development
Chair: Amb. R. Dayakar
                 Former Ambassador  Jordan & Iraq
Chair: Prof. Aparajita Biswas
Venue: Auditorium II
Venue: Hall III
Prof. Chandrashekhar Bhat
Former Professor of Eminence
Tezpur University
Professor of Sociology and Founder- Director
Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora
University of Hyderabad
Reaching Out to Diaspora for Development: Some Reflections on the Indian Approach
Dr. Radica Mahase
Senior Lecturer
History, Culture, Heritage and Society
Trinidad and Tobago
From Plantations to Parliament: The Role of Indians/Indian Diaspora in the development of Trinidad and Tobago, 1845-Present
Ms. Marjorie Bertouille-Cessac
Paris, France
What is the Influence of the Indian Diaspora in Mauritius
India-  Mauritius: An Umblical Relation
Dr. Raymond Izarali
Associate Professor
Department of Criminology, Member of the Graduate Faculty Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario, Canada
Development Contributions of the Indian Diaspora, A Reflection on the Caribbean and Canada
Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA,
Complicating the Narrative of Hindu American Activism:
The Case of the Hindu American Foundation
Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya
Associate Professor
Japanese and Asian Studies
Dept of Modern Languages
Elizabethtown College
Teaching the “Other” in “their” Land: Dealing with the Problem of Authenticity in the Diaspora
Dr. Jyoti Tyagi
Associate Editor, Diaspora Studies Journal, Dusseldorf, Germany
Tapping Diaspora Resource: A New Development Strategy
Discussant: Dr. Binod Kumar Mishra
Discussant: Amb. Paramjit Sahai
Day 2: January 11th, 2016 (Parallel Session)
Session IV A: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Session IV B: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Theme: Global Diaspora in Development
Theme: Global Diaspora in Development
Chair: Dr. Axel Harneit- Sievers
Chair: Amb Paramjit Sahai
Venue: Auditorium II
Venue: Hall III
Mr. Nehal Sanghavi
Senior Advisor for Innovation and Partnership USAID/India
New Delhi
The Diaspora Becoming Impact Investors: A New Model for Development
Prof. Preben Kaarsholam
Department of Society and Globalisation,
Roskilde University
Diaspora Formation and the Significance of Varieties of Forced, Indentured Migrant and Contract labour for Economic and Political Development in South Africa from Colonialism to post-Apartheid
Dr. Sheetal Sharma
Assistant Professor, School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dynamics of Integration: South Asian Diaspora in the UK
Dr. Rup Narayan Das
Director, Research and Information Division 
Lok Sabha Secretariat 
Parliament Library House Parliament House New Delhi
Diaspora as strategic assets: A comparative analysis of the Indian and Chinese attitudes
Prof Joo Chungmin
Dept of Communication
Chonnam  National University
Mr. Rabbani Md Golam
Graduate Student, Department of Global Diaspora Studies, Chonnam National University, Korea
A Study on the Research Trends and Tasks of Diaspora Media in South Korea
Prof. Kyung hak kim
Chonnam National University
Mr. Parpiyev Syrym
Graduate Student,  Department of Global Diaspora Studies, Chonnam National University, Korea
Transnational Care for Left Behind Aged Parents Living in Uzbekistan- A Case of Korein Migrants in
Discussant: Dr. J. M. Moosa
Discussant: Ms. Bashabi Gupta
Session V A: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Session V B: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Theme: Diaspora in Development
Theme: Indian Diaspora in Development
Chair: Prof. Chandrashekhar Bhat
Chair: Prof. Binod Khadria
JNU,  New Delhi
Venue: Auditorium II
Venue: Hall III
Amb. Paramjit Sahai
Former Secretary
Ministry of External Affairs
Government of India
Diaspora and Development: A Case Study on the State of Punjab (India)
Dr. Jean Regis- Ramsamy
Historian, TV Journalist
Former President
ODI Reunion
Key Role of India Diaspora in Development of Reunion Island
Dr. Veronica Usacheva
Senior Research Fellow,
Institute for African Studies
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
African Diaspora in the USA: Relations between African- Americans and New African Migrants
Prof. S. N. Malakar
CAS, School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Role of Indian Diaspora in The Development of Madagascar and Seychelles in  the age of Globalization: A Comparative Study.
Dr. Amrit Kaur Basra
Faculty Member
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce Delhi University, New Delhi.
One People, Two Nations: Diasporic Sikh Community in Canada and Ties with India
Dr. J. M. Moosa
CAS, School of International Studies
JNU, New Delhi.
Role of Indian Diaspora in Mozambique’s development
Ms. Jeannie Rafalimanan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madagascar
Malagasy Diaspora’s Commitment Policy
Dr. Amba Pande
School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Diaspora and Development: India’s Experience with Remittances
Dr. Binoda Kumar Mishra
Pushing Soft Power through the Diaspora: Indian and Chinese Experiences
Prof. Aparajita Biswas
Centre for African Studies Mumbai University, Mumbai.
Indian Diaspora in Africa: Tracing the role in the development of East African nations
Discussant: Dr. Paokholal Haokip
Discussant: Amb. R. Dayakar
Session VI A: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Session VI B: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Theme: Global Diaspora in Development
Theme: Indian Diaspora in Development
Chair: Prof. S. N. Malakar
Chair: Amb. Manju Seth
Venue: Auditorium II
Venue: Hall III
Dr. Arvind Kumar
Professor and Head
Department of Geopolitics and International Relations
Director, Study Abroad Programme, Manipal Univeristy, Manipal
Linkages between Remittances and Development: A Case Study of India and China
Dr. Liyaqat Khan
Department of Civics and Politics
University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Strategic Resource for Emerging India: Cultural Diplomacy and Diaspora
Dr. Bijay Ketan Pratihari
Academy of International Studies
Jamia Millia Islamia
Diaspora Policies of Ethiopia and Kenya for Development Purpose: A Comparative Assessment
Prof. Sanjay Lodha
Department of Political Science MLS University
Udaipur, Rajasthan
Dr. Nidhi Jain
Department of Political ScienceMLS University
Udaipur, Rajasthan
The Indian Diaspora: Emergence of a New Caste System
Dr. Santosh Singh
Assistant Professor
Aurobindo College
Delhi University
Policies and Practices to Engage Diaspora: A Study of Indian Diaspora in South Africa
Dr. Neerja A. Gupta
Bhavan’s P.G. College of Arts and Commerce, Ahmedabad ,Director
Diaspora Research Centre and Study Abroad Program, Gujarat University.
Engaging Indian Diaspora and Challenges Ahead
Ms. Bashabi Gupta
Joint Secretary, ODI
Faculty Member
Miranda House
Delhi University
Transnationalism and the Indian Diaspora in Europe: Emergent Relationships
Dr. Paokholal Haokip
Assistant Professor
Department of History
School of Social Sciences
and International Studies
Pondicherry Central University
Indian Diaspora and Development in a Global Context
Discussant: Prof.Chris de’Wet
Discussant: Dr. Sheetal Sharma
Rapporteurs' Report ; 4:10 PM - 4:30 PM; Venue: Auditorium II
Prof. Kyung Hak Kim
Ph.D (JNU), Chonnam National University,Korea
Ms. Neha Sinha, Ms. Priyadarshika Subba
Ms. Ruchi Verma, Ms. Judith Anne Lal
Valedictory Session
4:30PM- 5:00PM; Venue: Auditorium II
      Amb. Virendra Gupta
Valedictory Address
Prof. S. D. Muni
   Professor Emiritus , SIS, JNU
ODI International Board Meeting
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ; Venue: Committee Room 108, Convention Centre
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