International Web–Symposium On India and its Diaspora Across the Globe: Expectations from Each Other Amid and After COVID-19 Pandemic Jointly organsied by The Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI India), Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad (UoH) & Diaspora and International Migration Programme (DIMP), CAS-School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi on 12 September 2020 From 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
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7th  ODI Young Scholar Diaspora Conference (YSDC)

International Webinar


“Indian Diaspora in Africa and Other Parts of the World under COVID-19: Comparative Perspectives on their Challenges, Post Pandemic Options, and Emerging Research Agenda in Diaspora Studies”

25th July  2020; from 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Jointly organised by

Diaspora and International Migration Programme, (DIMP), of
Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI India)

On WebEx platform hosted at JNU

Convenors: Dr Sushmita Rajwar, Faculty Member, Delhi University & Dr Neha Sinha, Research Fellow, ICWA, Delhi
ODI Webinar Series Coordinators: Dr. Sushmita Rajwar, DU  & Ms Aarshi Dua, Doctoral Fellow, Centre for African Studies, JNU.
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Programme Schedule


Inaugural Session                 9:30 AM-10:15 AM

9:30 AM-9:35 AM

Welcome and Introductions by Moderator

Prof. Ajay K. Dubey,


Centre for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

President ODI India

9:35 AM-9:45 AM

Inaugural Address

Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar,


Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

9:45 AM-9:48 AM

About ODI and YSDC Initiative

Prof. Aparajita Biswas,

University of Mumbai, Mumbai

Vice-President, ODI India

9:48 AM-9:53 AM

Introduction of the Webinar

Dr. Sushmita Rajwar,

ODI Webinar Series Coordinator,

Assistant Prof, University of Delhi, Delhi

Joint Secretary, ODI India

9:53 AM-10:03 AM

Special Remarks


H.E. Aashna Kanhai,

Ambassador of Suriname to India (from Suriname)

10:03 AM- 10:13 AM

Guest of Honour

Prof. Kavita Sharma,

Former President, South Asian University, New Delhi

Chairperson, ODI International

10:13 AM-10:15 AM

Vote of Thanks

Dr. Neha Sinha,

Co-Convenor 7th YSDC

Research Fellow, Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi


Technical Session I               10:15 AM- 11:45 AM           



Indian and Other Diasporas in Africa under Covid-19: Comparative Challenges and Opportunities


Dr. Jyoti Tyagi, Associate Editor, Diaspora Studies, Duesseldorf, Germany

Speaker 1

Prof. Hetalben Patel, ISRI, Mozambique

Speaker 2

Dr. Khalid al-Ansari, Political Advisor, British Mission in Sudan

Speaker 3

Dr. Karthigasen Gopalan, Department of History, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Speaker 4

Dr. Ghazali Bello Abubakar, Assistant Prof., Sokoto State University, Nigeria

Speaker 5

Ms. Sookhee Yuk, PhD Scholar, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea

Speaker 6

Ms. Aarshi Dua, PhD Scholar, CAS, SIS, JNU, New Delhi

Speaker 7

Mr. Samir Bhattacharya, MPhil Scholar, CAS, SIS, JNU, New Delhi

Speaker 8

Ms. Chandani Tiwari, PhD Scholar, CAS, SIS, JNU, New Delhi

Speaker 9

Dr. Rashmi Rani Anand, Assistant Prof., University of Delhi, Delhi

Speaker 10

Dr. Gayettri Dixit, Assistant Prof, Centre for African Studies, JNU, New Delhi



Technical Session II             11:45 AM-1:10 PM                                                  



Comparative Study of Indian Diaspora in the South East Asia, Persian Gulf region & Asian Region: Comparative Challenges and Options for them


Dr. Ajaya K. Sahoo, Associate Professor, Centre for Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India

Speaker 1

Mr. Sashidharan Santhesegaran, Chairman, GOPIO Malaysia, Information Bureau, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Speaker 2

Ms. Gina Gumindega, PhD Scholar, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Speaker 3

Dr Ashok Sharma, Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales & Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra, Australia

Speaker 4

Mr. David Pradhan, Universitas Muhammadiyah, Indonesia

Speaker 5

Dr. Sakul Kundra, Assistant Professor, Fiji National University

Speaker 6

Dr. Gautam Jha, Assistant Prof, Centre for Chinese and South East Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi

Speaker 7

Dr. Debjani Sahu, Media Coordinator, NDMJ, NCDHR, New Delhi

Speaker 8

Dr. Ruchi Verma, Research Fellow, ARSP, New Delhi

Speaker 9

Mr. B. K. Pandey, PhD Research Scholar, CAS, JNU,New Delhi


LUNCH BREAK                    1:10 PM- 2:10 PM


Technical Session III            2:10 PM-3:30 PM


Panel Presentation and Discussion: Indian and other Diasporas in Post Pandemic World: Emerging Research Agenda in Diaspora Studies


Dr. Rajneesh Gupta, Centre for Diaspora Studies, Central University of Gujarat, India, Founding Treasurer, ODI India

Speaker 1

Dr. Amit Singh, Assistant Prof, ARSD, University of Delhi, Delhi

Speaker 2

Dr. Bijay Pratihari, Associate Professor, Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

Speaker 3

Dr. Sheetal Sharma, Assistant Prof., Centre for European Studies, SIS, JNU, Delhi

Speaker 4

Dr. Neha Sinha, Research Fellow, ICWA, Delhi

Speaker 5

Dr. Sushmita Rajwar, Assistant Prof, MAC, University of Delhi, New Delhi

Speaker 6

Dr. Priyadarshika Subba, Researcher, India Centre for Migration

New Delhi



Technical Session IV            3:30 PM- 4:50 PM


Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean, USA, Europe, Other Parts of the World and Africa: Comparative Challenges and Expectations


Dr. Bijay Pratihari, Associate Professor, Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Speaker 1

Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar, Faculty, American University, Washington DC

Speaker 2

Dr. Zubairu Wai, PhD Lakehead University, Canada

Speaker 3

Dr. Georges Macaire Eyenga, Lecturer, University of Dschang, Cameroon

Speaker 4

Dr. Roshni Sengupta, Institute of Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Polland

Speaker 5

Ms. Emma Mavodza, PhD Scholar, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Speaker 6

Dr. Yahya Sseremba, PhD Research Fellow Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Speaker 7

Dr. Sheetal Sharma, Assistant Prof., Centre for European Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi

Speaker 8

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