In a first, IGNOU launches MA in migration and diaspora programme in ODL mode

IGNOU’s MA programme in migration and diaspora is for one year and will begin from January-December session.

IGNOU launches MA in migration and diaspora (Source: Shutterstock)IGNOU launches MA in migration and diaspora (Source: Shutterstock)

Vagisha Kaushik | March 9, 2023 | 03:58 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) launched MA in Migration and Diaspora in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode starting from January 2023 cycle. The MA programme is a first of its kind to be introduced in the country. Students can check the detailed brochure and eligibility criteria for the course on IGNOU’s official website –

The duration of the MA programme is one year. The course will begin from the January-December session. The students will be provided with hard and soft copies of the study material, audio-visual course work and interactive counseling sessions.

The programme includes 80 credits and is expected to open new avenues of employment to students in external and foreign affairs ministries, diplomatic missions, United Nations (UN) organizations, civil societies and non-government organizations.

The programme will impart understanding on migration processes, the role of diasporas in development, development-migration matrix, policy decisions, planning and researches, regulations related to international migration and human trafficking issues. It will also be useful for professionals working in development sectors, UN bodies, foreign affairs, cultural association, tourism and social entrepreneurs.

“The programme aims at developing knowledge and understanding for professionals who intend to work in the field of Migration Governance, Diaspora engagement, Human trafficking and labour flow,” said an official statement from IGNOU.

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