The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) has launched its Centre for Employment Relations and Labour Studies (CERLS). This think tank will help workers from economically weaker sections move from the informal to the formal economy, and also work closely with relevant bodies to maintain fair labour practices.
The Centre will be lead by Manoranjan Dhal, professor, human resource management, IIM Kozhikode. The core team will comprise experts from the various HR domains, including labour economics, labour laws and people management.
The objective of setting up this Centre was to bridge the gap that has emerged in terms of the quality of life between working-class segments. With technology entering every sphere, this gap has been increasing. With layoffs happening the world over, job scenario looks rather unstable for the non-standard workers. The condition of migrant workers has also become worse, while gig workers have their own issues to handle.
This Centre will lead to discussions and actions that will help alleviate the problems that affect the labour market and employment in general.
The first conference at the Centre, which will witness participants deliberating over various labour issues, will be held in early 2024.
It is pertinent to mention here that IIM-Kozhikode is among the top five business schools in India.
Recently, the Institute was in the news when its Centre for Digital Innovation & Transformation (CDiT) inked an MoU with the Kerala Police Cyberdome Project, to augment cyber security measures in new-age policing.
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