IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Youth mobility in India

04 May 2021, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Four young people looking at across the city from a balcony. Image: Devin Avery via Unsplash

This webinar is the first event in the youth mobility series and will focus on rural and urban youth mobility and international student mobility in India.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Watch the webinar

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Taking the Train Back Home: Migrant Service Workers in Bengaluru

Professor Supriya RoyChowdhury and Professor Carol Upadhya (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India) will present their findings on the migration of rural youth to the city.

They will explore how youths take up jobs that are often low-paid and insecure in the services sector, persuaded by  government-funded and private sector-run skills training centres to ‘raise their aspirations’.

Compromise and complicity as “extra-rational” logics of international student mobility: the case of Indian medical students in a provincial university in China

Dr Peidong Yang (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) will share insights into international student mobility. He will draw on his ethnographic research on Indian youths pursuing English-medium medical degrees at a provincial university in China.

Peidong will argue that ‘rationalistic’ explanations of Indian students’ educational mobility does not give the full picture, instead he will draw on the notions of compromise and complicity to explain behaviour and interactions.

Following the presentations, Dr Sazana Jayadeva (the University of Cambridge) will draw out key themes and will invite questions from webinar participants.

CGY Youth Mobility seminar series

The Centre for Global Youth (CGY) is hosting a series of webinars to explore youth mobility practices in different parts of the world. Over 5 weeks in May and June, the seminars will examine how and why young people become mobile, drawing on the experience of young people in India, China, Australia and the UK.

The events will consider internal mobility, international students, service workers, graduates, and young unaccompanied asylum seekers. 


Image: Devin Avery via Unsplash

About the Speakers

Supriya RoyChowdhury

Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies

Supriya has a forthcoming book titled 'City of Shadows: Slums and Informal Work in Bangalore' (Cambridge University Press).

Carol Upadhya

Professor and Head of the Urban and Mobility Studies programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies

Carol co-edited the volume 'Provincial Globalization in India: Transregional Mobilities and Development Politics' (Routledge, 2018).

Peidong Yang

Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

A sociologist of education, Peidong’s main research interest is the intersection between education and migration/mobility.

He has worked on a number projects, including Chinese student mobility to Singapore, Indian medical students in China, and immigrant teachers in Singapore.

He is the author of 'International Mobility and Educational Desire: Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore' (Palgrave, 2016) and numerous journal articles.

More about Peidong Yang