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V.V. Giri National Labour Institute is inter alia mandated to forge collaborations with reputed national and international organisations. As a part of this, the Institute has established collaborations with institutions like International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS) etc. for undertaking various research and training activities. In the recent past, a number of innovative initiatives have been taken not only to strengthen the collaborations with organizations like ILO, UNDP and UNICEF but also to forge new and long-term collaborations with institutions like Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training (JILPT), Korea Labour Institute (KLI), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and International Training Centre (ITC), Turin, Sri Lanka Institute of Labour & Employment, UN Women, IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, Germany and Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany. The major areas of collaborations include: Child Labour, Labour Migration, Social Security, Gender Issues, Skill Development, Labour History, Decent Work and Training Interventions related to Labour.

The Institute is also currently empanelled as a training institution for organizing international training programmes under the ITEC/SCAAP scheme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. During year 2015-16, the Institute organised seven international training programmes on major themes like Leadership Development, Labour and Employment Relations in a Globalising Economy, Social Security, Health Protection and Security, Skill Development and Employment Generation, Gender Issues in Labour and Research Methods in Labour Studies.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between V.V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI) and International Training Centre (ITC) of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Turin, Italy for professional collaboration was signed on October 30, 2012. The purpose of this MOU is to expand the collaboration between the two institutions in training activities to promote decent work for all. The two organisations will work together in areas of mutual interest for activities, inter alia, related to (i) organising collaborative training and education programmes; (ii) developing training modules; and (iii) faculty exchange. Such a collaboration is expected to result in upgradation of technical capacities of both the institutions in responding to the challenges emanating from transformations in the world of work. The collaboration will also aim to evolve V.V. Giri National Labour Institute as a training institution for the SAARC region to begin with and developing it further as an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence in training on labour and related issues.

The Institute is committed to sustain international networking and hopes to forge more long term collaborations with leading international institutions, especially in relation to undertaking collaborative research and training activities, promoting faculty exchange programmes, and organising international/regional workshops and seminars.

The Institute has been collaborating with reputed research and training institutions located in different States of the country. Collaborations with State Labour Institutes (Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal) for organising collaborative training programmes.

The Institute has also recently signed an MoU with Sikkim University to conduct research and training programmes.

As a means to expand the outreach of its activities in all parts of the country, the Institute has also decided have regional centres in different zones of the country. Accordingly, collaborations are being forged with reputed institutions in different regions.