ILS, Amsterdam university to launch research programme

The Indian Law Society and VU University Amsterdam will launch an international collaboration programme 'Include' to develop research and training capacity in field of higher education. As per the programme, a post-graduate student will get to pursue a Phd programme in mental health and law every year with minimum three-month fully paid stay and research in Amsterdam.

The other partners in the collaboration are Tata Institute of Social Sciences, The Banyan (a mental health NGO) and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health.

Include (India Netherlands Collaboration on Mental Health Innovations in Under-served Settings) aims to test and apply solutions to address challenges in mental health with a specific focus on most marginalised people in the society. The network comprises two PhD programmes — one at ILS and one at TISS — and two social action research laboratories, the Mental Health Social Action Lab (MH-SAL) at The Banyan/Balm in Chennai and the Law and Policy Action Lab (LP-LAB) at ILS.

"The minimum required qualification to apply for the programme is a master's degree in law, sociology or science. After the proposal is accepted by the society, a guide will be assigned. The students will stay here and do the research work. But for the last three months of the research, the student will go to VU and the entire cost for stay and research will be borne by VU. The PhD degree will also be awarded by the same university," said Vaijayanti Joshi, honorary secretary, ILS and also principal, ILS Law College.

The programme will be formally inaugurated on Sunday at ILS in the presence of Keshav Desiraju, special secretary, Ministry of Health and family Welfare, Raosaheb Shinde, president, ILS, Dr Parasuram, director TISS, Dr Rene Smit, president, VU University and Dr Joske Bunders, director, Athena Institute, VU and founders of The Banyan.

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