V.V. Giri National Labour Institute is a premier and the only national-level institute exclusively devoted to the study of and training in labour and labour-related issues. The Institute, established in 1974, is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. The Institute was renamed in 1995 in honour of Shri V.V. Giri, a former President of India, renowned trade union leader and doyen of labour studies in the country.
The Institute is involved with research, training, education, publication and consultancy on labour and labour-related issues. It is emerging as a globally reputed institution and centre for excellence in labour research and training. As a knowledge base for policy formation, the Institute has completed 30 major research projects, which highlight the significance of employment growth through equity and distributive justice, and its role as a powerful instrument for achieving the national agenda for inclusive growth.
India is currently witnessing rapid transformations in the world of work, which in turn provide multiple opportunities and challenges. The Institute organizes training programmes for major stakeholders like labour administrators, industrial relations managers, trade union leaders, social activists and researchers, with a view to enhancing their skills and capabilities to respond to the challenges of change. Other training programmes, for leaders of the unorganized sector, aim at addressing the problems encountered by socially disadvantaged groups in the labout market and demonstrate how empowerment can be a powerful instrument of social inclusion. The Institute also has a vibrant portfolio of projects, research and training programmes addressing the concerns of the North-East region.
Empaneled under the ITEC/SCAAP of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, the Institute has organized 12 international training programmes on key themes like globalization and labour, social security, gender issues, HIV/AIDS and labour, research methods and leadership development, attended by senior scholars and practitioners representing nearly 50 countries.
The Institute is a forum for intense debates on policy issues and dissemination of major initiatives. As many as 10 workshops have been organized on contemporary concerns related to labour, with a view to facilitate constructive debates among concerned stake holders on policy issues and  to disseminate information relating to the major initiatives of the government aimed at providing decent work, particularly to those who are excluded and marginalised in the labour market.
Continuing its commitment to professional networking, VVGNLI has established and strengthened collaborative agreements with national and international institutions. The most notable of these are with seven State Labour Institutes, and major international institutions like Korea Labour Institute, South Korea and National Institute of Labour Studies, Sri Lanka.
VVGNLI has brought out 40 publications on different dimensions of labour aimed at disseminating the latest information on research, policy, and labour jurisprudence.  The Institute has set up a Digital Archive, which serves as an apex repository of historical documents related to labour. It has also instituted the V.V. Giri Memorial Award in Labour, to recognize professional contributions in the area of labour studies
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