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This is the first step in VMFT’s project to digitize the works of Vakkom Moulavi in order to make them more broadly available to the general public and researchers in India and abroad. The newspaper, ‘Svadesabhimani’ (commonly transliterated into English as ‘Swadeshabhimani’) was his first and most famous publication and occupies a key role in...
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Women are increasingly participating in work, education, the arts, politics and governance.  Still, gender inequality is widespread in India and across the world.  This discrimination is partly perpetuated by how women are represented in the media.  On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, VMFT together with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication,...
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Seven months after millions of migrant workers abandoned our cities to walk back hundreds of miles in the searing heat to their villages, their sordid stories have all but been forgotten.  A ‘virtual roundtable’ convened by VMFT highlighted the policies, programs, and actions that need to be in place to prevent such disasters in the...
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The publication will be released on 22 January 2021 by senior journalist Shri Sudeep Thakur, Resident Editor of Amar Ujala; senior journalist, Shri Ashutosh, Founder, Satya Hindi, and Prof. V.K. Damodaran,President of VMFT. The experience of migrant labour returning to the Eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand will be shared by senior journalist and...
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A National Solidarity pledge was organized by VMFT in Palayam Square, Trivandrum, to commemorate the 147th birth anniversary of Vakkom Moulavi Abdul Khader on 28 December 2020. Shri M.G. Radhakrishnan, Editor-in-Chief, Asianet News led the recitation of the pledge. Explaining why Vakkom Moulavi played such a pivotal role in the Kerala Renaissance, Shri Radhakrishnan highlighted...
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On 23 December 2020, the Malayalam version of the VMFT publication “Voice, Visibility and Dignity – Towards a Rights-Based Framework for Migrants” and its Malayalam version ‘ Arinjum, aduthum, anthassode’ were released by Shri T.P. Ramakrishnan, Minister for Labour and Excise in the Government of Kerala in his office. Shri A.K. Suhair, Chairperson of VMFT,...
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We are delighted to announce that Prof. V.K. Damodaran, President of VMFT, and Shri A.K. Suhair, Chairperson of VMFT, have won two highly regarded awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers  (IEEE),  the world’s largest technical professional association, dedicated to using technology for the benefit of humanity.  Prof. V K Damodaran has been honored with...
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The impacts on education are among the most devastating, even though less visible, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 800 million children were affected by school closures around the world and millions are at risk of dropping out. How Kerala used technology to continue to engage all students in learning during this period was the subject...
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The report of the Roundtable Discussion organized by VMFT on 25th August 2020 documents for the first time Kerala’s experience in protecting migrant workers during the COVID-19 lockdown and draws lessons for other states. It also highlights what Kerala can do to improve its policies and programs. The migrant workers who build our cities and towns...
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India’s modern cities are built on the labour of tens of millions of people who migrate from poverty-stricken rural areas. But as the dramatic humanitarian crisis following the COVID-19 lockdown revealed, they are voiceless, invisible and lack basic protections. Kerala’s experience shows that an alternative approach is possible; while there remains room for much further...
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