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Dishaa 6 (Vol 2, Issue 4) Quarterly newsletter of Department of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus

Dishaa 6 (Vol 2, Issue 4) Quarterly newsletter of Department of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus

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  • 1. DISHAA En route to a better world… Q u a r t e r l y n e w s le t t e r b y A SW AS Lead Story Headline Department of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2012 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4 “Look at the optimism of Nature. Nothing can stop it. Only the ego makes humans pessimistic, and this causes suffering.” — AMMA  Editorial Chancellor’s Message  Your kind attention plz! Children, the very moment we hear the name ‗Vivekananda‘, a certain awakening Water Scarcity…….…..3 and vitality infill us. A revolutionary in the  Fieldwork News..…….4 true sense of the word, a man of  Agency news.…….…..5 unimpeachable logic, an exemplar of self -sacrif ice, an impassioned  Interview with a orator-diverse were the facets of Swami Vivekananda‘s personality. Professional Social He was the representative and voice of the greatest culture and the Worker…………….….6 loftiest thoughts the world has ever seen. Once mistaken for a land of ignorance, blind faith and darkness, he proved to the world that  Social Work Research India was, indeed, the land of the soundest philosophy and the most @ Amrita……….….....9 enlightened culture. His personality combined the loftiness of tradition with the  Introduction to Poli- expansiveness of progressive thinking most harmoniously. He cies/Acts…….............10 assimilated both occidental and oriental streams of thoughts in  Upcoming Confer- equal measure. He exhorted people of all faiths and sects to under- stand each other and to walk the path of harmony. Although a ences/Workshops…...11 patriotic Indian through and through, he was a true citizen of the  Book review…………12 world as well. In truth, there is no contradiction here because he  Clean India……………..14 was an emissary of the Indian philosophy, which sees unity in the entire creation.  Piccaso MSW……......16 Three traits were inextricably woven into Swami Vivekananda‘s  Where did we go personality. One, an indomitable passion for realizing the truth; two, wrong??........................17 his soulful love for India, Indian culture and the Indian people; and three, a burning desire to uplift all the downtrodden and suffering,  My Experience as a wherever they may exist in the world. budding social By promulgating service to the world and compassion to humanity Worker…………...…..18 as being fundamental to Sanyasa (monkhood), he imparted a new dimension to the tradition of Indian Sanyasa. His personality, in  Activities of Dept. of which Kshatriya valour and brahminical purity blended, became the Social Work……….…19 source of inspiration for youth all over the world.  Biennale……………..27 Swami Vivekananda strove hardest to awaken the ethos of dili- gence in Indians, who were wallowing in the mire of inferiority and  AMC News………….27 indolence. Declaring man-making as his goal he dedicated every moment of his life for this cause. The victory that VivekanandaNote: Views expressed by the students and other contributors are not necessarily the official view of the Department of Social Work, Amrita University or MA Math
  • 2. Page 2 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4attend in arousing manliness in the oppressed and the weak was truly amazing.He thus became the architect of the new national awakening.Whereas Indians were externally enslaved during British rule, today, most are stillenslaved internally and culturally. Forgetting their own lofty tradition, the peopleof India are today engrossed in pursuing their own selfish interests. Whereas theleaders of yesterday were representatives of the ancient Indian Heritage and loftyvalues, we see that, today, even leaders have abandoned satya and dharma. Inthis situation, more than ever before, we realized the relevance of SwamiVivekananda.Not just today, but for as long as people fight with each other in the name ofnarrow beliefs, so long as injustice prevail in society, and so long as people areenticed by the outward glitter of materialism, Swami Vivekananda and his wordswill continue to be relevant. The task before us is to spread his teachings to moreand more people, and to initiate activities along the path he advised. - Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.(The Key note address given by Amma on the occasion of 150th BirthAnniversary of Swami Vivekananda (11th January), at Siri Fort Auditorium, Delhi.)EditorialDISHAA team bows before Swami Vivekananda on the occasion of his 150thBirth Anniversary, the man who showed the world, the proud tradition of ourmotherland India, through his words and action. Inspired by the words of Swamjithrough AMMA, this time DISHAA team had tried to include varied topics relatedto society. Andria talks on water scarcity, Parvathy about prevalence of homedelivery in Wayanad, Arya on protection of children from sexual offences act,2012 and Jasmin introduces the agency WWF.Lekshmi shows her concerns over increasing incidents of violence againstwomen in the article ―where did we go wrong‖. The experiences of Mr. Gladsonare really motivating to the young budding social work students. The compilationof the poems of Ms. Asramam Rajamma into a book and the releasing ceremonyreport is well reported by junior students. The activities at the field level are welldocumented.A major highlight of this issue of DISHAA is the interview with Dr. P.V. Baiju, As-sistant Professor at Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. The bookreview by Jessica J John is up to the mark. Biennale, AMC news and Clean Indiareports are good and informative. I take this opportunity to thank all thecontributors of the current issue. - Chief Editor
  • 3. DISHAA Page 3Your Attention plz! Water Scarcity. . .Another year ripped away (2012) New year has of water is decreasing day by day. It marks ourcome, 2013 with new year resolutions, new black hands behind it. Our summer and drought aredreams of a peaceful earth, and yeah UNESCO is becoming more and more harsh and dry, as yearscelebrating this year as International year of water pass by. Its calculated that India will suffer fromcooperation. On behalf of this March 22nd has high water scarcity by the year of 2020. Now urbanbeen dedicated as world water day. Goal of slum pockets are also victims of this water scarcity international year and spread of disease. It is also a byproduct of of water coopera- water scarcity. Nearly 37.7million people are tion is to make affected by water borne disease. As lot of water awareness on the resource are drying up people are depending more potential for on ground water. But nowadays ground water is increased coop- getting polluted by high bacterial contamination, eration in water nitrogen content (due to septic tank leakage, management as sewage, fertilizer) arsenic and fluoride affects peo-there is an increase in scarcity of water. It also ple health badly.tries to highlight how to use water effectively and So there are lot of problems related toidentify steaming issues on water scarcity. To help unsustainability of water. Let‘s see how to resolveformulate new goals that will help in conserving these issues. Self help is the best help, if each andwater resources for the present and future genera- every member of the community take a small steption. It is said that, if there is any chance of third to preserve water resources, it could definitelyworld war it will be for water. There is an make a change. Best way of preserving water isincreased chance of conflict between neighboring through rain water harvesting. We have a lot ofcountries or state which share same water water resources still we suffer because of shortageresources. In India itself there are lot of examples, of water.Karnataka – Tamil Nadu, Kerala – Tamil Nadu etc. ―water, water everywhere, but there is no drop ofThere can be no sustainable development without drinking water‖ that is the situation what we aresustainable water management. Water coopera- going through. Urban people will suffer more watertion can help build understanding and trust among scarcity, as population is increasing in urban areas,countries and promote peace & sustainable and so in urban slum pockets. Water in urbangrowth. These issues related to water resources settings is similar to urine, full of wastes chemicals.should be cleaned or tackled in grass root level Ground water in urban areas is also increasingitself. As water is a natural resource everyone In a high rate due to industrialization. Improvedshould have right on it. So all sectors like water saving techniques should be implementedGovernment, International organizations, civil and developed sewage treatment facilities will alsomen, private and research scholars should be helpful. We are in need to establish a nationalengage in all activities and help promote the infor- monitoring body and a new ground water law inmation to everyone. India ranks 120th in a list order to stop exploitation of ground waterwhich is on the basis of quality of water. Even resources.though 4 % of world‘s water is in India, availability - Andria John, I Yr, MSW
  • 4. Page 4 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4 Fieldwork News - Government Old Age Home, Inchavila As a part of concurrent field work, the S1 Social work trainees Ms.Winnie Elizabeth Johnson, Ms.Anusree and Mr.Jibin organized a program at the Government Old Age Home, Inchavila on 24th November 2012. The Social work trainees had been in association with the Institution since months, covering 25 days of field work from 12th September 2012. The main aim of the program was to publish the collected literary works of an inmate. The group effort by the trainees to organize the event overcoming all the challenges was a good Mr Kochu Krishna Kurup gave a brief idea about experience. Eminent personalities were invited to the book. One of the inmate appreciated the writer add up healthy interactive sessions. The occasion and encouraged her and other inmates for doing was a content of new thoughts worthwhile. The such things in future. Mr.Johnson P.J also shared whole sitting arrangement were designed like a his thoughts briefly on the occasion, that women circle, for ensuring the equality and to silently were also concerned about life and its speak against all kind of discrimination. The sustainability. According to him the writer repre- Social work trainees ensured the participation of sented such a mind. all present including the inmates, officials, guests Each person planted a sapling promising for a as the fire was passed through all before lighting better Earth and through this trainees established the lamp. That meant the sharing mentality, and a life centered culture which could make the world participation of each person as the indicator of sustainable. The sprinkled water symbolized the sustainability. The Welcome address was process of making our mind and culture fertile, addressed by Social wo r k trainee considered as the step for a new life and new Ms.Winnie Elizabeth Johnson. The overall idea world. The refreshing atmosphere and and importance of the program was given by her experiences of inmates was later shared. as she welcomed the guests. The Presidor of the Ms.Anusree, one of the social work trainees program was Mr.Amaan, President, Thirikadavoor concluded the event with vote of thanks. Pan ch a yat . T he Lit er ar y p oem s of Mrs.Ashramam Rajamma (inmate) collected by the trainees during the course of field work was By Winnie Elizabeth Johnson, set into a book and released then. Anusree & Jibin. Mr.Kochu Krishna Kurup (Faculty, Department of I Yr, MSW Social work) handed over the book to Mr.Sukumaran, Mr.Chandrasekharan Pillai (Member, Under Management Committee), Sabu Joseph (Inmate), Mr.Ganesh Babu (Superintendant), Mr.Ranjith Kavumkara and Mr.Johnson delivered the felicitations. The writer represented all women.
  • 5. DISHAA Page 5Agency News - WWFThe World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – India, (KKL), Kanchendzongaserves in the field of wildlife and nature conserva- (KCL), Western Arunachal,tion since its establishment as a Charitable Trust Himalayan High altitudefrom November 27, 1969. It is Wetlands, Bharatpur andan international non-governmental targeted Species fororganization working on issues regarding the conservation are – Royalconservation, research and restoration of Bengal t iger, Asianthe environment for the past four decades to elephant,Indian rhino, redpromote harmony between human beings and panda, Nilgiri tahr, black-nature. The organization is also active in diverse necked crane, snowactivities like sensitizing people, by creating leopard, tiger, elephant, Asiatic lion and snowawareness and capacity building ranging from leopard in around different states of Indiaeducation, enviro-legal activism, policy studies Today, they are been recognized as one of theand advocacy for nature protection. premier conservation NGO in the country dealingWWF also addresses issues like the survival of with nature conservation, environmental protectionspecies and habitats, climate change and and development-related issues. The other area ofenvironmental education. Their mission and goals work which should be mentioned is the organiza-is to stop degradation of nature by conserving tions monitoring of wildlife trade through theworlds biological diversity, ensuring the TRAFFIC division. It has been helping the enforce-sustainable usage of renewable natural resources, ment agencies over a number of years regardingpromoting pollution free and reduce wasteful field investigations, raids, seizures, enforcementconsumption. It‘s aim is to halt and reverse the training, and field studies. It has made notabledestruction of our environment. contributions in the field of live bird trade, ivory,The firm follows two approaches of conservation edible swiftlet nests, sandalwood, shahtoosh,like Biodiversity Conservation, and Footprint pangolin, musk, bear bile, tiger parts, and rhinoReduction aiming: horn. At recent times the organization targetedBiodiversity Goal by 2050, ie to conserve the potential customers of illegal wildlife products andintegrity of the most outstanding natural places on also conducted campaigns successfully throughEarth, which could contribute to more secure and mass media highlighting "Dont Buy Trouble".sustainable future for all.WWF-India identifies thecountry‘s most critical regions and priority CONTACT :species in order to conserve their health and WWF India, Secretariat,numbers, through field work, policy interventions 172 B Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003.India.and positive campaigns. Footprint Goal by 2050, +91 11 4150 4815, +91 11 2469 1226in which humanity‘s global footprint is set to staywithin the Earth‘s capacity enabling sustainablelife and equitable natural resources of our planet. Mr. Renjan Mathew Varghese,WWF-India works to reduce the country‘s footprint State Directoron the planet by focusing on key development and WWF-India Kerala State Office,environmental issues which creates impact on the C.O.Madhavan Road, Vanchiyur – P.O.whole national & global footprint. Thiruvanathapuram- 695 035.The landscapes and critical regions chosen under Telefax:0471-2302265conservation agenda are Satpuda Maikal (SML), Email:;Terai Arc (TAL), Western Ghats-Nilgiris, Sunder- wwfklso@gmail.combans, North Bank (NBL), Kaziranga Karbi Anglong (Jasmin R Pereira, I Yr MSW)
  • 6. Page 6 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4A day with a professional Social WorkerDr. P.V. Baiju, PhD, M.A.(Economics & Sociology), L.L.B., M.S.W.Assistant Professor, Dept. of Social Work, Sree Sankaracharya University ofSanskrit. Life member of NAPSWI, ASSK, ICSW, IASSW and APSWE has alsobeen involved in several areas of study and research projects funded byICSSR, RGNYD & KILA. He has also published about ten articles in academicjournals and have also contributed chapters to three edited books. Serving asNational trainer of JCI India, has facilitated about three hundred training pro-grams to varied groups for his credit and continues to be the Consultant andtrainer of many other NGOs.Apart from all this attainments he has also pre-sented papers in six international and ten national conferences, including com-bined conference of IASSW, ICSW and IFSW at Hong Kong in 2010 and Univer-sity of Ambo, Ethiopia, in 2011. 1. Your inspiration towards choosing this field In my pursuit to join for a professional course, I landed up in social work and it was not an informed choice. I had always loved working with people and doing good. There were two colleges of social work in Kerala then and the details of the course were little known to me before I joined. But being in the course I realized that I am for it and later pursed to bring my best into it. P.V. BAIJU 2. Your philosophy of Social Work… Social Work is a vast umbrella and whatever little, one do for the comfort Ph.D, Assistant Professor, of another comes under its purview. Being proactive, respect for dignity of Department of Social Work individual, providing the best and duty consciousness of giver are funda- Sree Sankaracharya University mental to practice of social work. Professionalism is not the overt features of Sanskrit, it display, but the best of humanistic actions. Every action of a social Kalady P.O., Ernakulam Dist., worker should end up in soothing, liberating, developing and harmonizing Kerala individuals and groups. The basic tenets of social work philosophy are classic in sense and application, if understood in its fullest sense. The so- cial work course is only a foundation and one needs to identify their core area of involvement in field and enhance it. 3. Your current area of focus… I work on gender and development, where I facilitated series of trainings and prepared gender policy for a consortium of NGOs. Another area is in participatory practices, where I have done my PhD. I am passionate about training and facilitation, where I believe true facilitation can blossom the best of every individual and team. As a professional social worker, the country and our state need strengthening professional bodies and I spent a portion of my time working with various associations and networks of social workers.
  • 7. DISHAA Page 74. Any unexpected/stressful situation in your life as a professional Social Worker and your mode of handling the situation… This is interesting. I feel social workers invariably go through stressful situations as our target groups are people in pain and struggles. We need to be alert, handle them soft, without being panic but sober, applying the skills and knowledge and most importantly, that traditional common sense. Dealing stressful situation with clients seems to be easier for me, com- pared to managing stress in working environment. Two years career as AIDS Counsellor with Kerala Stat AIDS Control Society during 1999 to 2001 took me to some stressful situations. There was a case of an orphan child, infected with HIV from his parents. His guardian left the boy almost at my disposal. I arranged with an orphanage to adopt him, knowing his status. We three, guardian, boy and me, went there, handed over to the sister and came back. The guardian did not have the bus to go back to his remote village, and I shared my bachelor accommodation with him. There are many such in that career, so as in others. I feel that one needs to stretch off the officialdom and barriers of professionalism to that old fash- ioned humanism in these situations. There was no mechanism neither in my work setting nor with agency for any help for such people then, but indi- vidual drive only made some solutions made some solutions.5. The factors that motivate you to be in the field of Social Work in spite of the slow development of Social work profession in India… Frankly I enjoy my profession and I make a living out of it. It takes me to the vast vicissitudes of variety human lives, unknown depths of human mind and opens me to every nook and corner of this world. After all, at the end of day, the smiles that you could carve on the faces of fellow human beings give you a smoothened sleep than a flamboyant bedroom. I believe that there is lot to do in the developing phase of professional social work in India.6. The specific goals that you have established for your career and your plans to make these things happen... I have a treasure of dreams. Foremost is to start a programme/ organization to take the underprivileged children to travel around and see the world in reality than in pictures. (‘Sir I would have been a different per- son had I seen all these historical monuments in my school age‘ comment by a student on a study tour of MSW). Being in academics I wish to initiate certain researches to showcase the richness of wisdom and beauty of life in global South, especially in India. Experience of west has made me to feel that they hardly believe India could do anything in academics and from the ordinary life of people there. My wish list continues with doing regular targeted camps for children and youth, creating a statutory professional
  • 8. Page 8 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4 body for social workers in the country, facilitating more interaction with east and west in social work education and to work for indigenization of social work in the country. 7. The effect of your social work practices in your personal as well as professional life… There was drastic change in my approach to addicts after I worked as de addiction counselor, so as to HIV positives and AIDS patients after I worked as an AIDS counselor, towards status of men and women after I worked on gender and development, to children after counseling many and facilitating sessions for them and to the nature after I worked in water and environment areas. I just wanted to grow up and The true sign of up in my profession, not just for the laurels it brings, but for the oppor- tunities it brings to do good for a larger group and influence decisions intelligence is not that have far reaching effects. Whatever I am today in my personal life knowledge but and professional life is significantly thanks to the social work profes- imagination. sion I am proud of. - Albert Einstein 8. Your message for the budding Social Workers… What would you do when an old man, apparently tired, walks to your counseling room at noon? Would you ask him if he had lunch? If he did not have lunch, will you offer him lunch? And how? Will you share your lunch pack or hand over money and ask him to come back after eating? Where do you pay from? Your own pocket?.. Startled? I feel social work starts from meeting the basic needs of individual and com- munities and making them comfortable and convenient every time. It needs a proactive attitude and action and ability to think out of box. These thought may derail the taught definitions of professional service, but I believe such service is true professionalism. And if you paid from your pocket for someone‘s meal (how many have you paid so far?!), it will create a ripple effect giving others in society, which will reach you back. Social workers in India need professional skills but voluntary will. It requires lot of wisdom from experience, practice, wide reading and incessant learning. The new social workers need to move out of com- fort zones, set goals in life and work hard. Always remember that ‗Being the best in the present puts you in the best in the next‘.
  • 9. DISHAA Page 9Social Work Research @ Amrita Incidence of home delivery among tribals of Wayanad Parvathy V1, Sanjeev Vasudevan2, Ajitha Kumari2, Renjith R. Pillai3, Rajeev MM3Abstract birth and thus birth and also aimed to infant care among tribals understand the changeIntroduction: need special attention in the trend from ancient owing to their vulnerable to present times, theTribals belong to the in- nature. nature of occurrence ofdigenous sections of the home delivery amongcommunity and are vul- Aims/objectives: various tribal groups andnerable in their own way to attempt to understand The main objectives ofbecause of the socio the possible factors that the study are to producecultural traditional norms decide the place of a data substantiatedand standards of living. delivery. validation of existence ofThe basic health needs home delivery amongstarts obviously from tribals of Wayanad. ItMethodThe study was basically a descriptive study that followed a survey methodwherein data was collected through an interview schedule prepared by the re-searcher. The universe of study was Amrita Kripa Charitable Trust (AKCH),Wayanad. A sample size of 645 patients (basically tribal patients consultingthe OP of AKCH) was interviewed. The study extended over a month from 21stMay to 19th June, 2012.Results / FindingsAmong those above 40 yrs, 81.8% went for home delivery, 28.2% for those be-low 40 yrs of age went for home delivery.19.7% of deliveries among those below30yrs are taking place at home, showing the existence of the home deliveryeven in the current generation. Thus, analysis shows that home delivery is stillprevalent. —————————————————————————-1. II Yr MSW Student, Amrita University, Amritapuri (Kollam) Campus, Kerala2. Medical Officer, Amrita Kripa Charitable Trust, Wayanad, Kerala3. Faculty Member, Department of Social Work, Amrita University, Amritapuri Campus, Kerala
  • 10. DISHAA Page 10Introduction to Policies/ActsThe Protection Of The Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012Nowadays offences against children are increasing at an alarming rate. They are not safe anywhere.They areexploited even at their own houses, schools and other places where ever they go. Children, instead of gettingtheir deserved love and care are abused most of the time. In order to stop this cruelty our Government hasimplemented a new Act; The Protection Of The Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012.The Act came intoforce on 14 November 2012, though it was passed on May 2012 in the Indian Parliament. According to thisact, a child is defined as a person who is below the age-group of 18 and is gender neutral.The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 provides precise defi-nitions for different types of child abuse crimes like sexual harassment, penetra-tive or non-penetrative sexual abuse and pornography in its declaration. Stringentpunishments that includes life time imprisonment for heinous crimes of sexual as-saults and abuses following the kind of harshness of the offence is also said in theAct.The Act under its limit, has made new standards of International Child Protectionrights and has made it mandatory to report the sexual offences against any child.Punishment against persons trying to defame any person apparently, even if it is a child via false informationis also mentioned in this Act.It has also discussed the ways to provide a child friendly process of offence reporting while evidence re-cording, trial and investigations. Regarding all this matter Section 45 of the Act has also allowed the UnionGovernment to make the necessary changes in the Act, whenever and wherever applicable.The Act has also well mentioned the qualifications and experience necessary for the translators, interpreters,special educators and experts who are arranged for protection and care of children in case of emergenciesand directs about the emergency treatment of a child that must be provided including the compensationamount that is to be paid to the victim of sexual abuse. It has also been cleared that the provisions of this Actwould be monitored by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the State Commission forProtection of Child Rights, periodically.All the rules have been structured and framed relying upon the Juvenile Act, 2000 for making arrangementswith regard to the care and protection of the child. The devised rules of the act also would pay attention to thefact that the child is not re-victimized at the time of investigation as well as in trial. The Act also points out that―no documentation or magisterial requisition would be demanded before the treatment‖ in case of a child whois taken to a medical facility on an emergency.The rules laid down in the Act has also defined the criterion of awarding compensations through specialcourts which includes loss of educational and employment opportunities along with disability, disease or preg-nancy suffered as the consequence of the abuse. This compensation would be awarded at the interim stageand trial ends.The legislation is also marked by the introduction of special procedures to prevent the re-victimization of chil-dren at the hands of an insensitive justice delivery system. Such measures includes protection of his or heridentity and thereby providing children with assistance and expertise from professionals in the fields of psy-chology, social work and so on.
  • 11. Page 11 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4India has the largest child population in the world. Almost 42% of India‘s totalpopulation is under 18 years of age. Earlier the cases were reported and tried inopen adult courts with adult‘s laws. Such trials were very humiliating for a child-victim of sexual offences. And so there is hope that this new law stipulates thesetting of special courts within a time-frame which enables the proper develop-ment of the child protecting his or her right to privacy and confidentiality. Thevictims are to be respected by every individual who are involved in the stages ofthe judicial process. By Arya Gopinath (I Yr MSW)Upcoming Conferences & WorkshopsMarch 2013 4th INTED2013 (7th International Technology, Education and Develop- ment Conference) Valencia, Spain 4th 5th World Congress on Womens Mental Health, Peru 5th International Research Conference on Environmental Issues and Waste Management (IRCEIWM) Bangkok, Thailand International Research Conference on Safety, Hazardous and Disas- ter Management (IRCSHDM) Bangkok, Thailand 7th Social Learning Boot Camp Washington, United States of America 9th 7th International Conference of Management and Behavioural Sci- ences - ―An Interdisciplinary Conference‖ Delhi/ Noida , India 6th PSPC - Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Conference 2013 Bangkok, Thailand National Conference th 11 Infectious Diseases: Adult Issues in the Outpatient and Inpatient Set- “DISHAA 2013” tings-2013 Sarasota, United States of America On Disaster 14th Caring, Working, Living Sydney, Australia Management in Social 15th 2013 International Symposium on Business and Social Sciences work Education and (2013 ISBS) Tokyo, Japan Practice. The Creativity Workshop in Istanbul - March 15 - 21, 2013 Istanbul, Turkey on 19th April 2013 17th 2013 2nd International Conference on Social Science and Humanity - At Amrita School of ICSSH 2013 Macau, China Arts and Science. 2013 2nd International Conference on Language, Medias and Culture By Dept. of Social Work - ICLMC 2013 Macau, China 18th International Conference for Academic Disciplines (Las Vegas) Las Amrita University Vegas, United States of America Amritapuri, Kollam. 21st International Academic Conference in Orlando 2013 Orlando, United States of America 26th ICVWE13: International Conference on Virtual Words and Educa- tion Ottawa, Canada 28th The Third Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sci- ences Osaka, Japan 30th National Conference On Environmental Sustainability And Society: The Growing Paradigm Shift (Ess - 2013) Guna, India
  • 12. DISHAA Page 12Book Review - Hand Book of Psychiatric Social WorkThe rapid development in the field of mental with the demands and challenges of everyday and neuro-science has a very large The chapter 4 by Ms Vranda M N. andinfluence on the theories and the day to day Dr. M. Chandrashekar Rao on Life Skillspractice of psychiatric social work. Education gives an insight into the ten essential The f ir st ch a pt er - skills required for promotion of psychosocial ―psychiatric social work in health in children and adolescents. The focus of child and adolescent life skills programmes are usually on children and mental health field‖ by adolescent groups since they are in their forma- Dr.V.Indiramma, Ms tive age. This chapter also comments on the Kavitha Jangam and impact and the implementation of life skill educa- Ms Seema P.Uthaman tion as well. deals with the concept The fifth chapter-‗psychosocial care for marital and components of men- and family life‘ by – Dr.G.S. Uday Kumar, tal health. The various Ms. Jane Henry and Mr. Bino Thomas provides kinds of mental illness an overview on the different stages of family on found among this age the various kinds of intervention methods group and the interven- applied ,since family intervention is an essential tions taken in the affected part of psychiatric social work.areas, which includes life skills education, health Parenting is one of the highly valued social rolespromotion, sex education ,case work and group in all human localities and cultures. The 6th chap-work services etc. ter –parenting: A Psychiatric Social WorkThe need to create an outreach for children Perspective by Mr.Bino Thomas andespecially for the children in vulnerable sections Dr. G.S. Udayakumar explains to us the conceptincluding girls, children with disability and mental of parenting, the different dimensions of parentingillness. Childline is an organization which reaches etc. The chapter also comments that goodout to the need of such children. The second parenting practices can make the children good,chapter-‗childline services for troubled children in stable and responsible.the community‘ by Ms Chandramukhi and The next chapter – Group Work In PsychiatricDr G.S.Udayakumar gives an overview of the Social Work by Dr.Ameer Hamza, Dr.functioning , structure and the objectives of the D.Muralidhar and Mr. Imran Khan includes thechildline organization. principles of group work practice, the theoreticalChild abuse is a violation of basic human rights of models for the same and the scope of group worka child. The chapter-‗child abuse: psychiatric practice as well. The therapeutic factors includedsocial work interventions‘ by Ms. Kavitha Jangam in group work practice is also explained in theand Dr D.Muralidhar provides several definitions chapter.of child abuse, the causes leading to the same The chapter 8 – Strengths based approach inand the statistics based on the study conducted. social work practice in working with families withThe interventions of psychiatric social workers alcohol problems by Dr.D.Muralidhar andinclude multidisciplinary team approach , working Ms. Lakshmi Shankaran deals with the impact ofas resource person providing legal and alcoholism in parents on children resulting in risktherapeutic interventions. and vulnerability. The affect of alcoholism onLife skills are abilities for adaptive and positive various dimensions of family. functioning is alsobehavior that enable individuals to deal effectively discussed.
  • 13. DISHAA Page 13Substance abuse is more sitive intervention is extremely rological and psychiatric disor-likely to be diagnosed among important. ders on various dimensions ofthose have just begun taking Counseling services for suicide life.drugs and is often an early prevention by Dr. A. Thirumoor-symptom of substance de- The chapter also deals with the thy and Ms. K. Bhavana is thependence. The 9thchapter - role of a psychiatric social worker 12th chapter which includes the and the kinds of rehabilitationWorking with substance de- factors leading to suicide, the techniques involved.pendence : a social work per- various theories dealing with thespective by Dr. D. Muralidhar same. This chapter also takes us Epilepsy is one of the most com-and Ms. Bala Shanti Niketha to the kinds of suicides seen mon serious neurological disor-comments on the causes of around and the warning signs der with unique characteristics.substance dependence and involved. The last portion of the The next chapter – psychiatricthe role of a social worker in chapter talks about the interven- social work intervention with epi-helping to overcome this. tion methods and the chapter lepsy by Dr.Prakashi Rajaram ends on a note that government and Ms. A.U. Shreedevi gives aThe 10th chapter – Commu- should recognize suicide as a detail account of what is epilepsy,nity care for persons with al- public health problem. its consequences. The last partcohol dependence by Dr. D. of the chapter deals with the The 13th chapter – Welfare andDhanasekara Pandian and NIMHANS experience on the legal measures for the mentally illMr. E. Sinu deals with the subject. It also gives an overview by Dr.Mohd.Ameer Hamza ,community based intervention on the do‘s and dont‘s during epi- comments that mental disability lepsy and the interventions em-on this subject since alcohol though not visible affects all ployed for the same.abuse and dependence is spheres of life. This chapterseen as a major public health deals with the involvement of Na- The 17th chapter –working withproblem. This chapter also tional Human Rights Commission the neurologically ill- A groupgives a glimpse on the role of in mental health and the initia- work approach by Dr. Prakashisocial worker in community tives in rehabilitation of persons Rajaram, Ms. Priya Treesa Tho-care. The chapter includes with disabilities. mas and Ms. Chandramukhithe experience of community Community mental health care comments on the intermediationcare of De-Addiction centre programs at NIMHANS by Dr. effect of combined group proc-NIMHANS as well. Sekar and Ms. Sini Mathew is the ess, cognitive restructuring and 14th chapter which gives insight modeling on the affected.The 11th chapter by Dr. D. into the various programsMuralidhar and Ms. Kavitha launched regarding mental Psychosocial aspects of headJangam of HIV/AIDS: issues health. The aim of psychiatric so- injury by Dr.N. Krishna Reddy,and concerns for psychiatric cial workers is to help mentally ill Mr. A. DuraiPandi and Mr. Atiqsocial work is all about how people and their families achieve Ahmed is the 18th chapter whichHIV/AIDS is spread , its con- optimum social functioning. deals with the various classifica-sequences and the interven- tion, causes ,symptoms and im- The 15th chapter – Rehabilitation pact on various dimensions oftions employed . This chapteralso states that; since this of persons with neurological and life. The chapter also gives anproblem is becoming manifold mental disorders by Dr. Prakashi overview on the interventionday by day, effective planning Rajaram and Ms. K.S. Meena methods employed and the roleand research and culture sen- comments on the impact of neu- of a psychiatric social worker as well.
  • 14. Page 14 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4Neurosurgery is the surgical discipline experienced by staff working in anfocused on treating nervous system organization by Dr. B. P. Nirmala andand spinal column diseases. The 19th Mr. Atiq Ahmed defines stress, thechapter – Psycho social intervention in causes of stress and the various Handbook ofneuro surgical setting by ways of alleviating stress, since one Psychiatric SocialDr.N. Krishna Reddy, Mr. A.DuraiPandi has to adopt specific skills to combat Workand Mr. Atiq Ahmed. This chapter stress. Editors :discusses common neurosurgical The 25th chapter on psychiatriccomplications, the major symptoms K.Sekar Social work research byand impact. A glimpse of the major Dr. R. Parthasarathy discusses the R.Parthasarathyinterventions taken are also given. scope of psychiatric social work in D.Muralidhar thThe 20 chapter on Psychosocial care mental health and research activities. M.Chandrasekhar Raoin disaster management by This chapter also provides some tips (NIMHANSDr. K. Sekar and Mr. Aravind Raj gives on conducting research projects. PUBLICATION)a detailed account of disasters, the Thus this book serves as a usefulkind of psycho social care given and and informative reference for all,the role of social workers in providing especially for those who are planningpsychosocial care. to specialize in Mental health andDisaster preparedness is a set of Psychiatry.activities that is undertaken to reduce By Jessica J Johnthe amount of damage that a disaster I Yr MSWcan cause. The 21st chapter onCommunity based disaster Clean Indiapreparedness by Mr. E.Aravind Raj Clean India is still a utopian dream inand Dr.K. Sekar deals with various any Indian‘s mind. Plastic one of thecommunity based preparedness and major villains, is not allowing us toapproaches related to the same. acquire our dreams. Plastic is theChapter 22nd on Psychiatric social general term for a wide range ofwork services in in-patient care settings synthetic or semi-syntheticby Dr.D. Muralidhar and Ms. E. Sinu polymerisation products. Theprovides a detailed view on the versatility of plastics has led to itsguidelines required for working with use in almost everything we useindividuals , the intervention techniques today. The all-pervasive use ofused by a psychiatric social worker in plastics stem from the benefits it hasvarious aspects since psychiatric social to offer - lightness, flexibility,workers are integral part of health care durability and water-resistance - tosystem. name a few. Various types of plasticSocial work services for adult psychiat- polymers are widely used throughoutric out patients is the 23rd chapter by the world for a variety of usefulDr. M. Chandrasekhar Rao and purposes. The most popular plasticMr. K.P. Soundarapandian discusses polymers include polyenthylene,the various clinical and non clinical polypropylene, polyvinyl chlorideservices provided . (PVC), polystyrene, nylon,The 24th chapter on Stress tetra-phthalate (PET), polyurethenes,
  • 15. DISHAA Page 15 Clean India etc. However, the biggest current they have to collect a huge quantity of problem with the conventional plastics wastes to earn a reasonable amount is the associated environmental con- of money. As a result, rag pickers do cerns, including non-biodegradability, not collect these bags, which remain release of toxic pollutants, litter and littered on the streets. In order to solve impacts on landfill as a result of the this problem more effectively, many production and disposal of petroleum states of the country have imposed and petroleum-based plastics. Of late, special restrictions on the use of plas- indiscriminate disposal of plastic tic carry bags in their respective waste, mostly containing plastic carry states, including blanket ban in some. bags is a prime cause for concern. Tips on reducing waste and con- The disposal of plastic bags is not just serving resources. an eye-soar, but is clogging the drain- The three Rs - reduce, reuse and re- age system, disturbing the ecological cycle - all helps to cut down the sanctity of water bodies as well as in- amount of waste we throw away. They terfering with the recharge of under- conserve natural resources, landfillPhoto Courtesy : ground water. Accumulated plastics space and energy. Plus, the three Rs choke municipal sewer lines and storm Jasmin R Pereira, save land and money resources, en- water drains,clog the bar-screens of Arya Gopinath ergy etc that the communities must sewage treatment plants, often result- use to dispose off the wastes. Setting ing in water logging. The recent Mum- a new landfill has become difficult and bai flood is a case in point. In addition, more expensive due to environmental animals often consume plastic waste regulations and public opposition. Oth- causing internal injury, intestinal block- ers steps include buying items that will age and starvation, sometimes leading last, avoiding excess packaging , reus- to death. Unscientific disposal of plas- ing as much as possible, using one‘s tic waste also causes landslides in hilly own water bottle, avoiding plastic wa- areas.Plastic bags which accumulate ter bottles, using one‘s own bag while at landfill sites where they take around shopping, buying recycled and reus- 300 years to photo degrade. able products, avoiding individually According to studies by the Plastic De- packed and single use products etc. velopment Council under the depart- Another important thing that we can ment of Chemicals and Petrochemi- cals, India will emerge as the third big-do is to refuse .Along with that, we gest consumer of plastics in the world should do other things too. Plastic is by the end of 2012. Plastic will not de- an unavoidable matter in every ones cay even if it remains in the soil for day to day life. Recently the Govern- years. If it is burned, it produces car- ment of India has decided to ban plas- cinogenic substances. So there is no tic. The state of Kerala has issued a successful way to manage plastic complete ban on thin plastic bags -- wastes, without harming Mother Na- below 30 microns -- that are consid- ture. ered an environmental hazard besides The littering of plastic bags remains to being a threat to animals who acciden- be a significant environmental prob- tally swallow them. The ban that came lem. While consumers continue to litter into effect on September 1st 2012 also them, rag pickers do not receive any covers disposable plastic cups and incentive in collecting the thin bags as containers used in the food industry.
  • 16. DISHAA Page 16However, while those who stock or distribute the bags are liable to be fined and penalized, it is unclearhow the one‘s who use the bags such as for doing it is unclear how, or even if, those who use the bags,like consumers and ordinary citizens will be dealt with if they use the bags. This begs two questions: howcomplete is the ban if only distributors are liable to be penalized? And how effective will the ban be?Ban on plastic is not still effective in most of the places, why/ when one thing is to be banned which is kindof essential in day to day life, the authorities should put forth a substitute for it until government is notready to do so, it cannot be completely or effectively banned .People will go behind plastic products, even if they know that it‘s not good for nature and they won‘t stoploitering it. Actually, it‘s not they, it‘s you and me, we won‘t stop littering. To an extent awareness pro-grammes are helpful for atleast stop littering in very sensitive places like Athirapally.I Yr MSW students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, conducted a plastic free campaign near Athirapallywater falls in chalakkudy along with the help of VSS(VANA SAMRAKSHANA SAMITHY) as a part ofvongal tribal camp. Whole team of social work trainees was divided into 4 groups. Posters and pluck cardswere made, stickers were affixed on vehicles with permission of owners, regarding littering ,forest protec-tion. The campaign was successful and response of visitors were good .members of VSS amass plasticwastes from Athirapally waterfalls and forest area, and from the waste bins, that are placed close by wa-terfalls. After that they clean these plastic wastes, compress it & then pack it, and tender is called.Similar campaigning countrywide would be helpful, to make India a litter free country especially in sensi-tive areas, and in turn a clean green India. To an extent campaigning was successful in community inspreading all these information regarding these issues to both national international tourists. By Andria John, I Yr MSW PICCASO MSW Winnie Elizabeth Johnson, I Yr MSW
  • 17. Page 17 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4 Where did we go wrong??It was only recently that I developed the habit of reading newspapers and I was madeto reconsider my decision when I was overwhelmed by all the bloodshed and the vio-lence. The recent Delhi incident where the girl was brutally gang raped, eventuallyleading to her death and the associated protests were all that I could see. It added tomy already existing insecurity of being a woman.I should have been happy seeing all the youngsters raise their voices, the active useof social and other media and an overall sensitization about the rights of women. But Iwas not. And this worried me. Had I lost all sense of compassion for another humanbeing? Was I resistant to change? Was I so comfortable in my utopian world that Ihad no time or interest in others? Or had I lost all my hope for a better and just world?Then I realized that my attitude of indifference was not directed towards the poor girlor the students involved in the protests. It was towards myself and the society that Irepresent. The society where sons are considered a blessing and female infanticidescommon. The society which considers sex to be something that is not to be dis-cussed but do not mind having vulgar postures at public places. The society that wor-ship Goddesses but tolerate all sorts of violence against women. The society whereany mishap is forgotten with time. The society where corruption is a part and parcel oflife. These problems are not confined to India or any other developing country for thatmatter. The story is the same around the world.I feel the answer does not lie in mass protests or death penalties. The issue is moresevere than that. In India, where simple convictions do not happen fast enough, deathsentences and harsh punishments may take still more time and this may further re-duce the trust the common people have in the judicial system.Legislation is not what is to be changed. Change should be in the selection of the col-our of the paint to be applied in the child‘s room. When we select blue for boys andpink for girls, the stereotyping starts then and there. Changes should be in the selec-tion of the bed time stories for children. When we tell the girl child stories of princescoming and ‗rescuing‘ them, we are planting the idea that they need someone tocomplete their life thus creating a generation of young ladies who would compromisetheir identity in order to be a good wife. It is our assumption that a girl child will likedolls and boy cars. We are imposing our impression of a perfect child into our chil-dren rather than letting them choose for themselves who they want to be. This kind ofstereotyping expects the girls to be gentle and soft spoken while the boys should beaggressive and always in control of their emotions .Any deviation from these expecta-tions are considered abnormal and not in keeping with the culture of the society. Oureducational set up also does not do anything to avert the scenario.The issue does not have a direct and magical solution. It has to be nipped in the bud.The problem is deep rooted than we think and needs more probing into. Though Iwelcome the spirit of the citizens in coming forward and addressing the issue, I be-lieve a permanent solution can be formulated only through changing the mindset ofthe individuals belonging to the society including ourselves. By Lekshmi Vimala (II Yr MSW)
  • 18. DISHAA Page 18 My Experience as a Budding social workerProfessional Social work is a term largely confused with that of Charity and welfare activities. When westudy for a professional degree in social work the common question that we all need to answer is ― do weneed to study for becoming a social worker?‖ this question remains intact thorough out the study. We asstudents of social work strive hard to find out the best suiting answer. When I was asked to share my ex-periences as a budding social worker my memories went right to the initial period when I joined for acourse which I was longing for a bit long. The field work practicum has helped a lot in building a percep-tion about communities. Even though communities are very unique, a general perception was making itsshape inside my mind. We had continuous interactions with the community; women, men, children, youth,old aged, local leaders were all our subjects of observation and learning. The kind of experience weshared among friends was the best learning one could get. “we work majorly in The transition phase from student to a professional is very drastic. We might be moving to an entirely different community with entirely different changing the attitudes of language, custom, life style, climate, beliefs and biases. To get adapted to this takes a bit tough time of keen observation, patience and courage. people which is almost Now we have certain responsibilities both professional as well as per- sonal. We are been given situations where one should handle alone and equal to impossible” there are expectations which have to be fulfilled. Only some organization gives some sort of orientation about the responsibilities and the kind ofwork we should do. In effect, the period of studies should be very much utilized for practicing as well asplanning the area that best suits you. Documentation is one another important area where which profes-sional social workers fail and this is very crucial while working.Community development is something which does not happen overnight. While studying we may try tocreate theories which may be ‗one size fits all‗ but as a professional those theories can be only used for abasic understanding. One should be very patient in understanding the community holistically. One majorchallenge we face as professional social workers in a field level organization is the compensation. Eventhough there are some exceptions largely the pay is below average. Many of the organizations seek cer-tain professional experience, as fresher we can build this experience only through collective and continu-ous actions in class with an open attitude to learn. Unlike other professions the field you have chosen isvery challenging and dynamic; we work majorly in changing the attitudes of people which is almost equalto impossible. To be both optimistic and energetic with utmost patience and humility will be the key to suc-cess.Finally about the organization I work. Azim Premji Foundation is a non-profit seeking organization workingin the field of education; particularly primary schools. The Foundation works in three major domainsTeacher professional development, Education Leadership Management and Stake Holder Engagement.I work as a Campus Associate where I will be going through field level training in the first year. Currently Iam into schools with an objective to understand the schooling system through classroom observations,interaction with teachers and other stake holders. I am getting a good exposure through these visits andthe exposure visits to other field institutes of the Foundation. I would like to express my sincere gratitudeand love to all my Teachers who have helped me in building my perspectives namely Dr. Sunil D.S,Dr. Renjith R. Pillai, Mr. Rajeev M.M, Mr. Kochukrishna Kurup, Mr. P.K Anand and Mrs. Gayathri Vinayak. By Gladston Mathew Edavilayil (2010-2012 Batch, Amritapuri campus)
  • 19. Page 19 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4Activities of Department of Social Work ( Oct - Dec 2012)10th October 2012, Mental Health day Awareness at Primary HealthCentre.The S1 MSW students conducted an awareness programme with charts andposter exhibition at Primary Health Centre observing Mental Health day. Themain objective was to make people aware about the mental disorders likeAutism, Schizohrenia etc9th to 11th, October 2012, International Day For Disaster Reduction(IDDR)-2012 Street-Play Road ShowTo commemorate the IDDR-2012 (International Day for Disaster Reduction –13thOctober), the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority(KSDMA) in col-laboration with five Social Work Institutions in Kerala conducted a state wideStreet play road show at 56 identi-fied venues in different districts ofthe state. It was an initiative byKSDMA to enroll the Social WorkStudents in the activities for raisingpublic awareness on disaster riskreduction focusing on the theme –―Women and Girls-The Invisibleforce for resilience‖.Three districts in the southern re-gion viz:Thiruvananthapuram,Kollam and Alappuzha, wereallotted to the Department of Social Work, Amritapuri Campus, Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham, and Mr. VS Kochukrishna Kurup (faculty coordinator-IDDR-Street-play programme),coordinated and implemented the programme in 12venues of 3 districts. The Road show attracted lot of people in all the districtsand received a good coverage by press and other media. 1st November 2012 Debate on “Is KKNPP Needed” The Department of social work organ- ized debate and discussions on the highly discussed controversial issue ―Kudamkulam‖. Faculty coordinators Mr.Ranjith Kavumkara and Mr.VS Ko- chukrishna Kurup addressed the gath- ering. Students : Shilpa (Moderator), Vishnu Raj, Prasanth.P, Vishnu K San- thosh, Amrutha, Ammu Ashok and ArunB.R from S3 batch participated and contributed healthy points pointing to thenecessities and negatives of the issue. Later on the moderator concluded thedebate. The programme was a success and the audience were able to thinkmore about the issue.
  • 20. Page 20 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4 nd2 November 2012Talk on “Public health and Health care services in kerala”A talk was conducted by the Department of Social work as part of Kerala ModelDevelopment. Mr.Renjith R, Lecturer (faculty) gave an introduction about the―Kerala Model Development‖ that it is the development experience of Keralawhich has achieved worldwide attentiondue to the coexistence of its remarkableachievements in social and human devel-opments with low economic growth.Thereby followed by a talk on ―PublicHealth and Public Health Care Services inKerala‖ by Miss. Arathy Aravind. The sim-ple presentation with enough clarity turnedup very informative.3rd November 2012,Sabarimala Cleaning ProgrammeOn November 3rd 2012, over 3200 volunteers participated in a massive clean-updrive at Sabarimala and Pampa in Kerala. Students, faculty and staff members ofDept of Social work,Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham also joined ashramites anddevotees in cleaning this historic, holy land during November 2-4, 2012. Theinitiative was part of the Amala Bharatham Campaign, instituted in response tothe request made by the Kerala State Government. The team removed filth fromthe Pampa riverbed and its banks making the cause a big success.request madeby the Kerala State Government. The team removed filth from the Pampa river-bed and its banks making the cause a big success.4th – 10th November 2012National Workshop on Psychosocial Care in Disaster, Life Skills Edu-cation and CounsellingNational Workshop on Psychosocial Care in Disaster, Life Skills Education and Counseling sessions included interactive sessions and discussions along with a lot of games and activities. The one week long workshop with around 47 participants from across the country concluded on 10th November, 2012 with the faculty evalua- tion session of the programme. The vale- dictory function was inaugurated by Dr. G Gopinathan Pillai (Principal, Amrita School of Arts and Science). Mr. Ranjith. K (faculty, Department of Social Work)welcomed the gathering. Dr. Priya K.R (Professor, Amrita Department of SocialWork, Ettimadai campus) presided over the function. Mr. Rajeev M.M (Vice Chairperson, Amrita Department of Social Work), Mr. V.S Kochukrishna Kurup andMs. Shobitha Santhakumari (NIMHANS, Bangalore) gave the felicitations. It was
  • 21. Page 21 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4followed by the vote of thanks by Dr. Renjith R Pillai (Chairperson, Department ofSocial Work). Certificates were distributed to all the participants byDr. G Gopinathan Pillai (Principal, Amrita School of Arts and Science).4th November 2012Inauguration of the Official Blog : DISHAASPEAKSDr. K Sekar (Professor, NIMHANS, Bangalore) inaugurated the official blog ofDepartment of Social Work, Amritapuri on 4/11/2012 during the inauguration ses-sion of ―National Workshop on Psychosocial Care in Disaster, Life Skills Educa-tion and Counselling‖. The main highlights of the blog are : the various academicprogrammes, field work activities and outreach programmes conducted by thestudent social workers. Br.Shankarachaitanya, (Medical Director, Amrita Schoolof Ayurveda), Dr. K R Pria (Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Et-timadi), Dr.Renjith R Pillai (Chairperson, Dept. of Social Work), Mr.Rajeev MM(Vice Chair person, Department of Social Work) were also present.http://dishaaspeaks.wordpress.com14th November 2012 Childrens DayProgramme at Kuzhithura Govt. Fisheries School , AlappadAs part of Children‘s day , the 3rd semester Community Development studentsorganized various programs at Government Fisheries School, Kuzhithura. Topicslike Child rights, Mental Health, child abuse of boys , Child abuse of girls andsubstance abuse were covered by Mr.Prageesh, Ms Arathy, Ms. Fathima, Mrs Nisha, Mr. Deepak, Mr.Vishnu.K, Ms. Arathy, Ms.Sandhya, Ms.Shilpa and Ms. Rashmi. The session was creatively done using role play,games, group discussion and essay writing. The students were highly motivated as the session was creative and informative.The ample support of the Department and cooperation of the students with their team spirit made the program a grant success.24th November 2012Skill Development Training at Govt. Childrens Home, KollamA skill development training programme was organized by the 1 stSemester MSWstudents for the inmates of Govt. Childrens‘ home, Kollam. The eminent skilldevelopment trainer and a social worker Mr. Jerry Camoens inaugurated andlead the programme.Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara (Lecturer),Mr. Nisanth M (Field Work Co-ordinator),Mr Shahir (caretaker , childrens home), The S1 MSW students: Mr. Anas,Mr. Midhun, Ms. Supriya, and Ms. Athira. were present in the function. Manymotivational videos were also screened followed by the cultural programmes by
  • 22. DISHAA Page 22 the children. Mr.Ranjith K. and Mr. Kochukrishna Kurup (Lecturer) spoke on the importance of si- lence and concentration in life. The entire pro- gramme has been organized by Ms. Jasmin R Pereira, Ms. Jessica J John and Ms.Stephy Bosco. (I Yr MSW students)24th November 2012Book Release at Govt.Old Age Home, InchavilaThe I Yr MSW students organised a programme in order to publish the Literaryworks of an inmate of Government Old Age Home, Inchavila as part of concurrentfield work.The Inauguration followed by the welcome address of Ms.Winnie Elizabeth John-son marked the beginning.Mr.Amaan,President,Thirikadavoor Panchayat pre-sided over the programme. The collected literary poems of the inmateMrs.Ashramam Rajamma which was set into a book by the trainees during theirfield work was released then.The book was handed over to Mr.Sukumaran byMr.Kochukrishna Kurup (Faculty,Dept of Social work).Mr.Chandrasekharan Pillai(Member, Under Management Committee), Sabu Joseph (Inmate), Mr.GaneshBabu (Superintendant), Mr.Renjith Kavumkar and Mr.Johnson delivered the felici-tations.The closing was marked by the use of seed,water, soil and planting sap-lings. A musical programme was also conducted by the NGO ―A Pularikkoottam‖.26th November 2012International Day for the Elimination Of Violence Against WomenThe white ribbon day campaign was organized by ASWAS [Amrita Social WorkersAssociation] on the ―International day for theelimination of violence against Women‖ on26th November 2012.It is a day to raise aware-ness of violence against women and is observedon every 25th of November since 2000. The pro-gramme was inaugurated by Dr.Renjith.R.Pillai(HOD, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri).Awareness regarding the Rights and law foratrocities against women were exhibited includ-ing posters and chart papers portraying the importance of the day.White ribbonswere also distributed to the students of the campus.28th November 2012ID card distribution at Cheriyazheekal Anganwadi NO.19A Programme was organized by the S1 batch MSW students for the ―Distributionof ID Cards for the children of Cheriyazheekal Anganwadi NO.19‖.The sessionwas officially inaugurated by V.S Kochu Krishna Kurup (Lecturer, Dept of socialwork) and Chairperson Hamjum (Panchayat member) delivered her presidentialaddress followed by the video presentation for improving their creativity skills.
  • 23. Page 23 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 428th November 2012Women Empowermen at Mahila MandiramSocial work trainees Arya, Remya and Shalini organized a programme about―Women Empowerment‖at Mahila Mandhiram,Anjukalumud as part of concur-rent fieldwork acitvities. The Chief Guest of the programme was Mrs.Bindhu(Faculty,Dept of Sociology,Millet B.Ed College,Sooranadu). Mrs.Lathika, the Su-perintendent of Mahila Mandhiram headed the programme. Ms.Veena, Chairperson also spoke on the occasion and shared her views which was very infor-mative to the inmates.28th – 29th November 2012, Awareness Camp with SAHAYI – Centrefor Collective Learning and ActionThe S1 MSW Social work trainees Ms.Andria John, Mr.Sreejith, Ms.Gopika or-ganized an awareness camp at the slums of Muthakkara and Kacherikulam em-phasizing the importance of urban development and self employment. The Chairperson of the event was Ms.Sheela (Project Coordinator,SAHAYI).29th November 2012Ente maram at ManovikasAwareness class and Ente maram programme was organized by the S1 MSWstudents at Manovikas School for differently abled children on 29/11/12.Thefunction was inaugurated by Mr. Shanavas (Panchayat member and welfarestanding committee chairman). The chairperson of the programme wasMr.Gopinathan Nair (PTA President). Felicitations were given by Mr. Nishanth(Lecturer ,Dept of Social Work), Mr. Ramachandran (PTA Secretary),Ms.Shyma (Teacher, Manovikas), Mr.Bibin (Social Work Trinee).The pro-gramme was organized by Ms.Supriya and Ms.Athira (Social Work Trainees). InEnte Maram programme, all students were given saplings to make them awareabout the importance of planting trees. The saplings were distributed byMr Shanavas and Mr Gopinathan Nair. After that an awareness class for parentswas conducted by Ms Supriya and Ms Athira about the tips for parents like howto look after their children in a more caring way.The programme was verysuccessful.
  • 24. DISHAA Page 24Leadership Training Programme for Coconut Producers Society 2012Leadership Training Programme for Coconut Producer‘s Society (CPSs) was organizedby Department of Social Work and Coconut Development Board (Ministry of Agriculture,Govt. of India). The main objective of the programme was socio economic upliftment ofthe farmers through productivity improvement, cost reduction, efficient collective marketingand processing and product diversification. Five training programmes were completed.The dates were 6th – 8th, 13th - 15th of September,17th - 19th, 29th - 31st October and 26th -28th November 2012. Sessions included topics such as overview of Coconut DevelopmentBoard, objectives of CPS, value addition, entrepreneurship, leadership skills, teamwork,time management, yoga, project planning, documentation and accounting etc.Mr. Jayakumar (Technical officer, Coconut Development Board), Ms. Anitha Kumari(CPCRI), Mr. Kalesh (EKSAT), Dr.Renjith R Pillai, Mr.Rajeev M.M, Mr.VS KochukrishnaKurup and Mr.Ranjith Kavumkara facilitated the various sessions. Field visits were alsoconducted as part of the training. All the trainees were awarded certificates at the end ofthe programme.30th November 2012Volunteering National Alliance for People’s Movement - 9th Biennial ConventionThe 9th Biennial Convention of the National Alliance for Peoples Movement was success-fully held at Salsabeel Green School, Thrissur. The community development students hada great opportunity to be the volunteers of the Convention. Each of the students wasassigned with various tasks. The social work trainees were divided into variouscommittees and assigned certain duties. The committees were General volunteercommittee, Media & documentation, reception and registration, transportation andaccommodation. Each committee had a coordinator to coordinate the team members andallot duties. Students attended the different sessions like koodamkulam issue, Media andCulture .They also conducted several interviews with many eminent personalities and alsointeracted with other members who participated in the programme.
  • 25. DISHAA Page 25Report writing, collage making, film screening, Event management, group dis-cussions, registration of the delegates and receiving donations was other fieldsof engagement.4th – 8th December 2012, National Study TourThe II Yr MSW Batch went for an enlightening tour in Mumbai city and the out-skirts. The team went to MAM Ashram at Nerul and then to ‗Inorbit‘, one of thelargest shopping malls of Mumbai, Rafiq nagar and Baba nagar in Govendi (sawAsia‘s largest waste dumping ground), Dharavi(the largest slum of Asia) to learnthe over all scenario. The visit was with the help of an agency called KarunyaTrust which has been working among the rag pickers. The students also visitedthe waste-mountain and understood the real life situation of people there. MuktiSadan Foundation, an NGO working among the drug addicts of the city was alsovisited.The team interacted with some of the eminent ruling personalities andrealized the nature of issues in its true sense. The tour could provide reallyenlightening experiences to students. They understood the real scope of socialwork in our country. Many students were given job offers and internships oppor-tunities.
  • 26. Page 26 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 414th – 21th December 2012, Vongal tribal campAs part of the curriculum, the Department of Social Work, Amritapuri campusorganized a tribal sensitization camp ―VONGAL‖ for getting the first year socialwork trainees acquainted with the traditions, culture and way of life of the tribalsand also to delve deep into the possibilities of positive intervention in the field.The team visited Athirapally,Vazhachal,Harrison Malayalam,Butterfly Gardensand many other places and had interactive sessions with many eminent re-search scholars in order to learn the tribal life and mutual dependencies of peo-ple and the forest. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea14th December 2012, Interaction session alone. This isInteractive session with (Yadunath) Louis George, Cournoyer, Ph.D the way toAssociate Professor, School of Criminology, University of Montreal, success.Quebec, Canada. Swami VivekanandaTopics like Scope of social work and How can social workers make a changebetween youth offenders through Therapeutic Alliance was discussed.
  • 27. Page 27 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4BIENNALEThe word ―BIENNALE‖ is Italian for ―every other year‖ and can be used to de-scribe any event that happens every two years. It is most commonly used withinart world to describe an international manifestation of contemporary art. Kochi-muziris Biennale is India‘s first Biennale, which exhibits Indian and internationalartists artworks across a variety of mediums including film, installation, painting,sculpture, new media and performance art. Along the exhibition, the Biennalewill offer a rich programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshopsand educational activities for school children and students.The First Kochi-Muziris Biennale began on 12 December 2012(12/12/12). Thebiennale will host 80 artists with nearly 50 percent foreign artists, site-specificworks and a sustained education programme in the three months.Why would the subcontinent‘s first Biennale take place in Kochi,so far awayfrom the metropolitan art centers of Delhi and Mumbai? This happened mainlybecause it was the initiative of two Kerala-born artists: Riyas Komu and BoseKrishnamachari. These two artists, are the curators of this extremely ambitiousventure that aims to put Kerala and India on the art map once and for all. An in-ternational art event like the Kochi-Muziris Biennale gains immense relevanceand prominence in present times that is marked by unease and enemity be-tween countries and communities. cultural festivals like the ongoing biennalewould help people know what others do for them, thus create a bond with them.In a country without museums and art galleries, kochi has provided a perfectplace to showcase the art. But everything hasn‘t been perfect since several con-troversies has broken out-the organizers are alleged of having received fundsfrom terror groups. The critics are of the view that the police are not inquiringsince this event involves lot of high rank people. Several anti-biennale group hasput up posters and according to reports has even burned brochures to protestagainst this ―corporate-driven‖ occasion which according to them does not pro-mote enough local art.Local artists should have been given a chance to showcase their piece of art aswell. Since such cultural get-togethers boost up the bond between countries andraces more of such ventures should be promoted. By Jessica J John, I Yr MSWAMC (ASWAS MOVIE CLUB) NewsAMC (ASWAS Movie club) was initiated with an objective of making the stu-dents acquainted with the role of media by exhibiting classics and other thoughtprovoking movies in order to bring in positive changes.ASWAS Movie Club (AMC) conducted a film festival from 17 th October to 19thOctober 2012 at Amritapuri campus at 5pm.The film festival was organised aspart of observing the world mental health day. The films ―A BeautifulMind‖ (focused on Paranoid Schizophrenia), ―Taare Zameen Par‖(dealing withDyslexia) and ―One Flew over Cuckoo‘s Nest‖ (which dealt with Personality
  • 28. Page 28 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4disorder) were screened as part of the festival. A brief introduction was givenby the Social Work students about the mental disorders mentioned in themovie before its premiere. The major aim of the festival was to to generateawareness among the students about the Mental Health Week and about thedifferent mental illnesses. Around 100 students from the Amritapuri campusparticipated in the film fest.The overall response about the festival was goodand a very good feedback was provided by the audience. AMC also organ-ized a film show as part of the children‘s day celebration on November 14th 2012 at 5 pm. The screened filmwas ―Stanley Ka Dabba‖, directed and produced by Amole Gupte. AMC Coordinator gave an introductionabout the film before the movie started. The film was about a boy named Stanley. Students from other depart-ments also came to watch the movie and gave valuable feedback about the film show.AMC members usedposters, movie trailers, PPTs, etc in the college campus for promoting the film festival. By Prageesh (II Yr MSW) AMC Coordinator Assistant Professor & Chief Editor Dr. Renjith R. Pillai Staff Editors Mr. Rajeev MM Mr. V S Kochukrishna Kurup Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara Student Editors: Ms. Parvathy V Ms. Lekshmi Vimala Ms. Jasmin R Pereira Ms. Jessica J John Mr. Joby T Lal Design and Layout Ms. Jasmin R Pereira Printed and published by: Chair person, Department of Social Work. (For private circulation only) Feel free to mail your suggestions and ideas to the editor’s desk:, Follow us: