DISHAA En route to a better world… Oct-Dec, 2011 Volume 1 Issue 2 Quarterly newsletter by ASWAS, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri campus, Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamContents Chancellor’s message Editorial Editorial We are obliged with the overwhelming ASWAS support and encouragement received from Your kind attention the professional Social Work community plz! for the first issue of DISHAA. The dedication and hard work of the students Social Work Research @ Amrita of Social Work, Amrita University, Amritapuri campus is once again proved Introduction to Policies/Acts here, in the timely release of the second issue of ASWAS News letter- DISHAA. My experience as a budding Social Worker The current issue covers special reports, articles on various topics and pertinent Picasso. MSW events during the period such as ASWAS Chancellor’s message Interview with a inauguration, tribal sensitisation camp, Professional Social concurrent field work placement, Worker Mullapperiyar issue and other items. The Agency news: RASTA editorial board expresses its gratitude to "Your third eye will never open if, in the Kabani: the other all the contributors of the current issue. name of spirituality, you close your eyes direction Special thanks to Dr. Johny Augustine, to the world." Fieldwork news Assistant Professor, St. Ambrose University, USA for cooperating with us “Use your freedom in a manner that Field Work in Social in this endeavor. benefits society." Work : Partnership with Government Organisations -Chief Editor — Amma Book review Activities of Department of Social work AMC news Upcoming conference/workshops Principal’s desk
2 DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2ASWAS -Amrita Social Worker’s Association Key distribution of bicycles for fieldworkIt was a dream coming true for the Department of Social work Upon the request from the student community out ofwhen the inauguration of Amrita Social Workers Association the recognition that bicycles stand as a symbol of(ASWAS) took place. ASWAS is concerned with promoting mobility, freedom and sustainability, the Departmentsocial and environmental responsibility among the public, of Social Work took a novel and unprecedentedcreating awareness against social evils and facilitation of decision to provide bicycles to its students forevents to prevent them. The programs and interventions undertaking field work. The distribution of the keys oforganized were for uplifting the socially and educationally bicycles was performed by Dr.Sivasudan. Dr.marginalized groups and in turn contributing towards skill Sivasudan, (District Programme Manager – Nationaldevelopment and professional enrichment of social work Rural Health Mission, Kollam) delivered a talk onstudents. ASWAS encompasses the group which works with “NRHM”, its significance on public health aspects ofunity amid all differences for the liberation of one‟s internal rural India and the role of social workers in the field.strength to make the world a better place, thereby reaching theultimate goal of eternal happiness. Talk by Haritamitra Awardee Before the informal session began, Mr. Sooranad RaviThe much awaited event of ASWAS inauguration and (renowned farmer in Kerala & recipient ofAMRITIANS first Alumni meet started with the prayer at “Haritamitra” award from Government of Kerala)Amritapuri campus by 10.00 am. Ms Nayana (President, shared his views on the present state of agriculture andASWAS), officially welcomed the guests. The informal the activities of students of Department of Social Worksession began with keynote address by the Principal of at Sooranad Panchayat, Kollam. Further, Mr. P KDepartment of Social work, Br. Anand Shenoy. Anandji, with Anand, Lecturer of the Department elaborated on thehis inspiring words acknowledged and admired the efforts and team effort put by the Department of Social Work tothe venture of the students and faculty of Department of promote “Kitchen gardening” in all households of theSocial work, Amritapuri campus.Mrs. M.C.Jaysree, District Sooranad PanchayatWelfare officer, Kollam, the chief guest of the day, officially Distribution of mementoes to achievers ofinaugurated “ASWAS” by lighting the lamp and also the pass out batch was also done by the chief guest ofdelivered the presidential address. Mrs. Jayasree explained the the day. Dr.Renjith R.Pillai, Academic Head,welfare schemes of the government and the role of social Department of Social Work, felicitated and expressedworkers in this area. She also deliberated the possibility of his joy on the successful rendering of team effort bycollaborating with the Social Work department, Amritapuri the Department. Mr. Prageesh E P, Secretary ofcampus in implementing various schemes /programmes of the ASWAS, delivered the vote of thanks, thus winding upgovernment. She proceeded with the release of the logo of the formal session of the day.The informal session“ASWAS”. involved sharing of experience by the alumni. TheInauguration of AMC (ASWAS Movie Club) session was a mixture of experiences, memories andDr. Balakrishnan Shankar, Associate Dean, Amritapuri inspiration worth sharing.campus, felicitated the event by pointing out the importanceof Social Work in Amritapuri campus, being in closeproximity to the International NGO Mata AmritanandamayiMath. He also mentioned the possibility of Social Workstudents in participating in the activities of the same. Dr.Balakrishnan Shankar inaugurated ASWAS Movie Club andreleased the logo.Release of first issue of ASWAS newsletter: ’Dishaa’Br. Anand Shenoy, Principal, Department of Social Workreleased the first issue of ASWAS newsletter – “Dishaa”. Thenewsletter aims at providing a platform to social workstudents, teachers and practising social workers to put in theirperception on varied social issues.
DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 3AMRITIANS- Alumni meet (Dept of Social Work)Mr. Nitheesh, coordinator of Amrita Alumni Association (AMRITIANS) elaborated on the various activities of“AMRITIANS” and welcomed the alumni of Department of Social Work to join the venture. An alumni team with tworepresentatives from each batch was elected for ensuring and encouraging alumni participation in the events to come in thefuture. The selected alumni in consultation with the Department would later evolve a framework and modus operanditowards organizing the Alumni meet and allied programmes in the future. This is bound to provide support to theDepartment as well as the student fraternity for exploring new avenues of professional Social Work.Mr. Anoop and Mr. Shine Vayala from the first batch, Ms. Sarika and Ms. Poornima from the second and Mr. Aswin andMs. Saranya from third batch were the team of representatives who voluntarily came forward. The programme concludedby 5.45pm, after the display of a few rich cultural events performed by the present batch of MSW students as well as bythe alumni of the Department.Your kind attention plz !The issue on Mullaperiyar dam (Lekshmi Vimala, S2MSW) substantially from the agreement, Travancore got littleRecently no discussion, debate or news report is complete more than a negligible lease-rent for the land leased towithout the mention of „Mullaperiyar Dam‟. At the time of Madras. In 1970, an increase in the lease rent waswriting this report, the issue has resulted in numerous strikes negotiated by Kerala but there was no radical revision ofand agitations by the different political as well as other the totality of the agreement.parties.Mullaperiyar Dam is a masonry gravity dam on the Periyar But the controversy that has stemmed up now is due toRiver in Kerala. It is located 881 m (2,890 ft) above mean safety concerns regarding the dam. The dam is now 116sea level on the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats in years old, and even with all the strengthening measures, itThekkady, Idukki District. It was constructed between 1887 is not possible to be wholly confident about its safetyand 1895 by the British Government to divert water under all circumstances. The recent tremors in the areaeastwards to Madras Presidency area (the present-day Tamil might have been minor but no one can guarantee that aNadu). It has a height of 53.6 m (176 ft) from the foundation stronger earthquake will not occur, or that if there is anand length of 365.7 m (1,200 ft). The Periyar National Park exceptionally heavy flood the dam will be safe. These arein Thekkady is located around the dams reservoir. Though extreme and perhaps improbable situations but the point isthe dam is located in Kerala, it is controlled and operated that there can be no absolute unqualified guarantee ofunder a period lease by Tamil Nadu. The control and safety safety under all circumstances. That is true of all dams andof the dam and the validity and fairness of the lease particularly so of ageing dams and of dams in seismicallyagreement have been points of dispute between Kerala and active areas.For Tamil Nadu, the Mullaperiyar dam andTamil Nadu states. Mullaperiyar dam has been declared an the diverted Periyar waters act as a lifeline for Theni,endangered scheduled dam by the Kerala Government under Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramnad districts, providing waterthe disputed Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation for irrigation and drinking, and also for generation of(Amendment) Act, 2006. power in Lower Periyar Power Station. Tamil Nadu hasUnder the 1886 agreement between the former Madras insisted on exercising its unfettered rights to control thePresidency and the princely state of Travancore, Travancore dam and its waters, based on the 1866 lease agreement.agreed to the diversion of Periyar waters to Madras The Kerala government wants to replace the old dam by aPresidency, and to lease a piece of land (8000 acres) in its new one to be constructed 300 meters downstream in theterritory to Madras Presidency for building and operating the light of the recent earthquakes that occurred in the areaproject designed for this purpose. The curious fact is that the and do not support the reports produced by differentlease was for 999 years. In Kerala, there is an almost agencies claiming that the dam is safe and sound. Theuniversal feeling that the 1886 agreement was an unfair one construction of the new dam has been strongly opposed byimposed on a reluctant Travancore by a more powerful Tamil Nadu as they are not sure whether this will enableMadras Presidency with the prestige and power of the British the continuance of flows to Tamil Nadu.government behind it; and that while Madras benefited
4 DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 Thus there are two vulnerabilities in this case: the life -The problem of Mullaperiyar is not a single faceted one and security concerns of people in Kerala and the livelihood-cannot be solved by any cut and dried solution. Different security concerns of the people of Tamil Nadu. Both theaspects need to be given due consideration before any sections need due consideration. But even with theserious decision regarding the subject is taken. strengthening of the dam, it has to be realized that the dam will not last forever and it is necessary to plan for itsIn addition to their benefits, water projects (such as dams) in gradual phasing out over a period of time. Alternativemany countries have been the source of significant ways of meeting the legitimate water needs of the affectedenvironmental change, unexpected diseases, the population has to be explored and their dependence on theimpoverishment of aquatic fauna and decrease of water Mullaperiyar dam has to be minimized through betterquality. Local people have been seriously affected by water management practices and also the recent spirit ofresettlement. Therefore the feasibility and the consequences hatred among the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu has toof constructing a new dam need to be assessed. The Kerala be curbed in order to solve the crisis.government will have to think deep regarding the matter. One hopes that the policy of "Water for Tamil Nadu,In the case of the Tamil Nadu government, they need to Safety for Kerala" will be properly implemented and thatconsider the concerns expressed by the people of Kerala everyone inculcates within themselves the feeling ofmore seriously and take measures to address it. On Dec 15, harmony and cooperation that is much required.the Tamil Nadu assembly had passed a unanimous resolutionthat it would not relinquish its rights over the Mullaperiyardam under any circumstances. Social Work Research @ Amrita resource management. There are some factors like state, policy; market and technology that always affect the “Culture and Natural Resource Management: a study farming practices. among the farming community at Anicadu Grama The findings of the study help to understand that there are Panchayathu”, Dissertation submitted to Amrita Vishwa some existing farming practices which affect the Natural Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus for partial fulfillment Resource Management. All these practices and strategies of the requirement for the award of Master of Social Work are always linked with some cultural components. These (2009-2011). cultural components are related to local knowledge Candidate: Ms. Surya Krishna system. This study also helps to understand some factors Guide: Dr Sunil D S which affect the farming practices and the conservation of Abstract natural resources also. This study analyzes the role of culture in natural resource The existing practices of farming like soil conservation management. This is a study conducted among the farming measures, pest management, crop management, water community at Anicadu Gramapanchayath. It tries to pursue conservation measures and seed management always try to three important research questions, firstly it attempt to conserve the natural resources. All these human actions study the existing farming practices in that Panchayath like are determined by a set of norms which already exist. the farming practices related to soil conservation, water There are some cultural components like values, beliefs, conservation, seed management, crop management etc. norms, customs and traditions which determine the Secondly it examines the role of cultural components in existing farming practices. . There are also some natural resource management- that means how the culture contextual factors like state/ policy, market, human capital is related with the farming practices. Thirdly it tries to and technology which affect the conservation of natural examine the factors which affect the sustainable natural resources resource management. There are some factors like state,
technology which affect the conservation of natural The researcher used both interview schedule andresources. observation checklist to collect the data .The data was Natural Resource Management can be studied based collected from 25 farmers. The existing farming practiceson four things - nurturing, conservation, allocation and can be understood on the basis of nurturing, conservation,distribution. The existing pattern of farming can be analyzed allocation and distribution of natural resources. The factorsbased on these four factors. There are also some contextual like culture, market, state and technology influence farmingfactors like culture, market, state and technology which affect practices and strategies. The study also helps to understandthe Natural Resource Management practices. the relation between the existing pattern of farming and the The study was conducted in a thin ethnographic role of contextual factors.framework. The study focused on the individual farmers and Volume 1 Issue 2from them the researcher collected the data.ISHAAEn route to a better world… Introduction to Policies/Acts: Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI) - [Deepak Suresh, S2MSW]The Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI) is an Act of the (PIO).Any person may submit a request to the PIO forParliament of India "to provide for setting out the practical information in writing. It is the PIOs obligation to provideregime of right to information for citizens." The Act information to citizens of India who request informationapplies to all States and Union Territories of India. Under under the Act. If the request pertains to another publicthe provisions of the Act, any citizen may request authority (in whole or part), it is the PIOs responsibility toinformation from a "public authority" (a body of transfer/forward the concerned portions of the request to aGovernment or "instrumentality of State") which is PIO of the other within 5 working days. In addition, everyrequired to reply expeditiously or within thirty days. The public authority is required to designate Assistant PublicAct also requires every public authority to computerize Information Officers (APIOs) to receive RTI requests andtheir records for wide dissemination and to pro-actively appeals for forwarding to the PIOs of their public authority.publish certain categories of information so that the The applicant is not required to disclose any information orcitizens need minimum recourse to request for information reasons other than his name and contact particulars to seekformally. This law was passed by Parliament on 15 June the information. "ApplyRTI" and "Rtination" are the online2005 and came fully into force on 13 October 2005.The system which facilitates the filing of RTI (Right ToAct is applicable to all constitutional authorities, including Information Act, India) applications online. It aims primarilythe executive, legislature and judiciary; any institution or at minimizing the time taken and effort required in filing anbody established or constituted by an act of Parliament or a application. The Act specifies time limits for replying to thestate legislature. It is also defined in the Act that bodies or request.If the request has been made to the PIO, the reply is toauthorities established or constituted by order or be given within 30 days of receipt,if the request has beennotification of appropriate government, including bodies made to an APIO, the reply is to be given within 35 days of"owned, controlled or substantially financed" by receipt.If the PIO transfers the request to another publicgovernment, or non-government organizations authority (better concerned with the information requested),"substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds" the time allowed to reply is 30 days but computed from theprovided by the government are also covered in it. Private day after it is received by the PIO of the transferee authority.bodies are not within the Acts ambit directly. However, Information concerning corruption and Human Rightsinformation that can be accessed under any other law in violations by scheduled security agencies (those listed in theforce by a public authority can also be requested. In a Second Schedule to the Act) is to be provided within 45 dayslandmark decision of 30-Nov-2006 (Sarbajit Roy versus but with the prior approval of the Central InformationDERC) the Central Information Commission also Commission, however, if life or liberty of any person isreaffirmed that privatized public utility companies continue involved, the PIO is expected to reply within 48 hours.to be within the RTI Act- their privatization Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Directorate ofnotwithstanding. The Act empowers every citizen to:ask Revenue Intelligence, Central Economic Intelligenceany questions from the Government or seek any Bureau, Directorate of Enforcement, Central Intelligenceinformation, take copies of any governmental documents, and Security agencies specified in the Second Scheduleinspect any governmental documents, inspect any like IB, Directorate General of Income taxgovernmental works or take samples of materials of anygovernmental work. Under the Act, all authorities covered (Investigation), RAW etc. are some organizations whichmust appoint their Public Information Officer. are excluded from this act.
6 DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2In the first year of National RTI, 42,876 applications for information were filed to Central (i.e. Federal) public authorities.Of these 878 were disputed at the final appellate stage - the Central Information Commission at New Delhi. A few of thesedecisions have thereafter been mired in further legal controversy in the various High Courts of India. The first stay orderagainst a final appellate decision of the Central Information Commission was granted on 3.May.2006 by the High Court ofDelhi.My experience as a budding Social Worker Sooraj P.S (Batch 2009-2011)During my fourth semester, my friend and I were placed inthe Psychiatry unit of a Kollam hospital. The Chief member. Her mother was perpetually sick and her father had left the family years back. Her husband was anPsychiatrist of the hospital was so kind that he allowed us to alcoholic person who used to burn her with cigarettes andsit with him for his routine outpatient consultations. Aftereach case, he would turn back and ask us what our diagnosis beat her up every now and then. The only son she had, a „chhotta‟ goon of the village grabbed much of her hardwas. Some of them turned out really well, thanks to earned money quite often. Besides all these, she wasDr.Renjith‟s exceptional lectures on Clinical Psychiatry.Furthermore I could play the part of a counselor pretty well sexually assaulted several times by her neighbor and heat the mock counseling sessions in the class too. All of these used to threaten her that he would kill her, if she evermade me think that I would turn out as an outstanding attempts to speak a word about it to anyone. I still recall how she kept herself unruffled and composed whileclinical practitioner after my course. narrating the most distressing events of her lifetime.I joined the Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NationalInstitute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), I sat still for the next two minutes. I hunted for the mostBangalore for my one month block field work placement appropriate words to relieve her and found myself nose-soon after the final exams. It was a life-altering experience to dived. She asked me to teach some ways to regulate herbe in NIMHANS, though the field work trainees were not emotional flare-ups. She was so certain about what sheallowed to meet or talk directly to individual patients. wanted actually, but I couldn‟t help her. I was soPostings at the Department of Child Psychiatry and Family emotionally surged and finally the lady began to consolePsychiatry went well. During the third week, I was posted at me. My ego was tarnished, realizing how theory turnsthe Dept. of Community Psychiatry. The posting was at the immaterial when it comes to practice. Somehow I tried myCommunity Extension Centre of NIMHANS at Sakalawara, part and then sought the help of an MPhil trainee who wasa far-flung village at the outskirts of Bangalore city. The sitting next to me. She managed the situation well andvillagers stood in long queues to meet the Psychiatrist and I taught the JPMR techniques to the lady skillfully. It stillsat behind him not knowing what to do. Almost all of the lingers in my mind the way the lady offered me a kind andvillagers were partially or fully illiterate. The only language empathetic smile while she was leaving.they spoke was Kannada in which I was totally illiterate.Watching my clueless guises, the doctor told me he would Piccaso.MSWsend any of the patients who knew little bit of English or Anees Ashraf (S4 MSW)Hindi to me, so that I could help them with some sort of“psycho-social interventions”.I sat for the 1 hour that followed with certainly no patientsturning my side. Finally a thin lady came to me, who havebeen undergoing the treatment for Schizophrenia for the pastso many years. Her symptoms had subsided, but shecomplained of occasional emotional outbursts and tempertantrums. I began to take the detailed case history and sheinstantly shared her life events one after the other. As shenarrated, I grew fragile and pale. She belonged to a veryoption less family, with herself being the only earningmember of it. Her mother was perpetually sick and her
Interview with a Professional Social Worker Dr. Johny Augustine 1. Your inspiration towards choosing this field. This is a very frequent question I encounter from my social work colleagues and students when they realize that I have an undergraduate degree in Physics. My intention was not to study social work when I graduated with a degree in Physics but pursue a higher degree in either Astrophysics or computer science. An array of issues including the death of my mother, Johny Augustine, MSW, MPhil, Ph.D. financial concerns, and a decision made by my family to relocate to the northern part of Kerala significantly influenced Assistant Professor of Social Work my decision to choose a career in social work. However, once I St Ambrose University, Davenport. Iowa entered the field, I embraced the profession in every respect. Email: AugustineJohny@sau.edu 2. Your philosophy of Social Work 4. Any unexpected/stressful situation in your life as a What guides my social work teaching, practice, and research is professional Social Worker and your mode of handling the firm belief that every individual, family, or community has the situation strengths and capabilities. This is true for any group-an individual suffering the debilitating effects of mental illness or a One major life situation I experienced which has left family living in poverty or a community totally devastated by a significant marks on my life and career was the moment disaster. My role as a social worker is to help such individuals, I became aware that one of my best friends was families, and communities identify and enhance those strengths diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Neither the family and capabilities and live their life to the fullest potential. nor doctors could do much other than relieving the pain as the cancer has spread to other parts of the body when 3. Your current area of focus. it was first diagnosed. I am very glad that I was available and supportive to my friend in the remaining One of the major challenges that we face in the present world is part of her life until she passed away couple years later. the ever increasing income inequality between the rich and the What amazed me was the fact that, despite such a poor. It is very sad to notice that, in the United States, the top debilitating illness and the effects of treatment, my 1% controls 40% of the nation‟s total wealth and 25% of the friend was able to make others around her happy until nation‟s total income. At the global level, we see the western her death. industrialized world (16% of the world‟s population) controlling 81% of the world‟s income and the developing 5. The specific goals that you have established for your world (84% of the world‟s population) is left with the career and your plans to make these things happen. remaining 19% of world‟s income. In other words, what we see is a highly divided world economically; on one side there are I wish everything happens the way we plan. That being over 2 billion people working for less than a dollar a day, said, I love teaching and would like to be a social work women and children starving and dying without food and water educator as long as I continue enjoying my role as a and, on the other side, you see the rich becoming richer and teacher and mentor. In terms of practice and research, I richer through unfair economic and political practices. I feel would like to continue work in the areas of self-help, that those unfair economic and political practices that lead to grass root social work and community development, and this huge income disparity between the rich and the poor should influence policy making. The collaborative project with be the target of professional social work interventions. Amrita University to build self-help among poor women Currently, my effort focuses on economic, political, and affected by the tsunami is a starting point in this regard. personal organizing grass root level self-help groups and promoting sustainable employment practices among them.
8 DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 welfare programs, civil rights), or both to better 6. The effect of your Social Work practices in your conditions of people who are in distress. personal as well as professional life. In the U.S., National Association of Social WorkersMy social work education, practice, teaching, and (NASW) is a very powerful licensing body and hasresearch have had tremendous impact on my personal set high standards for social work practitioners toand professional life. At the personal level, I would say be able to practice in their substantive areas. Withthat 6 years of my psychiatric social work experience over 500,000 members, NASW has also establishedhave shaped and influenced my understanding of human its strong presence in the policy advocacy arena. Inbehavior, the sources of human sufferings, and possible addition, social work education in the U.S. issolutions to ameliorate those sufferings. I have regulated by Council on Social Work Educationwitnessed instances where a crisis or a major trauma can (CSWE), the only one accrediting agency for socialbe a source for personal, economic, and political work in the country.empowerment: during my clinical practice, I have seenfamilies setting aside their differences and conflicts and In contrast, professional social work education inrally around an ailing family member; in my community India has been steadily growing in terms ofpractice, I have seen poverty stricken families and increasing number of MSW graduates that pass outcommunities pulling together whatever resources they of social work schools as well as substantive areashave to support and benefit each other during major taught and practiced within the profession. It is acrisis; and, I have witnessed adults, primarily women, positive trend that, finally, professional social worktaking up new job opportunities and engaging in social in India has been weaning off of its ties with itsaction subsequent to natural disasters. At the western counterparts and has been trying toprofessional level, these experiences propelled my establish its own definitive knowledge content andinterest in pursuing a higher education in social work practice arenas. These changes can be increasinglyand continue working with people who live in poverty seen in the syllabi taught in social work schools,and/or are affected by major crisis. social work student placements, and growing number of research publications that emphasize the 7. Your opinion on Social Work profession and the significance of indigenous practice methods that concept of professional Social Work in India and are grounded in collective values and grass root in US. organizing. One of the major challenges for social work profession in India is the ongoing battle forSocial work profession, with its roots in the 19th century professional status including having a professionalCharity Organization Society and Settlement House licensing body and an umbrella nationalmovements in the U.S. and U. K., has established and organization that brings in all professional socialasserted its role as one of the finest helping professions workers under it.in the world. Having said that, the history of social workin the U.S. is fraught with ideological battles, the 8. The difficulties associated with policy making inprimary one being the battle over whether individual or the field of Social Work in India as compared tosocial structure is the root cause of social problems. that of US.Social work practitioners, depending on their ideologicalbackground, worked on changing the individual (such as I guess I have answered this in the previous section.teaching them coping skills to adapt to a changing One of the major challenges is to rally allenvironment), the social structures (for instance professional social workers under one nationaladvocating for social policies aimed at improving umbrella organization and then engaging in socialwages, working conditions, and political advocacy.
DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 9 9. Your message for the budding Social Workers. My message to my young colleagues is that you got to believe in your ability as well as your clients‟ ability to bring about individual and social change. Given the increasing economic and social inequality that affects the people we serve, it is important that we engage in political and social advocacy to transform individuals and the society. One of the successful tools that we possess as social workers is our ability to involve the clients in such change processes. This is the same tool that makes our service distinct from other helping professions.Agency NewsRural Agency for Social and Technological Advancement(RASTA)„RASTA‟ began working in Kerala in 1984 as a The campus is situated at Kambalakkad in Wayanad districtreplication of the parent organization SWRC (Social Work of Kerala. It spreads over 5000 sq feet area consisting of anand Research Center) Tilonia, Rajasthan. Founding administrative block, training and meeting halls, 6 twinmembers brought the experience gained through years of sharing guest rooms, dining room, mushroom spawnworking with SWRC and returned to Kerala to devote production laboratory, bio-control laboratory, a communitythemselves to empowering rural communities in their seed bank, a village telecentre, a skill training work center,home state. In 1987 RASTA was established after it found an audio visual unit and two dormitories of 20 beds eachits own legal entity and the district Wayanad was selected (separate for men and women). The campus is fullyas the intervention area due to it having the higher electrified and has a 70000 litter capacity rainwaterpercentage (17%) of tribals and because it was judged to harvesting system. RASTA serves a population of over 1,be the most backward from a social and developmental 50,000 in Wayanad and other districts of the state.standpoint.The vision of the agency is “creating a value based society Major objectives are empowerment and enablement of thewhich is self reliant, ensuring sustainable resource marginalized people of Wayanad district- to make themmanagement, where people would be able to think and act self-reliant, promotion and development of ecologically andabove sectarian priorities with due recognition, and dignity socially appropriate technologies to improve the quality ofat their levels.” The mission is “To accomplish the vision life of the women and farmers, to complement andand facilitating to empower the community through synergize governmental efforts for rural change, to enablebuilding democratic, sustainable, people based institutions, local communities to attain improved livelihood throughmobilizing local and external resources, collaborating with sustainable use of natural resources, to enable locallike-minded institutions, individuals and government.” communities to tackle emerging health concerns and toRASTA activities in the beginning was of welfare in attract educated youth into the field of rural development.nature but later on in 90s, its activities became moredecentralized and planning exercise - PRA was adopted in The major activities of the organization are done in theits working. RASTA is committed to the protection of the following areas:environment, the conservation of natural resources, the Agriculture and Animal husbandry: This involvesefficient use of human resources and the reduction of all formation of farmers groups at village level, soilforms of non-sustainable use of resources. Smt. Omana T. and water conservation, promotion of mixedK (Director of RASTA) and Sri Dhaneesh Kumar cropping , training and extension, familiarization of(Manager) are the working hands of RASTA campus. participatory .
eco-friendly farming, participatory planning on agriculture ,construction of checkdams for irrigation, Entrepreneurship Development Programme improved cattle shed ,fodder development and involving orientation training, training on rexin compost making. bag, garments making and decentralized mushroom cultivation. Housing and Sanitation: Involves construction of low cost houses, construction of twin pit latrines and Studies, Research & Development : Batch fed construction of wells. biogas system and alternative feedstock, solar photovoltaic systems Oct-Dec, 2011power, for decentralized Environment/Ecology is concerned with awareness research on composting techniques of 2 Volume 1 Issue different generating seminars, conservation of traditional biomass, action research on traditional farming seeds & medicinal plants and collaboration with practices, PTD on bio pest repellents study on District Paryavaran Vahini. impact of unsustainable practices on the ecosystem Womens Development: This done via promotion of Institutional Development: This includes savings/thrift & credit management programme, Participatory Interaction for Development (PID), income and employment generation, training on Promotion of Participatory Tools and tailoring, embroidery and on gender perspectives. Methodologies (PRA, PME), Participatory Organizational Analysis (POA), Institutional Development &Organization Strengthening Technology Dissemination through providing training (IDOS). to the youth in making NADEP compost, RASTA (Rural Agency for Social and dissemination of Micro Nutrient Fortified Compost, Technological Advancement) conservation of traditional technologies and batch Kambalakad. P.O fed biogas technology using unutilized biomass. Wayanad District. Kerala. - 673 121 Phone: 0493-686725. Fax: 0493-602094 attn 686-725 Email: email@example.com (Reference: RASTA at a Glance (2008)KABANI - “the other direction”: Tribal sensitisation camp 2011KABANI, the only east flowing river of Kerala represents in the 7 day camp at Wayanad. Wayanad was apt as the campuniqueness in its “other direction” of flow. Originating site due to its diverse and rich tribal culture (17% of itsfrom Wayanad, it assumes a massive form to exist as river population being tribes) and its pristine beauty. With aKavery and merges into the Bay of Bengal. number of tribal rehabilitation and welfare activities going on, it was certain that Wayanad will offer a unique and once in aThis uniqueness made us choose the name KABANI for life time learning experience.the departmental venture of a tribal sensitization camp for The journey started on the 13thof December and terminatedthe first year trainees of Social Work, as it is an attempt to on 20th December. The camping site was RASTA (an NGOtraverse along the less trodden paths in order to make a with its office in Kambalakkad). Some of the leadingdifference, to strive for a just world and also towards organizations in the field of tribal development were visitedcreating a peaceful existence where all can live together by which included Uravu, MSSRF (M.S. Swaminathan Researchaccepting all form of differences. Foundation),Vivekananda Medical Mission hospital, AmritaThe tribal sensitisation camp was organized by Department Kripa Charitable hospital, Priyadarshini tea plantation etc.of Social Work, Amritapuri as part of the curriculum for Every day started with rejuvenating yoga sessions followedgetting the first year social work trainees acquainted with by wonderful cuisines prepared by the trainees themselves.the traditions, culture and way of life of the tribals and also Observation visits and hamlet visits occupied majority of theto delve deep into the possibilities of positive intervention activities of the day but not without setting aside ample timein the field. About 32 trainees and 6 faculties participated for evaluation sessions every night.in the 7 day camp at Wayanad. Wayanad was apt as the
DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 Trainees attempted to study the standard of living of rehabilitated tribals at Priyadarshini tea Estate through a preliminary observation study as per the directions of the Managing Director of the same, Mr. Harikishore IAS. During hamlet visits alcoholism was observed as an issue among the tribals .The trainees conducted an observation study on the same and presented the results to the representatives of several organizations working for the cause. Recommendations were given on the basis of observations. Through the camp the trainees understood the standard of living of the tribes and also pondered upon the methods which can be implemented to improve their present condition. A scope for positive interventions by the trainees was also looked upon. Several new learnings were procured during the camp and many insights illuminated the minds of the Social Work trainees. Several queries also aroused such as the real motive behind the tribal development programmes, the method of carrying it out, the difference in the needs of tribal and our assumptions, the dilemma faced while implementing tribal development projects etc. Camp fire was conducted on 19th Dec, giving an enjoyable closure to the camp. Wayanad darshan conducted on 20th provided an opportunity to visit some of the tourist spots renowned for its pristine beauty. Field Work News Kitchen Gardening at Sooranad (Gladson M .E, S4MSW) and line departments by designing and implementation of aPeople of Sooranad has a great tradition of farming (paddy community development model was the aim of the project.and vegetables) which is now facing the low, owing to This may help in establishing a sustainable system thatcommercialization of agriculture and advent of cash crops. provides a platform for the people, their representatives andAlso the employment pattern has seen a shift from agriculture line departments of government to work in tandem forto service oriented jobs, which is a general trend observed in achieving the project goal and maintaining / evolving over aKerala. Hence in a community which has a legacy in period of time.agriculture, household level kitchen gardening is found to be A pilot project was done by the Social Work traineesthe most feasible and cost effective way to ensure food and involving 30 families. Door to door campaigning was donenutrition security. Kitchen gardening was identified as a to make them more aware about kitchen gardening and itsmethod after deliberations and consultations with farming advantages. Seeds were mobilized from the communitycommunity. itself and were distributed in the community meeting inThus an intervention plan was taken up to make Sooranad Sooranad.Panchayat self reliant in toxic free vegetable production Based on the pilot project, a plan was created by the team ofthrough sustenance kitchen gardening that contribute to food social work trainees targeting the above said aims and afterand nutrition security. Implementation and sustenance of the a detailed study on the farming community of Sooranadconcept of kitchen gardening through people‟s active panchayat. According to the plan, 50 families are to beparticipation and involvement of Local Self Governing Bodies selected, given awareness through the formation of
DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 12ward level and panchayat level committees. Effective collection, distributionand propagation of seeds along with crisis identification and managementunder various committees (involving Krishi Bhavan, Social Work traineesand other resource persons)A farm calendar suiting to the project requirements that will contain the listof vegetables / fruits to be cultivated was made and submitted by the team ofSocial Work trainees in consultation with eminent farmers in the area likeMr. Sooranad Ravi (renowned farmer in Kerala & recipient of “Haritamitra”award from the Govt. of Kerala).Field Work in Social Work: Partnership with GovernmentOrganisations. (Mr.V.S. Kochukrishna Kurup) Field work in Social Work refers to simultaneoustraining and education. Training is repetitive and skill orientedand Education is imparted with broad perspective. Field work isconsidered to be a process of learning through doing. It providesan opportunity to students to apply their theoretical knowledgetaught in class room appropriately in different practicalsituations. A successful training method requires specificcontent which is suited for varied nature of settings. Field Workin Social work education generally follows a pattern thatprovides training in different social organizations in the earliersemesters and it focus on the specialized areas in the latersemesters. Unlike in the earlier years, the Department of Social direction of the District Social Welfare department.Work at Amritapuri, has currently identified a few Almost six Anganwadi Centers in the nearby areaGovernmental Agencies for partnership in Social Work field were selected for partnership in the last semester, inwork practicum besides the existing community field projects. which fourteen students were placed for concurrentThe ICDS project, PHC, SACS, Government High Schools field wok training and six students were placed in twoand Social Welfare Agencies viz. Children home , Observation Primary Health Centers under public healthhome, Juvenile home, After Care home, Mahila Mandiram, Old department.age home - under Department of Social Welfare are some areasidentified for the partnership and providing training to social Students placed in the AWC have got thework students in their earlier semesters. opportunity to practice the various methods of Social The ICDS project, a major area of service programme Work along with improving their interpersonal skillsintroduced by Government of India, has a wide opportunity for and organising capacity. They have got opportunity toSocial Work students to participate and involve meaningfully work with children and „adolescent girls group‟ induring their field work training. This scheme has been practicing case work and fine tuning their Social Workimplemented through a dedicated team of people in the skills. They have organized adolescent girls meet andAnganwadi centers. Anganwadi centers are functioning as a identified girls with varied problems through home visitcenter for the delivery of all services to children and women and counseling sessions. The trainees organisedunder the ICDS programme. The team in an AWC, comprising community based programmes in association withone Anganwadi worker, a helper , a supervisor and child SHG‟s under Kudumbasree and Primary health centers.development project officer, functions under the administrativedirection of the District social welfare department.
DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 The trainees organized various programmes in association with the agency like observance of independence day byconducting children‟s Rally, sport competitions, mothers meet etc., which attract public attention in the functioning ofAWC‟s. Similar activities were also conducted by trainees placed in the Primary Health Centers, like organisingawareness campaign, house visits, and calendar preparation and poster exhibition beside their curriculum requirements. The Field Work partnership between the Department of Social Work and these governmental agencies were provedto be mutually beneficial, not only in terms of creating opportunities for students to practice the theory they have learnedbut also provide platform for professional support and contribution to improve the quality of services of these agencies.The research studies, reports and documentation by the students are also beneficial for the agencies to initiate innovativeprogrammes and follow up. A long term continuous partnership will certainly ensure better results in meeting thechallenges of future of social service in general and social work in particular.*V.S. Kochukrishna Kurup, Lecturer, Dept: of Social Work , Amritapuri Campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham , KollamBook Review(Sandhya S Mani, S2MSW) It also mentions about the “Disaster Management and TITLE OF THE BOOK-DISASTER Mitigation Policy” which is under MANAGEMENT discussion in the Loksabha. It YEAR OF PUBLICATION-2007 paves the way for setting up the EDITOR-D.B.N.MURTHY “National Disaster Management PUBLISHED BY-DEEP & DEEP Authority”. PUBLICATIONS PVT.LTD, Disaster Prevention/Mitigation of F-159, RAJOURI chapter 3 deals with the GARDEN, “Yokohama Strategy” which NEW DELHI-110 027 emphasizes the need for prevention activities rather than concentrating This book is written by D.B.N. Murthy in the on post-disaster work. There hasmemory of all those who have perished in disasters. to be a shift from relief-centricThe book „Disaster Management‟ is an attempt to activities to a holistic multi-include all the known facts about disasters, their disciplinary approach towardstypes and possible mitigation. This book serves as disaster management. Creatinga reference and a study book for students who awareness among the people andwould be introduced to the topic of disaster and those dealing with disasterits mitigation. management is another importantChapter 1 “Introduction” discusses issues topic that is discussed in thispertaining to disaster management. It is designed chapter.to make students, NGO‟s, non-specialists and the Chapter 4 discusses “Nationalgeneral public aware of the nuances of disaster Disaster Management Framework”management. A disaster is defined as a sudden that has assumed importance aftercalamitous event bringing great damage, loss or the passage of the landmark billdestruction. The first chapter also mentions about on National Disaster Management.the Tsunami and Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Disaster It details institutional structure atManagement is defined as tackling any emergency the Centre/State/District level toprofessionally. “Disaster Management” is the deal with disaster management andtopic in chapter 2. Here a bird‟s eye view of the mitigation. Human Resourceconcept of disaster management is given for a Development is another topic that isclear understanding of the topic. discussed.
Chapter 5 “Natural Disasters and Management” describes the Chapter 11 deals with “Awareness and Motivation”. Onevarious types of disasters due to natural causes. Sometimes a might have all the safety aspects in place but if theynatural disaster could be a man‟s intervention. For example, a are ignored, a disaster is likely to happen. Awarenessflood in a river could be caused by encroachment of the and motivation is the key for better disaster management.banks of the river. The need of the day is training and motivation ofChapter 6 “Coping with Tsunami and Floods” and chapter 7 people. Cooperation between countries as well as“Earthquake Mitigation” deal with the types of natural people to people exchange of ideas and strategies coulddisasters that have occurred in recent times. It is heartening be useful in tackling disasters.to note that the people affected by the tsunami and “Training in Disaster Management” is chapter 12 that Oct-Dec, 2011earthquakes are slowly regaining confidence to start afresh as Volume 1 Issue 2 deals with the training of people at all levels. Thethey try to forget those terrible moments that ruined their ability of any system to respond is determined by thelives and killed many of their beloved. How they are being training and motivation of those involved. Modules forrehabilitated is another matter that is given some training of cadres have been detailed that could lead toimportance. better understanding and appreciation of the issuesChapter 8 “Climate Change and disasters” is a discussion involved in disaster management.on how climate change over the years is creating problems. The final chapter 13, “Conclusions” sums up theSome of these are due to manmade causes like global discussions of the previous chapters. Experts havewarming due to industrial activities. already expressed their fear that we are in for more“Man made Disasters and Management” is the topic discussed in severe natural disasters, because of the climate changeschapter 9. Accidents, road, rail, air are caused mostly due to that are taking place. Manmade disasters could be toothe human element rather than mechanical failure. Of late, horrendous considering the fact that we are going interrorist attacks are taking place with frightening consequences. for bigger and faster vehicles and complicatedAnother important topic is the handling of toxic and technology. We have to think and act to savehazardous waste, which if not properly done could lead to ourselves from future shocks. Human interventionmajor disasters. cannot be avoided but should be kept minimum whileChapter 10 “Coping with manmade disasters” is a topic that dealing with critical processes and technology.is assuming greater importance. The subject of human erroris detailed that need greater study so that effective measurescould be found to minimize these to save disasters. Activities of Department of Social Work (October – December, 2011) World Mental Health Day (Oct 10th 2011) Department of Social Work, Amritapuri Campus organized a poster exhibition/awareness programme at Primary Health Centre, Vallikkavu, and Karuangapally on 10th OCTOBER, 2011 on the occasion of WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY. The first year MSW students of the Amritapuri Campus, Amrita University undertook a community based campaign on various aspects of mental health and mental illness. The exercise was fruitful both to the community and the budding social workers. MSW students and faculty distributed pamphlets at the Primary Health Center in Vallikavu, Karunagapally.
15 DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 Survey Research Initiative Dr.Renjith R Pillai, Chairperson,Department of (Oct 21st and 22nd, 2011) Social Work, conducted a session on „Essential Skills for a Social Worker‟. Mr.Rajeev MM , Senior The Department of Social Work, Amritapuri campus with the Lecturer, explained the possibilities of „Socialcollaboration of HelpAge India (an INGO); Institute of Palliative Work‟ as a profession. Mr.VS KochuKrishnaMedicine, Kozhikode and Four x 4 Consulting Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi Kurup, Ms Soorya Krishna, Mr.PK Anand andconducted a “Survey Research Initiative” and a two day preparatory Mr.Sooraj PS (Lecturers, Department of Socialworkshop on “Research Methodology and Strategy” Work) discussed about the fieldwork opportunitiesfor the Field Investigators and Research Supervisors (students and available in the field of Social Work. The studentsfaculty of Department of Social Work) at Amritapuri campus on were introduced to the recycling unit and compost21st and 22nd of October, 2011 making unit at Mata Amritanandamayi Math for creating awareness on Sustainable WasteThis research is being carried out to evaluate the interventions done Management.by HelpAge India in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Vedharanya inTamilnadu and in Kollam District, Kerala. The Department ofSocial Work, Amritapuri campus collaborated with the survey Bicycles for field workresearch to be carried out at Kollam district. This study is mainly (Nov 12th, 2011)done to succinctly capture the results and showcase the community-led, managed and owned processes of providing palliative care. The Department of Social work has taken a novelsurvey research relies on “World Health Organization Quality of approach towards providing bicycles for field visitsLife” (WHOQOL) - an international cross-culturally comparable of Social work trainees as symbol of promotingquality of life assessment instrument developed by World Health environmental friendly and healthy living. SocialOrganisation. (WHOQOL assesses the individual‟s perceptions Work trainees have started using this facility forabout their culture and value systems, personal goals, standards and their fieldwork in nearby village areas.concerns). Amala Bharatham Campaign (ABC) at Sabarimala(Nov 6th, 7th 2011) Awareness program on ‘Social StigmaSocial Work trainees and faculties participated in „Amala towards Psychiatry’Bharatham Sanitation Programme‟ that was organized with the aim (Nov 17th, 2011)of keeping the premises of the Sabarimala temple clean. Thecleaning campaign was organized by Mata Amritanandamayi Math Social work trainees Manu Mohan, Nayanaas a part of Amala Bharatham Campaign (ABC) spreading the Prakash, Archana R.S together conducted anmessage on the necessity of a clean environment. awareness program on „Social stigma towards Psychiatry‟ at Holycross hospital as part of ‘Orientation to the field of Social Work’ to the students their fieldwork practice. Dr. Alfred Samuel of Govt. Fisheries Higher Secondary School, Kuzhithura; at (psychiatrist), Mr.Sony(Clinical psychologist), Department of Social Work, Amritapuri Mrs.Vijayamma (psychologist), Mr. Sooraj(Nov 10th, 2011) (Faculty, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,Social work trainees Ammu Asok, Megha MS and Vishnu K Kollam) were the guests present. A role playSanthosh organized „Orientation to the field of Social Work‟ to the was performed to create awareness on thestudents of Govt. Fisheries Higher Secondary School, Kuzhithura at same.Department of Social Work, Amritapuri, as a part of their fieldwork practice.
DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 16Personality development classes at Andganawady(ICDS)(Nov 17th, 2011)Social Work trainees Anoop P Joseph and Aswathy.R,conducted an awareness class for mothers andadolescent girls at Anganawady no.53,Karunagapally.Junior Health nurse and 35 mothers World AIDS Dayparticipated in the event. The class involved discussionof topics like time management, relationship building, (Dec 1st, 2011)home management and parenting. Department of Social Work observed World AIDS day byHealth calendar for PHC creating awareness of the day through distribution of notice describing the relevance of the day. The red ribbon, the(Nov 24th, 2011) universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV was distributed in the campusThe Department of Social Work has contributed ahealth calendar for the year 2012 to Public Health Training Program Held In V.V. Giri Nationalcentre at Allappad panchayat. Social Work traineesDeepak S, Deva Deepthi, Aswathy Ashok and Geethu Labor Institute, Noida, DelhiM Lal prepared the health calendar with the support offaculties of Department of Social Work. (Dec 12th-15th, 2011) Social work trainees of Department of Social work (Gladson M.E, Nisanth M and Vivek S) participated in the training program held at V.V. Giri National Labor Institute, Noida, and U.P on December 12-15, 2011 on the topic “Enhancing competence of youth in dealing with child labour”. The session involved discussions on combating child labor, the role of youth in implementing the Juvenile Justice Act, Policies and Programmes of Government of India for Eradication of Child Labour, Gender and Child labour, Convergence issues in combating child labour, Child Labour: Eradication and Community mobilization for elimination of child labour. A training session on leadership and communication skill was also conducted for the trainees.
AMC news AMC (ASWAS Movie club) was initiated with an objective of making the students and faculty of the Department of Social Work get acquainted with the role of media in bringing about positive changes through exhibiting classics and other thought provoking initiatives. ‘Reclaimed outlets’ MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, WayanadReclaimed outlets is a documentary on the sustainable lifestyle Oct-Dec, 2011and traditions of Kattunayka tribe.Sustainabiltiy is a key Volume 1 Issue 2factor observed in the lives of tribals. This is observed in theirbeliefs as well as in their lifestyles.The Kattunaykars follow sustainable use of resources whilecollecting honey as they never cut down trees in order tocollect honey combs at the topmost branches unlike themodern man who would do absolutely anything to get what hewants. They either try to smoke the honeybees out of the hivesor apply any other method that is viable to the situation.Women collect cheruthean, while men collect kombuthen.They still use seeds of bamboo called ‘mulayari’ to make Upcoming eventsfood. They also collect gooseberries which go for sale though UPCOMING SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCESit was once part of their diet. Wild lemon was another item ofinterest among them in the past. More than 80 species of FEBRUARY 17-Platinum Jubilee Conference onedible mushrooms are used by them and have their own ―Globalization and Social Transform :the Indianexperimental methods to test its edibleness. Experiment- TISS, MumbaiBut these traditional knowledge and skills are vanishing fromtheir midst due to the advent of different methods of MARCH 10 – International conference on Socialdevelopment. The new generations are actually ambassadors Science and Humanity ICSSH 2012- Chennai Indiaof food biodiversity.The tribals have this wonderful philosophy of life where they MARCH 20- Interdisciplinary Internationallive in the present and not worry about what the future might conference on ―Humanism,Democracy and Culture; postcolonial discourse in India‖.-Kaithal Haryanabring. They believe in sharing the resources and have at mostrespect towards nature and its inhabitants. They are an MARCH 29-International Conference on HRM-innocent lot and everyone is considered as part of the family. Hyderabad,AndhrapradeshThere are no orphans as the clan takes care of all theindividuals in it, much like our traditional joint family system. MARCH 23- 35th- All India Criminology ConferenceThis makes one wonder about the effectiveness of the so of the Indian Society of Criminology—TISScalled tribal welfare programmes.It is true that the tribals must Mumbaibe knowledgeable about the happenings around the world andshould be acquainted with the latest technologies but whether April 8 -IRNet-International Conference on Humanthese objectives are to be achieved at the expense of their Resource Management NCHRM 2012,New delhitraditional way of living should be pondered on. April 10 - International Confernce on Resettlement and RehabilitationICRAR-Bhuvaneswar,Orissa APRIL 17- International Conflict Roundtable Conference, TISS MUMBAI
18 DISHAA-Vol -1, issue- 2 Principal’s Desk ASWAS executive committee Volume 1 Issue 2 Volume 1 Issue 2 2011- 2012I wish to offer my felicitations and greetings to ASWAS Volume 1 Issue 2on the occasion of the launching of the second issue of thequarterly news letter, DISHAA. I am really fascinated bythe variety, depth and diversity of the articles. I President Secretaryunderstand that DISHAA represents a confluence of the Nayana PS, S4 MSW Prageesh EP, S2 MSWcreative urge, academic accomplishment and intellectualrobustness of the students and faculty of the department Treasurer Kala Raj, S4 MSWof Social Work. It is hoped that the news letter will beinstrumental in generating original ideas, nurturing Coordinator- Programmes Coordinator-Planningimagination and also in shaping the sensibility of the Geethu M Lal, S2 MSW Vishnu K Santhosh, S2 MSWprospective social workers who are indispensable forsocial harmony and progress. I am sure the publication Coordinator- Logistics Coordinator-Funding Eldho Chacko, S4 MSW Nisanth M, S4 MSWcan disseminate the lofty ideals of social service,philanthropy and altruism and re-sensitize the younger Coordinator- Public Relations Coordinator-Publicationsminds and keep them attuned to “the still sad music of Anitha S, S2 MSW Parvathy V, S2 MSWhumanity”. Such endeavours, it is hoped, would infuse asense of professionalism, sincerity and commitment in the Faculty coordinatorsstudents and help them evolve into social workers with Mr.VS Kochukrishna Kurup,the right attitude. Mr. PK Anand AchariDr C Gopinathan Pillai Ex-Officio member of ASWAS Dr.Renjith R PillaiPrincipal 1 Issue 2 Dr. Renjith R. Pillai Assistant Professor & Chief Editor Staff Editors: Mr. Rajeev MM Mr. V S Kochukrishna Kurup Mr. P K Anand Achari Student Editors: Ms.Parvathy V Ms. Lekshmi Vimala Design and Layout: Mr. Sijo Mathew Jacob Printed and published by: Chair person, Department of Social Work. (For private circulation only) Please mail your suggestions and ideas to editor’s desk: firstname.lastname@example.org