Education for life Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham There are two types of education Vision Education for a living and Education for lifeTo provide value-based education andmould the character of the students When we study in a college, striving to become a doctor, a lawyer,through an interplay and exchange or an engineer – this is education for a living. On the other hand,of ideas and actions, resulting in a education for life requires understanding the essential principles ofsociety that is empowered with noble spirituality. This means gaining a deeper understanding of the world;character and wholesome values. our minds, our emotions and ourselves. We all know that the real goal of education is not to create people who can understand only the language of machines. The main purpose of education should be to impart a culture of the heart – a culture based on spiritual values. Communication through machines has made people in far off places seem very near. Yet, in the absence of communication between hearts, even those who are physically near to us seem to be far away. Today’s world needs people who express goodness in their words and deeds. If such noble role models set the example for their fellow beings, the darkness prevailing in today’s society will be dispelled and the light of peace and non-violence will once again illuminate this earth. Let us work together towards this goal.
About Amrita University With headquarters at Coimbatore and campuses atAmritapuri, Kochi, Bengaluru and Mysore, AmritaVishwa Vidyapeetham has emerged as one of thefastest growing institutions of higher learning inIndia.The university is managed by the MataAmritanandamayi Math. Sri Mata AmritanandamayiDevi, Amma, one of the foremost humanitarianleaders in the world today, is Chancellor of theuniversity.Based on evaluation of all campuses and programsby a peer review committee, the university hasbeen accredited by the National Assessment andAccreditation Council (NAAC) with an ‘A’ grade.Amrita has also been ranked in the ivy league ofIndian universities along with Indian Institute ofScience, Bangalore, Tata Institute of FundamentalResearch (TIFR), Mumbai etc. in the recent reviewof Deemed Universities constituted by the Ministryof Human Resource Development (MHRD) of theGovernment of India. Amrita is ranked Category1 in this review, popularly known as the TandonCommittee Report, conducted by a high powercommittee consisting of reputed academicians At Amrita, all students have ample opportunity for orientation in yoga, meditation and cultural education. Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) technique helps them to achieve holistic development of mind and body. Students have demonstrated their commitment to engaging with society and the community by participating in disaster relief and rehabilitation activities after the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, Tsunami relief operations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in 2005-2006, flood relief operations in Bihar in 2009 and Karnataka in 2010.
About the department Master of Social Work Programme Amrita’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is holistic The Department of Social Work is actively involved in and unique. It is both academic and experiential. It comprises providing evidence-based, quality oriented social work of classroom and fieldwork components spread across four education through most advanced and emerging domains semesters. It encourages students to increase both self of practice, research and field interventions. The core awareness and their awareness and sensitivity towards values of love, honesty, and sacrifice for the welfare of all others. It integrates advanced concepts and developments living beings in this earth permeate all aspects of learning, in the field of Social Work with a deeper understanding of knowledge building and interventions. The curriculum is the traditional Indian value system. Students participate also crafted in such a way that it provides a meaningful in the service activities initiated by the university’s parent account of certain core processes that influence the day organization – Mata Amritanandamayi Math. The program to day functioning of the larger society such as social prepares students to independently undertake challenging justice, human rights, development and empowerment assignments with oppressed, at-risk, vulnerable and general of the vulnerable/marginalized sections of the society. populations and helps them evolve as human beings with The courses offered, enable students to appreciate the the commitment and service-orientation necessary to dynamics, variations, and interfaces that pervade the reach out to the most under-privileged sections of society. Indian Sub-Continent through the culturally significant The program is most suitable for those who would like to patterns of social stratification and exclusion such as caste, build a career in social work and gives them an opportunity class, gender, ethnicity and religion. to derive great joy by extending a helping hand to those in need, including the under-privileged populations in Mission & Objectives the society. The programme is strongly grounded with The mission of the department is to prepare the students foundation courses catering to major social science for specialized, evidence and rights-based practice among disciplines, basic courses on perspectives and methods and the oppressed, at risk, vulnerable and general populations. elective courses in Physical and Mental Health, Community The MSW programme provides rigorous intellectual base, Development, Disaster Management, and Child Protection opportunities for skill development and a value-based and Child Rights. The field learning component comprises educational experience. of concurrent and block field work, rural practicum, and To achieve its mission, the department has evolved the field study engagements. following objectives: Programme duration: 2 years l To develop a new genre of professional social workers, driven by timeless human values, equipped with the best knowledge and skills and committed to serve all types of people and nature with love, trust, tolerance and humility. l To enable students develop an integrative, holistic approach to social work practice that permits versatility in the choice and application of intervention methods. l To give students an opportunity to develop self- awareness and the ability to listen to others with deep understanding and sensitivity. l To provide students a good understanding of the economic, social, cultural, legal, ethical, political and spiritual framework within which individuals, families, and communities operate. l To train students to apply professional values, ethics and the conscious use of self to professional social work practice. l To train students in research, to explore the frontiers of evidence-based social work practice and to extend it further in the service of humanity.2 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Coimbatore Campus Located on a serene, lush green 400-acre campus at the foot-hills of the Western Ghats, this institution, which was started in 1994, grew in stature in a very short time and became the preferred destination of students, aspiring for a career in engineering, from across the country. Eminent and highly qualified members of faculty and the up-to-date facilities together enhance the quality of education imparted at this institution. The university lays great emphasis on value - based education system in which the students’ knowledge, skills and overall personality are nurtured with a lot of care, meticulous planning and professional execution. All those who leave Amrita portals will not only excel in their chosen career, but also bring about qualitative changes in their working environment, social interactions and personal disposition.The 400 acre campus is well planned with infrastructure likeacademic buildings, administration wing, central library,hostels, guest house, staff-quarters, shopping complex,swimming pool and play grounds. The campus has a built-up area of over 28 lakhs sq.feet linked by 7 km blacktopped roads. Eight hostels accommodate 5000 students.A swimming pool meeting Olympic standards is utilised bystudents, staff and others in the campus. Two power housesare installed with total generating capacity of 1660 KVA tomeet the shortage in power supply.Computing FacilityThe 18 computer centres of Amrita School of Engineering,Coimbatore are designed, laid out and equipped scientificallyso that students can spend hours together at the terminalwithout fatigue. This includes the state-of-the-art CAD/CAM centre, high end VLSI Design Centre and an exclusiveDigital Signal Processing lab. The CAD/CAM centre hasmore than 70 workstations, CNC Milling machine andCNC turning machine along with an Industrial Robot. Thesoftware include I-DEAS, ProE, CATIA, Unigraphics, ANSYS,ADAMS, MoldFlow, Autodesk Inventor Series, SolidEdge,Hyperworks, LS-DYNA, CADian, ASPEN, STAAD Pro andAbaqus. It also contains Paulson’s CBT on Injection Molding.The VLSI Lab has more than 80 high-end Computers withsoftware such as Magma, ModelSim, LeonardoSpectrum,XILINX ISE etc. The computer laboratories are equippedwith more than 2500 desktops/workstations. All buildingsare interconnected with high-speed fibre optic cable and allthe computers are networked over fast ethernet link. Thecampus network is connected to the internet through a 35MBleased line. Department of Social Work 3
Library Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Central Library uses an automated Library Information system connected to the LAN/ Wi-Fi for quick interaction with the library irrespective of the place in the campus where one is located. The Library database system consists of more than 48,000 books, 385 journals, 4000 Project reports, 6000 back-volumes, 50 Magazines, 3800 project reports,and 4000 CD/DVD resourses. Library also subscribes to 5000 Online Journals, Conference Proceedings & Standards viz., IEL (IEEE & IEE), ASME, ACM and Springer link through INDEST-AICTE consortium. The Central library also has access to the digital library of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Central library a carpet area of 81,000 sq feet. Campus life Hostels Separate hostel facilities are provided for girls and boys. Their stay in the hostel enables them to imbibe a holistic lifestyle with activities like yoga, sports and extra-curricular activities. There are eight hostels in the campus which presently accommodate above 5000 inmates. P.G students and final year U.G students are allotted single rooms. All hostels are equipped with solar water heater for hot water supply. Pure vegetarian food prepared under hygienic conditions is served in the student dining halls and the canteens from a central Kitchen. Night cafeteria are attached with all hostels. All students are expected to live in the hostel during their course. However, local students who live with their parents within a radius of 30 km from the campus will be permitted to come from their homes. Students are not permitted to live in rented houses, lodges, either alone or in groups. Amrita attaches great importance to the nature of lifestyle in the campus. Tobacco, in any form, and any other intoxicants are strictly prohibited. Sports facilities Coimbatore campus has facilities for outdoor and in door games like Hockey, Shuttle badminton, Ball badminton, Cricket, Football, Table tennis, Weight lifting, Powerlifting, Basketball, Kabaddi, Tennis, Handball, Throw-ball, Volleyball, and Tennikoit. One state-of-the art synthetic tennis court and a cement tennis court are also available. A swimming pool of international standards of the size 50 x 25 meters is in operation. Recently, the CBSE South Zone competitions were hosted in this Olympic standard pool. A toddler pool is also available. There are three gyms inside the campus equipped upride bicycle, motorized threadmill, eleptical cross trainer, 6 in 1 multi-gym, 12 in 1 multi-4 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
gym and 8 station multi-gym. Each hostel has a separate sports room. Annual sportsand athletic meet render opportunities to all students and staff to display their talentsand win prizes. A 400 metre International standard track with gallery is also beingdeveloped.Medical facility‘Amrita Dispensary’ works inside the campus round the clock providing medicalservice to the students, staff and villagers. Three doctors and eight nursing staff areon duty. The dispensary has ten beds for in-patients. Basic medical care, pharmacywith adequate medicines, facilities like ECG Machine, Nebulisar, Oxygen cylinders,Defibrillator, ECG monitor & Pulse Oxymeter and first aid are provided in the healthcare unit. Cases which require immediate hospitalization and special medical attentionare referred to the nearby well known hospitals. Two ambulances are readily availablein the clinic for emergency.TransportAround 20 buses are being operated for transporting the day scholar students and stafffrom Coimbatore city and nearby areas.BankingThe Dhanalakshmi Bank operates an extension counter with ATM facility for thebenefit of staff and students.CanteenThree canteens are functioning inside the campus from 7.00 AM to 7.00 PM on alldays.Amenities complexA general store caters to the stationery and other requirements like domestic goods,toiletry, provisions, books etc. The store also stocks our ashram publications, audio/video cassettes, herbal/ayurvedic products and so on. Department of Social Work 5
The campus is residential in nature and accommodates nearly 95% of the student community in Amritapuri Campus the hostels. Girls’ hostel is located Amritapuri campus, located near the international in the Ashram premises. All the headquarters of Mata Amritanandamayi Math, and having students, except those who are a global environment with its national and international students, is committed to generate, disseminate and preserve staying with their parents within knowledge. The campus has the advantage of basking in the effulgent presence of Amma’s divine presence. Seeking a radius of 30 km, are required to guidance and inspiration from the Chancellor - Satguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the campus instills hope and stay in the hostels. They are not confidence in the students to set their own pace, place and allowed to live in rented houses or time. The eminent professors and corporate professionals from various foreign universities and industries share their lodges, either alone or in groups. knowledge and experiences with the students and help them apply their theoretical knowledge to real life corporate situations. The campus, though located in a remote village blessed with panoramic backwater expanse provides all the modern amenities which help the students to make their student-life a memorable one. They are groomed to become leaders with value which is the fundamental need of a developing country like India. Central Library Amritapuri campus has a Central Academic Library spanning over a total of 15,000 square feet floor area. The Campus Library is established to serve the students and the faculty with latest information, reading materials - both printed, non-printed, advanced technological resources such as the Web, on-line journals, full-texts, on-line books, reference sources, digital libraries as well as self-testing materials for education, self-directed learning, and research. The library also has access to various e-resources. The central library has a collection of over 30,000 volumes and subscriptions of 200 journals in print. Students have also access to thousands of International Journals from ASME, IEL, EBSCO, INSPEC, Emerald, Cambridge Online, Institute of Physics Journals, ERIC Database, ACM Digital Library and IBM Journal of Research and Development. The Digital Repository (DSpace) collects, preserves and disseminates the research output of the faculty, staff and students of Amritapuri campus.6 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Campus life Banking Facilities Arrangements with the Dhanalakshmi Bank, which is having an extension counter in the campus itself, makesmoney transactions easy for the studentsand the staff. A 24 hr ATM terminal is an added advantage. Transport Transport facility is available for the day scholars, faculty and staff. College bus service is available up to Kollam towards the southern direction and up to Harippad and Thiruvalla in the northern direction. Medical Services The students can avail themselves of the services offered at Amrita Kripa hospital situated in the Ashram premises. It is a well-equipped hospital with facilities to admit patients. In addition to this, medical facilities are also made available to the students and staff on the campus from 8.30am to 6.30pm. Ayurvedic Clinc Ayurvedic treatment including Panchakarma, is available. Herbal medicines prepared in the traditional manner by the monastic disciples are available at the pharmacy. Department of Social Work 7
General Store The general store in the Ashram premises caters to the needs of all in the campus. Stationery items and other domestic goods like eatables, dress materials, hand bags, sandals etc along with the products of the Math, are available in the store. Reprographic and STD Services Photocopying facility is made available to the students. Use of mobile phones in academic premises is strictly prohibited. To compensate this, phone booths with local/STD/ISD services are provided in the campus. Canteen and Refreshments Quality and tasty vegetarian food prepared in a hygienic environment, providing wholesome and balanced nutrition, is provided in the canteen. The students and staff can enjoy North Indian cuisine in addition to South Indian culinary delights. Canteen is open on all days from 7.00 AM to 7.00 PM, except on holidays. State-of-the-art Computing Infrastructure l 2300 plus networked desktops and workstations with 60 servers l IBM blade sever with 36 blades for Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), each blade is equipped with dual processors, 4 GB RAM and fiber attached storage l 6 Terabytes (TB) repository of audio and video lectures and documentaries l Enterprise class 20 TB storage area network with end-to-end 4 GBPS fiber channel throughput l 35 Mbps of Internet connectivity l Wi-Fi hotspots for students with limited access to campus network l Two VSAT links, the Indo-US initiative connecting 25 US Universities and 43 premier Indian Institutions and the Amrita-ISRO initiative interconnecting 4 amrita campuses l Digital Library Lab with free internet access for academic purpose l High speed Internet browsing center for students l Computer labs with a total of 800 computers l Video conferencing facility with ISDN and IP channels l Email facility for the students and service logins with antispam and antivirus support8 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
FacultyThe department at both the campuses is blessed with dedicated,highly qualified and experienced faculty members activelyinvolved in teaching, research, extension and consultancy.We have faculty members who have been groomed in variousinstitutes of excellence such as the Tata Institute of SocialSciences (TISS), National Institute of Mental Health andNeuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Indian Institute of TechnologyMadras (IIT M) etc. Faculty members also have rich experiencein highly acclaimed international and national level NGOssuch as Action Aid International, Foundation for EcologicalSecurity etc. The expertise of the faculty covers areas likeMental Health, Disaster Management, Natural ResourceManagement, Life Skills, Community Organisation, ProjectManagement, Vulnerability Reduction, Child Protection andChild Rights etc. Full Time Faculty Amritapuri Campus Dr. Renjith R. Pillai Rajeev M. M. Surya Krishna Assistant Professor and Chairperson Lecturer and Vice-Chair Lecturer Research Interests: Family/Marital Research Interests: Disaster Research Interests: Sustainable Enrichment Programmes/Interventions, Management, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Care Development, Natural Resources Life Skills Education & School Mental and Psycho Social Interventions Mangagement, Tribal Issues and Women Health Programs, Disaster psychosocial Issues care interventions V. S. Kochkrishna Kurup P. K. Anand Yamuna Sandrine Bonin Lecturer Lecturer Research AssociateResearch Interests: Human Resource Research Interests: Tribal Issues, Research Interests: Sustainable Management, Geriatric Care, School Participatory Approaches, Ecology and Development Counselling Sustainable Development Department of Social Work 9
Coimbatore Campus Dr. J. Paranjothi Ramalingam Dr. P. Rangasami M. Nagalingam Professor and Head Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Research Interests: Health & Research Interests: NGO Management, Research Interests: PRI, Community Mental Health, Women Empowerment, Child Protection Child Rights, Disaster Participation, Trafficking, Sustainable Adolescence, Substantial Social Problems Management, HIV/AIDS and Migration Development and General Social Work Practice Dr. Priya K. R. Umamaheswari K. Assistant Professor Lecturer Research Interests: Social Organization Research Interests: Youth and Cultural Change and Tribal Empowerment, Rural Mental Health, Communities and Gender Studies Reproductive Health and Sex Education, Child Welfare Adjunct Professors/ Visiting Faculty/Guest Lecturers 1. Prof. Pravin P. Patkar, faculty for 20 years at 6. Ms. Enakshi Ganguly Thukral & Ms. Bharti Ali, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, is an expert in rural HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi. development. He is also the Founder Director of 7. Dr. Sekar.K, Professor, Department of Psychiatric Prerana – a Mumbai based Non-Profit Organisation Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore (since 1996), fighting against commercial sexual 8. Dr. A. Thirumoorthy, Associate Prof. Dept of exploitation and human trafficking. Prof. Patkar has Department of Psychiatric social work, NIMHANS. authored several books on trafficking. 9. Dr. Selvaraj, Asst. Prof. in Psychology, Govt. Arts 2. Dr. Babu Suseelan has thirty-nine years of social College, Coimbatore. work practice and teaching experience in Germany and 10. Dr. P.K. Biswas, Professor, Sociology & Community United States of America. His specialisation is Social Development, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Work Micro Practice, Aging, Criminal Justice, Mental Nehru Nagar, Bhopal Health, and Addiction. Dr. Suseelan has published several books and journal articles in the broad area of 11. Dr. K.Muralidharan, Head, Department of Social social sciences. Work, PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore. 3. Dr. Murali D. Nair, Director, College of Liberal Arts 12. Dr. R. K. Hebsur, Formerly Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. and Social Science, Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA. 13. Dr. Johny Augustine, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, St. Ambrose University Davenport, USA 4. Dr. Shobha Kapoor, Mukthi Satan, Mumbai 14. Dr. R. Parthasarathy, Professor & Head, Department of 5. Dr. Sujatha Sharma, Director, Parivartan – centre Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore. for Mental Health & Trustee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, New Delhi.10 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Curriculum Semester I Course Code Course Title Credits SWK501 Social Change and Social Development 3 SWK503 Guiding Principles in Social Work Practice 3 SWK505 Understanding Human Behavior 3 SWK507 *ISWP I - Social Case Work 3 SWK509 *ISWP II - Social Group Work 3 SWK591 Concurrent Fieldwork I 3 CUL201 Cultural Education P/F Total 18 Semester II Course Code Course Title Credits SWK508 *ISWP III - Community Organization and Social Action 3 SWK510 Social Work Research: Survey Method and Case Study 3 Design SWK512 Introduction to Public Health 3 SWK514 Disaster Management and Vulnerability Reduction 3 SWK516 Introduction to Child Rights and Child Protection 3 SWK592 Concurrent Fieldwork II (including Rural/ Tribal camp) 3 Total 18 Semester III Course Code Course Title Credits SWK601 Indian Constitution, Democracy, and Social Legislation 3 SWK603 Social Welfare Policy, Programmes and Administration 3 SWK605 Psycho-Social Care, Approaches and Counselling 3 SWK Elective Paper 1 3 SWK Elective Paper 2 3 SWK691 Concurrent Fieldwork III 3 Total 18 Semester IV Course Code Course Title Credits SWK608 Project Planning and Management 3 SWK610 Human Resource Management for Non-Profit Sectors 3 SWK Elective Paper 3 3 SWK Elective Paper 4 3 SWK692 Concurrent Fieldwork IV 3 SWK694 Block Field Placement (Internship) 3 SWK696 Dissertation 3 Total 21 Total Credits for the Programme: 75 *ISWP - Integrated Social Work Practice Department of Social Work 11
Electives ELECTIVE STREAMS (Any one of the following elective may be selected by the students based on their preference.) Community Development Course Code Course Title SWK621 Rural-Tribal Community Development and Good Governance SWK622 Urban Community Development and Good Governance SWK623 Climate Change and Sustainable Development SWK624 Social Mobilization for Social Action Physical And Mental Health SWK631 Mental Health Knowledge for Social Work Practice SWK632 Social Work Intervention in Mental Health Setting SWK633 Physical Health Knowledge for Social Work Practice SWK634 Social Work Intervention in Physical Health Setting Disaster Management SWK641 Hazards, Risk, and Disasters SWK642 Standards and Approaches in Disaster Relief and Recovery SWK643 Psychosocial Intervention in Disaster Response and Recovery SWK644 Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Child Rights And Child Protection SWK651 Understanding Children as Vulnerable Groups SWK652 Care and Support Services for Children SWK653 Intervention for Child Rights and Child Protection SWK654 Children in Humanitarian Crises: Interventions Therein *An internship after second semester will be offered as a non credit course. *CIR department will offer a non credit course on placement and communicative skill in every semester. Extension Activities The department is actively engaged in many extension activities facilitating the planning and implementation of the social welfare activities of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Other extension activities include holding environmental and health awareness programmes for school, college students and the public; facilitating the activities of the Village Resource Centre with farming communities; and in assisting NRHM on Palliative care – need and assessment; and promoting school mental health. A significant milestone in the history of the Department of Social Work, Amritapuri has been the setting up of UBARI – a research partnership between the SUNY Buffalo and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The purpose of UBARI is to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct interdisciplinary joint research in the social and behavioral sciences as it relates to identified areas of need, such as sustainable development, HIV/AIDS, trauma, extreme events and disaster management, community development, mental health and alcohol abuse. UBARI also provides prospective opportunities for student and faculty exchange programmes, and conducting twin-degree programmes including doctoral studies. Field work / outreach programmes/ students’ activities Induction workshop programme for first year MSW students, titled, “Essentials in Professional Social Work” held at Amritapuri Campus on 18th August, 2011 Guest lecture on “Research Methodolgy” by Dr. R.K. Hebsur, Former Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai at Ettimadai Campus from 23rd to 27th August, 2011. Guest lecture on “Social Legislation” by Dr. Maharukh Adenwalla, Advocate, High Court, Mumbai at Ettimadai Campus from 23rd to 26th August, 2011.12 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Department of Social Work and SIMS, Kollam jointly organized an awareness programme on Alzheimer’s disease on theoccasion of “World Alzheimer’s Day” on 21st September, 2011Cycle rally from Kollam to Amritapuri jointly organized by Departments of Social Work & Physical Education, AmritapuriCampus on 26th September, 2011 to sensitize the public about effective waste management practices.Poster exhibition/awareness programme at Primary Health Centre, Vallikkavu and Karuangapally on 10th October 2011 onthe occasion of WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY.Workshop at Ettimadai campus on 21st October, 2011 on “Life skills education” by Dr.Radhakrishnan Nair, Head & Mrs.Sunitha Ranjan, Lecturer, Department of School of Life Skills Education & Social Harmony, Rajiv Gandhi National Instituteof Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Chennai.The Department of Social Work, Amritapuri campus with the collaboration of HelpAge India (an INGO); Instituteof Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode and Four x 4 Consulting Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi conducted a “Survey Research Initiative”and a two day preparatory workshop on “Research Methodology and Strategy” for the Field Investigators and ResearchSupervisors (students and faculty of Department of Social Work) at Amritapuri campus on 21st and 22nd of October,2011.Department of Social work has taken a novel approach towards providing bicycles for field visits of social work traineesas symbol of promoting environmental friendly and healthy living from Nov 12th, 2011 onwards.Inauguration of Amrita Social Workers Association & Alumini meet by Mrs. M.C. Jayashree, District Welfare Officer,Kollam on 20th November, 2011 at Amritapuri Campus.Initiated and released the Department Newsletter, “DISHAA” on 20th November, 2011 at Amritapuri CampusTribal sensitization camp at Wayanad from 14-20th December, 2011 was organized by Department of Social Work,Amritapuri Campus.On 14th January, 2012, an interactive session between the Social Work students of Amrita University and St AmbroseUniversity, USA was organized at Amritapuri Campus.Guest lecture on “Public Health” by Dr. Biju Soman, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology,Thiruvananthapuram at Ettimadai Campus from 30th January to 5th February, 2012.Invited talk on ‘Effective Self Enrichment’ by Dr. Shobha Kapoor, Director, Mukti Sadan, Mumbai for the MSW students atAmritapuri Campus on 2nd March, 2012.On 20th March, 2012, Blood Donation Camp at Amritapuri Campus and Inter-collegiate Social Work meet at Ettimadaicampus on the occasion of “World Social Work Day”.ToT programme on “Non-profit organizations for entrepreneurship development” by Mr. Ulhas Kamat, I Create, India,Bangalore from 9th -13th April, 2012. Department of Social Work 13
Placements The programme offers a wide range of career opportunities in development sector, hospitals, and industries. Both the government and the non-government organisations working at local, national and international levels require social workers at various positions. The programme prepares students to work as social workers, counsellors, How to reach health workers, project officers, programme coordinators, community organizers in the fields of health, sanitation, economics, education, The closest airport is in sustainable development, and juvenile justice. Also there are openings Thiruvananthapuram (110 km south in family services such as family courts, family counselling centres, of Amritapuri). At the airport you adoption centres, and child welfare services. Further, the programme may go to the “Airport Taxi Service” shapes the students to get placed in the funding agencies including counter and ask for a prepaid taxi national & international, research-based organisations, advocacy and to Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, organisations working in specialised areas of disability, HIV/AIDS, Amritapuri. Cochin International disasters, etc., Airport at Nedumbassery is 140 km Dedicated Training and Placement Directorate offers training in north from the School. Kayamkulam soft skills and communicative English. The directorate also ensures (12 km north of Amritapuri) is the placements in INGOs, National level NGOs, Hospitals and Corporates. closest town situated north of the Some of our recruiters are Azim Premji Foundation, Bangalore; Hand campus. Autorickshaws can bring in Hand, Chennai; Reach-Out, Thrissur; Larsen & Toubro Limited (CSR you to the campus, which takes initiative); Ahalya Foundation, Palghat and Friends of Tribals Society. about 20 minutes. Bus services are also available from Kayamkulam Bus Stand to Vallikavu, which is approximately a five-minute walk from the School.14 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Admission ProcedureHow to apply:l Collect application form from Admission Coordinator (MSW) from any of the campusesl By post: Write to Admission Coordinator at any of the campuses enclosing a demand draft for Rs.250 in favour of “Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham”, payable at “Coimbatore”l Download or apply online: http://amrita.edu/mswEligibility & criteria: Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. Candidates appearing for their finalyear degree exam are also eligible to apply. Desired qualification includes experience as a volunteer. Selection is based onthe marks scored in the qualifying examination and personal interview.Filled in application forms shall be sent to: Amritapuri (Kollam) Ettimadai (Coimbatore) Admission Coordinator, The Admission Coordinator (MSW) Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Department of Social Work Clappana P.O., Kollam. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham PIN – 690 525. Ettimadai (P.O.), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu – 641 112 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +91 476 280 9400 / 1401 Phone: 0422 – 2685000 Fee Structure Fee Structure Amritapuri Campus Ettimadai (Coimbatore) Campus Sl. Head Term Amount Sl. Head Term Amount 1 Tution Semester 15000 1 Tuition Annual 30,000 2 Additional Charges Annual 12000 2 University Fee Annual 6,000 3 Caution Deposit One time 6000 3 Special Fee Annual 5,000 (refundable) 4 Insurance One Time 650 Total 33,000 5 Caution Deposit One Time 2,000 Total 43,650 Hostel Fee Hostel Fee Sl. Head Term Amount Sl. Head Term Amount 1 Room Rent Annual 8000 1 Room Rent Annual 15,000 2 Establishment Charges Annual 8000 2 Medical Fee Annual 1,500 3 Mess charges Annual 30,000 3 Mess Charges Annual 34,000 4 Caution Deposit (Refundable) One time 3000 4 Caution Deposit One time 2,000 Total 49,000 Total 52,500 Department of Social Work 15
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math T he Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) is a registered Public Charitable Trust dedicated to serving humanity without distinction of nationality, caste, race of religion. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is one of the major educational initiatives of the Math which has its International Headquarters at Amritapuri in Kollam, Kerala (India) UN Recognition for M.A.Math. UN Recognition for M.A.Math The United Nations announced the distinguished award of Special UN consultative status to Mata Amritanandamayi Math with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. After a thorough review of M.A.Math’s work and results for the past 15 years, including AIMS, Amrita University, and all other major efforts, the United Nation’s committee of 19 member nations in the ECOSOC Committee voted unanimously to grant Special Consultative Status. The major ECOSOC body of 50 member nations affirmed this decision on July 21, 2005. Social Initiatives Tsunami Relief - Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) is implementing the largest Tsunami Rehabilitation project in the country. The cost of the project is over Rs.200 crore and most of the work is done by the volunteers. The Math has already constructed more than 5000 houses, - of the proposed 6200 houses. It is the first NGO to hand over the houses as per the specifications of the governments, in Kerala and TamilNadu and also in other areas in India and Sri Lanka. The Math is particular that the villages which are being reconstructed will be self-reliant: facilitated with community centres, anganwadis, schools, primary health centres, markets and roads. Electrification and supply of water are also given priority. Moreover, the affected people are also provided with FRP boats, marine outboard engines and fishing nets. To make them self-reliant vocational training in nursing and driving and given. Amrita Kuteeram - Free houses for homeless with a mission to provide 1,00,000 houses in the next 10 years across India.Already more than 35,000 houses have been built all over the country under this project. In 2007, AMMA announced a Rs.200 crore Project to prevent Farmer Suicide through education and the reduction of financial strain placed upon impoverished agricultural families in Maharashtra, Kerala and other states in India.This is being implemented by providing 30,000 full scholarships for children of farmers living below the poverty line and providing vocational training and start-up capital to help 5,000 groups of women from agricultural families to form home-based businesses. Amrita Setu - A suspension bridge constructed by the Math connecting Alappad panchayath with mainland Kerala, as part of its extensive tsunami relief programme. Should the Alappad community face any future disaster, the bridge ensures that the villagers will have an escape route through which 15,000 persons can be evacuated in 30 minutes. Amrita Village Reconstruction Project, Gujarat - Rebuilt three villages, with more than 1200 quakeproof houses with community facilities, after the devastating earthquke of January 2001.16 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
2010, New York AMMA was conferred honorary doctorate in humane letters by State University of New York, Buffalo, USA. 2006, New York AMMA was presented with the Interfaith Center of New York’s 4th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Award after speaking on the topic “Understanding and collaboration between Religions”. 2005, Cannes A film on AMMA titled “Darshan – The Embrace” by renowned Satguru Sri Mata filmmaker Jan Kounen was screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Amritanandamayi 2004, Barcelona AMMA delivered the Keynote Address at the Closing Plenary Devi has given Session of the World Parliament of Religions. 2002, Geneva Darshan to over 30 AMMA delivered the Keynote Address at the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the UN, million people across after receiving the prestigious UN Gandhi-King Peace Award. 2000, New York the world and has AMMA also delivered the Keynote Address at the Millennium Peace Summit, UN General Assembly.been invited to address 1995, New York AMMA spoke at the Interfaith Celebration, during the 50th global fora Anniversary of the UN. 1993, Chicago AMMA was one of the main speakers at the World Parliament of Religions, 100th anniversary.
“Children,Sraddha is necessary for every action we perform.Actions done without Sraddha are of no use.” -AMMA