Social Innovation Lecture on Field Education
The Department of Social Work organized a Social Innovation Lecture on Field Education, for the II Semester MSW students on 7th January, 2019. The Resource person for this program was Fr. Panthackal Rubin SDB, Director, Bangalore Omiyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO). BOSCO is a Non-Governmental Organization working with the Young at Risk in the city of Bangalore.
The program began with an invocation song followed by a welcome address by Ms. Liya Lopez (II Semester MSW). Dr. Jonas Richard A. (Head, Department of Social Work) welcomed the guest and stressed the importance of applying the theories into practice through Field Education, as it is critical for students to help them acquire, practice, and improve the values, skills, and knowledge needed for the profession
Fr. Rubin initiated the lecture on how to apply social work methods in the situation of given individuals, groups or communities. He further stressed the field work trainees to acquire significant substance substitute knowledge in the specified field of practice characterized by the agency. Fr. Rubin asked the trainees to obtain social work knowledge and encouraged them to use different social work methods, skills & technique in the field.
Father concluded the session by highlighting the importance of knowing the field work objectives, followed by a vote of thanks by Ms. Jereena Jacob (II Semester MSW).
Social Innovation Lecture on Economic Rights and SDG-1
The Department of Social Work organized a Social innovation lecture on Economic Rights and SDG-1 (No Poverty) for the 4th semester students on 13th of December, 2018. Mr. R. Manohar, Executive Director-CARE was the resource person.
The session began with a prayer song and followed by welcome by Dr. Emmanuel Daniel, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work. Mr. Ajith C Thomas, a student representative introduced the speaker to the participants. The session was then handed over to Mr. Manohar who began the lecture by introducing the students to the concept of sustainable Development Goals and its necessity. He said the motivation behind the introduction of the sustainable development goals was to improve the living condition of people all over the world. His next focus was on the issue of economic rights and its relationship with the first SDG. He stated that the attainment of SDG 1 or no poverty would automatically ensure that the people achieved their economic rights such as the right to work and right to a decent livelihood. He said that one of the main targets of the first sustainable development goal was to reduce at least by half, the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions by the year. He said that there was an inter-relationship between the sustainable development goals and the international covenant on economic, social, and cultural rights. Both of these were aimed at ensuring that people’s economic rights were not violated.
He concluded the lecture by stating the importance awareness on the first sustainable development goal, that is-no poverty and the strategies to achieve that goal. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Deepika Annama Thomas, a student representative and a memento to appreciate the contribution made by the resource person was presented to him by Dr. S. Rama Gokula Krishnan, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College. Overall, it was a very fruitful learning experience for the participants.
Social Innovation Lecture on Soft-Skills for Social Work Professionals
As part of the social innovation lecture series, the Department of Social Work organized a lecture on Soft-Skills for Social Work Professionals for the 2nd Semester students of the department on 13th of December, 2018. Dr. G. Robert Clive, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Crossland College, Brahmavar, Udupi was the resource person.
The term soft skills refers to the personal traits, characteristics and competencies that inform to how an individual relates to others and is often used as a synonym for people skills or interpersonal skills. The programme commenced with a prayer song by the department choir. Mr. James Binu Chacko, a student representative welcomed the resource person and the gathering, followed by the welcome address by Ms. Jeffine J Joseph who also introduced the resource person to the participants. Dr Robert began the lecture by quoting Dalai Lama’s words which says “If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion”. He emphasised the importance of being compassionate in our day-to-day lives. He highlighted the importance of maintaining good interpersonal relationships and briefed soft skills like empathy, trustworthy, team spirit, assertiveness, self-confidence, mindfulness, communication, inquisitiveness and creativity. He threw light on the importance of right attitude towards life and the willingness to change in order to be successful. Dr Robert also shared valuable tips to be followed while attending interviews. The session was made educative through power point presentations and group activities. The speaker ended the session by suggesting some books for the students to read and reflect upon. The lecture concluded with the vote of thanks by Miss. Maria Jose, a student representative.
Social Innovation Lecture on Health: Human Rights Perspective
The Department of Social Work organised a Social Innovation Lecture on Health: A Human Rights Perspective by Bro. Albert Xaviour SHJ, Executive Director, Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) and an International Human Rights Educator for the III semester MSW students on 4th August, 2018.
The program started at 10: 30 am with a welcome address by Ms Mariya Joy (III Sem MSW), and Dr Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work gave a brief outline about Human Rights and stressed its need in the field of Health.
Bro Albert started his session by explaining to the students the connection between health and human rights. He further remarked that people in India need to understand that not having a healthy life is a violation of Human Rights. Bro. Albert further discussed the 30 rights as mentioned in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and explained about the bills and The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Bro. Albert had an interactive session with the students who clarified their doubts on the UN and its contribution in promoting Human Rights among the countries. Bro. Albert concluded the session, stressing on the importance of Human Rights in the field of healthcare to help in promoting justice and equality to every person. The program came to a close with a vote of thanks by Ms Aishwarya MK (III Semester MSW) while Dr. Winnie Joyce presented the memento to the speaker.
Social Innovation Lecture on Child Protection Policy
The Department of Social Work organized a Social Innovation Lecture on Child Protection Policy for the III Semester MSW students on 2nd July, 2018. The Resource person for this program was Fr. Panthackal Rubin SDB, Director, Bangalore Omiyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO). BOSCO is a Non-Governmental Organization working with the Young at Risk in the city of Bangalore like – children living on the streets, child labourers, abandoned/ orphaned children, victims of drug abuse, begging children, rag pickers, etc. since 1980.
The program started with the welcome address by Hisham Ali (III Semester MSW) and Dr. Jonas Richard (Head, Department of Social Work) welcomed the guest and stressed the importance on the knowledge of Child Protection Policy for Social Work Professionals.
Fr. Rubin started his session by screening a video about the life of a girl child named “She” where the hardships of a girl child were depicted. Fr. Rubin gave a summary of the different laws and the rights of the children as mentioned in the Constitution of India. In addition to that, Fr. Rubin explained the objectives of the Child Protection Policy, its guiding principles and the code of conduct.
Fr. Rubin and the students had a discussion about the policies and laws relating to the child protection in India. Ms Annamma Thomas (III Semester MSW) proposed the vote of thanks and the memento was presented by Dr. Winnie Joyce A. (Faculty, Department of Social Work).
Corporate Social Responsibility
As part of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), the Department of Social Work organized an expert lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for all the second year Post Graduate students who have chosen Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a part of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) program on 31st August 2017. The guest speaker of the day was Shri. Purushotham Rao, Group Manager (CSR), Aditya Birla Group.
The expert lecture began with an invocation by the choir and followed by welcome by Ms. Sophia Banu, the student coordinator. The guest was introduced by Dr. Jonas Richard A, who emphasised on the importance of expert lectures to supplement with the theoretical inputs given in the class room. During his address, Mr.Rao stressed on the different dimensions in CSR and the core activities undertaken by Aditya Birla Group in Bangalore. He also advised that in a world of new innovation and technologies, it is very important to have the social concern in our customary activities because being with people and socialising with people will facilitate in understanding them closer. He also underlined the importance of being open to the needs of the society and people.