National Webinar on Mental Health First Aid
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, Bengaluru organized a National Webinar on Mental Health First Aid on 24th June’20
In the ever-advancing world of competitiveness, stress and anxiety is inevitable leading to numerous disbalances in livelihood. The need of people surging a balance in their spectrums of wellbeing have become immensely important as compromising any of it leads to massive hurdles. The subject matter of Mental health has gained massive attention with regard to personal and professional wellbeing. With the ever-increasing cases of rapid deterioration of the psychic condition of the people round the globe, ensuring support and intervention for a good mental health has become immensely important.
Understanding the need of ensuring stability, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College had taken the initiative of organizing a session on mental health first aid. The Session I was handled by Dr Sanjeev Kumar M, Assistant Professor, Centre for Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management, NIMHANS. He briefed the session on the situation of COVID19 pandemic and narrated the psychosocial effects due to crisis. He explained the warning signs and symptoms of mental health issues during the period of disaster and ended the session by explaining the intervention strategies for mental health issues.
The session II was taken over by Dr Jonas Richard A with a specific focus on the skills required for psychological recovery. He recited four major steps to be followed in offering mental health first aid. He described the strategies to strengthen the capacity for psychosocial support in the context of crisis. The session rendered the valuable ways to cope with issues that have been imposed by the current pandemic.
Students of the Department from both the semesters as well as registered participants from various parts of the country benefitted by the highly informative and engaging sessions.
Webinar on Empowerment of Youth through Skill Development
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Webinar on “Empowerment of Youth through Skill Development: A Community Development Perspective” on 15th June’2020.
The fast-developing globe seeks to have the best minds at work. This, in turn, has evolved Professionalism and Skill enhancement as two major areas of concern when it comes to professional empowerment of the youth. Considering the profession of Social Work, enhancing skills has become requisite considering the dynamicity of the profession. The practise of social work in the communities is challenging and thus requires specialized mechanisms to intervene with areas of concern. Hence, developing the requisite skills become essential as it enables the social worker to intervene with all hurdles faced.
Considering the importance of the same, The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Webinar on “Empowerment of Youth through Skill Development: A Community Development Perspective” on 15th June’2020. The resource team is from Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS). The session was chaired by Sri PM Phillip, Secretary and Executive Director of FVTRS.
Mr Philip, in his address, cited the need for enhancing the skills among social workers working in the sector of community development as it involves a very convoluted and intricate process. Having skills developed will ensure that the youth can contribute effectively to the community. Mr Phillip further stressed on the fact that it's the youth of the society which has the future of India in hand and thus developing their skills is extremely important.
The students could gain a good understanding of the requisite skills of community work and the need for them to work towards enhancing and improvising their own. All the MSW students of the department and few outside participants benefitted from the session. The session was very vibrant with the active participation of all the students
FDP on Enhancing the Professional Competence of Social Work Educators
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized Three Days FDP on Enhancing the Professional Competence of Social Work Educators on 04th , 11th & 18th June 2020.
Competence is a great creator of confidence quoted by Mary Putney. Competence permits to fascinate knowledge, relate theoretical concepts, assess, and intervene with accuracy in practice. This FDP was facilitated by Dr. Selwyn Stanley, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Edge Hill University, UK to enhance the special competencies of Social Work Educators on theoretical viewpoint, fieldwork and research. The FDP was inaugurated by Fr.Lijo P Thomas, Financial Administrator and Head, Department of Computer Science. Dr Stanley initiated his discussion in explaining the nine domains of professional competencies and also the strategies to develop these competencies on each domain. He emphasized on the three sets of practice to be enhanced by the educators in the field of Social Work Education such as Evidence Based Practice, Value Based Practice and Strength Based Practice. He briefed the major components of Ethical Practice in Social Work.
On the second day Dr Stanley specified the assessment and the principles to be followed in the Practice. He indicated to train the social work students on the areas of service user (Client) and enable the students to have structured conversations to service user effectively. He also quoted few theories to practice social work with service user on a wider perspective.
Dr Stanley focused on Contemporary Social Work Research on the final day. He deliberated the three dimensions on practitioner research, intervention outcomes research and the programme evaluation. He pointed out the ethical principles in social work research. He elucidated the complete research process in the field of Social Work.
The FDP ended with the concluding remarks given by Dr Jonas Richard A, Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College. The participants expressed the positive feedback on the FDP.
Ethical Professional Practice: Above and Beyond Expectations
Social Work profession has always been aggrandized by its ethical professional practice. With a multi-dimensional aspect of career options, ethics have gained supreme importance. The overarching principles that expresses the values, standards and conduct of the profession has enabled Social Work to encompass wider prospects. Ethics has by all means enabled social work to survive as an occupational option for varied professionals in all spheres wherever applicable. Thus, understanding the need, utility as well as applicability of ethical principles in all career options for social work professional is immensely important.
Apprehending the efficacy and practicality of the same, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a two day National Webinar on Ethical Professional Practices. Experts from varied fields of Social Work, viz, Human Resource Management, Social Work with Children, Medical Social Work, Corporate Social Responsibility enunciated their thoughtful insights on Ethical Professional Practice. Cyber Ethics was also one of the important areas covered in the webinar considering its utility and ongoing unlawful usage.
Social Work trainees of the Department along with participants from various fraternities were enlightened by the informative and persuasive sessions chaired by all the connoisseurs of their respective fields. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head of the Department of Social Work, through his disquisition ensured that the participants understand the need of considering ethics as the prime basis of professional development. Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Assistant Professor and the Convenor of the Webinar as well as all the faculty members of the Department collaboratively ensured the webinar’s accomplishment.
Virtual Consultation on Pathfinding New Facet in Fieldwork Training
The curriculum of Social Work education expounds the utility of extensive practical exposure. Fieldwork, thus by default has gained paramount prominence maximising the impact of the imparted knowledge. The practicum of Social Work education agglomerates the need of having an applicability based swotting enabling the budding trainees to apprehend the crust of the rendered knowledge.
Considering the vital importance of fieldwork in Social Work education, the need of having genuine training is extremely important. Practitioners over the course of time have cognized multi facet loopholes that are gradually excavating the covenant of the education system in social work. Thus, there is a need to discern the mechanism of appraising, admonishing and ameliorating the existing discrepancies. Considering the obligatory, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College conducted a consultation on virtual platform in order to discern the new facet of fieldwork training.
The experts in the field of Social Work had put forth their valuable thoughts in the consultation bringing in dimensions of suggestions for strengthening field work education in social work practice. Experts contributed their contemplation on various areas of social work practicum so as to make field work education eloquent of all areas that are given ample important in the curriculum. The deliberation enabled an insightful understanding of necessary takes to be taken to strengthen the training of budding professionals.
MS Excel - The Obligatory Skill Requisite in Present Day Organizations and Research
With the advancement in business as well as research, the pivot of the organizations is to have a systematic database. In present day work culture, data management has emerged as one of the most important exigencies resulting to continuation and growth of the field worked for. Microsoft Excel has thus become an essential skill for every researcher as well as employee. Indigenous methods of work have been challenged by this single software which enables smoother management of data. In case of research, usage of MS excel has turned as a principle prerequisite as investigating and examining data sets have simplified resulting in quality researches. Concomitantly, in business, MS Excel has enabled employees to administer data and manage the workload.
Considering the significance of Microsoft Excel in present age, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous Bengaluru had organized a session on Microsoft Excel for the Final Year MSW Batch. The three hour session focused on the basics of Microsoft excel emphasizing on the implications of its usage on research work. Social Work Trainees focused on understanding the basics of Microsoft excel and it’s utilization in their dissertation work. The session accomplished the desired aim as the trainees were able to understand the applicability of the software.
The basic aim of the Department in organizing the session was to enable the students to have a clear understanding of Excel and its importance in managing compiled datasets. The session also aimed at enabling them to analyze their own collected data for their respective dissertations which is a part of the curriculum and is a requisite for the partial fulfillment of the course. The session was supervised and moderated by Madam Dhanamalar.M, Department of Computer Applications. The three hour session enabled the students to gain insights on the basics of the topics covered thereby enabling skill development of the trainees.
Apprehending Project Formulation – the Pre-Eminent Skill for Social Workers
In the era of development, planning has emerged as one of the important factors when it comes to professional social work practice. Social Work Profession by nature requires systematized understanding of the potential of any case, group and even community thereby utilizing the knowledge to frame the precise and unerring postulations of interventions for the projects to be undertaken. Project Formulation, thus as a skill, makes the social worker elude extraneous issues.
In view of discerning the utility and importance of Project formulation as a skill, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Bengaluru in association with Karl Kubel Institute for Development Education, Coimbatore organized “A two-day training program on Project Formulation & Skills for Social Work Professionals”. The session was presided by Dr. Tom Jose, Head, Training Division, Karl Kubel Institute for Development Education. The efficacious efforts of the Head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. and all the Faculty members of the Department enabled the students to have the opportunity to make an incisive critic and thereby develop the skill of Project Formulation.
The first day of the training was focused on enabling the students understand the utility of project formulation. Group activities, understanding the importance and applicability and determining the focus areas were a few major topics undertaken by Dr. Jose for the day. The second day of the training was focused on understanding the procedural basis of project formulation as well as its utility. Corroborating the efforts made, the students had also submitted their proposals to the Head of the Department which enabled a clear understanding of the applicability. This hence confirmed the success of the efforts made by the Department as a whole.
Completion of Action Research on Health Literacy
The students of Department of Social Work successfully completed the data collection process for the Action Research on Health Literacy promoting awareness on diabetics. This collaborative research is conducted by Baylor University, Texas, USA and Bangalore Baptist Hospital
The students of Department of Social Work, successfully completed the data collection process for the research titled on Use of an mHealth Application to improve Diabetes Health Literacy in India on 4th March 2020, the Mobile-Health Project, an action based research of Baylor University, USA in collaboration with Bangalore Baptist Hospitals
Prior to data collection, the students were oriented by Dr.Shelby Garner, Dr.Hope Koch, Ms Julia Hitchcock, Associate Professors from Baylor University, Texas. The students spent a week long time in the slums of Bangalore to test the mobile app to create awareness on diabetics and collected pre post data
The research experience for the students culminated with an award of certificates and sharing of their experiences in the field. Fr Emmanuel P J, the Director of Jayantian Extension Services awarded the certificates along with the Professors from Baylor University
National Colloquium On Ending Poverty
A National Colloquium on Ending Poverty: A Pathway to Social Justice was organized and conducted by the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, in collaboration with World Vision India on 24th February, 2020. The colloquium commenced by an invocational hymn by the department choir, followed by, Dr Jonas Richard. A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming the gathering. Dignitaries officially inaugurated the colloquium by lighting the lamp.
The Presidential address was given by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College. In his address, he spoke about the need of the hour is to close the inequality gap that exists worldwide but more so in a country like India. He also highlighted the importance to use education as a medium in empowering individuals to alienate poverty. Fr. Josekutty spoke about how essential it is to value human beings and ensure that they lead a dignified life and according to him this can be achieved only when we collectively join together to fight this war against poverty and bring about Social Justice for all.
Ms. Maria Jose, Student Representative, introduced the Chief Guest for the day, Mr Somashekhar A, BA.L, LLB (Member Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bengaluru, Urban District).
Mr Somashekhar A, in his inaugural address, spoke about the various articles that exist in the Indian Constitution such as Article, 14, 15 and 16 all of which aims at providing equality, equal opportunities for all through which eradication of poverty is possible. According to him, we already have the tools written within our constitution, our fundamental rights. He also stressed on Article, 14 (Right to Equality), Article 19, (Right to Freedom) and Article 21(Right to Life and Liberty), popularly known as the “golden triangle” of the Indian Constitution. From his professional and legal opinion, if individuals followed these articles, it is possible to alienate poverty to a large extent in the country which would ultimately result in Social Justice for all.
Technical session 1 - “Rural livelihoods: A key to Social Justice”
This session was handled by Ms Uma Mahadevan, IAS (Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj, Govt. of Karnataka). She spoke about how poverty is a multifaceted, intersectional issue that is not confined to the cliched norms that usually exist. Ms Uma also addressed the issue of protein hunger and how it is an embodiment of poverty. She mainly focused on the poverty-stricken lives of rural women, especially women who are pregnant and disabled. Her motto for the conference was to “Think globally, but act locally”. According to her, policy interventions should meet the needs of not just one category but should be inclusive in nature and should help everyone. Social justice is setting right the deprivations. She also spoke about a lifestyle that is less about consuming and more about reusing, a lifestyle that is more sustainable and responsible in nature.
Technical session 2 - “Child Labour: Is it a right or a developmental issue?”
This session was addressed by, Mr Lukose Vallatharai, IAS (Former Revenue Secretary). According to him, all children out of school are potential child labourers. He laid stress on how child labour creates a vicious cycle of low education, skill sets, a state of social seclusion, inequality and ultimately poverty and want. He also spoke about how India as a country is a generation producing half educated children, pre designed to serve higher class with cheap labour. Mr Lukose addressed as to how the poor are subsidising the rich through inadequate wages. He also spoke about various schemes and policies by the Government of India that ensures Social Justice. The session came to an end with a question and answer round.
Technical session 3 - , “Poverty: A Human Rights violation”.
This session was conducted by Ms Meera Sakseena IAS,( Former Chairperson, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission). Her deliberation was on, “Poverty: A Human Rights violation”. Ms Meera spoke about the link that is evident and present between poverty and Human Rights. According to her, everybody is equal before the law. Nobody should penalise individuals based upon the sexual orientation, but rather make it a more inclusive and secure society. The importance of voicing out against atrocities were discussed in detail. True cases, stories were also shared with the audience. She also spoke about how the poor are the worst affected and take the brunt of all human rights violations that take place. The rich will get bailed out, etc, but the poor are made scapegoats. Ms Meera spoke in detail about the legal aid provisions that are available for the poor. The session came to a close with a detailed discussion with the audience.
Technical session 4- “Labour Rights Violations: A civilized society’s response”
This was taken over by Dr Manjunath G, KLS, PhD, (Additional Labour Commissioner, Director of Karnataka State Labour Institute, Government of Karnataka). He spoke about how labour rights should be considered as basic human rights. The minimum wages and the number of hours put in to work everyday was explained in detail. The various labour laws and especially labour laws in the field of HR was also discussed. The importance of labour codes was also touched upon. The session concluded with a question and answer round.
Next, on the agenda was the Survivor’s Panel, wherein, Mr Rajendra Prabhakar, (Founding member, Eco Society India) moderated the Panel discussion. Individuals from poverty-stricken backgrounds, bonded labourers, house maids, construction workers, activists, shared their personal struggles and experiences in being under privileged and how Organizations such as World Vision have help them come up in life.
The National Colloquium came to an end with the National Anthem. This colloquium helped the participants in gaining expert opinion and guidance how to end poverty with the help of strategic goals. Participants that were present from various colleges were awarded with certificates. The Colloquium was well co-ordinated by the efforts of the Co convenors Dr. Winnie Joyce. A & Dr. Rubavel M, and the faculty members Dr. Birudu Raju & Ms. Anurupa
Bonded Labour - The Concealed Truth Of Exploitation In Present Age
With the advancement in the globe, the face of employment has also evolved. Varied opportunities of current generation employment have been introduced intumescing occupational options for people. Amid the rapid extension of possible opportunities lies the perplexing reality of the practice of Bonded Labour. This oppressive form of forced labour churns the lives of people violating their fundamental rights to live a life of their choice. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) lists bonded labour as one of the various forms of Human Trafficking in India which implies the level of heinousness that is involved in its practice. The continuation of the practice in our country implies certain complex acerbity wherein the development chart of the country is instantaneously challenged.
Understanding the extremity and graveness of the existing social issue, Final Year MSW batch, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, Bengaluru visited Visthaar, an organization functioning in collaboration with International Justice Mission, India with the purpose of interacting with the rescued case of Bonded Labour. The session involved one on one interaction with the bonded labour survivors enabling the social work trainees to understand the severity of the identified issue. The session involved a group discussion wherein the survivors shared their experiences and the efforts of IJM and Visthaar in restoring their lives back to the mainstream. It also enabled the trainees to gain insights on how the organization efficiently works towards such burning causes.
Miss Anurupa Bhattacharjee, faculty of the Department accompanied the students for the session. The session aimed at equipping the students with hands on knowledge about social issues such as bonded labour thereby identifying appropriate interventions for handling the same.
The Ebullient Field of Social Work Education
Social Work education being a practice-based profession and an academic discipline majorly aims to promote social change and development, social cohesion and empowerment thereby liberating the target population. The various methods and principles of the discipline make it a diverse field of practice opening various opportunities to apply the learning in the context of human behavior and social environment, social welfare policy, social work practice, research and field internships.
Social Work education enables students to look through the lens of understanding and working for diverse groups which are in no way confined to any ethnicity, religion or culture. This nature of the discipline brands it to be suitable from a trans-national perspective. The view can be supported from the retrieves of the session of Mr. Jomet Mani, Chief Operating Officer, YESTE Migration and Education, Australia which was conducted in the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College on 16 January 2020. He majorly briefed about the diversified scopes of social work education abroad and within the country. The competencies built during the session majorly enabled the students to look into the discipline and it’s applicability into the field of practice with adequate pragmatism. The need of developing the slightest possible skill and the importance of balancing it optimally is essential for social work education and practice to maintain the critical edges of this multitudinous practice.
With the extensive opportunities that the discipline provides to the trainees, social work is one of the most vibrant fields of education as it allows the individual to develop multifarious perspectives about the area of interest. The students during the session were enlightened to know the effervescence of the field of practice and the numerous opportunities that it provides it terms of career and growth.
Use of e-Resources in Social Work Education
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on, ‘Use of e-resources in social work education’, by Mr M S Srinivasa, Training Manager, South, (EBSCO Information Services), on 20th January, 2020
The seminar commenced with an invocation hymn seeking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir and welcoming Mr M S Srinivasa. Mr. Srinivasa commenced the session by giving a brief introduction to what exactly EBSCO as an organization does. He in detail explained as to how, EBSCO, could help the students in the field of research. Mr Srinivasa gave students an opportunity to use this database, formed through various sources such as journals, magazines and e-books. He discussed how students could use the company’s profile feature to understand organisations better from a future job perspective. SWOT analysis, business descriptions and key aspects of the organizations would also be available.
Mr Srinivasa also spoke about the various filters that exist, to make the research more accessible. This includes, limiting your research to it’s time period, pdf or html format, and even an option to listen to the audio version of the article. As to how EBSCO also gives its users opportunities to save the articles and videos offline, have the content translated in the language of the user’s choice and so forth was explained in detail. Mr Srinivasa made the lecture engaging by allowing the student to access EBSCO and have a hands-on experience.
In order to make the session more participative a quiz on the lecture was conducted at the end and the winners were awarded prizes. The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Ganga (student representative). The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn and a group photograph.
Industry’s Expectations from Budding HR Professionals
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on Industry’s expectations from budding H R professionals by Dr Madeti Victor Prasad Kumar, Vice President- H R and strategy, (Elmeasure India Private Limited), Bangalore on 18th January 2020.
The seminar commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir and an introduction to the speaker.
Dr. Madeti commenced the session by discussing the one basic principle, ‘Helping people help themselves’, that he continues to use as a foundation in all aspects of his successful career. He strongly believes that as social work professionals, the above principle has more of an impact than just helping individuals. He spoke about how there exists four key components according to the David Ulrich model to become an outstanding human resource personnel, which includes, being a strategic partner, an administrative expert, a change agent and above all and employee champion.
Dr Madeti also in detail discussed, The Great Place To Work, an institute that recognises and certifies organizations worldwide on the basis of workplace culture. He spoke about the cultural audit that organizations should follow, along with their practices to get certified. The importance as a human resource executive to understand the business of the organization, be flexible and the importance of role clarity was explained. From a professional standpoint he examined the qualities a HR personnel should posses. Dr. Madeti also spoke about the employee trust index survey that exists which includes, respect, credibility, camaraderie, etc.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Shoby (student representative). Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Dr. Madeti Victor Prasad as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
Trans-National Social Work: Scope & Opportunities
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on Transactional Social Work: Scope and opportunities on 16th January, 2020. The resource person was Mr Jomet Mani, Chief Operating Officer, YESTE Migration and Education, Australia.
The seminar commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir. Ms Caroline, student representative welcomed the resource person and the gathering. Mr. Robin Raju, student representative introduced the resource person while Dr Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department laid out the objectives and gave an overview of the lecture.
Mr. Jomet Mani initiated the session by introducing the topic of and life at Australia for the Social Workers. He stressed the need and importance of networking in the social work profession. The various opportunities that exist for Social Workers, including being a welfare worker, community worker, rehabilitation counsellor and recreational officer was thoroughly discussed. He also addressed the importance of being a part of the Australian Association for Social Work (AASW) if the students had aspirations to migrate to Australia.
Mr. Jomet shared his personal experiences in relation to travel as a medium to learn, experience and grow. He spoke about how his need to travel opened up opportunities in the field of Social Work and more importantly transactional social work. The various criteria’s and intricacies that exist in migrating to a new country was explained in detail. Mr. Jomet also showed videos so that the students would have a better and more wholesome understanding of the topic. He ensured that the session was interactive and engaging.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Archana Nair, student representative. Dr Rubavel, Faculty, Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Mr. Jomet Mani as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
HUMAN RIGHTS Day Celebrations
As part of the Human Rights day celebrations, the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organised a Human Rights Signature Campaign to promote Human Rights on 10th December 2019. This day is also recognised as International Human Rights Day.
Human Rights is an intrinsic part of human beings, irrespective of race, sex, nationality, etc. The signature campaign commenced with a welcome address by Ms Aishwarya Vimal (I MSW) on the brief history of Human Rights along with the articles that are present. She also spoke about the importance and need of Human Rights in the current scenario and what we can do as citizens and more importantly as human beings to help each other.
Fr Josekutty P D, the Principal of the College, in his presidential address appreciated the students for their thoughtful initiative and wished the event all the best
Fr. Augustine George (Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College), addressed the gathering on how as the youth, we have a responsibility to not only raise our voice against atrocities, but also take action when needed. Fr. Augustine George declared the platform for the signature campaign open
The social work trainees handmade a selfie frame with captions such as, I STAND FOR HUMAN RIGHTS that was placed close to the banner, which was open to students and faculty members. There was also a selfie competition that was held on Social media on who uploaded the best caption on Human Rights along with their pictures. Deans, faculty members and students of various Departments signed in support of Human Rights and also took part in the competition that was held. The event was well coordinated by the faculty and students of department of Social Work.
MoU with Baptist Hospital
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College signed a MoU with Bangalore Baptist Hospital on 28th November 2019. It is a 340 bed multispecialty mission hospital which is governed by Christian Medical College, Vellore, since 1989.
The MoU is centering on 6 major areas:
1. To conduct various collaborative programmes in the field of Health Care
2. To carry out researches in the field of Health Care.
3. To facilitate the programmes for International Students
4. To provide support towards internship for the students
5. To jointly organize academic and community programmes
6. To support the staff and students for their medical services
The MoU is signed by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D CMI, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College and Dr. Naveen Thomas, Director (CEO), Bangalore Baptist Hosiptal.
International Research Collaboration
The department social work in association with Canterbury Christ Church University, UK is planning for a joint action research in the area of Women Empowerment. Dr. Esther Coren, Assistant Director of Research, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health along with Ms Nirmala Rani, Country Head-Secret Pillow Project held a detailed discussion with Rev. Dr. Augustine George (Vice Principal & Director-In International Affairs) and the faculty members of the department of Social Work on 22nd November 2019
Power of Healing through Craft
A Workshop on Power of Healing through Craft in Social Work was organised by the Department of Social Work for the first semester social work students on 13.09.2019. Mr. Magesh E, 2nd Year MSW, was the resource person.
The workshop commenced with an invocation by the department choir. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, briefed the students about the workshop and its objectives. He pointed out the significance of crafts in keeping individuals engaged, inducing healing and stress relief. Dr. Jonas also highlighted the significance of creating a healthy place to live by getting the best out of waste.
Mr. Magesh E, 2nd Year MSW, the resource person demonstrated the participants how waste materials can be transformed into useful materials. He guided the groups in creating home décor items out of waste paper, plastic bottles, cardboards etc. The participants made alluring materials out of waste products. The craft materials were exhibited before the teachers and the other groups at the end of the session. Thirty Five Students from first semester social work took active participation throughout the session. The workshop encouraged the students to nurture their creativity and develop entrepreneurial skills within them.
Expert Lecture on Field Work
Department of Social Work organised an expert lecture on Field Work in Social Work Education: Scope and Opportunities by Fr Rubin Mathew, Assistant Director, BREADS, Bangalore on 31st August, 2019 for the first semester MSW students.
The session commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty and an introduction by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming Fr Rubin Mathew, Assistant Director, BREADS.
Fr Rubin Mathew, initiated the session by talking about the importance of understanding pathological behaviour patterns of people in communities. Fr Rubin spoke in detail about utilizing field instructions for enhancing and integrating personal and professional growth. The need for theoretical knowledge of principles, methods, etc., of social work to be practically applied in field work was explained. The importance of development of project management, project proposals and documentation skills was also touched upon.
Fr Rubin also spoke about how when being in the field of social work if something disturbs the social worker, they should be proactive and act instead of becoming emotional. The requirement to constantly improve on core skills such as observation, learning, reporting and presentation in field work and how as social workers are required to rethink, research and question was stressed upon.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Mr Robin Raju (Social Work Trainee). Dr Rubavel, Faculty Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Fr Rubin Mathew as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
Visit to Public Affairs Centre
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an observation visit for I Semester MSW students to Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Bengaluru on 13th August 2019. It is a non-profit research organization committed to good governance by influencing the policy.
Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Faculty, Department of Social Work, introduced the agency and detailed the objective of the visit. Mr. Gurucharan Gollerkeri, Executive Director of PAC oriented the students on the importance of Profession Social Work Practice in the community. He encouraged the students on how to enhance the skills in dealing with people in the community.
The next session was taken by Dr. Meena Nair, Head of Research, PAC. She gave an overview about the functions of the organization and detailed about their current projects.
Ms. Varsha Pillai, Programme Manager spoke on the importance of communication and the effective usage of Social Media in the area of branding.
The sessions enabled the social work trainees to have a deeper and clearer understanding on the current societal issues and the stand they could take as professional social workers in bringing effective changes in the governance. The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Robin (Social Work Trainee)
Expert Lecture on Professional Social Work
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on Professional Social Work: Opportunities & Challenges by Dr Jenis Mary, Vice Principal, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore on 22nd August 2019 for first semester MSW students.
The programme started with an invocation hymn invoking the blessings of the almighty and an introduction by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming Dr Jenis Mary.
Dr Jenis Mary, a vibrant personality and distinguished author of four books and number of research papers on mental health, initiated the session with an interactive game that helped set the tone for the session. She spoke in detail as to why it is important for the students as social workers working in the field, to strengthen their professional growth and enhance it, to help others in society. The importances of positive perception to face challenges as social workers were also stressed upon. Brain Training games to improve cognitive function of the students were also played.
Dr Jenis also concentrated on personality development, investment on the individual and self-enhancement, qualities that would help the students in facing challenges and opportunities in the future as social workers. The requirement to have a win-win approach in all aspects of life and its significance in the lives of the students as aspiring social workers was addressed.
The lecture came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Rekha (Social Work Trainee). Dr Winnie Joyce, Faculty, Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Dr Jenis Mary as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
State Level Consultation
Department of Social Work in association with CBM India organized a State Level Consultation on Social Work Curriculum & Disability Studies on 21st August 2019. The participants are the Social Work Educators and Development Professionals
The program commenced with an invocation by the department choir. Dr Winnie Joyce A., Assistant Professor Department of Social Work & Coordinator of the Consultation welcomed the gathering. Dr Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, gave the prelude to the consultation and briefed the objectives of the consultation. Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal delivered the presidential address in which he appreciated the participant’s interest and concern towards disability studies. He also appreciated the department’s initiative in undertaking consultation in the light of the college theme for this academic year. (Empowerment through Life Long Learning & Inclusiveness)
Mr Nirad Bag, Program Manager CBM India in his inaugural address stressed the need and importance of Inclusion of Disability Studies in the Social Work Curriculum. He invited the participants to share their concerns and point out the challenges associated with the inclusion of disability-related topics in the social work curriculum.
The Perspective Building Session was engaged by Dr A. J. Christopher, Former Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College. He stressed on the major areas to be concentrated before implementing Disability Studies in Social Work Curriculum. He pointed out the need to focus more on Social Work Research not merely Research in Social Work. He stressed on the triangular integration of Education, Research and Practice. He also highlighted the importance of equipping students in researching the field of disability and detailed the different dimensions like an assessment that should be kept in mind while planning the curriculum of disability studies. He asked the participants to focus on the dimensions to come out with beneficial and concrete outcomes. After the session, the forum was open for discussion where participants shared their views regarding the discussion and clarified their doubts.
Mr H. Darwin Moses, Program Officer CBM India & Coordinator of the Consultation, briefed about CBM, their activities, achievements and upcoming projects concerning working with persons with disability. He explained the need and scope of Disability Studies in Social Work Curriculum and future scope for research in disability and inclusive social work education.
Dr Sara Varghese, Managing Trustee and Country Head CBM India, addressed the participants on the various aspects of inclusion of Persons with disability and legislations supporting the same. Followed by this, participants were divided into three groups. The syllabus of Disability Studies of different universities was discussed and they suggested possible upgradations. The suggestions were presented before the panel headed by Dr Jenis Mary, Vice-Principal, School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore.
The consultation completed with the formation of a core committee for further actions and three specific action plans.
Orientation Visit to BOSCO
Department of Social Work organised an orientation visit to Bosco Onniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) for first semester MSW students on 7th August 2019.
The session commenced with a welcome address by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work introducing Fr Varghese Pallipuram, Director, BOSCO Yuvodaya.
Following the introduction, Fr Varghese spoke to the students about the background of the organisation and the different centres across Bangalore.
He placed emphasis on the various activities such as rehabilitation programmes, counselling, vocational trainings, campaigns, child right clubs, etc., and also how the Centre acts as a Transit Home for around thirty children on a daily basis.
Fr Varghese addressed student queries, encouraged and motivated the students to pursue in the field of social work. The session was formally concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms Shruti Rudrawar. The students were accompanied by Dr Winnie Joyce and Dr Rubavel M
Orientation Visit to VISTHAR
An Orientation visit was organised by the Department of Social Work for first semester MSW students to VISTHAR Academy of Peace and Justice on 6th August, 2019
The visit began with refreshments and a formal introduction of staff and the statement of purpose of the visit by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work who also introduced Mrs Amarinder Kaur, Co-ordinator for Communication and Fund raising.
Mrs Kaur initiated the session by welcoming all the students and showed them a documentary highlighting the plight of the children under the clutches of Devadasi system. She also spoke about the educational and empowerment programmes as part of their rescue and rehabilitation initiative for Devadasis children.
Mrs Kaur stressed on the campus being an eco-sanctuary, a place for bio diversity conservation and environmental education. It was also pointed out that they offer facilities for conferences, seminars, exhibitions, etc., as a source of fund raising for VISTHAR.
A visit around the serene six acres campus revealed an organic farming site, a herbal garden and a paper recycling unit.
Sensitisation Lecture on Organ Donation
A sensitisation lecture on Organ Donation was organised by the Department of Social Work in association with Multiple Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation on 20th July 2019 for III semester MSW students.
The session began with an invocation song followed by a welcome address by Mr Mathew Robert, Student Representative. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, introduced the resource team and briefed the objectives of the lecture.
Mr.Susai Antony Raj S, Transplant Coordinator, MOHAN Foundation, started the session by detailing about the functions and the major activities of the organisation.
Followed by the introduction, Mrs Ranjini Shankar M S, Programme Manager, highlighted the roles played by Professional Social Worker as a transplant co-ordinator. She stressed on the topics like types of donation, brain death and procedures associated with organ donation. Ms Ranjini pointed out the myths associated with organ donation and elucidated the functions of Jeevasarthakathe, the state organ transplant body for cadaveric donations. Ms Ranjini also addressed student’s queries.
The lecture was formally concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Kevin Jose, Student Representative.
VISIT TO FVTRS
The Department of Social Work organized an orientation Visit to Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS) for the 2nd year of Social Work Students on 2nd July 2019. FVTRS is a Non-Profit Organization promoting vocational skill training among the dropouts since 1993.
Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head - Department of Social Work, introduced the agency and detailed the objective of the visit. Mr. P M Philip, Director of FVTRS welcomed the gathering and introduced his team. Mr. Felix D’Souza, Seniour Programme Manager, gave an overview of the functions of FVTRS and explained how they create impact on skill training among the women and youth in the community. The staff from other departments presented their programmes and elaborated their activities in the community.
Mr. P M Phillip enlightened on the roles and responsibilities of Social Workers in the community and concluded the visit with the triggering question: What is the purpose of our lives? The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Lalhruaitluangi (Social Work Trainee).
Visit to Schneider Electrics
The Department of Social Work organized an orientation visit to Schneider Electrics, Bengaluru, for the 2nd Year MSW students on 28th June 2019. Schneider Electrics SE is a French multinational corporation which is a leading manufacturer in the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centres, Infrastructure and Industries.
Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Faculty Department of Social Work, briefed the objectives of the visit to the gathering. Ms. Zara, HR – Business Partner introduced Mr. Ashok Thammaya, Director - HR to the trainees. Mr. Ashok Thammaya, Director – HR addressed the trainees and shared his experience in the field of Human Resource Management. He briefed on the practice of Social Work in HR setting and how HR specialization in Social Work is being helpful in understanding the emotional well-being of the employees. The 2nd session was taken by Ms. Zara, HR Business Partners gave an overview about the Schneider and its milestones crossed in the manufacturing sector. She explained about the policies and welfare programmes of the employees and how employees’ grievances are addressed in the company. The trainees gained insights about the organization as well as about the roles and responsibilities of a Social Worker in the Industrial Setting. The students got an opportunity to visit the manufacturing unit. The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Liya Lopez (Social Work Trainee).
Visit to Baptist Hospital
Department of Social Work organised an orientation visit to Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Bengaluru for the 2nd year Social Work students on 27th June 2019. Bangalore Baptist Hospital is a 340 bed Multispecialty Mission Hospital serving all socio-economic strata of the society and leading the way in quality healthcare in the country.
The Social Work trainees were accompanied by the faculty members. Dr. Leeberk Raja, Department of Community Medicine welcomed the gathering and Dr. Sunny Kuruvilla, Associate Director gave an overview about the hospital and its functions. He explained about their intensive work with the community in improving the health status of the marginalized group living in the rural and urban areas. The second session was handled by the Medical Social Worker who explained the practice of Social Work in the community and the application of Social Work Methods in hospital setting.
The trainees got an opportunity to interact with the Community Medicine Team and derived insightful guidance & scope and impact of medical and psychiatric social work in a hospital setting. The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Jeffine Joseph (Social Work Trainee).
State Level Consultation on UN-SDG-I
part of the celebration of World Cities Day-2018, the Department of Social Work in collaboration with World Vision India, Bengaluru and International Justice Mission, Bengaluru organised a State Level Consultation on UN-SDG-1(No Poverty) on 31st October 2018 at Kristu Jayanti College. The participants include Heads from various schools of social work, Senior faculty members, NGO Directors, Youth representing different communities and students from various colleges
According to Mahatma Gandhi, “Poverty is the worst form of Violence”. The Sustainable Development Goals, laid down by the United Nations, is the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face including those related to poverty, inequality, climate and environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.
The SDG-1 is a bold commitment to end poverty in all its varied dimensions by 2030. While global poverty rates have been brought down by more than half since 2000, one-tenth families in developing regions still live below the international poverty line of US$1.90and millions make only little more than this amount. Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity. Rapid economic growth in countries like India and China has enabled millions to out of poverty, but progress has been uneven.
The objective of the consultation was to take steps to end poverty in all its forms and to facilitate the growth of sustainable and resilient cities.
Dr Jonas Richard A (Head, Department of Social Work) elucidated the sustainable development goals of the UN and the significance behind celebrating the World Cities Day on October 31 every year. Dr Jonas also highlighted the characteristics of the poor community, poverty cycle and its adverse effects.
Mr.Vetri Selvan John K (Program Manager, World Vision India, Bengaluru) began his keynote address by appreciating the college for being recognised by the UN for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal-1. He briefed about World Vision India and their attempts to alleviate poverty. He explicated about SDG-1, the features and significance of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Miss Sashmeeta Mulmi (Director, Strategic Management International Justice Mission, Bengaluru) briefed about the forces that led to the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the need to address the problem of poverty at the earliest.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel PJ (Director, Jayantian Extension Services) highlighted the contributions that can be made by an individual towards the attainment of the Sustainable Developmental Goals.
An Open House discussion moderated by Dr Victor Paul (Head, Department of Social Work, Christ University, Bengaluru) helped the participants to understand and deliberate the concept of poverty and the need to build sustainable and resilient cities. The participants discussed pertinent issues like the ignorance of the public about relevant legislation, faulty urban planning, identity crisis, the lack of access to government services and traumatising the poor. The discussion stressed the importance of the development of rural areas and the significant factors that propels poverty-related issues like migration, wage differences, lack of education, lack of employment opportunities and the breakdown of the administrative system. The community members highlighted the behavioural characteristics of the slum dwellers which needs to be modified and the need for awareness programs in the slums. During the discussion, the participants also highlighted the problem of ineffective city planning, and the need to view poverty from the grass root level, conservation of nature and its resources, promotion of street vending policies, promotion of pedestrian rights and urban farming and migrant friendly education.
Dr.Victor Paul concluded the discussion by stressing that each can play a pivotal role in eradicating poverty. He highlighted the need to have a positive outlook and collective action and networking while working towards alleviating poverty. The afternoon session, witnessed the participants tracing out the significant issues evident in their allotted community. Each group comprising of faculty members, student representatives and community members came up with possible intervention strategies. The first group - Gangondanahalli Village discussed unemployment and drug addiction issues. The utilisation of the PMKV program, implementation of skill development and vocational training programs were the suggested interventions to address the issue. The second group - Anjanappa Garden Area discussed issues like alcohol, drug addiction and health issues. Challenges in identifying the real beneficiaries were acknowledged and highlighted by the group. Implementation of skill development and vocational training programs, regular health check-ups from government hospitals were suggested as remedies to solve the issues.
The third group identified that the lack of transportation facilities and medical facilities, improper waste management system, alcoholism, street dog attack, the poor infrastructure of schools were the factors that troubled the residents of Veerabhadra Nagar. Implementation of the proper waste management system, signature campaign, citizen voice action method was suggested as a solution.
The fourth group focused on the issues in Peenya. They focussed on the issues related to APL and BPL recognition, improper traffic system, lack of hospitals, murder, drug addiction, gang teasing, water scarcity, lack of sanitation facilities, child labour and child abuse.
Sri Bhuvaneshwari Nagar residents formed the fifth group. They identified Lack of public awareness, increased number of school dropouts, alcoholism, lack of family planning and improper finance management. They suggested solutions like the implementation of self-help groups, skill development and vocational training programs for unemployed youth.
Rev. Fr. Josekutty PD (Principal, Kristu Jayanti College) as the valedictorian, highlighted the significance of networking in addressing the issue of poverty and stated love, care and respect as the three dominant values required by each to lead their life happily. Father appreciated World Vision and International Justice Mission’s initiatives towards promoting social well-being.
Outcome: The consultation on Urban Poverty added more understanding to the knowledge of the participants in the field of poverty in all its forms and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This consultation is indeed a step forward in addressing the poverty at the community level by networking through academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and community members to work on the operational plan for a year and strategic plan for three years.
Feedback: The participants are grateful to Kristu Jayanti College for organising such an insightful consultation on Urban Poverty in collaboration with World Vision India and International Justice Mission as it provided them ample knowledge about the topic and a platform to share their views and devise solutions to address the issue
Research Experience Sharing by MSW Students
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with Childline India Foundation and Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) researched Socio-Economic Need Assessment of Children in Contact with Railway Stations in Bangalore City during July- September 2018. The investigators (III Semester MSW Students) shared their experiential learning on 22nd September 2018. The session was chaired by Rev. Fr Augustine George, Vice Principal
The programme began with an invocation song by the department choir and welcome by Ms Wom-ieh-Mika Lyngdoh Student Representatives came forward and shared their experience with specific reference to their personal and professional learnings. Many of them expressed that they developed an attitude of gratitude toward their parents and appreciated the gift of education.
Dr Jonas Richard, Head, Department of Social Work, thanked Fr Augustine George, Vice Principal for all his support and guidance towards this research. He also thanked the students and congratulated them for their contribution in completing this research on time. Rev. Fr. Agustine George, Vice Principal, congratulated the students and faculty for having taken up this research which is socially contributing and needed for the time.
Mr Albin Jose proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the students. The programme ended with a group photo.
Presentation of the Research Findings
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with Childline India Foundation and Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) researched Socio-Economic Need Assessment of Children in Contact with Railway Stations in Bangalore City. The findings of the study were presented for the collaborating partners in college on 20th September 2018.
The Presentation started with a welcome address by Dr Winnie Joyce A., Faculty, Department of Social Work and one of the members of the research team.
Dr Emmanuel Daniel, Faculty, Department of Social Work and the member of the research team presented the significant finding of the research study. The contents of the presentation include Basic statistics related to children, Objectives of the study, the methodology adopted and significant findings. The presentation ended with the recommendations for each stakeholder namely, Childline India Foundation, BOSCO, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Railway authorities and Police officials.
After the presentation, the floor was open for discussions, and the members present clarified their doubts. A brief note followed the presentation by Mr S. Arunmozhi, Senior Coordinator - Programs (APPI), Childline India Foundation and he appreciated the efforts taken by Department of Social Work and BOSCO towards this meaningful social contribution.
Dr Justin Nelson Michael, Director, Centre for Research, Kristu Jayanti College spoke about the different research projects the college is currently working on in collaboration with various institutions.
Rev. Fr. Panthackal Rubin SDB, Director, BOSCO, thanked the college management and the research team for their support throughout the research and further shared his ideas about collaborating with the department for more such programmes.
Rev.Fr. Josekutty P.D., Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, in his concluding remarks, highlighted the relevance of such researches in today's context and encouraged the Department of Social Work to take more such action researches for the benefit of the society.
Dr Jonas Richard A. Head, Department of Social Work, and the Principal Investigator thanked all the collaborating partners for their trust in the research capability of the department of social work and the management of the college for the opportunity and the support provided in completing this research on time.
MoU for Research Collaboration
The Department of Social Work signed an MoU with Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) on 27th June, 2018. BOSCO is a registered Non Profitable Charitable Organization constituted in 1980, offers services to the Young at Risk like - children living on the streets, child labourers, abandoned / orphaned children, victims of drug abuse, victims of child abuse, begging children, rag pickers etc
A baseline study is proposed to be conducted on behalf of BOSCO and Childline Foundation, New Delhi by the Department of Social Work.
The aim of the baseline study is to do a need assessment among the “run-away children” identified in the KSR Bengaluru Railway Station and to recommend intervention strategies for rescue and rehabilitation of these children.
The MoU is signed by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D CMI, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College and Rev. Fr. Panthackal Rubin SDB, Director, Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO).
State level Consultation on launching Campaign against Child Sexual Abuse
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore and World Vision India (A humanitarian organisation working for the care and protection of children) Bangalore jointly organised a State Level Consultation on Launch of Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse on 23rd January 2018.
This is the second phase of state level consultation on the above theme. The participants of the consultation include social work educators, students of social work from various colleges and community volunteers from Bangalore, Mysore, Kolar and Tumkur region.
The program commenced with the welcome address by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work where he highlighted the problems of child sexual abuse and the statistics of the same in India and in Karnataka. It was followed by lighting the candles on the pictorial representation of India map symbolising the unity and voice of the citizens to prevent child abuse. Shri. Mathaikutty John, Senior Manager, World Vision India, Bangalore put forth the proposal of launching of a campaign against Child sexual abuse where he briefed on the statistics of child abuse in the state of Karnataka and the channel through which this inhuman activity can be put a stop. Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal & Director, International Affairs, Kristu Jayanti College appreciated World Vision India for taking a lead along with the Department of Social Work of the college. He also emphasised the need for responding to this silent violence against children. Shri. Vetriselvan John, Programme Manager, World Vision India, Bangalore brought into light of the action plan with regard to launching of a campaign against child sexual abuse in which the issue can be addressed legally, socially, physically and mentally.
After a short tea break, the participants were divided into twelve groups for discussion. The discussions were moderated Dr. Winnie Joyce A. and Dr. Emmanuel Daniel. Each group had to design action plan for the next three years to educate the community. The groups presented their action plan respectively. The action plans recommended by the groups were comparable which included Awareness programs like street plays, wall paintings, rallies, hand bill printing and providing counselling, initiating child welfare committees, sensitizing the issue to parents, schools and community based organisation and children groups, counselling in schools and colleges, networking with the police authorities, social media, strengthening government policies, self defence training and conducting advocacy programs with child related organisation. These plans would be implemented in the slums by the allotted groups for the next three years. The program drew to a close with a note of gratitude by Dr. I. Jerry Richards, Faculty, Department of Social Work followed by the National Anthem.
State level Consultation on launching Campaign against Child Sexual Abuse
The Department of Social Work, in collaboration with World Vision India, BOSCO, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Child Rights Trust, Dream India Network and ECHO organized a State Level Consultation on Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse on 25th, November 2017. The program commenced with a welcome address by Dr. Jonas Richard A, (Head, Department of Social Work) who encouraged the participants to contemplate on the present physical conditions in which children lives in. Dr. Richard mentioned that the world is a bad place not because of the bad people who do evil but because of the good people who do nothing.
The event was followed by a prelude to the consultation by Shri. Mathai Kutty (Sr. Manager, World Vision India). Mr. Kutty presented startling statistics with regard to the number of children abused in India, the number of cases reported and the reasons for the same. He also spoke about the recent research that was carried out by World Vision and according to it an alarming number of children do not report abuse due to fear of the retaliation by the abuser and social stigma attached to it.
Fr. Josekutty, P.D, (Principal, Kristu Jayanti College) in his presidential address highlighted the lawmakers and the policy makers in the country should be assisted with the support from the civil society to eradicate child sexual abuse in India. He also commended the efforts of World Vision India, BOSCO and other proactive NGOs who have come together for a noble cause of eliminating social evils in the country.
The consultation was followed by a talk delivered by Smt. Suja Sukumaran, (Chief Functionary, Enfold Proactive Health Trust) and she reiterated the significance of generating awareness amongst parents and children with respect to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO Act). Ms. Sukumaran also explained the key features and provisions of POCSO Act and emphasized the need on educating children by their parents on specific areas like good and bad touch, handling of private parts that will assist children in protecting themselves and that will go a long way in building a safe psychological climate for the young ones. The session was further facilitated by Fr. Mathew Thomas, (Executive Director, BOSCO) who stimulated the participants to come up with doable suggestions and action plans to prevent child sexual abuse. Some of the suggestions comprises drafting academic curriculum to educate children on their body, conducting regular meetings with parents, providing training to handle strangers, encouraging children to speak their mind when they are in distressful situations, etc. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Shri. K. Vetriselvan John, (Programme Manager), World Vision India.
Outbound Academic Exposure
The Department of Social Work organized an Outbound Academic Exposure for the third semester students to Hyderabad from 20th to 24th November 2017. The students were accompanied by Dr. Winnie Joyce A. and Dr. Emmanuel Daniel, Faculty Coordinators. The main objective of the exposure was to gain new learning experiences through active professional engagement with experts in the field. On 21st November, the students along with the faculty members visited Sweekar Upkar Hospital, an institution working for the children with intellectual development disorder. The students were guided by an administrative staff and were taken to the different departments of the hospital. The students also had an opportunity to interact with the patients and to get exposed to different training methods to overcome the daily challenges. Dr. Hanumantha Rao, Founder and Executive Director, Sweekar Upkar Hospital addressed the students on the various kinds of intellectual disabilities of children and eventually highlighted the key role played by psychiatric social workers in rehabilitating them.
On the 22nd November the team headed to Wonderla as part of their recreation. On 23rd of November the students along with the faculty members visited the Pepsico India Holdings Pvt Ltd to understand the operational functions of human resource department. Mr. Naveen Rajesh, Asst. HR Manager of the firm emphasized on the role of HR managers and a plethora of labour welfare measures in the company for the welfare of the employees.
The students visited Bosco Institute of Research and Development for Youth (BIRDY), an institution working exclusively for the development of the youth in the country. The students get acquainted with the objectives and functions of the institution in developing the young population.
The students were learning various things from the new surroundings. The study tour was really a learning experience wherein they got an opportunity to explore new places and understood the role of HR managers, psychiatric and development social workers.
Theatrical Play on Bhopal Gas Tragedy
The Department of Social Work organized a theatrical play on Bhopal gas tragedy, “We all live in Bhopal” in collaboration with Visthar, a Non-Governmental Organization committed to social justice and peace on 13th, November 2017. The Bhopal gas tragedy, was a gas leak incident in Madhya Pradesh, India in 1984 where over 5,00,000 people were exposed to lethal chemicals due to the sheer negligence by Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant . It was also India’s first major industrial disaster which turned the city into a vast gas chamber.
Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work welcomed the gathering which was followed by the presidential address by Rev Fr. Emmanuel P.J., Faculty, Department of Psychology and Member of Management Committee, Kristu Jayanti College. The theatrical play was directed by Dr. David Selvaraj, Founder Visthar. The programme was attended by the students of Gustavus Adolphus College, USA, Visthar and other departments of Kristu Jayanti College.
The play tried to explore the stories of the survivors, activists and also of the Dow Chemical Company to understand their perspectives on the tragedy. The play incorporated five scenes where the crew portrayed the impacts of the tragedy, the inability of the Government to provide a safe and secure surrounding and the stories of the survivors. The renowned activists like Champadevi Shukla, Rachna Dhingra, Sathinath Sarangi, Rashida Bee, Sarah were some of the characters portrayed and emphasized their perspectives on the tragedy. The play ended with the crew raising voice against the injustice of the Government and the solutions that can be provided for a better future which can happen only with the efforts of the citizens of our country. Queries were raised from the crowd gathered for understanding the issue in a broader perspective and were clarified by Mr. David Selvaraj and Dr. S. P. Udayakumar (Anti-Nuclear Activist, India) simultaneously.
State Level Consultation on Prohibition of Child Marriage: Prevention and Challenges
The Department of Social Work of our college collaborated with Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, World Vision India, UNICEF and BOSCO Bangalore for organizing a State Level Consultation on Prohibition of Child Marriage: Prevention and Challenges on 25th September, 2017 at SCM House, Bangalore
The consultation was organized aiming at discussing the issues and challenges in recent amendments of Child Marriage Act, the practical challenges to prevent child marriages and strategies to end child marriages in Karnataka. The programme was coordinated and sponsored by World Vision India Mr. Mathaikutty, Senior Manager World Vision India welcomed the gathering. The occasion was graced by Dr. Kripa Amar Alva, Chairperson, State Commission on Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR). Madam in her inaugural address expressed her thoughts on the irony of being in a modern society of the 21st century yet being bound by Child Marriage, a customary practice of the bygone era. She further elaborated through relevant examples about the various reasons regarding the existence of Child Marriage and the steps taken by the Government to eradicate it. This was followed by a presentation on Prohibition of Child Marriage by Mr. Vasudeva Sharma, Executive Director, Child Rights Trust (CRT), Bangalore. Mr. Sharma in his session stressed on the various causes leading to child marriage with specific reference to Karnataka. The session on the recent amendments of Child Marriage Act of Karnataka State was taken up by Ms. Rohini Hiremath, Deputy Director, Child Marriage Prohibition Cell. She initiated a discussion on procedures in prohibition of Child Marriage and arresting loopholes in the implementation of the act. Mr. Anthony C., Chief Functionary, Anthyoda, Bagalkot district and Dr. Issabella Xaviour, Founder, NGO Sadhna shared about their experiences in taking a step towards preventing Child Marriage. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, moderated a discussion on the prevention strategies wherein the participants were divided into groups and given tasks to list down the legal, social, educational, religious and cultural dimensions as prevention strategies which can be applied in eradicating Child Marriage. Mr. Sonykutty George from UNICEF shared his valuable insights on the concept of Child Marriage and mentioned how preventive measures should be designed in accordance to the changing times. The program concluded with an appreciation speech by Ms. Tabitha, Technical Specialist, World Vision India. This was followed by sharing of feedback by the participants and award of certificates to all the participants There were about 90 participants representing different NGOs from Karnataka along with the MSW students of our college.
“Mitra Milan”, an interactive session with the students of Gusta Vas Adolphus College and Concodia College, Minesota University, United States of America
The Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore organized “Mitra Milan”, an interactive session with the students of Gusta Vas Adolphus College and Concodia College, Minesota University, United States of America in collaboration with Visthar Academy of Peace and Justice on 7th of September, 2017.
The students from the United States were accompanied by Dr. Cindy Johnson, Professor, Minesota University, USA and Ms. Shanti, Program Co-ordinator, Visthar Academy. The session commenced with a visual media illustration of the Kristu Jayanti Campus and the courses and facilities offered for the students which helped the guests to get a picture about the activities and different programs in the campus. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College in his welcome address highlighted the importance of this intercultural interaction to understand the diversity and welcomed the possibilities of future collaborations and partnerships with Mineosta University. And subsequently the Student Co-ordinator made a brief presentation about the Department of Social Work. The interactive session was facilitated by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work that comprised of group activities. In the first activity, the students were categorized into pairs and each pair was made to interact and get acquainted with one another. The second activity consisted of formation of several groups wherein each group had to come up with the Dreams, Challenges and their views on Social Justice. Subsequently, each group was asked to discuss on the same. Finally, Dr. Johnson thanked the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College for organizing ‘Mitra Milan’, an interactive session and showed her willingness to work in partnerships with Kristu Jayanti College on significant contemporary research areas in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. The curtains of the session came down with a note of gratitude by the Student Co-ordinator and the participants sung the National Anthems of both USA and India.
Project Evaluation Completion
The Department of Social Work, of our college has successfully completed the evaluation of a health development project for World vision India recently. The field validation took place during May and June 2017.
As part of ensuring achievement of child wellbeing outcomes in all its target communities, World Vision India has initiated a project with financial support of the Baxter International to strengthen the mother and child care system. World Vision India has developed a mobile technology solution and it introduced in three Public Health Centers (PHC) of Bangalore City as a pilot project in the name of mHealth project and it is called as “Sishu Janani Seva” in Kannada. The main focus of the project was to strengthen the delivery of health services to the communities and to reduce the manual intervention of health workers for data collection and consolidation and enable them to have more time for interaction with pregnant women, new mothers and children.
The overall objective of this evaluation was to study the progress made towards achieving the project goal, specifically to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of mHealth application, identify the gaps in implementation of the app and to recommend suggestions for strengthening the delivery of health services to the communities. The final report submission, exit meeting and the presentation of study findings to BBMP health officials took place on 6th September 2017
Experimental Economics: Women Entrepreneurship in Karnataka
The Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore organized a program on Experimental Economics: Women Entrepreneurship in Karnataka on 19th August 2017. The program included the students from M.S.W., M. Com (FA) and MA Economics. The Resource persons of the day were Prof. Kenta Tanaka and Prof. Yuko Nikaido, (Professor of Economics, Musashi University, Tokyo, Japan), Dr. Jesim Pais, Director, Society for Social and Economic Research (SSER), New Delhi. The program started off with the welcome speech by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work wherein the Resource persons were given cordial welcome to the program.
The Resource persons were then introduced by Ms.Teringwar, Ms. Meera and Ms. Shruthi, students of MSW respectively. The introductory session was followed by a short description on Experimental Economics by Dr. Jesim Pais. Subsequently the participants were made to do the activities wherein primarily the students were given a paper and had to write either of the plans (Plan A / Plan B) as per the instructions. The objective of this activity was to create an understanding on earning money with the relevant strategic methods of business. In the second activity the students were given an instrument called as ‘Pedometer’ and had to write the readings on the meter on the paper given. This activity was done three times on the basis of three different perspectives. The purpose of this activity was to build knowledge on running an individual business and a joint business. The final activity was dividing the students according to the respective ID in which they were categorized as senders and receivers. The former group had to write an amount irrespective of their interest thereby analyzing the amount that will be received by the latter group.
The students were also asked to fill the questionnaire regarding the students’ details as well as general questions. The findings for their survey were based on the above activities conducted to find out the Women Entrepreneurship in Karnataka. The aim was to make realize the students about the tactics and facts of business
The program concluded with the thanksgiving address by Ms. Alphonsa Jose.
World Social Worker’s Day Celebration
The Department of Social Work organized an exhibition on account of World Social Workers Day on the 24th March 2017. The chief Guest for the Function was Rev. Fr. Riju Jose Vazhaparambil, Executive Director of Pastoral Sociology Institute, Bangalore.
Fr. Riju Jose addressed the students on the importance and need of social workers in today’s sophisticated society. He stated that the profession of social work should manifest itself through the ‘Power of Love’ rather than the ‘Love of Power’. He urged the students to have a passion to reach out to people, have an innovative approach in solving social issues & be abreast of all that is happening around to make a lasting impact in the society.
Fr. Jose appreciated the members of the Department of Social Work for their efforts in making the exhibition a reality. The exhibit consisted of Charts & models which depicted a wide area of the role of Social Workers in the present day scenario.
Visit to St. John’s Hospital
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an observation visit for the 2nd year MSW students on 11th July 2016. Mrs. Eliza, Head of the Social work Department at St. John’s Hospital gave an overview of the history and the structure of the Department of Medical Psychiatry. Through her vast experience in the field of medical psychiatry she could enlighten the trainees on the Counselling and on how to maintain the professional relationship with the clients. Later Mr. Biju and Mr. Sachin briefed on the Renal Social Work (Pediatric Nephrology) and the Emergency Social Work respectively.
The students were given an opportunity to visit the Physical Medical Rehabilitation ward (PMR) and the Dialysis ward where they witnessed real life situation of the patients. The supervisors of the respective wards briefed the departmental operations to the trainees.
Field Visit to PAC (Public Affairs Centre)
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an orientation visit for the 2ndyear MSW students to Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Bengaluru on 15 July 2016. It is a non-profit research organization committed to good governance by influencing the policy.
The faculty members of Public Affairs Centre, Dr. Meena Nair, Dr. Iyer, Dr. Basil and Dr. Vivek held sessions on the various aspects and activities of the organization like, Citizen Voice and Action Support Group (CASG), Citizens Report Cards (CRC), Community Score Cards (CSCs), Governance Indicators and Performance, and Tools developed for effective monitoring.
The sessions enabled the social work trainees to have a deeper and clearer understanding on the current societal issues and the stand they could take as professional social workers in bringing effective changes in the governance.
Industrial Visit to Schneider, Bangalore
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an observation visit on 15th July 2016 to Schneider Electrics, the Global specialist in energy management and automation. Mr. Panduranga Reddy, The HR Manager and his team guided the trainee students through the company briefing on the technical aspects of the process undertaken to manufacture capacitors and panels.
The students were given a wide understanding on the organization and the role played by the Human Resource Department in ensuring smooth functioning of the employees in the manufacturing unit. The employee friendly policies practiced along with the strategies undertaken for employee engagement and employee satisfaction were explained in detail. The inputs received on the role of the professional social worker in human resource management enriched the students add to their knowledge pool on the essentials of people management skills in order to strengthen the workforce and ensure productivity.
Social Work Camp 2017
The Social Work Camp organized by the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, in collaboration with Pastoral Sociology Institute (PSI), Malur, commenced from the 30th of March to 8th of April 2017. The camp was conducted at Siddanahalli village in Kolar District. The place is known for its dairy farms and rose plantations.
The main objective of this camp was to provide the emerging social workers an exposure to rural life and the challenges faced by the members of the rural community. The camp also provided an opportunity to the budding social workers to put their social work skills and techniques into action.
The visit had various themes for each day of the camp. They include, Waste management, Women Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Awareness on Alcoholic abuse, Sports Day, Prevention of Child abuse, Environmental Protection and Medical Camp.
Annual Study Tour
The Department of Social work organizes annual study tour to visit Delhi- Agra- Manali from 21st September 2016- 26th September 2016. The annual study tour aims at providing orientation to the students on the functioning of organizations in various social work settings namely Community Development, HR, Medical and Psychiatry. The yearly study tour allows students to choose national or international destinations that harbour potential organizations for orientation and places for sightseeing. The study tour included visits to NGOs like HIV/ AIDS Alliance and Varalakshmi Foundation (CSR Activities- GMR) in Delhi.
Road Safety Awareness Campaign
The Department Of Social Work organised Road Safety Awareness Campaign on January 29, 2016. The program was organized with the intention of creating awareness among the students of Kristu Jayanti College regarding the importance of following the traffic rules. Students performed various skits to depict the advantages of following the traffic rules and if not followed then the consequences to be faced.
EXHIBITION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION
The students of the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College observed ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ on 21st September 2015. The programme included a Mime and Poster exhibition and Documentary shows on suicide prevention.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the Principal of Kristu Jayanti College, Rev. Fr Josekutty P.D. The students displayed their creativity. About forty-five posters were displayed. These posters were displayed to spread a message on suicide prevention. The exhibition was attended by 250 students from various departments.
VISIT TO VATSALYA CHARITABLE TRUST
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a visited Vatsalya Charitable Trust on October 19, 2015. Vathsalya Charitable Trust, a secular, non-profit, non-government organization working for the welfare of the deprived and the abandoned children of the society. Students were able to understand the organizational structure of Vatsalya and understand the procedures of adoption and policies and programmes for the protection of children of working mothers from lower socioeconomic status. Around 50 students benefitted from the visit.
Intensive campaign -'Hunger kNOw More'
The Department of Social Work in association with World Vision India, Bangalore organized an intensive campaign with the theme 'Hunger kNOw More' on September 4, 2014. The objective of this program was to spread awareness about Hunger- as a World in the campus.
The campaign was inauguration by Fr. Josekutty P D, the Principal. Mr Joseph Wesley, Head of Bangalore operations of World Vision India, addressed the gathering on the issues related to hunger and poverty. Rare photographs and students creations of short films, photographs, paintings and collages on hunger were displayed as part of the exhibition. The WISH TREE concept of expressing the participants' wish for a hunger-free world was a major attraction of the campaign. Various competitions like Photography, Slogan writing, Painting were conducted.
Exhibition on World Aids Day
Department of Social Work organized an exhibition on December 1, 2014, to created awareness about AIDS. The initiatives were taken by the students of IV semester M.S.W. Students prepared badges symbolizing AIDS and distributed to students of Kristu Jayanti College. Quotations about the prevention of AIDS on chart papers were displayed on the college notice board and classroom notice board.
Visit to the Central Prison
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organized an orientation visit to the Central Prison, Parapana Agrahara Bangalore, on February 13, 2015. The purpose of the visit was to orientate the students on the role of social worker in the correctional setting (Prisons setting), which includes the therapeutic interventions, the need-based programme for the prisoners, rehabilitation of the prisoners, reintegrating the prisoners with their families and community and prevention of crime. The students had an enriching learning experience during the visit.
Orientation Visit to Unibic Biscuits India
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organized an orientation visit to Unibic Biscuit Pvt Ltd, Bangalore on September 9, 2014. The visit aimed to understand the role of social worker in the field of human resource management of industrial fields. Students learned about the functioning of the company and the problems and needs of employees who are working at the company during the visit.
Visit to Visthar
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a visited Visthar on August 18, 2014. Visthar is a non-profit organization committed to enabling women, children and other marginalized sections to realise their rights. Students interacted Mr.Roshan, Programme officer of Visthar to know more about the agency and how to respond to issues of poverty, displacement, gender discrimination and social exclusion.
Students visited the paper manufacturing unit, where handmade paper and paper products are produced. They spent time in the Meditation centre and discussed the importance of propagating messages of peace and harmony in the society. Students also visited the seminal hall where Mr. Roshan gave a presentation on Visthar and its programs for trainees.
Orientation Visit to B.I.R.D.S
The students of Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti Collge visited B.I.R.D.S on August 21 2014, to get an overall understanding of the agency and its efforts of bringing about a social and economic transformation in the villages throughout India. The visit also aimed at inculcating the knowledge of the existing reality of people in many villages and the use of community organisation as a medium of change.
BIRDS (Brothers Integrated Rural Development Services) is a functional unit of the Sacred Heart Brothers started to focus its involvement in various community development programs in remote parts of States of Karnataka. Students learned about the contribution to the Society by educating the children and also providing enough resources for their holistic development during the visit.
Orientation Visit to Manna Trust
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a field visit to Manna Developmental Disability Center, Bangalore on August 13, 2014. The visit aimed to create a better understanding of the function of the agency working for the welfare of the mentally disabled children. The visit also aimed to create awareness about the role of Social Worker in the child development agencies.
Mrs Candida the founder of Manna Trust, interacted with students and explained the principles and functions of the organisation. The students also interacted with employees and beneficiaries of the Trust.
Orientation Visit to Lovedale Foundation
The Social Work Department organised a visit to Lovedale Foundation on August 12 2014, to get an overall understanding of the agency and its efforts of bringing about a social and economic transformation in the lives of woman and children living in and around the city of Bangalore. The trainees observed various kinds of activities carried out by Lovedale Foundation in the areas of education, vocational training, nutrition and women empowerment.
The visit helped the students to inculcate the knowledge of the existing reality of the children from various low economic and social background and as a social work trainee how one could contribute to this matter of concern.