Symposium on Bonded Labourers
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College in association with International Justice Mission (IJM) organized a two day national level symposium on release, recovery, & rehabilitation of bonded Labourers on the 12 & 13th December 2018.
While the human race is progressing with rapid technological advancement, still there is a significant percentage of the human population under the clutches of most inhuman way of slavery known as bonded Labourers. Bonded labor system refers to the forced labor under which a debtor enters into an agreement with the creditor that he would render service to him either by himself or through any member of his family or any person dependent on him, for a specified or unspecified period.
This symposium was organized in collaboration with International Justice Mission (IJM) with the aim of bringing together various experts and practitioners to exchange their ideas and approaches towards solving the issue of bonded labour with special reference to release, recovery, and rehabilitation of the victims. The participants were social development experts, senior academicians, legal professionals, field practitioners working to eradicate bonded Labourers and research scholars.
Ms. Siri Gowri DR, IPS, Superintendent of Police, State Crime Records Bureau was the Honorable Chief Guest. Ms Siri Gowri DR highlighted the importance of assessing and addressing the problems with regard to the post-rescue aspects. Rev Fr Josekutty PD, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College in his keynote address, explored the possible roles educational institutions can play in eliminating this social evil from the society. He suggested that there is a strong link between education and no poverty Mr. Indrajeet Pawar, Director of Operations, IJM, urged the participants to consider examining the issue of bonded labour beyond just rescue. He added that it was also equally important to identify the perpetuators and bring them to justice to prevent the instance of reoccurrence. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work categorically highlighted the need to re-examine the existing models of rehabilitation and to establish a new think tank and the need for academic institutions to be more proactive in educating the stakeholders on this dreadful social evil
Dr. A.J. Christopher, Professor of Social Work (Retd.), Sacred Heart College, Tamil Nadu, began addressing the gathering by clearly elucidating the problem of bonded labour. He recommended one follows the MSC model to approach any social problem. MSC refers to studying the Magnitude of the issue, Symptoms of the issue and Causes of the issue.
Mr. P.M. Philip, Executive Director – FVTRS moderated the discussions by experts. He opined that the first responsibility with regard to solving the issue of bonded labour lay with the government, and then comes the role of the society. He listed three major areas requiring attention with regard to bonded labour- 1. Prevention, 2. Identification and Recovery, 3. Rehabilitation and post recovery. Accordingly, the participants were divided into three groups, each group discussing one of the three areas. Thus day 1 came to an end with the group discussion
Day 2 of the symposium started with the prayer and the recap shared by Dr. Jonas, Richard A followed by the presentation by the representatives of the groups. The presentation session was moderated by Dr. A.J. Christopher and Mr. P.M. Philip Ms. Raveena, IJM, who represented group one, presented the summary of discussion related to prevention of bonded labour. She highlighted the importance of literacy and training of people which could help prevent people from being unemployed which in turn could help prevent them from becoming victims of bonded labourers.
Mr. Barnabas Pravin, Lead – After Care, IJM, who represented the group two, presented the ideas discussed as part of identification and recovery of bonded labourers. He stated that those who have escaped the bonded labour system need to help identify others and added that the reintegration of the bonded labourers could occur only when they had protection from the authorities. Dr. S. Rama Gokula Krishnan, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College represented group three and briefed the thoughts discussed by the third group on rehabilitation and post rehabilitation challenges. Among other things, he stated was that there was a need to reexamine both physical and mental health concerns in rescued victims.
The final session was handled by Mr. Barnabas Pravin and Ms Praisey Bai of IJM. Mr. Barnabas Praveen presented a short film titled ‘The Rice Mill’ which was about a peasant in South India who became a victim of bonded labour Ms. Praisey then explained a tool developed by IJM called the “Assessment of Survivor Outcomes” which is a tool used to understand the condition of the victims of bonded labour or any other human right atrocity. Ms. Praisey added that IJM was willing to pro-vide the scale free of charge upon request.
The symposium was concluded with the participants’ feedback and vote of thanks. The symposium was coordinated by Dr Winnie Joyce & Dr Emmanuel Daniel, Assistant Professors, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College and Ms Praisey Bai, Lead-After Care, International Justice Mission (IJM)
National conference on Disability Management at Work: Problems and Prospects
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a two day National conference titled “Disability Management at Work : Problems and Prospects” on the 11th and 12th of October, 2017 bringing around hundred participants which included various NGO representatives, research scholars, nursing students, special education teachers, social work teachers and students from several institutions. The conference was inclusive of six technical sessions, paper presentations and a panel discussion on “Disability Management at Work: A Multidimensional Perspective”
The first day began with an inaugural ceremony which commenced with a visual presentation incorporating the facts of the disability management and the world statistics of people with disability which helped the audience to get an idea about disability management. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work and Convener of the National Conference, in his welcome speech highlighted how the concept of education has changed from ‘text and context’ to ‘test and contest’. Rev. Fr. Josekutty P.D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College delivered the presidential address. The National Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Himangshu Das, Director, National Institute for Empowerment of persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), Chennai, where the inherent attitude of society towards people with disability and their need for social security were highlighted. This was followed by a brief speech by Ms Aparajita Dhar, Programme Director, CBM India Trust, on the contributions made by the Trust towards helping the people with disability to lead a dignified life. The inauguration programme ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. I Jerry Richards, Organizing Secretary and Faculty Member, Department of Social Work.
The first Technical session of the day began with Dr. Victor John Cordeiro, Development Professional and Researcher in Community based Rehabilitation (CBR) who explained the three theories of Disability and four important barriers which affects people with disability and the various ways to eradicate it. The second technical session was initiated by Dr. Pearl Malhotra, Professor, Department of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, IIM, Bangalore where madam spoke about the process, policy and programs implemented in India for the people with disability. Dr. Malhotra, further spoke about the facts of disability and the methods to reduce alienation of people with disability.
Mr. Santhosh Abraham, Vice President, Disability Initiative, NASSCOM foundation, Bangalore in the third Technical session, emphasized on the topic of employability of persons with disability in IT/ITES and the contribution of NASSCOM in this area. This was followed by a presentation on the research findings by CBM India Trust in collaboration with Public Health Foundation of India by Ms. Nagarathna.
The technical sessions were followed by a series of paper presentations by scholars from several institutes. Topics like disability management in employee engagement , CSR as a tool for disability management, Best practices in rehabilitation of disabled, Enhancing interpersonal relationship among adolescents with learning disability and The intervention tools to name a few, were presented subsequently.
The second day commenced with the fourth Technical Session where Dr. R Nalini, Head, Centre for women studies and Associate Professor of Social Work, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, on understanding gender disparities in disability management at work.
The fifth Technical session was taken over by Dr. Sandhya Limaye, Associate Professor, Centre for Disability Studies and Action, School of Social Work, Tata institute of Social Science, Mumbai where madam highlighted the academic discipline that examine meaning, nature of consequences of disability as a social construct and the concept and meaning of disability in the Indian context.
Dr. Janardhanan N. Navaneetham, Professor of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore took over the sixth Technical Session, emphasizing the importance of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) by notifying the ability, maximisation and the access of opportunity within the community. Dr. Navaneetham also demonstrated the concept with pictorial representation of the various methods by which the people with disability can be brought into light.
The panel discussion commenced with a brief introduction on disability management by Dr. A. Thirumoorthy, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, who was also the Moderator of the Panel discussion.
Ms. Nimisha Jashnani, Principal Consultant - Disability Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre, Bangalore, started off with the discussion on the diversity and CSR perspective in disability management. Ms. Jashnani also spoke about the different projects undertaken by NGOs working towards disability and stressed that companies should facilitate and support persons with disabilities irrespective of the position they hold in an organisation.
Subsequently, the discussion was undertaken by Mr. Nicholas Guia Rebelo, Executive Director, Collective Action for Basic Rights Foundation, Bangalore, where sir introduced Caritas Foundation, one of the common CBR forums which mainly works for the people with all kinds of disabilities and also provides different strategies initiated for the people with disabilities.
Ms. Jayna Kothari, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore spoke from the perspective of law and the rights for the people with disability by talking about the implementation of the various acts related to disability rights and the different lists of the disabilities which are seen in the society. Ms. Kothari then stressed on the requirements and necessities which should be made available to the people with disability and the equal opportunities and legal provisions.
Ms. Melanie Pereira, Human Resource Manager, CBM, India Trust began with a brief introduction on the CBM Trust and the objectives and contribution made by the Trust. Ms. Pereira also discussed on the measures taken towards inclusive employability like recruitment, accessibility, training and the wide-ranging HR policies and guidelines by identifying potential skills, talent and resources.
Mr. Manoharan Ranganathan, Regional Co-ordinator, South India for Human Rights Defenders Alert India, discussed with the perspective of Human Rights by underlining the principles of Human Rights and its applicability to all human beings. The two day National Conference came to a closure with a Valedictory Program. The program began with Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social work and Convener of the National Conference, welcoming the gathering. This was followed by a brief presentation of the report on the two day National Conference by Ms. Sneha Susan Raju, a student of second year MSW. Mr. Nicholas Guia Rebelo, Executive Director, Collective Action for Basic Rights Foundation, Bangalore, in his Valedictory address inspired the gathering by highlighting on how the society can help in making a better world for persons with disabilities to live in. Ms. Rajani Gopalkrishna, Senior Manager (Finance), Legal and Administration, CBM India Trust, felicitated the gathering by speaking on behalf of the persons with disability and quoted that ‘DIS–Ability is not a disability but in fact a super ability’. As a sign of dedication for the cause of the welfare of the disabled, an Oath was taken by the gathering administered by a student coordinator. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, in his concluding remarks commended the Department of Social work and further brought to light the importance of addressing the problems and prospects of managing disability at workplace. The Valedictory Program of the National Conference drew to a close with an oration of appreciation by Dr. I. Jerry Richards, Organizing Secretary and Faculty Member, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College.
The participants were greatly satisfied and enriched with the valuable information they received through the National Conference.
National Conference on Green Social Work
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with Children Movement for Climate Justice (CMCJ) organised a two-day National Conference on ‘Green Social Work – From Environmental Crisis to Ecojustice’ on 27th and 28th February, 2018 bringing around 100 participants including various NGO representatives, CSR professionals, research scholars, environmentalists, social work teachers and students. It had 6 technical sessions, paper presentations and a panel discussion on “Multi perspective approach for Environmental Protection and Eco justice”
The inaugural ceremony started with the visual presentation incorporating the issues concerning the environment like noise, air and water pollution and the present condition of the world and the world after 30 years. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work welcomed the gathering where he highlighted the three basic pillars of profession namely education, regulation and association which was followed by the presidential address by Rev Fr. Josekutty P.D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College wherein father stated the environment friendly methods practised in college and also encouraged the students in spreading a green environment both in the lives of people and surroundings.
The session was inaugurated by Dr. Srinath P.S., Registrar, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore where he spoke about the importance of sustainable development goals with the functions of ISEC and the concept of Green Social Work. Dr. Srinath P.S also highlighted the causes of environmental degradation, population explosion, unplanned and unsustainable development and the proper interventions for environmental protection.
Shri Sathish Samuel, Mentor, Children Movement for Climate Justice (CMCJ) felicitated the gathering by bringing out the functions of CMCJ and the right concept of Social Work and advised the students to safeguard and retrieve mother Earth not for our needs but for the future generations. The inaugural session came to an end with the thanksgiving address by Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Organizing Secretary of the conference and faculty member, Department of Social Work.
An exhibition was also organised by Department of Social Work, where the students had made posters stressing upon the issues of the environment which was inaugurated by Dr. T. V Ramachandra.
The technical session 1 for the day began with Dr. T.V Ramachandra, Coordinator, Energy and Wetlands Research Group Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, who explained on the health aspects in relation to Green Social Work and the implication and solutions that should be taken to have a better environment in the future.
The second technical session was initiated by Dr. Bejoy K. Thomas, Associate Professor, Centre for Environment and Development, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore where he spoke about the waste water management, re-usage of water in the villages of Bangalore and the rapid urbanisation in the city followed by a visual representation of documentary on the rivers polluted due to the emission of industrial wastes.
Technical session 3 included the paper presentations moderated by Dr. Gopakumar A.V, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and included various topics related to Green Social Work by the students and scholars from educational institutions and other organisation which marked the end for the first day of the conference.
The second day commenced with Technical session 4 by Shri. John Thomas, former Editor, Deccan Herald, Bangalore on the media’s perspective and the role of media in the environmental social work and the challenges faced by the media in bringing out issues to the public Technical session 5 was initiated by Shri. Anand Kulkarni, Technical Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Service, KPMG, Bangalore where he focused on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective to environmental management highlighting upon the importance of business sustainability, the recent amendments in CSR and the methods for environmental improvement through CSR activities and sustainable developmental goals.
Dr. Sairam Bhatt, Professor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore took over the technical session 6 highlighting the environmental law for environmental protection, implementation of laws and the status of environment through citing various examples.
The panel discussion on the topic “Multi Perspective Approach for Environmental Protection and Eco Justice” was moderated by Shri. Selvam George, Director, 5E Serpraise, Bangalore, and was inclusive of four panellists. The first panellist, Shri P. M. Philip, Executive Director, Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS), Bangalore spoke from NGO’s perspective wherein he highlighted the fact of the existence of human beings in relation to the environment
The second panelist, Shri. Ullash Kumar R.K., freelance journalist and naturalist, ECO Watch, Bangalore highlighted on activist’s perspective. A comparison on the era before and after independence was made by the expert and the acts after the independence era were stressed upon. Several movements on environment were emphasized.
The third panelist, Bro. Albert Xaviour, Executive Director, Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS), Bangalore, spoke from the Human Rights perspective. Important acts related to environment like the ICCPR and ICESCR were also focused during the discussion. The report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the environment was also highlighted. The fourth panelist, Ms. Akshaya, Karnataka State Co-ordinator of Children Movement for Climate Justice, spoke from student’s perspective and stressed on how as a student one can create awareness on the negative consequences of plastic and promote planting trees.
The Valedictory Programme commenced with a welcome address by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work. A consolidated report on the two day National Conference was presented by Dr. Emmanuel Daniel, Faculty member, Department of Social Work. Shri. Sathish Samuel, former Country Director, Kindernothlife India and Mentor, CMCJ, Bangalore delivered the valedictory address wherein the Department of Social Work appreciated for the efforts in making the National Conference a success. He further advised the social work students to initiate an advocacy programme for the protection of the environment. The concluding remarks were given by Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College in which the Department of Social Work was appreciated for bringing to light a relevant topic in the current scenario and encouraged the gathering to be an agent of change for the community. An oath on safeguarding and serving justice to the environment which was administered by Ms. Sneha Susan Raju, II MSW, was taken by the gathering. The two day National Conference drew to a close with a note of appreciation by Dr. I. Jerry Richards, Faculty Member, Department of Social Work.
Criminology and Correctional Services Administration: Problems and Prospects
The Department of Social Work organised a two day conference on Criminology and Correctional Services Administration: Problems and Prospects on 17th & 18th March 2017. Shri. H N Sathyanarayana Rao, Director General of Police and Inspector General of Prisons, Karnataka was the Chief Gues. He inaugurated the conference and set the pace by highlighting the ground realities of the problems faced by the individuals under trials, convicts and the officers of the Prison Department.
The first technical session was conducted by Rev. Fr. Dr. Arockiam Kulandai S J, Head, Department of Human Resources Development, St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu about the Sociology of Crime based on his experiences and case studies of the Sri Lankan refugees. The second technical session was on ‘Crime & Police Accountability’ by Dr. Sony Kunjappan Assistant Professor, and Centre for Studies in Social Management, School of Social Sciences, and Central University of Gujarat.
The Second of the National Conference consisted of the third technical session by Dr. Thilagaraj Director, and Academic Centre for Excellence, Digital Forensics, Tamil Nadu who gave a review of the Juvenile Justice System in India. The fourth technical session on “Victimology, Penology, and Criminal Justice System in India” was conducted by Dr. P Madhava Soma Sundaram Professor, & Head, Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University; Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Panel Discussion on the Multidisciplinary Approach to Crime Prevention, moderated by Dr. Sony marked the end of the academic venture.
Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
The Social Work in collaboration with World Vision India, organized a National Seminar on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) on 7th October 2016. Dr. Sony Varghese, Group Director, World Vision was the chief guest of the day. He emphasized on two approaches to community development namely the Need Based Approach where the needs or problems of the community are addressed resulting in a temporary effect on the community. The second approach being the Asset Based Approach i.e. knowing the capacities and resources of the community for sustainable development which holds high importance in the present day world.
In the first technical session Dr. A.J. Christopher, Social Work, Sacred Heart College, Tamil Nadu spoke on the evolution of the concept of ABCD. The second session was taken by Ms. Ritu B. Nanda Participatory Action Research, Consultant, and New Delhi on the prospects and problems of Asset Based Approach. Ms. Clara Raphael, Associate Director, My City Initiative, World Vision India and Shri. P.M. Philip, Executive Director, Functional Vocational Training and Research Society, Bangalore dealt on the Social Work perspective of ABCD. Shri. Purushottam Rao, Head CSR, Aditya Birla Fashion And Retail Ltd., Bangalore threw light on how Corporate Social Responsibility is a means to empower the underprivileged communities by providing training and education which in turn serves as assets for the communities especially the youth.
National Seminar - Psychosocial Support and Child Protection
The Department of Social Work organized a national seminar on Psychosocial Support and Child Protection was held on 9th March 2015. The Chief Guest of the day was Fr. Edward Thomas, Member- State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Govt. of Karnataka. He shared about his enthusiastic experience in getting into the area of Social Work. He made an important statement saying that “children cannot ask, they cannot seek but they are dependent on others”.
The seminar has two technical sessions. Dr Uma, Professor, NIMHANS was the moderator was the moderator for the session on Care and Protection for Children in a psychological perspective. Ms Saroja, NIPCCD and Ms Kinnari Bhatt, DAKHS Autistic School were the speakers.
The topic for the second session was the Care and Protection of Children in Social Work Perspective. Here, Dr. Indiramma, Associate Professor (Retd) NIMHANS was the moderator. Mr Sonykutty George, Child Protection Specialist UNICEF was the first Speaker and Mr Joseph Wesley, World Vision India was the second Speaker.
The seminar discussed various rights of the children and also the legislation for the protection of children both from the medical and social work perspective.