Born into a Catholic family in Falnir at Mangalore as the youngest of the three sisters, Rita Olinda Periera embraced the religious order of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary (DHM). Dr. Olinda Periera pioneered social work education in the state of Karnataka by setting up the School of Social Work "Roshini Nilaya" in 1960 under the auspices of the Institute of Social Service which offers BSW, MSW, and PhD besides other courses affiliated to the Mangalore University.
NAVARATNAS OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK IN INDIA :WOMEN SOCIAL WORKERS WHO CHANGED MILLIONS OF LIVES -SHANTHI RANGANATHAN
“Shanthi Ranganathan is a rare person and a social worker par excellence. She transcended the intense personal tragedy due to the irreparable loss of her husband at a young age and created a world class institution which has been transforming the lives of thousands of individuals and families. Her grit and determination have only a few parallels. For me, it has been a privilege to associate myself with her during her student days at the Madras School of Social work four decades ago and subsequently during the early years of the T T Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation (TTRCRF)”.
Dr. T.K. Nair
Professor of Social Work and Former Principal,
Madras School of Social Work.
NAVARATNAS OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK IN INDIA :WOMEN SOCIAL WORKERS WHO CHANGED MILLIONS OF LIVES DR. NALINI GANGADHARAN
Flexible education, marketable skills and empowerment of the marginalized are the three basic elements of the massive poverty alleviation initiative of Dr.Nalini Gangadharan, founder Chairperson of the CAP Foundation. After her Master's Degree in social work from the Madras School of Social Work, Nalini had the opportunity to work closely with the late M.S.S.Nambudiri, Director of Seva Samajam Boys' Home, for nearly three and a half years first as social worker and subsequently as Assistant Director.