A great loss to social work in the demise of PJ.Naidu (Pu Jay Naidu in Facebook) .I heard the sad news from M.H.Ramesha with disbelief. But he reconfirmed.Shocking .
Namala Paul Divakar joined the MSSW in his early twenties with a mission to work with the oppressed communities. Son of a CSI Bishop, Paul was fully aware of the inequalities in our society. Today after nearly four decades, Paul is a well known advocate and activist of Dalit Rights.
More than 250 million Indians are Dalits. Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, architect of the Indian Constitution, guaranteed Fundamental Rights to all Indians in the Constitution. But the inhumanity to Dalits perpetuated by the other majority communities with the Indian state remaining a passive observer continues unabated
An exceptionally self-effacing social worker who shuns publicity despite his phenomenal services to the elderly in India. He is my mentor Prof. T.K. Nair. He pioneered services for the betterment of the life of India's aged,but remains incognito without seeking any recognition of his work.At a time when the only form of service for the aged in the country was old age homes, he initiated community-based elder care services like day centres, self employment through skill upgradation, family counselling, geriatric social work in hospitals, domiciliary health care, etc.For this purpose he founded the Centre for the Welfare of the Aged (CEWA) in 1979, when I was not even born. The newly established Helpage India in 1978 extended funding support.
M.H.Ramesha is an ordinary young man with extraordinary commitment to social work. He completed MA (Social Work) from Bangalore University in 2004. In about ten years , his contribution to social work is outstanding.He founded Niratanka, a trust to work for social causes, in 2007.
Stephen Vidyaakar , on completion of his social work course , chose working with the "wretched on the streets" to borrow from the title of Frantz Fanon's book "The Wretched of the Earth", while his contemporaries were craving for high paying corporate assignments.
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.