Social Work Education is unique due to its practical nature. Apart from its theoretical inputs, it places emphasis on Practice. The Centre for Social Development (CSD) is a laboratory for social work students to apply theoretical aspects into practice.
"Field Work Practicum (FWP) is a closely supervised educational internship in a social work setting that provides planned opportunities to apply theory taught in class-rooms to field situations, which, in turn, enhance classroom learning". (National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Manual for Social Work Institutions).
Practical education is rapidly gaining acknowledgement within the higher education sector as a legitimate pedagogy, providing exciting learning for students along with a pathway to future employment. This article concludes with some suggestions for how practicum education may be further developed and strengthened to better serve future cohorts of social work students. The paper highlights how the partnership between the institution and the organisations work for mutual sharing of Human, Technical and Financial Resources for the welfare of community.
Centre for Social Development
The FAP at our college (CMRI) was started with an integrated development programme in the adopted panchayath with the application of theoretical aspects for empowerment of the people, particularly the socially disadvantaged groups. The Centre is devoted to study the development process and render the needed services, It undertakes basic and applied social services through community services and extension activities with an interdisciplinary approach to examine social processes and organizes seminars, workshops and trainings to create awareness among the people on social issues. It strives to contribute to uplift the people through interventions and consultancy.
CSD plans to work collaboratively with a wide range oŪ Government Departments, Non-Government Organisations, agencies, Universities, Research Institutions, etc. CSD activities focus on a wide range of subjects including gender issues, child welfare, women welfare, forests and environment, sustainable development, agriculture, health and hygiene, and education, Rural Entrepreneurship, etc.
The CSD is an independent organisation associated with theI nstitution. The Centre is dedicated to bringing theoretical clarity to the concept of right to development by integrating the academic disciplines of all the academic programmes of the Institution. The purpose of the establishment of the Centre is to acquire credibility as a serious research centre in Development areas by integrating the services of all the streams of the Institution to apply the theoretical aspects by doing good to the society.
Keeping in mind this need, the Centre for Social Development was set up on October 2 2011 by CMR Institution lead by the Department of Social Work with the cooperation and coordination of various other Departments and wings of the Institution.
In recent years, the role of institutions for development has received considerable attention from development researchers, policy makers and practitioners. It is time for the institutions to focus more on providing services to the needy in collaboration with other institutions and organisations. The Centre proposes an innovative analytical framework that maps out channels of influence between institutions and development outcomes. Educational Institutions are defined in a broader sense, linking various measures of institutional quality to development outcomes from various angles and disciplines. The developed framework stresses the idea that institutions do not stand alone but are embedded in a social setting.
Centre for Social Development is also a Students' organisation, for an integrated development of the people by contributing the services of various disciplines of higher education with community development as its Focus. It was proposed to be established in order to coordinate social sensitization programs targeted at the students and also implement service programmes for the marginalized sections of the society. It is important for the institution to work with the needy community with an aim to improve their life conditions on a sustainable basis. This is because the students, after getting socially sensitized in the social development projects, would get a realistic picture of the ways in which they can support the society. Their concrete involvement in the development projects will help in enhancing their empathetic attitude towards the poor. Thus, CSD will entrust with the job of facilitating partnership between CMRIMS and the Community.
Social Work Education is a unique due to its practice component. Apart from its theoretical inputs, it semphasis is on Practice. The (CSD) is a laboratory for social work students to apply theoretical aspects into practice. The passed out/Alumni students will be given opportunity to work in the adopted panchaytah under the various projects of the Centre. A nominal honorarium and the experience certificate will be given to those students which help them in their further career growth.
Area of Operation: Adoption of one Panchayath (comprising of 6-8 villages) located within the distance of 50 kms
Our proposed project activities are:
Our Aim and Purpsoe
Strategies to be adopted by the Centre for Social Development:
The above objectives can be achieved through the following strategies.
Board of Directors
a) Law- Legal Awareness for the people to get their rights, Lokadalat, Legal Aid, etc
b) Psychology-Counselling, Therapy for the patients with stress, depression, emotional problems etc
c) Business Management - Awareness on managerial aspects for the local authorities, panchayath members etc
d) Management & Commerce- Establishment of Entrepreneurship for rural unemployed youths, Awareness on Rural Banking system, Loan Facility, Cooperatives, etc
e) Bio Sciences- Impact of Bio Technological issues on Agriculture, Organic Farming, etc
f) Information Technology- Free Computer Literacy programmes for the school children, local youths and panchayath members
g) Electronic Media- Film Shows, Documentaries, Interaction and Interviews with the experts, Farmers, Impact Assessment of Social Welfare Programmes, Reporting and Documentation, Advertising and Publicity of locally available resources and their uses
h) B.Ed/D.Ed- Awareness on Education, Identifying School Dropouts, Literacy improvement programmes, Implementation of Right to Education Act, etc
i) NSS- Developing the patriotism among the youth, Conducting several Social Services, Tree Plantation, Shramadan, Conducting camps, Awareness on National Integration etc.
j) Languages: a) English- Spoken English/ Grammar Classes for the school and college going students b) Kannada- Dissemination of Information on Kannada Literature
Key Functioning Areas of Department of Social Work
1. Man Power Development Training Programmes
2. Dissemination of Information
3. Transfer of Technology
4. Support Services
5. Advocacy and Lobbying
6. Act as a Facilitator
Activities Of The Centre
Planning & Organisisng
Monitoring & Evalation
Field Workers/ Student Trainees:
Though the Centre for Social Deve opment was set up recently on October 2, 2011, several activities were undertaken by the centre since 2010. Presently, the centre is working in the process of identifying the suitable panchayath which meets our expectations. The important activities conducted so far mentioned as under;
Conclusion And Suggestions
Social work profession is very vast and acceptable to different fields & organizations but the schools of social work and the social work educators have fallen short in achieving the professional target. The trained social workers are perfectly suitable in the jobs.
Through the faculty, students and development professionals in the department, CSD will involve in the development issues. CSD always looks forward for collaborations with institutes and other stakeholders through which student community can be sensitized.
Thus, CSD intends to create a community of empathetic students who can work proactively for the society at large. The groups that CSD focuses its programmes on are children, women, youth, Farmers, Awareness for panchayath members and other authorities on Government Welfare programmes in support of the various disciplines of the college and their linkages and networking.
In seventy five years of social work education in India the professional rural social work has not imprinted its image and utilized its professional speciality for solution of the problems for rural development. Now, the parallel professions have entered in the field and they have created challenges before the social work profession. The said challenge has threatened the profession and has become difficult for survival. This is high time to stop the under utilization and hotch potch training and mediocre social work practice.
To revise and develop the course of rural social work, the following suggestions may be useful, fruitful, practicable and beneficial.
HOD, Department of Social Work, CMR Institute of Management Studies (Autonomous), Bangalore-560043.