Indeed, it is a matter of great pleasure and proud that your organization has initiated to launch a bi-lingual Journal from Bangalore. I hope the Journal has good future to grow and establish in the field of social work. On this occasion may I appeal to all the social work teachers, practitioners, NGOs and student community of social work to contribute their services to this Journal to grow and help the professional social workers.
I appreciate the efforts of Niratanka Team for their concern and commitment to the cause of social work profession. I wish all the best to the Journal , Niratanka team and others who are also behind the screen.
Dr. B.T. Lawani
Director, Yashwantrao Chavan Institute of Social Sciences Studies and Reasearch, Pune
Dear Team Members,
Thanks for sending me the bi-lingual journal of Social Work. It gives excellent opportunity to regional people to write articles based on their research and field work. With best wishes.
Rtd. Principal, Delhi University
Thank you very much for sending me five issues of the Monthly Journal Social Work Foot Prints. I have gone through all of them. The photographs of former colleagues and senior social work educators revived the memories of 1960s onwards and made me nostalgic. I read the Section, Interviews with Professor Dr.H.M.Marulasiddaiah and Svein Heneriksen and other articles on Field Action Projects. All the five Issues of the Journal have been posted to the Mahatma Gandhi Centre of Social Work, Nagaland for reference.
Your effort to bring out a Monthly Journal of Social Work indeed commendable. Please accept my congratulations. A small write-up is being forwarded as desired for necessary action.
Former Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Former Member, NAAC, Rtd. Professor of Delhi University, Dept of Social Work
Letter to the editor, Social Work Foot-Prints
I am glad that the unread lecture of Prof. P.T. Thomas has at last been published after ten years! I am sad, very sad that it is a posthumous publication. It need not have been so. It could have been published in the Indian Journal of Social Work much earlier, latest at the time of the celebrations of 75 years of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, July 2011. He was a distinguished alumnus of TISS. Prof. Thomas was first to make a survey of 30 years of social work education for a seminar at TISS which was titled ‘Problems of Social Work Education in India’ and published in the Indian Journal of Social Work 1967 (Vol 28-1). The next survey, 40 years of Social Work Education was by this writer and it was published in 1987 by the Indian Council of Social Welfare. Thomas wrote and published very little, though, he was capable of writing more. Congratulations for “Introducing” P.T. Thomas, posthumously soon after K.V. Sridharan.
Professor of Social Work (Rtd), Delhi University, Delhi
Dear Mr. Ramesha,
I have been viewing your mails regularly but unable to respond due to various factors. Now I find some breathing time to express my views. The purpose of this mail is to convey my warm appreciation to you and your colleagues for your efforts in helping Social Work fraternity by means of various activities viz publication of journal, helping those who prepare for NET examination to mention a few Prof. Rangasamy from Madurai did a splendid work in compiling the work of eminent Social work authors. Dr. P.J. Naidu from Chennai continues to contribute amazingly towards School Social Work despite many hurdles. Institutions like Rajakiri publish journals of good standard. I request you to kindly review the work of many institutions, find out gaps or untouched area in Social work and try to concentrate on that front in addition to what you are already doing.
The number of schools of Social work has been steadily increasing throughout the country with Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu forging ahead. Simultaneously the distance mode education in Social work also is going on in several universities despite vehement protests and opposition by a galaxy of Professor. Your organisation may kindly take note of this matter and do whatever you can.
The salary of Social Workers in many organisations is abysmally low. Though we cannot exercise control over such organisations, strategies like pursuance, lobbying, etc., may be done as you have developed a strong network now.
Wishing you all the best
Dr. J. Paranjothi Ramalingam
Prof & Head, Dept. of Social work, Amrita University, Coimbatore-641112
Dear Sir, with reference to your letter, I am thankful to you for providing a copy of the magazine-Social Work Foot-Prints as well as the book adoption by C.K. Meena & Padma Subbaiah for our library. These books will prove useful for our department.
Dr. Sushma Batra
Head of the Department, Social Work, 3, University Road, Delhi-111007
I am happy to note socially useful professional activities you are doing and also the magazine you are bringing about. I wish you all the very best in your endeavor. You are indeed fortunate to get the guidance such done as Prof. Marulasiddaiah. Please convey my regards and best wishes to him.
Former, Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University
It is good to hear about Niratanka. Good initiative from the team, I read your magazine, it is really informative. I will give you my support as team members.
Jagendra Singh Rawat
Former Social Work Teacher
HNB Garhwal Central University
I am very much happy about the activities of Niratanka Team. You have taken an active step towards the Profession. Good luck for all your future endeavor.
Dr. Shivappa R.
Department of Social Work
Mysore University, Mysore
I appreciate your effort to reach out to the community and your effort to support social work field. Your team is working hard and by publishing the second edition of my book, ‘Madiligondu Magu’, you have taken the next step of publishing books along with your monthly publications. With this new start I pray your publication all the best in its growth both socially and economically, let its growth be Niratanka. My support for your Niratanka is always there as long as there is conviction and commitment.
With warm regards and good wishes to all your team.
Sankalp Trust, Bangalore
I commend the great attempt of Niratanka team bringing up the magazine in social work discipline in bilingual is first of its kind in India. I got a chance to know about our renowned social work scholars, professionals, and academicians in social work discipline through the biography columns. While, I have come across many articles reflected in the monthly issues are very relevant to the present scenario and those are giving in-depth knowledge for the readers, especially social workers and academicians, research scholars. Covering competitive examinations like glossary for NET is useful tool for the students. The editorial column by Mr. Ramesha is giving a burning topic with a philosophical touch to the readers. Further, they are showing employment to the Social Workers by advertising the notifications in the magazine is an extra asset.
Dr. Kannekanti Parameshwar
MSW (HR), MA., LL.B., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Intake Assistant Vocational Rehabilitation
Centre for Handicapped, Government of India,