On 7th October 2016, the Post Graduate and Research Department of Social Work in collaboration with World Vision India, organized a National Seminar on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).
The seminar saw an array of eminent speakers sharing their knowledge on topics namely; the Perspectives of ABCD, Prospects and Problems of ABCD, Social Work and CSR perspectives of ABCD.
Inaugural address was delivered by the chief guest Dr. Sony Varghese (Group Director, World Vision India) who emphasized on Asset Based Approach among communities which results in sustainable development.
The seminar comprised of four technical sessions; the first session was taken by Dr. A.J. Christopher (Retd. Prof. Social Work, Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur) who dealt on the evolution of the concept of ABCD.
In the II Technical session Ms. Ritu B. Nanda (Participatory Action Research, Consultant, New Delhi) spoke on the Prospects and Problems of ABCD, which involves supporting a community by listening and learning about their strengths, appreciating these strengths and transferring them to assets for development.
The speakers of the Technical session III 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) imparted knowledge on the Social Work Perspective of ABCD.
Ms. Clara Raphael emphasized on the need of asset mapping of resources, skills and asset association (formal or informal gathering of assets) for development of the community. On the other hand Shri. P.M. Philip introduced three human faculties of thinking, decision making and associating which will help the poor and marginalized to develop and sustain resources.
Technical session IV was taken by Shri. Purushottam Rao (Head CSR, Adithya Birla Fashion And Retail Ltd., Bangalore) on the CSR perspective of ABCD who threw light on how Corporate Social Responsibility creates a platform to empower the underprivileged communities.
In the Valedictory address Prof. R.S. Deshpande (Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore) developed insights on how knowledge and creativity could help in creating sustainable methods towards community development.