Observation Visit to Blessed Clare Special School
Date:29 August 2023
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College has organized an observation visit to Blessed Clare Special School Kothanur, Bengaluru. It is an organization of the Daughters of Sr. Mary of Providence (Guanellian Sisters) run the special school for the mentally and physically challenged children from 2009 at Geddalahalli, Bangalore. The objective of the visit was to make students aware about the behaviour, needs and distinctive characteristics of children with special needs and challenges as well. To provide an exposure experience to students on vocational therapy to make special children more capable and efficient enough to bring them to mainstream of the society. They provide special education to the children, residential schools for mentally challenged girls, Physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre and women’s hostel for the best growth and development of the Children. The interaction session was started with introduction followed by a video presentation on functions of institution and ended with a fruitful discussion, interaction with inmates and warm vote of thanks.
Observation Visit to MANNA Developmental Disability Centre
Date:29 August 2023
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organized one day observation visit for MSW I year students for the session 2023-24. Two Organizations named MANNA Centre for Special Needs Children and Blessed Clare Special School for the mentally challenged were contacted and confirmed for the visit. The Observation Visit was planned and well executed by both faculties and students. The objectives of the observation visit were to provide a practical field exposure to the social work students, to give experience and dynamics of fields of social work and also to provide a brief idea about the methods, skills and techniques of social work education.
During visit to first organization “MANNA”, Centre for Special Needs Children is situated in Kothanur, Bengaluru. It is providing holistic development to children with special needs in Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. It is being established in the yer2011 and since then it is working for children with development disorders like Autism, Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Session was started with an introduction by Dr. Jonas Richard A Head of the Department. Social Work and followed by The Director, of MANNA made a presentation on functioning and activities of MANNA with her whole team. During presentation the Director, of MANNA spoke about the history and the reason behind the evolution of the organization. She also highlighted the points on disability, impairment, and handicap and how these words makes difference in the mindset and attitude of the people. She also encouraged the students of Social work with her motivated words and actions. The session was ended up with question answer and with a vote of thanks given by the students.
Life Skills for Social Work Professionals
Date:18 to 21 August 2023
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College conducted Life Skills for Social Work Professionals for I MSW students in association with Centre for Life Skills Education (CLSE) for the session 2023-24. The programme was planned and executed by the faculties of Social Work. The session was started with a welcome address and Introduction to Life Skills by Dr.Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department. The objective of the programme was to provide practical experiences to the students on various life skills. The life skills which are covered during the programme are Self-Awareness, Empathy, Problem Solving, Interpersonal Relationship, Creative Thinking, Coping with Emotions, Critical Thinking, Communication, Decision Making and Coping with Stress. Activities relating to life skills have also conducted for the students. The outcome of the programme was to develop a good insight of life skills among the new students of the social work.
Value Added Course on Design Thinking for Social Innovations
Date:28 July to 02 August 2023
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) conducted Value Added Course for the Final Year students on “Design Thinking for Social Innovations” for 2023-24 academic year. The objective of the course was to create design thinking skills and behaviour among the social work professionals when it’s come to social innovations. The course covered contents on introduction, overview, Principles, and methodologies of Design thinking, Criteria for successful ideas, Design Thinking Mind Set, Overview of the Design Process, Theory and Practice in Design Thinking, Three lenses of Social Innovation, Design Thinking Frameworks, Understanding the impact of Social Design, Problem Analysis and Human Centred Design, Design Thinking Workshops, Role, Importance and mapping of Empathy, Role of Define and its Significance, Method and Phases of Ideation, Introduction and types of Prototype, and purpose and methods of Testing. The course aimed at developing detail understanding and applicability of design thinking for social Innovations. Dr Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department gave a brief information on Assessment process of Value Added Course in which student’s understanding and creativity were examined through set of question papers. The total mark of the examination was thirty. The answer scripts were evaluated and students were given the certificate of successful completion of the value added course.
Specialisation Orientation Programme
Date:27 July 2023
The Department of Social Work organized the specialization orientation programme for the second year students of social work intending to orient them on the three specializations viz., Human Resource Management, Social Development, and Medical and Psychiatric Social Work offered by the department. The programme started with an invocation song by the department choir, followed by the welcome address by the student representative. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, felicitated the expert speakers with plant saplings and gave the overview of the programme to the students, and highlighted the significance of the orientation in choosing the specializations.
The orientation lecture started with the session on Social Development by Rev. Fr. Varghese Pallipuram SDB. Fr. Varghese in the simplest form explained the entailments and opportunities within the field of Community Development. He opined that social work grows out of the community and spreads out its branches across the different parts of the community. Shri. Mailappa K Gowda who is an expert lecturer and specialist in HR revealed the scope of Human Resource Management in Social Work Practice. He greatly emphasized the relevance of the HR practice in today's context. He excellently put forth the true essence of Human resources. Lastly, the speaker Dr. Kimneihat Elizabeth Vaiphei, Professor from NIMHANS focused on the significance of medical and psychiatric social work. She highlighted the challenges & opportunities of medical & psychiatric social work in the health care setting and her session ended on how to deal with burnout at work place.
Celebration of International Day of Happiness
Date:20 March 2023
The Department of Social Work celebrated the International Day of Happiness to promote the importance of happiness, well-being, and mental health in our lives.
The programme began by spending a short while in a prayer led by the department chair and a welcome address by the student coordinator. Dr Jonas Richard A, Head Department of Social Work was invited to address the gathering about the importance of the International Day of Happiness. Sir highlighted that in a world plagued by stress, anxiety, and depression, it is essential to recognize the importance of mental health and well-being. He also talked about and suggested a few tips to the students on how to be always happy and keep themselves positive.
The student coordinators handed badges and bookmarks as a token of happiness to the students and staff present for the programme. It was followed by a note on happiness by one of the student coordinators, who shared several ways to keep oneself as well as others happy and motivated. Succeeding a note on happiness, activities were conducted for the students which made them laugh and smile throughout the session. The students from both years participated actively and made the programme a happy and successful one. Later the students were asked to write a positive note to each of their classmates to motivate them and make them feel good about themselves and those they are valued and respected and have their own skills and capabilities.
Student-Led Presentation On Action Research
Date:18 March 2023
The Department of Social Work has organized a Student-Led Presentation on Action Research for the first-year and second-year students of the MSW programme. The programme started with an invocation song by the department’s choir and a welcome address by Ms Anindita Roy (social work trainee). Dr Jonas Richard A, Head Department of Social Work briefed the objectives of the programme and handed over the session to the resource persons. The five group representatives namely Ms Gifty Merin Jacob (social work trainee), Mr H Moses (social work trainee), Ms Stephy Mathew (social work trainee), Ms Sampita Malakar (social work trainee) and Ms Jesme Joy (social work trainee) presented the process of action research that they had carried and enlightened the participants with their techniques and areas of intervention. After each presentation, all the members of the group were invited on the stage and the 1st year students were invited to clarify any doubts about their functioning or method of work that was used by the group.
Celebration of International Women’s Day
Date:8 March 2023
The Department of Social Work celebrated International Women's Day (IWD) to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, educating and raising awareness for Women’s equality. As a United Nations Academic Impact programme, the objective of the programme was to celebrate both Female faculties’ and students’ achievements, efforts and contributions that they have made so far. It also aimed to promote women's equality via education and awareness.
The programme started with an invocation song by the department’s choir and a welcome address by the student coordinator. Dr Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work gave the prelude to the programme by throwing insight into the position that women hold in society through various examples. He also expressed his concern about the Gender Disparities that deprived women of their opportunities and growth.
The student coordinator welcomed the resource person Dr Madhu Druvakumar, Programme Coordinator, Department of Commerce – PG, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bangalore and handed over the session to madam. Dr Madhu being a woman talked about the various roles that she plays in her life. She highlighted that women supporting women is the most important aspect that will help in removing gender disparities. Later, she thanked all the men present in the programme for their support and for taking an active part in raising awareness about inequalities faced by women.
The session was followed by a quiz and poster presentation that enhanced the participants to become aware of the various achievements of women across the globe.
Zero Discrimination Day
Date:1 March 2023
The Department of Social Work observed Zero Discrimination Day on 1st March 2023 to create awareness about various discriminations that exist in the world and to promote equality and fairness before the law, inclusion, compassion, peace, and above all, a movement for change. The programme started with an invocation song by the department’s choir and a welcome address by the student coordinator. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work gave an introduction to the program by highlighting the significance of Zero Discrimination Day around the world. Sir discussed the various forms of discrimination, their causes, as well as the psychological and physical effects and consequences it has on a person. Further, he emphasised the need for social workers in eradicating discrimination and raising public awareness of it and its impacts.
The program then progressed to the most awaited part of portraying role play by the groups. All five groups were given various discrimination forms that existed in society such as Gender, Race, Class, Disability, and Physical discrimination. Group 1 depicted a role play about physical discrimination. It portrayed a story about Kapoor and their family who rejected their son’s girlfriend because she was fat. Group 2 displayed a role play about racial discrimination. They showed the life of a non-white girl who aspires to become an air hostess and the difficulties and bullying that she goes through and also the way she overcomes it. Group 3 depicted a role play about Disability discrimination particularly about the discrimination faced by the visually impaired. They portrayed how the visually impaired were deprived of opportunities. Preceding this, Group 4 was invited to display their role play about Class Discrimination. The play highlighted how class discrimination can be a cause of Honor killing. Finally, Group 5 performed a role play about gender discrimination. They showcased how girls and women are discriminated against in their education, workplace, etc. In addition to that, they also showcased the alternatives that can be used to encourage girls and women. This marked the end of portraying role play by all the groups.
Orientation Lecture on Main (Migrant Assistance and Information Network)
Date:25 February 2023
The Department of Social Work has organized an Orientation Lecture on MAIN (Migrant Assistance and Information Network) for all the first-year and second-year students of the MSW program. The lecture started with an invocation song by the department’s choir and a welcome address by the student coordinator. The student coordinator introduced the resource persons and they were welcomed with a plant sampling by Dr. Poornima P S, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work.
Fr Arun Luis SJ addressed the gathering and oriented the students on the relevance of MAIN in society. He initiated an interactive session by consistently interacting with students and asking their thoughts with respect to the topic being addressed, while simultaneously highlighting the difference between permanent and temporary migration. The guest speaker further discussed the various challenges and concerns of migrant workers not just in Karnataka but in other states of India as well, as he specifically shed light upon how the pandemic actually made us aware of the huge migrant population that was living amidst us. He also shared several endeavors of MAIN through a video presentation, especially the efforts that it made to reach out the migrants during the pandemic.
The guest speaker addressed all the questions asked by the participants and the program ended with a formal vote of thanks and felicitation of the guest with a memento.
Action Research Project - Future with Hope
Date:16 December 2023
As one of the best practices, the Department of Social Work has initiated the action research project for the final year students of MSW to give them hands-on experience and experiential learning to carry out community-based action research. Under this project, the team members of the project titled “Future with Hope” have identified the Government School, Narayanapura, Devanahalli Block in the community and assessed the need for Book racks, Note books, and Computer Tables for the school children.
The objective of the project is to promote quality education (SDG4) for underprivileged students and reduce school dropouts. As a result of the assessment, the above-mentioned team members of the action research have mobilised funds and bought Book racks, Note books and Computer Tables. The team members have organised an event under the title “Future with Hope” on 16th December 2022.
The Student Coordinator of the project welcomed the gathering and Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, Presided over the event and emphasized the need for quality education. Sir brought out the significance of quality education by highlighting SDG4 and its correlation with school dropouts. In India and around the world, many students drop out of schools at very young age due to lack of basic stationary kits and adequate infrastructure. To address this issue from the grass root level, this project was initiated and successfully carried out by distributing the Stationary Items to 130 student beneficiaries and handed over the Book Racks and Computer Tables to Ms. Hemalatha, Headmistress of the school. Ms. Hemalatha expressed her gratitude to the Action Research Team and the Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College for the initiative and intervention. The program ended with a formal vote of thanks and a group photo.
The outcome of the Project:
The project has enhanced the under privileged students to understand of the importance of quality education and its positive impact on their lives. It has also motivated government school teachers to continue their noble service in imparting knowledge to the needy and help them attain good education.
Action Research Project - Healthy Water for Happy Living
Date:16 December 2023
As one of the Best Practices, the Department of social work initiated the action research project for the final year students of MSW to give them hands-on experience and experiential learning to carry out community-based action research. Under this project, the team members have identified 25 Families in Migrant Settlement, Hanumanth Gowda Circle, near BDS Nagar, Kothnur, K. Narayanpura, and assessed their basic pressing needs As a result of the assessment, the above-mentioned team members of the action research have mobilised funds and bought Five Water Tanks with 750 liters capacity. The team members have organised an event under the title “Healthy Water for Happy Living” on 16th December 2022 with the objective to provide safe drinking and spreading awareness of Clean water and Sanitation (SDG6).
The team has taken permission from the site owner Mr. Bairya Gowda and build structures in the settlement to place five water tanks. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, Presided over the event, as the faculty members of the department of social work also participated in the event. Dr. Richard enlightened the migrant community members about the significance of water and why it is considered the elixir of life and motivated the members of the community to use the tank for clean and safe water for healthy and happy living. Sir emphasized the importance of clean water and sanitation (SGD6) to healthy living.
Mr. Bairya Gowda appreciated the efforts of the research team and the community members expressed their gratitude to the members of the Action Research Team, the Department of Social Work, and Kristu Jayanti College for the initiative and intervention. The program ended with a formal vote of thanks and a group photo.
The outcome of the Project:
The action research project helped the migrant community people to understand the importance of safe and healthy drinking water. It has also enlightened the migrant community about the vitality of proper sanitation and hygiene for disease-free healthy living in the modern world.
Action Research Project - Give to Life
Date:16 December 2023
As one of the Best Practices, the Department of Social Work initiated the action research project for the final year students of MSW to give them hands-on experience and experiential learning to carry out community-based action research. Under this project, the team members have identified the Kyalasanahalli Government School and a migrant settlement on K Narayanapura main Road (opposite Sri Sai PG) Kothanur in the community. The Research team assessed the need for stationery items for the school students and winter wear necessities for the migrant people in the settlement. As a result of the assessment, the above-mentioned team members of the action research have mobilized funds and stationery items for the school students and winter wear necessities including sleeping mats and blankets. The team members have organised an event under the title “Give to Life” on 16th December 2022 with the objective to promote quality education (SDG4) by providing stationery kits to underprivileged students and spread awareness on Good Health and Well-being (SDG3) by distributing winter wear necessities to the underprivileged migrant people.
Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, Presided over the event and enlightened the migrant laborers and their families about the importance of good health and well-being. Sir emphasized the need for good health and well-being which is also related to quality education.
Faculty members of the department of social work also participated in the event and distributed the Stationary Items to 100 student beneficiaries and the winter wear necessities to 25 migrant families in the neighborhood. The research team has also provided refreshments for school students and migrant families in the chosen community. The program ended with a formal vote of thanks and a group photo.
Outcomes of the Project:
The action research project created awareness of the significance of good health and well-being by adhering to good hygienic practices in our day-to-day life among the migrant laborers and their families in the neighborhood It has also motivated the school children to understand the vital role that quality education plays in their lives to develop them holistically for a better and healthy living.
Action Research Project - Nurture the Future
Date:09 December 2023
As one of the Best Practices, the Department of social work initiated the action research project for the final year students of MSW to give them hands-on experience and experiential learning to carry out community-based action research. Under this project, the team members have identified the Bileshivale Government High School in the community and assessed their need for stationery items, printers, and green boards for the school children. As a result of the assessment, the above-mentioned team members of the action research have mobilised funds and bought the stationery kit, a two-in-one printer, and a green board. The team members have organised an event under the title “Nurture the Future” on 9th December 2022 with the objective to promote quality education (SDG4) by helping underprivileged students to have their basic educational needs met. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, Presided over the event, as the faculty members of the department of social work also participated in the event and distributed the Stationary Items to 105 student beneficiaries and handed over the printer and green board to Mr. Loganathan Damodar – Principal of the school. Mr. Loganathan expressed his gratitude to the Action Research Team and the Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College for the initiative and intervention. The program ended with a formal vote of thanks and a group photo.
Outcomes of the Project:
The action research project has motivated the students of the government school who are from underprivileged communities in the neighborhood to understand the benefits of quality education in their future and how one can develop by having a good fundamental education to pursue his/her dreams in life.
Sociodrama in Kannada
Date:18 October 2022
The Department of Social Work organized Sociodrama in Kannada as part of the Functional Kannada Classes that was conducted for 1st Year MSW students. The event was graced with the presence of the Moderators Capt. Sarvesh B S, Head, Department of Kannada, Kristu Jayanti College and Dr. Syed Muen, Assistant Professor, Department of Kannada, Kristu Jayanti College.
The entire event was organized in Kannada by the I Year MSW students. The student coordinator gave a welcome address to the moderators and the participants in Kannada. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department gave a prelude to the programme stating that there would be four plays in the Sociodrama completely in Kannada to showcase the functional Kannada skills of I year MSW students.
There were four teams who presented their plays in four different themes that are mentioned below:
• Pakkadha Maneyavaru
• Snehadha Arambha
• Maneyinda Kalisi
• Markatte Benatu
Each team was unique and portrayed the daily functional use of Kannada in our life and also conveyed that language would eventually come to anyone who practices it in his/her daily life. They further showed the beauty of the language through their proper pronunciation of the terms in Kannada. After the end of all plays, the moderators addressed the students about their performances and appreciated the brilliant efforts of everyone who practiced and portrayed the plays in Kannada. The moderators further mentioned that the students were able to pronounce the Kannada words with such ease and clarity without altering the phonetics of it.
Days of National Importance - Gandhi Jayanti 2022 - Student-led Symposium on Gandhian Ideology
Date:01st October 2022
In Commemoration of Gandhi Jayanti, the Department of Social Work organized a Student-led Symposium on Gandhian Ideology. The program started with a prayer song by the department choir followed by Welcome Address. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and moderator of the symposium, gave a prelude to the programme. He highlighted the significance of Gandhian Ideologies and humanistic approaches in Social Work Practice.
In the student-led symposium, student panelist Ms. Atira Premsingh addressed the gathering on “Gandhi: A Peace Promoter”, Mr. Arunkumar R, highlighted "Gandhi: A man of truth", Ms. Goldy Ann Jacob, made the gathering aware of “Gandhi: An Interfaith Leader”, Ms. Aditi Parsai, gave the refreshing perspective on “Gandhi: A Man of principle”, Mr. Manu Abraham, expressed his thoughts on “Gandhi: A Contemporary Social Reformer, while Ms. Upasana elaborated the concept “Gandhi: An example of Humility”. Panellist, Ms. Neha Francis, explained intricately on “Gandhi: A Visionary Leader for equality”, Mr. Muhammed Hafis, discussed on “Gandhi: A Political Thinker”, and Ms. Ashihrii Athine put forth the idea of “Gandhi: A Champion of Education”.
Dr. Jonas Richard A, gave the concluding remarks and appreciated the efforts of student panelists who played significant role in making the symposium a grand success and more impactful. The programme ended with vote of thanks and a group photo.
Observation Visit to Visthar
Date:22nd September 2022
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an observation visit to VISTHAR, Academy of justice and peace conference on 22nd September 2022 for the first-year students of Social Work from 11 am to 1 pm. A total of Thirty-Eight postgraduate students of social work along with a faculty member participated in the visit.
The session started with a prayer song followed by the introductory address by Dr.Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous). He gave a briefing about the organization and introduced Ms. Mercy Kappen, The Director of the organization and the facilitator of the session. Ms. Mercy Kappen started the session by briefing the milestones of VISTHAR, later she requested the trainees to observe a beautifully presented display with intricate handmade dolls. The dolls in the display portrayed current social issues like alcoholism, bonded labour, sexual abuse, suicide attempts among women, and so on. Ms. Mercy Kappen shared the details of the present projects and their significance in the community. She spoke about how a Civil Society Organization is committed to promoting social justice and peace in society. Towards the end, a short while was spent discussing and answering the multiple queries raised by the trainees with the facilitator on the activities of the agency. And to officially end the session, a pleasant vote of thanks was delivered by a student representative and followed by presenting a hand-made Thank You card to the Director Ms. Mercy Kappen by the faculty member and trainees.
Observation Visit to Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO)
Date:20 September 2022
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an observation visit to Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO), on 20th September 2022 for the first-year students of social work from 11am to 1 pm. A total of forty post graduate students of social work along with a faculty member participated in the visit.
The first-year trainees started the session with an opening prayer song. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head of the Department gave us a briefing about the organization and introduced Mr. Arun Thomas the facilitator of the session. Mr. Arun Thomas started off the session by giving a brief understanding of` Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO), Bengaluru. He explained that BOSCO’s activities were based on a larger vision of “build a community that will unreservedly care for its children through a promotional approach that supports children and activating forces in the society that favour them”. He further explained the range of services in order to achieve its vision and mission such as Counseling, Home Placement, family support , Tracing Missing Children, School Awareness, community Awareness, Vocational Training, Literacy Classes, Alternative Education, Health and Hygiene programmes in the Slums, Saving Schemes, Job Placement, Room Placement, Health, early childhood care and education, Advocacy on behalf of children and their family , Personality Enhancement, Observation Home, Child Labour Eradication, Research & Documentation, alternative family care, 24 hour CHILD HELP LINE etc. Student Trainees had an interactive question and session with the facilitator and formally ended the session with vote of thanks delivered by student representative and along with a hand-made Thank You card presented to the coordinator Mr. Arun Thomas by the faculty members and trainee. The observation visit ended with group photograph taken.
Value Added Course (VAC) on Nation Building Attitudes and Behaviours
Date:22nd to 27th August 2022
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) conducted Value Added Courses for the first year social work (MSW) students on "Disaster Management" for 2022 – 2023 academic year. The objective of the course was to inculcate Nation Building Attitudes and Behaviour in the young minds of social work students of I years MSW. The course covered contents on Responsibility, Integrity, Ethics, Respect for Laws and Regulations, Love for Work, Respect from majority of citizens by right, Attitude of Gratitude, Will to be Productive, Effort to Save and Invest and Punctuality. It aimed at instilling deeper understanding of the importance of Nation Building Attitudes and Behaviours towards the holistic development of the Nation.At the end of all session, Dr. Jonas Richard A briefed the students about the Assessment Process of Value Added Course in which the students were given seven ten marks question out of which they have to answer five for a total of fifty marks. The answer scripts were evaluated and students were given the certificate of successful completion of the value added course.
Observation Visit to Family Integral Development and Education Scheme (Fides), Bangalore
Date: 16 September 2022
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an observation visit to Family Integral Development and Education Scheme (FIDES), a charity organization. The session during the visit was facilitated by the organization’s Directress Sr. Sumi Joseph FMA and Sr. Vennila FMA who are associated with ‘FIDES’, a charitable organization launched by the Salesian Sisters of Bangalore Province. It was initiated by first engaging in a short prayer, this was followed by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head of the Department delivering an introductory speech to the gathering. The session was mainly handled by Sr. Vennila, who gave a profound insight into the Family Integral Development and Education Scheme (FIDES), its endeavors and history. The FIDES organization founded in 1993, was the brainwork of Late Sr. Nancy Pereira FMA, created in an attempt to uplift the poor. Sr. Vennila also touched upon and shared the aim, vision, goal and objectives of their organization. Their main target groups, according to her, were the poor women, youth, children and marginalized families irrespective of their backgrounds and the session ended with vote of thanks was delivered by student representative followed by the presenting a hand-made Thank You card to the Directress Sr. Sumi Joseph by the faculty members and class representatives. A group photo was taken as remembrance of the visit.
Training Programme On Career Planning & Professional Development
Date: 10 September 2022
The Department of Social Work in association with the Centre for Employability and Corporate Relation organized a training on Career Planning and Professional Development on 10th September, 2022. The training session aimed to enlighten the students on undisputable capabilities to optimize personal growth and development. The resource person for the session was Prof. Bijin Philip, from Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) Bengaluru.
The students were asked to perform various activities in order to assess their strengths and weaknesses so that they could develop themselves as a brand for Social Work and Community Service. Subsequently, the participants were asked to form groups according to their specialization and various skills applicable to each of the specialization were stressed upon. The participants were given opportunities through which they could overcome their fear of public speaking and boost their self-confidence & self-efficacy.
The training programme concluded with an assignment assigned by the Resource Person wherein the participants had to prepare Curriculum Vitae as advised by him.
Experience Sharing on Baseline Survey among Migrant Workers
Date: 29 August 2022
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Helping Hand Welfare Society has initiated the Baseline Survey with Migrant Workers in Bangalore. The objective of the study is to understand the lives of migrant workers and their challenges in the community.
The students of the Department of Social Work completed the data collection process for the research titled Baseline Survey among the Migrant Workers in Bangalore. On the 29th of August, 2022, the students attended the experience-sharing session and who were part of the research and shared their field experiences.
Before data collection, the students were oriented by Mr. Philip Mathew, CEO, Helping Hand Welfare Society, and Dr. Jonas Richard A, Professor & Head, Department of Social Work on the significance of the research work with migrant workers and the basic guidelines in carrying out the data collection process. The students spent a month-long time in the slums of Bangalore collecting data on the living and working conditions of Migrant Workers.
The research experience for the students culminated with the set of Personality Development Books as a token of appreciation provided by Helping Hand Welfare Society and sharing of their experiences in the field. The students expressed how the migrants were content with happiness and satisfaction in what they had despite many visible challenges that they were facing. The session ended with the concluding remark and a thank you note by Dr. Jonas Richard A.
Value Added Course (VAC) on Disaster Management (DM)
Date: 05 August 2022 to 17 August 2022
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) conducted Value Added Courses for the final year social work (MSW) students on "Disaster Management" for 2022 – 2023 academic year. Thirty hours classes were conducted from 05 August 2022 to 17 August 2022 through offline mode covering the Fundamentals of Disaster Management, Effects of Disaster, Natural and Man-made Disasters, Pre, Actual and Post Disaster Stages, Role of Community and Panchayatraj Institutions, Hazard and Vulnerability Profile of India, Components of Disaster Relief, Disaster Policy in India, Role of NDMA, Role of UN & UNESCO, NCMC Responsibilities, UNDP & UNDRO, Role of NGO’s and Media, Rehabilitation and Concept of Recovery, Role of Information Dissemination, Development of Physical and Economic Infrastructure, Global Warming and also discussed the case studies of various disasters like Cyclone, Tsunami, Bhopal Gas Tragedy. The VAC further highlighted the role of social workers in disaster management and psychosocial support for the disaster survivors. The VAC assessment was conducted for the final year social work (MSW) students through an offline exam in which the students had to write 5 out of 7 questions carrying 10 marks each. The Assessment was for 50 marks and certificates will be issued to the eligible candidates.
Orientation Lectures On Specialization
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) Organized orientation Lectures on Specializations on 4th August 2022 for the final year social work (MSW) students of 2022 – 2023 academic year. The event begun with the overview of the programme by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work and continued with the lectures by three expert Speakers Dr. Ummer Beejadakatte, (Senior Executive VP-HR, Training& Admin Pharmed Ltd. Bengaluru) Dr. Eliza Pereira, (Mental Health Counsellor Insight- HEAL YOUR MIND, Former Chief HOD, Department of MSW, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bengaluru) & Fr. Riju Jose MSFS (Executive Director – FIDES India Society, Hebbagodi, Electronic City, Bengaluru) from Human Resource Management, Medical and Psychiatric Social Work and Social Development specializations respectively. Each expert speaker addressed the students with industrial inputs on their specialization. The event concluded with a question and answer session and felicitation of the expert speakers.
Know the Ropes with Alumni
An interactive session of Know the Ropes with Alumni was organized by the Department of Social Work Kristu Jayanti College on 30th April 2022 with 35 MSW student beneficiaries. Ms Febby Antony, Former Community/ Hospital Social Worker, Merton Social Services, United Kingdom was the guest speaker of the event.
The objective of the programme was to create a niche for the students to interact with former students of MSW who belonged to the first batch of the programme at Kristu Jayanti College. Majorly it aimed at providing the students the opportunity to understand the various avenues they could pursue post the completion of their Master's in social work.
The programme started with the invocation song by the choir leading a prayer song. This was followed by Ms. Neha Francis (social work trainee) giving the welcome address after which Dr Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, was invited to give the introductory remark. Sir briefly introduced the alumni to the students and also spoke a bit about their endeavours over the years since they completed their masters. He highlighted the importance of such alumni meets, especially for the current batch of social work trainees in learning from the experiences of their alumni. Dr Richard felicitated the speaker with a memento.
Ms Sam pita Malabar (social work trainee) introduced the guest speaker and a fellow alumnus of the department, Ms Debby Antony and handed over the session to her. Ms Febby addressed the students by first briefing them all about how her experience of working in the United Kingdom was completely different from how things were done in India. In the former country, things were very systematic and organised as compared to the later. She described the process of how being a social worker went beyond the things taught in textbooks and involves practically applying the skills and knowledge one acquires during the fieldwork phases of the Master’s programme. Her statement was supported by her other alumni classmates who also highlighted the importance of putting a lot of effort in field work and investing a lot of time in writing effective reports.
Simultaneously questions were also asked by the students to have a better understanding of the field and their experience, following this Ms Shilpa Thomas (social work trainee) delivered the vote of thanks and the programme came to a formal ending.
Cultural Dialogue with German Faculty
The Department of Social Work organized a Cultural Dialogue Session with Mr. Thorsten Shildgen, Faculty of German Language, Berlin - Germany on 7th April 2022 at Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) with MSW student participants.
The programme started with invocation song by the department choir and a welcome address from the student representative Ms. Ruchika. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Professor and Head, Department of Social Work gave the prelude of the programme highlighting the significance of cultural exchange between countries and its significance in social work. Dr. Richard felicitated the chief guest Mr Thorsten Shildgen with a traditional Indian Shawl
The interactive session started with introduction of the Chief Guest Pro. Thorsten by Ms. Nimisha. The Chief Guest initiated the conversation by asking the students to pose their questions on the cultural aspects of Germany and India. Professor Thorsten answered all question asked by the II MSW students.
Some of the Questions addressed during the Cultural Dialogue are:
"As an individual who has been staying in India for the past couple of months, what differences have you seen in the education system of India versus that of Germany?"
“Why is speaking German compulsory for international students those who want to Study or work in Germany, even though English is a universal language?”
“What is the common festival like Diwali or Holi in India which celebrated across Germany?”
The session ended with a formal vote of thanks by Ms. Angela and a group photo was taken with the Chief Guest.
The programme ended with Dr Poornima faculty member presenting a thank you note prepared by the students.
World Social Work Day
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), as part of the World Social Work Day Celebration has initiated the Action Research among Migrant Workers on 15th March 2022 at Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.
The programme begun with an Introductory Prelude by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous). Dr. Richard gave introduction about the World Social Work Day and its importance at the global level. Sir, Introduced this year’s theme “Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind” to the participants.
The first session of the programme was handled by Guest Speaker Mr. Philip Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Helping Hand Welfare Society, Bengaluru. Mr. Philip addressed the participants with his motivating speech on the importance of social work and social workers in the present world. Sir, emphasized on the theme of the year and quoted various examples to establish the significance of social work to the participants.
The second session of the programme was handled by Guest Speaker Mr. Felix D’Souza, Executive Director, Functional Vocational Training and Research Society. Mr. Felix enlightened the participants with various opportunities available for the social workers at national and international levels. Sir, further motivated the participants with a story to promote recognition and impact of social work in the day to day world. The guest speakers were felicitated with a memento from the Department of Social Work.
The technical session on Introduction to Action Research was handled by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Professor and Head, Department of Social Work. Dr. Richard taught the participants the fundamentals of research and the characteristics of Action Research. Dr. Richard carried out an activity to showcase how to carry out an action research among migrants. Sir, enabled the participants to know the basics of research and the process of action research through his interactive session.
The technical session on Tool Development and Data Collection was handled by Dr. Rubavel M, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work. Dr. Rubavel took enhanced the students to learn about various types of tools used for data collection in action research and the steps involved in developing a tool. Sir, further explained about the process of data collection in the field by quoting examples and concluded the session.
The programme ended with vote of thanks from the student representative.
The programme was well coordinated under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A Head of the Department and with the efforts of the faculties of the department.
Emplacement of the Mobile Toilets
As part of Minor Project, 2nd Year students of the Social Work Department, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru, The Emplacement of the mobile toilets was held on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 5 pm at BDS Nagar Slum, K. Narayanapura.
The students of the social work department approached the slum and did a need assessment study with the people residing in the BDS Nagar Slum. Based on the assessment, the students identified the primary need of toilet for the residents of the slum. The students discussed the same with the Department of Social Work in Kristu Jayanti College and came up with a fund raiser plan to provide the mobile toilets for the BDS nagar slum residents. With the guidance of the department,the students collected the required money for the mobile toilets and procured TWO mobile toilets. To emplace the procured toilets, the department had organized the emplacement program in the slum.
The emplacement of the mobile toilets was initiated by Mr. Byre Gowda, Senior Leader of BJP in K. Narayanapura. The keys of the Mobile Toilets were handed over by Mr. Ajayan (Group Leader) to Mr. Honorappa and Ms. Melitta George handed over to Mrs. Lakshmi. Ms. Sneha Sunny welcomed the gathering. Mr. Byre Gowda, congratulated the MSW students team for taking the noble initiative and gifting the local slum residents with the mobile toilets to promote health and sanitation. Mr. Gowda, further applauded the service mind of the Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous). Dr. Jonas Richard spoke on the occasion and acknowledged the 6 students (Aarya Aleena, Ajayan, Anitta, Melitta, Sneha) who initiated this project and said it was a very proud moment for the college and the department. Dr. Richard motivated the slum residents to be more hygienic by having good practice of sanitation. Mr. Krishnamurthy (local leader) congratulated the Social Work Department and the 6 students who worked hard for it and all those who supported them. Shri Ajayan R thanked everyone who attended the function. After the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Javeriya Anjum (Falcon health care Hospital Kothannur) gave an awareness speech on sanitation and importance of menstrual hygiene to women and girl children of the slum.
As a token of gratitude from Kristu Jayanti College, Dr. Rubavel. M felicitated Mr. Byre Gowda with a memento and shawl and Ms. Mariya James class representative honoured Dr. Javeriya Anjum with a memento and shawl.
The programme was well coordinated under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A Head of the Department and with the efforts of the faculties of the department.
NSS Camp Activity
As part of extension activity, the Department of Social Work organized expert talks to the NSS Volunteers in their NSS Camp site Byatha Seeresandra, Sonnenahalli Grampanchayat on 8th March 2022.
During the activity, Dr. Rubavel M addressed the volunteers on the importance of Agriculture and integration of technology in agriculture for the development of the society and the nation at large. Dr. Rubavel enlightened the student volunteers with various technologies that are being incorporated in the field of agriculture to enhance increased productivity and longevity of the agricultural products. Sir, further motivated the volunteers to create awareness among the villagers at the campsite on the recent technologies used in agriculture for greater development.
Dr. Winnie Joyce A conducted an activity called “Know your Friend” to teach the students about the importance of group activity especially during NSS camp. Students actively took part in the activity and learnt the importance of camp and its significance in student life.
Dr. Jonas Richard A addressed the volunteers with his concluding remarks of the activities carried for the students at the NSS camp site. Dr. Richard appreciated the efforts taken by the NSS coordinators in organising the camp and devising various activities involving the student volunteers for the welfare of the society. Sir, motivated the student volunteers to keep up the good work and improve further to promote service and welfare of the society.
Certificates were given to the faculty members of the social work department who visited the camp site and carried out activities for the NSS volunteers.
The programme was well coordinated under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A Head of the Department and with the efforts of the faculties of the department.
Capacity Building Training on Life Skills
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bangalore in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) conducted a 3-day Capacity Building Training on Life Skills for the Government School Children from 9th to 11th March 2022
The objectives of the training were to improve one's ability to be self-aware by assisting oneself in overcoming all worries and anxieties and fully developing from the inside out and to increase knowledge and awareness of emotional competency and emotional intelligence.
The inaugural session began with a prayer song by a group of students followed by a welcome address by 9th standard, followed by a group song. The principal of the school addressed the students and gathered dignitaries and welcomed the resource persons and wished all the students a fruitful learning session. Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), also addressed the students giving an overview on the three-day capacity building program that was to take place, while giving a brief on the importance of life skills and its use in daily life situations.
The first two sessions were taken by Ms Preethi Jain, Mind Wellness Architect, Inner insight, Bangalore, who spoke about Self- awareness and Empathy. The last two sessions of the day were taken by Ms Virgina Vishalani, Teacher, National Public School, Bangalore, who dealt with the skills of Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking.
On the second day, Ms Aruna Rajalakshmi, Founder, Phonics 'n' Comics, Bangalore, conducted sessions on Effective Communication and Interpersonal Relationships for the students, which was followed by Reflective Activities on Personality Development and Life Skills, which was taken by Dr Biridu Raju, Professor, CMR University Bangalore.
On the final day, Ms Rosebella Mary, Vibrus group, Bangalore conducted classes for the students on Decision Making and Problem Solving. The last two sessions were taken on Coping with Emotions and Coping with Stress by Ms Catherina Sajani Dass, Teacher. Kingston High School, Bangalore. The valedictory session was then conducted with the award of the certificates to the students and the resource persons and a concluding remark by the programme coordinator
Webinar on World Cancer Day 2022
A webinar observing World Cancer Day 2022 organized by the Department of Social Work Kristu Jayanti College on the topic Commemorating World Cancer Day 2022 with a Cancer Winner on 4th February 2022 with 61 MSW student beneficiaries.
The objective was to have the young students to have the experience of hearing the success story of the cancer winner and the battle won. Very often the understanding and depth of feeling we obtain from directly listening about the experiences from a person varies drastically, from simply reading about it in a book. Hence through the interactive session with a cancer survivor the students could develop varied novel insights.
The program began with a prayer song performed by the department choir followed by the screening of a video prepared by a group of first year students, to commemorate World Cancer Day 2022. Mr Bipin Thomas (social work trainee) delivered the welcome address. Dr Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work gave the introductory remark for the program. Sir beautifully explained about how today, cancer is one of the leading causes of death and also signified how cancer winners today are torch-bearers and a symbol of courage/ confidence for all the others undergoing the same.
Ms Sampita Malakar (social work trainee) later introduced the virtual gathering to the resource person for the programme, Mrs Aparna Sivakami a Cancer Winner and a Cine Artist. Ma’am was a delight to interact with; she conducted the session in such a way that it felt less like a formal program and more like a heartfelt conversation with someone. She very enthusiastically began by calling cancer her “intimate friend”, who made her what she was today and had been there with her throughout her journey. It was a real irony that the thing that was on a mission of killing her from inside ended up being her most loyal and close friend. Mrs Aparna recalled the initial days when she first received the diagnosis of cancer was really touching and she enlightened the students on how storms in our lives only make us stronger and teach us a lot of lessons. The beneficiaries had a fruitful interactive session with questions being answered and emotions being recognised. Ms. Anita James (social work trainee), extended the vote of thanks for the session.
The webinar was well co-ordinated and carried out under the abled guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and with the efforts of the faculty members.
Alumni Interaction Series
A webinar of Alumni Interaction Series was organized by the Department of Social Work Kristu Jayanti College on the topic Role of Social Worker in Organ Transplantation on 31st January 2022 with 58 MSW student beneficiaries.
The Objective of the programme was to expose the students to one of the last known avenues of social work. Simultaneously it also aimed at creating awareness and addressing any form of misconception one had with regards to organ transplant by interacting with an individual (alumni) who has spent almost a decade in the field.
The programme began with prayer song; this was later followed by welcome address from Ms Ambika Mech (social work trainee). Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, was invited to give the virtual gathering an overview of the programme and simultaneously also briefly introduced the guest speaker. Mr. Vibin Peter (social work trainee) introduced the guest speaker and alumni of the department, Mr Gipson John, Manager and Chief Transplant Coordinator, Astar DM Healthcare.
Mr Gipson John gave a detailed orientation on the fundamentals of organ transplantation and the areas associated with it. Mr. John emancipated the significant roles played by the social worker in this unique field of social work by quoting real life examples and his experience from the field. The speaker also highlighted the significant lack of awareness, misconceptions and lack of coordination which leads to the act of organ donation a very less sought out path. He further accentuated the terms and legal acts/protocols that are very vital to the setting. Towards the end of his session, he also spent a considerable time discussing the scope of social workers in organ transplantation.
The floor was then open for discussion, where quite a handful of students interacted and sought further clarity on the topic and following this the vote of thanks was delivered by Mr Manu Abraham (social work trainee) and the formal virtual programme came to an end. The webinar was well co-ordinated and carried out under the abled guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and with the efforts of the faculty members.
National Girl Child Day on the theme Focussing on Fortune
The visual portrayal highlighting the significance of girl child in our country was organized by the Department of Social Work on 24th January 2022 in connection with National Girl Child Day on the theme Focussing on Fortune. The programme was carried out on zoom platform with 35 beneficiaries.
The major objective of the programme was to provide the students with a platform to highlight the significance of girl child in a family, society, and nation and in the world. Students were given an opportunity to showcase various social issues that girl children go through in the modern society. There were five different groups portraying various problems of girl children.
The programme began with a silent prayer, followed by Ms Anitta Varghese welcoming the virtual gathering with a few heartfelt words. Later the programmes’ main part initiated with the screening of videos prepared by the I year MSW students which are mentioned below.
1. Group 1: Highlighting “Gender Inequalities: Break the Gender Stereotypes”
2. Group 2: Highlighting “Child Sexual Abuse”
3. Group 3: Highlighting “Educating Girl Child”
4. Group 4: Highlighting “Gender Inequalities: Rising Above the Taboos and Stereotypes”
5. Group 5: Highlighting “Education for Girl Child”
Following this Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of Department of Social Work, was invited to share his feedback on the videos that were screened, he was immensely impressed by the effort made by each individual student in being a part and contributing to the video. The other faculty members also appreciated the students for their effort. The programme came to an end with the vote of thanks delivered by Mr Darren Fleming G.
The programme was well coordinated under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A Head of the Department and with the efforts of the faculties of the department.
Outcome: The programme helped in creating a general awareness not only amongst the students but to also those around them, thus at least through a small effort that could be a spark of motivation amongst all. Thus, creating an impulse to not only superficially celebrate National Girl Child Day but to also work in practicality towards what it signifies.
Feedback: The participants were extremely grateful to the department for giving them the opportunity to explore their abilities of expressing their ideas and intentions with regards to the girl child to commemorate and truly acknowledge what the day stands for.
Student-Led Human Rights Conference
The student-led conference was organised by the Department of Social Work Kristu Jayanti College in connection with the International Human Rights Day on 10th December 2021.
The key objective of the conference was to make the students aware of Human Rights and the significance of human rights at national and international levels. The best part of the conference was that it was completely led by students of I year MSW. The conference started with an introductory remark by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work. Dr Richard emphasized the importance of Human Rights across all spheres of life and highlighted the significance of student leadership
The first session of the conference was handled by Ms Rosanne Ditotsa Fernandes, who addressed the audience on the topic of Inclusion and Conflict Resolution. Ms Rosanne spoke about Human Rights and their relation with inclusion and conflict resolution at the global level. She emphasized the importance of it by quoting contemporary examples from the field.
The second speaker of the conference Ms Anita Varghese addressed Rebuilding Fairer Society – Equal Opportunities for All. She also cited various human rights violations both at national and international levels.
The third session was handled by Ms Gifty Merin Jacob on Right to Healthy Environment and Climate Justice. During the session, Ms Gifty discussed the significance of protecting our environment and doing justice to the climate. She quoted the examples of the melting of glaciers and the adverse effects it has on marine and terrestrial beings which include humans too.
The last session was on Economic Rights and SDG1 which was handled by Ms Jesme Joy. During the session, Ms Jesme brought out how economic rights are being violated at the international level and how it affects the people who are below the poverty line which is directly related to sustainable development goal 1 – NO POVERTY.
The floor was open for discussion and the participants clarified their doubts Ms Beena Thomas compered the sessions and Ms. Shilpa Thomas gave the vote of thanks
Panel Discussion Panel Discussion On Shadow Pandemic: Ending Violence Against Women
The panel discussion was organised by the Department of Social Work in connection with the International Day for Ending the Violence against Women on 25th November 2021 at Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru with 73 MSW Student participants.
The key objective of the panel discussion is to bring out the various forms of violence that are happening against women in this modern society with specific references the violence occurred during the lockdown period of the Covid 19 pandemic in India. The discussion had eminent personalities in the field of women empowerment as moderator and panellists. Dr. Vranda M N (NIMHANS) was the moderator for the discussion with Ms. Jasmeen Patheja (Blank Noise), Dr. Anuja S. (Ramaiah College of Law) and Dr. Sudeshna Mukherjee (Bangalore University) being the panellists.
Dr. Jonas Richard A delivered the introductory remark emphasizing on the need for equity and equality among genders. Dr. Richard highlighted the need of the panel discussion and its importance to provide an opportunity for the young budding professional of social work to have a clear understanding of the prevailing social evil against women.
Dr. Vranda, the moderator began the discussion by speaking about the current scenario on what the world is facing now, in context of Covid-19, the increase in percentage of gender-based violence, also post lockdown due to the shift in the way we're functioning now.The panellists provided the young minds with various aspects and forms of violence against women. Each Panellist elucidated significant areas of violence against women and the ways to eradicate it. Dr. Anuja addressed the paricipants with the human rights perspective of violence against women, while Dr. Mukherjee highlighted the socio-economic perspective and Ms. Patheja insisted the importance of the power of collective action to end all forms of violence against women.
The seminar ended with the question-and-answer session where all participants asked various question to the panellists and it was moderated by Dr. Vranda to provide a clear understanding to the young minds, followed by the Jayantian Anthem.
Observation Visit to Bangalore Rural Education and Development Society (Breads), Bangalore
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru had organized an observation visit for the first-year students to BREADS - Bangalore Rural Educational and Development Society Bangalore on 27th November 2021 from 11:00 am to 1.30 pm. A total of thirty-five post graduate first year students of social work along with a member from the faculty participated.
To begin with the session, Ms Goldy Ann Jacob welcomed the gathering and the facilitators of the day, followed by which the student choir was called upon to open the session with a prayer song. Later Dr. Jonas Richard gave an insight about the organization and also introduced the facilitators Fr. Reuben Mathew and Ms. Caroline Mathew to the students.
The session about the organization was facilitated mainly by Ms Caroline, who touched upon the main idea and inspiration of the organization 'BREADS' - Bangalore Rural Educational and Development Society. She further highlighted key initiatives such as Drug Rehabilitation Education and Mentoring (DREAM), Child Rights Education and Action Movement (CREAM), youth related projects and skill development courses that they have undertaken.
The session concluded with a short-while spent discussing and answering the multiple queries about the organization being presented to the facilitators by the students. Post this Fr. Reuben spent a while giving insightful knowledge to the students about social work in general. And to finally officially end the session, an astoundingly beautiful vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Joann and this was soon followed by the handing of a hand-made thank you card to the facilitators by the faculty members and class representatives. Soon after this, there was a group photograph taken.
The program was well organized and planned under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and other faculty members of the Department of Social Work along with the student coordinators. On the whole the visit was a success in imparting practical knowledge to the students to not only take back but to also include it in their daily lives. To not be focused on the development of ourselves but on the development of others, it definitely made the students reflect on their actions in life.
Observational Visit to Visthar, Academy of Justice and Peace Conference and Retreat Center, Bangalore.
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru had organized an observation visit to VISTHAR, Academy of justice and peace conference and retreat center (Bangalore) on 24th November 2021 for the first-year students of social work from 11:00 am to 1.30 pm. A total of thirty-five post graduate students of social work along with a faculty member participated in the visit.
The first-year trainees started the session with an opening prayer song. Dr. Jonas Richard A.,Head of the Department gave us a briefing about the organization and introduced Sr. Mercy Koppen, the facilitator of the session. Sr. Mercy Koppen started off the session by giving a brief understanding about VISTHAR, later she requested the trainees to observe a beautifully presented display with intricate handmade dolls. The dolls in the display portrayed current social issues like alcoholism, bonded labour, sexual abuse, suicide attempts among women, and so on. Each doll in the display told a story of its own and each trainee perceived the doll display in their own ways. Sr. Mercy Koppen later went ahead to talk about VISTHAR and how it started in the year 1989 to give support to other NGOs and later shifted to actually being indulged more deeply at the community level. She spoke about how as a secular Civil Society Organization it is committed to social justice and peace.
Towards the end, a short-while was spent discussing and answering the multiple queries about the organization being presented to the facilitators by the trainee. And to finally officially end the session, a pleasant vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. John V Nellangara and this was soon followed by the handing of a hand-made thank you card to the coordinator Sr. Mercy Koppen and Sr. Francois by the faculty members and trainee. Everyone started exploring the natural green or eco campus. There are some paintings and art on the wall. Soon after this, there was a group photograph taken.
The program was well organized and planned under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and other faculty members of the Department of Social Work along with the student coordinators, the efforts truly were quite admirable. The trainees at the end of the session were left with a lot to reflect upon. The facilitators rightfully sowed the seed about how art and other creative ways can influence and make a difference in society today.
Observational Visit To Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society (Birds), Bangalore
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru had organized an observation visit to BIRDS (BROTHERS INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY) Bangalore on 23th November 2021 for the first-year students of social work from 11:00 am to 1.30 pm. A total of thirty-five post-graduate students/ trainees of social work along with the faculty were a part of the visit.
The session began by a few trainees reciting a short prayer song, this was followed by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department giving a brief insight into the organization and their endeavors. The facilitator for the session Br. James Anthony initiated the session by introducing the trainees to the organization, BIRDS (Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society) and enlightening them with its rich history. Br James Anthony went on to share with the student the primary vision, mission and objective that they as an organization follow. Furthermore he discussed how as an organization BIRDS was interested in the holistic development of women, children, youth, migrants and other vulnerable individuals.
The facilitator later spent some time discussing and answering the multiple queries about the organization presented by the trainees, this was followed by, a very enticing vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Neha Francis. To appreciate the effort of the organization, a hand-made thank you card was presented to Br. James Anthony by the faculty member and the class representatives. And finally, the trainees were directed to the main entrance for a group photograph. The facilitator later gave a tour of the facility in order for the trainees to get a better insight into the workings of the organization.
The program was well organized and planned under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and other faculty members of the Department of Social Work along with the student coordinators, it was truly worthy of appreciation. The trainees were enlightened by a lot of practical knowledge towards the end of the session, which will definitely help them in the near future in their field of interest. It made the trainees ponder upon what sort of change they were aiming to bring about as individuals in the society.
Observational Visit to Family Integral Development and Education Scheme (Fides), Bangalore
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru had organized an observational/ orientation visit to Family Integral Development and Education Scheme (FIDES), a charity organization on the 19th of November 2021 for the students of Social Work from 10 am to 1 pm. A total of thirty-five post-graduate first year students of Social Work along with two faculty members participated in this visit.
The session during the visit was facilitated by the organization’s Directress Sr. Sumi Joseph FMA and Sr. Vennila FMA who are associated with ‘FIDES’, a charitable organization launched by the Salesian Sisters of Bangalore Province. It was initiated by first engaging in a short prayer, this was followed by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head of the Department delivering an introductory speech to the gathering. The session was mainly handled by Sr. Vennila, who gave a profound insight into the Family Integral Development and Education Scheme (FIDES), its endeavors and history. The FIDES organization founded in 1993, was the brainwork of Late Sr. Nancy Pereira FMA, created in an attempt to uplift the poor. Sr. Vennila also touched upon and shared the aim, vision, goal and objectives of their organization. Their main target groups, according to her, were the poor women, youth, children and marginalized families irrespective of their backgrounds and the session ended with vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Anusha Mary James, followed by the presenting a hand-made thank you card to the Directress Sr. Sumi Joseph by the faculty members and class representatives. Soon after this, there was a group photograph taken.
The program was well organized and planned under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department and the efforts of Dr. Rubavel M. and other faculty members of the Department of Social Work along with the student coordinators were truly commendable. Overall, the session was a very enriching and fruitful one, which helped the students get an insight into the ground realities that they, as individuals, often tend to overlook in today’s time. It was a session that definitely inspired and motivated them, as potential professional social workers.
CCPD |Teachers Professional Development Programme (TPDP)
The Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) conducted a two-days Teachers Professional Development Programme (TPDP) for the teachers of CMI Public School, kannamangala, Bengaluru on 13th and 14th September 2021 at the College Campus.
The session was inaugurated by Fr. Dr. Augustine George CMI, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous. In his inaugural address, Dr. Augustine reminded the teachers about the importance of staying updated always even during disruptive times like this. In his welcome note, Fr. Philip Joseph CMI, Principal, Kristu Jayanti CMI Public School thanked the college for the facilitation and urged the teachers to take active participation.
The technical sessions started with Dr. Aloysius Edward, who shared his insights on managing different types of learners and suggested for motivating students. The next session was handled by Prof. Sen B Mathews who familiarised the participants with the strategies to enhance the cognitive skills of the students, while the importance of EQ and its application in classroom situations was highlighted by Prof. Stephen Deepak. Dr. Juby Thomas spoke on the basic skills in work-life balance. Prof. Ramya B taught how teachers should move from teaching to inspiring. Dr. Justin Nelson Michael addressed on the identification of slow learners and strategies to support them while the 21st Century skills for teachers were introduced by Prof. A. Sevuga Pandian. Finally, Dr. Jonas Richard A emphasised the importance of interpersonal relationship skills for Gen-Y Educators.
The two-days training session ended with the valedictory address by Rev. Fr. Lijo P Thomas CMI, who reminded the teachers about the importance of the psychosocial understanding of learners. The participants expressed that it was indeed an enriching learning experience as every minute was imbued with values and skills necessary for an action-oriented academician.
Faculty Orientation Programme on Service Learning
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Faculty Orientation Programme (FoP) on Integrating Service Learning Labs in Social Work Education on 9th September 2021 and was facilitated by Dr Shanti C Sandaran, Senior Lecturer, Language Academy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia & Dr Victor Paul, Professor & Head, Department of Sociology & Social Work, Christ University, Bangalore
Service Learning has created momentum within the compatibility of Social Work Values and Ethics. Service learning has many potential benefits such as strengthening the community relationships, multidisciplinary collaboration and more into reflective practice in Social Work said by Forte. In connection with the above statement, the department has taken initiative to enhance the social work educators in the area of service learning and to incorporate the service learning activities in social work education & practice.
The programme started with the prayer and the welcome note followed by introductory remark by Dr Jonas Richard A. Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College. He stated that social work education is not just mere learning, it is learning by doing where service learning has many scopes in the field of Social Work. Next to the introductory remark, Dr Shanti initiated her discussion on the concept of service learning and the benefits of service learning in social work education. She has also emphasized the service learning activities need to bring it as more reflective and evidence-based practice in social work. Dr Shanti has shared the DEAL Model for critical reflection in service learning. She also clarified the queries raised by the participants.
The keynote session II was facilitated by Dr Victor Paul, Professor & Head, Department of Sociology & Social Work, Christ University, Bangalore on integrating the service learning labs in fieldwork practice. He stated that how service learning is different from other volunteering activities. He emphasized social work research as an integral of service learning through the service cycle such as reflection, research, action, preparation. Sir also suggested how service learning to be incorporated in the social work curriculum and the ways to assess the tools in the curriculum. The sessions witnessed 105 participants and ended with high interaction and active participation.
The FoP ended with a vote of thanks and the participants have provided positive feedback and received an overwhelming response.
Awareness on Right to Health
The student of Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized a community organization program in collaboration with Anbu Jothi Ashram, Tamilnadu on the theme“Awareness on Right to Health” on 01st Aug 2021 at Anbu Jothi Ashram.
The program was started with welcome address given by Ms. Offiliya, Student Coordinator. The Resource person Mr. Kumar, Psychologist started the session on highlighting the Human rights and Health. He emphasised the significance of sound mind and body and how to take care of the mental health during the disruptive times. He also covered the accessibility of health services available in the community.
The program also included interactive activities and the videos with regard to mental illness. The sessions were really interactive and informative. Participants also, got an opportunity to provide their feedback. Around 50 beneficiaries were witnessed in this programme.
The program was well organized and planned under the guidance of the faculty members of the Department of Social Work. The participants are extremely grateful to the organizers for organizing such an informative sessions which helped the target groups to gain awareness on the Right to Health.
Awareness Programme on COVID 19
The students of Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized a community organization program on “Awareness about COVID-19” on 21st July 2021 in collaboration with PROCEED (PROMOTION OF OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT) Bangalore The programme started with the welcome address by the MSW student Coordinator Ms. Aardra C S. The Student Coordinator Ms. Aarya K. Madhu introduced the resource person Sr. Salome (community leader) to the gathering. Sr. Salome (community leader) emphasized on the spread of COVID-19 in the community and highlighted the self-care practice at the level of prevention.
The programme also included the screening of an awareness video about COVID 19 to the beneficiaries. As part of the programme mask and clothes were distributed by the MSW students to sensitise the significance of the protection. The sessions was really interactive and informative. Participants also, got an opportunity to provide their feedback
The program was well organized and planned under the guidance of the field work coordinator and the faculty members of the department. The participants are extremely grateful to the organisers for organizing such an informative sessions which helped the target groups to gain knowledge about the pandemic scenario.
International Youth Day Celebration 2021
On the occasion of International Youth Day “Youth lead -Innovation Festival” 2021, The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru in collaboration with United Nations Academic Hub for SDG1 organized an Expert Talk by Colonel Joby Joseph, A commanding Officer, 1MP Signal Company, NCC, Jabalpur –, on 12th August, 2021 through virtual platform.
Every year, August 12 is celebrated as the International Youth Day to raise awareness about the cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth. This day is celebrated to highlight the significance of youth as a driving force of change in the world.
The event started at 5:00 pm with the invocation followed by the welcome address by Ms. Tanya, Student Coordinator. Dr Jonas Richard A addressed the gathering and highlighted the significance of the day and how youth can act a change maker in the society.
The Guest Speaker Colonel Joby Joseph, A commanding Officer, 1MP Signal Company, NCC, Jabalpur addressed the audience with great ease. He, very beautifully mentioned that youth is an unguided missile and if not guided carefully, it can lead to destruction. Also, he highlighted the characteristics of a youth and five mantras which can make youth a successful person, leader or a role model in the society. Sir, concluded his speech with a beautiful quote by APJ Abdul Kalam.
The webinar ended with a Vote of Thanks and the event was well planned under the guidance of the faculty members of the department. It was an honor for the participants to be the part of a striking and a remarkable session which will allow the youth to be more focused, passionate and courageous to lay a strong foundation for themselves.
Awareness Programme on COVID 19
The Students of Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College organized a community organization program in collaboration with Family Integrated Development Educational Society (FIDES), Bangalore on “Awareness on COVID 19” at Rose Garden, old Madras Road, Bengaluru on 24th July 2021 The welcome address was given by MSW Student Coordinator, Ms. Aleena Santosh. Resource Person Mr. Anish Kumar (NCP animator at FIDES) enlightened the spread of corona virus and the necessary preventive measures for children to safeguard themselves. Also, he highlighted the importance of personal hygiene during the pandemic time and he triggered the participants on the third wave of COVID and its adversity.
As part of the program masks were distributed by the Social Work students to sensitise the significance of the protection. The programme was well organized and planned under the guidance of the faculty members of the Department of Social Work.
The participants are extremely grateful to the organisers for such an informative sessions which helped the target groups to gain expertise on the spread of COVID and the need of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Awareness on Menstrual Hygiene
Date: 06th August, 2021
“Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not automatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women.” Thus education about menstruation changes everything.
The students of Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized a community organization program in collaboration with New Mighty grace Charitable Trust organized an awareness program on 06th August, 2021 on the topic “Menstrual Hygiene” which experienced a gathering of 40 participants including women and adolescent girls from the age of 14-45 years.
The welcome address was given by MSW Student Coordinator, Ms. Tanya followed by Mrs. Cynthia Mohan– Secretary, New Mighty Grace Charitable Trust delivered an Inaugural address where, she highlighted the few important tips that is required for a woman to know during their periods and how they can take care of themselves during such times.
The Speaker, Ms. Chandrika, Community organizer, Milano NGO initiated the session by few questions about their marital life and also about periods to get a sense of what they know. The session was really interactive and informative. The program was opened for discussions on the various concerned related to their menstrual hygiene & practice.
As part of the program the sanitary pads, masks and ration kits were also distributed by the speaker to the beneficiaries. The programme was well organized and planned under the guidance of the faculty members of the Department of Social Work.
The participants are extremely grateful to the students for organizing such an informative sessions which helped the target groups to gain expertise on different aspects of menstrual hygiene and its significance.
National Webinar on “Re-defining Role of HR Leadership in the New Normal: A Psychosocial Approach and Legal Implications”
“Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting, and most importantly, a way of communicating” – Simon Sinek
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru in collaboration with NHRD_ Hosur Chapter organized a National Webinar on 31st July 2021 on the topic“Re-defining Role of HR Leadership in the New Normal: A Psychosocial Approach and Legal Implications” which experienced a gathering of 51 participants.
The program started with a silent prayer followed by the welcome address by Dr. Winnie Joyce A, Faculty, Dept. of Social Work. Shri Israel Inbaraj – GM_HR at TCS Ltd Chennai delivered an inaugural address where Sir spoke about the new concept of Work from Home and the implications attached to it and how HR professionals need to work on new policies revolving around it.
Session I was handled by Shri Ramnath Rao, A Senior Corporate Counsel at ZOHO Corps. Sir, addressed the legal aspects of Work from Home and highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of WFH from employee and employer's perspective, and also focused on the current and future issues related to it.
The Second Speaker of the technical session was Shri Dinesh Kumar Kamalasekaran. The speaker spoke about the role of HR leadership in this new situation of employees Working from Home. He described the challenges faced and will be faced by the HR professionals and ways of dealing with the complexities in the industry.
Then, our third Speaker- Dr. Jonas Richard A. Head of the Dept of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College and Director of Centre for Life Skills Education highlighted the Promotion of Mental Health at Workplace – A Psychosocial Care Model. He mentioned Work-Life Brilliance Instead of Work-Life Balance in the session. He also focused on the role of HR in the current situation and also spoke about the ten life skills required for one to excel in the professional world and striking a balance in their professional and Personal Life.
The webinar was concluded with a Vote of Thanks delivered by Shri Palani Kumar- President NHRD- Hosur. The webinar witnessed an eminent panel of energy experts. The sessions were enriching and imparted various dimensions of the new role of HR. The sessions left a tremendous impact on the participants. The sessions were well executed and the right content was delivered by the speakers.
The conference was well organized and planned under the guidance of the faculty members of the department and the members from the NHRD_Hosur Chapter.
The participants were grateful for organizing such an informative program that helped students and professionals gain expertise on Redefining the roles of an HR.
Expert Lecture on Family Social Work: Need of The Hour
The Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on, “Family Social Work: Need of the Hour”, commemorating International Day of Families facilitated by Shri. Narasimhan Dwarakanath (Counselling Psychologist, You & Me Counselling, Bangalore), on 15thMay, 2021.
The lecture commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir and an introduction by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, and Department of Social Work welcoming Shri. Narasimhan Dwarakanath.
Mr Narasimhan commenced the session by talking about the need for more family social workers as problems faced by families are multifaceted and multi-dimensional. Although problems could occur within and amongst the family members, a ripple effect is seen with their interactions with the society, which in turn is cause for several other concerns. He also addressed the goals a family social worker should keep in mind, such as, helping the family members in achieving their daily living activities, enhancing problem solving skills, building effective conflict resolution skills among the family members, appreciating the potentials of each family member and most importantly building interpersonal communication as it key for any sound relationship.
Mr Narasimhan also highlighted the need and importance of family assessment in family counselling and as to how it consists of identifying patterns and issues within the family that relate directly to the problem as well as identifying the connectedness of the family to its social environment. Problems faced by children within the family system was also discussed. He spoke about the challenges that arises when counselling families and at the same time encouraged the young social work trainees to persevere in the field, as, family counselling has become the need of the hour, more so admist the pandemic. Shri. Narasimhan Dwarakanath shared his vast area of counselling experiences and valuable insights on the topic.
The expert lecture formally concluded with a question-and-answer session which led to an insightful and in-depth discussion with the trainees on family counselling. The integrated and well-co-ordinated approach and efforts by the faculty members, under the successful guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, and helped the trainees in the continuous learning process, which the Department strives for.
International Women’s Day Conference 2021
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an International Women’s Day Conference on 08th March, 2021 on the title “Empowering Women as Change Makers” which experienced a gathering of 70 participants from Dept of Social Work. The conference started with technical session and had 2 eminent and expert speakers from the industry who spoke about the challenges faced by women of the country.
The programme started with an invocation dance by the 1st year MSW students followed by the welcome address given by Dr Jonas Richard. A , Professor & Head, Department of Social Work . Rev. Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College delivered the presidential address where he highlighted the contribution of Women in the society for the holistic development.
The first Speaker of the conference was Ms. Sarah Mishra – Co-founder, Beej Learning LLP, Education and Strategist, Bengaluru. Ms. Sarah focused on three elements of woman’s life which one should not forget- “Self-Love, Self-Respect & Self-Worth. A woman should work towards their empowerment, and not expect from others.
The Second Speaker Ms. Radha MS – Head – HR & IT, WPG Holdings, Bengaluru was introduced by Ms. Lenora. The speaker spoke about the challenges by the HR leaders in the industry. Ma’am also enlightened us on how learning, labor and leadership is important for empowerment and one should never stop.
The sessions were really interactive and informative. The forum was open for questions and discussions on various issues of woman in the country.
On the occasion of Women’s Day, participants also, got an opportunity to present their technical Papers on various ongoing issues of women which was an eye opener. The conference also included ‘Poster Making’, ‘Documentary’ and Awareness Videos’.
The conference was well organized and planned under the guidance of the faculty members of the Department of Social Work.
The participants are extremely grateful to the department for organizing such an informative sessions which helped the students gain expertise on different aspects of challenges faced by woman in our country and ways to overcome those challenges in every field.
World Social Work Day 2021
Department of Social Work organised a celebration on World Social Work Day themed and titled, Ubuntu: “I am because, we are - strengthening social solidarity and global connectedness.”
The social work trainees conducted a flash-mob and a street play in the college premises that spoke artistically about what social work as a profession expresses and how empathy can be the highest form of intelligence for an individual.
Next, the Department of social work organized a formal program to commemorate World Social Work Day. The celebration commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir and a welcome address and introduction remark by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming the gathering.
The program initiated with a video documentary expressing what, World Social Work Day represents to the students and teachers of various Departments at Kristu Jayanti College. The documentary also addressed the basic principles of Social Work, its roles and responsibilities as professional social workers. Then the social work trainees performed a skit highlighting the need and significance of standing up for individuals who are in need who cannot stand up for themselves.
The program was formally concluded by a vote of thanks by Ms Gigin (Social Work Trainee). World Social Work Day, 2021 organized by the Department of Social Work was a huge success due to the well-coordinated efforts of the faculty members under the able guidance of Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College.
Expert Lecture on Oncology Social Work: Scope & Challenges
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an expert lecture on, “Oncology Social Work: Scope and challenges” on 21st November 2020 to help the social work students understand the role of professional social workers in the field of cancer care.
The speaker of the Session was Ms. Sumki Begum, National Program Coordinator, Sanjeevani-Life Beyond Cancer, Mumbai. Ms. Sumki initiated the discussion with the main three aspects of cancer awareness - early detection, reduction in the probability of getting cancer and making a substantial difference in a person’s life diagnosed with cancer. She also highlighted how professional social workers play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life among these patients through empathy and working on a one to one basis with the survivors. She also shared practical do’s and don’ts that are mandatory while interacting with the patients. Ms. Sumki addressed the need to have a sound mind that is free of negative energy, a good thought process, nutritious food and certain breathing techniques that are followed with cancer survivors placed in their care. The entire session was very interactive. Ms. Sumki and her team also conducted a quiz towards the end to make the session more engaging.
The integrated approach and efforts by the faculty members, under the successful guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, helped the trainees in the continuous learning process, which the Department strives for. The trainees felt that they had benefited immensely in having such an insightful expert lecture, which would help them in their overall development personally as well as professionally. The expert session collectively had a positive impact on the trainees and led to the strengthening of their professional social work abilities.
Expert Lecture on Cyber Crime
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an expert lecture on, “Cyber Crime” on 24th October 2020, discussing the need for Social Workers to be aware and alert in dealing with Cyber Crime issues.
The speaker of the Session, Ms. Saee Petkar, Information Security Manager, Tata Consultancy Services, stepped in to help the students benefit from her skills and proficiency in the subject. Ms. Saee initiated the lecture with the basics of cyber-crime and its various types. She addressed how children, students and adults are vulnerable to this new age danger through social media, video games and in some cases even financial fraud. The professional Social Workers need to be aware, alert and in tune with what is happening in the surroundings and how they could help themselves but also people around them as well was discussed. Ms. Saee conducted the talk in an interactive manner. As a result, the conference was extremely engaging and thought-provoking. Having either been a victim to cyber-crime or out of curiosity to learn more, the trainees continually interacted with the resource person and made the conference lively.
The integrated approach and efforts by the faculty members, under the successful guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, helped the trainees in the continuous learning process, which the Department strives for. The students were grateful in having such an informative and engaging discussion, which would help them personally and professionally in the future.
Expert Lecture on Transformative Social Work Practices
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized an expert lecture on, “Transformative Social Work Practices” on 17th October 2020, discussing the need for social workers to adapt himself/herself to this changing world and be as progressive thinkers, innovators and transformative social work leaders. The speaker of the Session, Dr. A J Christopher, Retired Professor, Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College, brought in his rich expertise and wide array of knowledge in understanding that social work calls for transformative social work practitioners. Professor Christopher spoke about how social workers are called to be critical thinkers, and more importantly reflective critical thinkers. It is vital to constantly update ourselves and continuously learn in order to equip and adapt ourselves to our surroundings to be transformative and progressive professionals. The professional social work aspects are largely influenced as a discipline as well as a process. The beneficiaries were inspired and impacted at the social work practices and methodologies along with the humane empathetic aspect of what makes social work profession unique. The discussion made the session more engaging and was thought provoking and opened ideas of practicing the profession in a transformative nature. The students had also contributed throughout the session making it interactive and lively
The combined efforts of all the faculty members under the effective guidance and support of the Head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. helped in providing the social work students an excellent platform of knowledge enrichment. The Department’s continued efforts in providing the best to the social work trainees was visible in the feedback received from the students and it clearly implied on having a positive effect. The entire hour of active discussion led to immense knowledge development for all.
Perspective Building Lecture on “Covid-19 Pandemic: What would Gandhi Do?”
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized a Perspective Building Lecture on “Covid-19 Pandemic: What would Gandhi Do?” discussing the necessity and bringing in insight into Gandhian Approach in Dealing with Current Health Crisis on 3rd October, 2020.
The speaker of the Session, Dr. M. William Baskaran, Professor and Dean, Centre for Gandhian Studies, School of Social Sciences, The Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed to be University), Tamil Nadu has brought in his rich expertise and wide pool of knowledge in the organized session of understanding application of Gandhian perspectives in the current context of global pandemic. Professor Baskaran had spoken about Gandhi and his versatile yet simple livelihood. The current pandemic can be tackled through unity of actions and with a sense of welfare which in a way are concepts inspired from the Gandhian Perspective. In this time of global health crisis, it is important to have conditioned thinking that would awaken the people and strategize their path towards solutions to this global crisis is what Prof. Baskaran had made as a point in terms of applicability of Gandhian concepts. The professional social work aspects are largely influenced through many Gandhian philosophies and principles. This session had a large impact on the trainees as they could align their theoretical concepts of social work with practice implications of Gandhian Philosophies. The discussion opened the channel of thoughts and ideas of practicing the profession. It further brought in important insights on the topic of applicability that is majorly necessary at this stage wherein processes and situations have adversely changed. The students had also contributed throughout the session making it interactive and lively
The combined efforts of all the faculty members under the effective guidance and support of the Head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. helped in providing the trainees an excellent platform of knowledge building. The Department’s coordinated and constant zeal of providing the best to the trainees had enabled the lecture session to be a great success. The feedbacks received from the students clearly implied the positive impacts that the session had on them. The entire hour of effective discussion led to immense knowledge development for all.
Personal Branding and Employability Skills for Social Work Professionals
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru in association with Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations had organized a virtual training session on “Personal Branding and Employability Skills for Social Work Professionals” for the Second Year MSW Students on 30th , September 2020.
The Department had always strived in ensuring holistic development of the students thereby enhancing their capabilities concerning employment. This session was organized with the aim of facilitating essential information of current recruitment trends and thereby training the students to be competent candidate for positions they are considering for their professional profiles.
The session was chaired by Prof. Sen B Mathews, Associate Professor and Director, Talent Transformation Team, Placements, and Corporate Relations. With more than Twelve Years of rich experience in the field of Placements, Prof. Mathews brought in impeccable insights of being ‘organization-ready’ and the basics of being considered as a competent profile. Prof. Mathews’s competency of understanding and analyzing the current organizational requirements was brought in during the entire session wherein he discussed from effective ways of designing a resume to essential necessities of appearing for an interview. In this era of pandemic, when requirements of the organizations as well as their recruitment procedures have changed drastically, such an insightful session can be considered as the need of all the final year trainees. This session provided effective information of being in accordance to the current organizational needs and also enabled the trainees to gain essential inputs in accordance to which they need to upgrade their skills and competencies and be prepared for their upcoming recruitment.
The session was organized under the supervision of the Head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. who has always been a continuous support to all, and has been a constant source of guidance. Dr. Birudu Raju, coordinator of the session, had put in immense efforts to make this session a great success. The faculty members contributed effectively towards ensuring that the students have a productive session of relevant insights.
Expert Lecture on Basics of Social Media Law
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru had organized an Expert Lecture on “Basics of Social Media Law” on 29th, September 2020 for both the semesters of the Department with the aim of providing insights to basic laws of Social Media ensuring an ethical and productive usage of the same.
The session was chaired by Dr. Mohan R Bolla, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College of Law, Bengaluru. Prof. Bolla with his unmatched experience in the field of Law and legal education brought in impactful insights throughout the session. He stressed on essentialities that are necessary to be focused on while handling social media. Wise usage of this new gen technology is what the entire session was focused on specifically implying discussion on topics such as privacy issues, law procedures and certain important acts and processes. Further, Prof. Bolla shared important points of protecting personal privacy and the need of selective content sharing.
In this era of increasing social media crimes, this session brought in valuable perspective for all the trainees of the department. The necessity of ensuring safety over media and the need of maintaining and respecting media privacy was the most valuable learning which also is extremely necessary in both personal and professional lives. Various ways of dealing with cyber bullying as well as issues to remain abstained from unnecessary hate speech and breech of privacy is something every individual irrespective of any profession should learn. This will undoubtedly bring in respect, dignity and enhanced livelihood.
The faculty members contributed towards making the session a grand success. It enabled the trainees have a clear idea about handling their social media account with outmost accountability keeping up the main motive of having such platforms for connectivity and insights. This session not only contributed to the professional development of the trainees but also ensured personality development with utmost dignity.
World Suicide Prevention day Lecture
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Sensitization Lecture on “Building Hopes and Saving Lives” on 10th September, 2020 thereby observing the eve of “World Suicide Prevention Day” for the Students of Social Work.
The increasing urge of being ushered with utmost success and fame in this present competitive age has brought in immense negative factors among people. The momentary incapacities and under-capabilities of achieving the best at certain stages of life can affect the mental wellbeing of people and lead them in taking adverse decisions. Suicides are one of the prime causes of premature deaths worldwide making it extremely essential for people to understand the hidden calculation that leads one to commit anything of this sort.
Understanding the complexity, the Department made an attempt to empower students on the said theme. Dr. Kanmani T.R., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) was the resource person who initiated her session with a very important question of whether we actually understand the signs of suicidal thoughts. The session highlighted the ways and the need of understanding if someone or even of the person concerned has any thoughts crossing their minds which make them feel extremely drained to a level that they lose the interest of continuing their lives. Dr. Kanmani emphasized the importance of communicating and seeking help in case of such situation and even the need for extending help if one comes across any individual with suicidal thoughts.
As this day itself pledges for helping the society overcome this issue, the session brought in great perspectives and enabled the students have a good understanding of how exactly one should tackle any similar situation. Such sessions are necessary for the youth as the growing age of competitiveness involves a series of failures. Handling them with utmost responsibility and sportsmanship spirit is something one needs to master as a skill. This session not only sensitized the trainees about their roles in handling situations of suicidal thoughts but also instilled a hope to deal with such mental health concerns.
“The session was very fruitful and helped build confidence to help people, to give hope and save lives” said Ms. Eirene Mary Saji, One of the participants
Webinar on Tribal Community Development
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Bengaluru has initiated ‘Expert Lecture Series” for the final year Trainees to ensure a proper practical exposure of the subject matters. Considering the need of understanding the practical implication of the theories learnt, the Department has initiated a set of programme for the students which are mostly outlined to have a deeper understanding from the Experts of the particular fields. As a part of the series, the Department conducted a special lecture on “Sustainable Livelihood Promotion of Tribal Community Development” on 19th of August, 2020.
The session for the mentioned date was chaired by Dr. Alan Godfrey, PG Coordinator, Department of Social Work, St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru. Dr. Godfrey in his one-hour expert session highlighted the interventions that are sought to be considered in promoting sustainable livelihood with a special focus on tribal communities. He further spoke about the specialized mechanisms and underlined challenges that needs to be tackled effectively while working with tribal communities. The session also comprised of student interaction which enhanced the essence of learning the subject matters. Trainees put forth their queries and doubts making the session an appropriate platform for gaining knowledge.
The session was a success under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department. His constant aspiration of bridging the gaps of practice and theory had brought in this idea of expert lectures which is immensely beneficial in the field of social work Special mentions to Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, the coordinator of the entire lecture series. Her instrumental coordination has helped the event gain maximum heights. The contributions of the other faculty members are also considered extremely essential in putting the efforts of the Department towards imparting education in the time of pandemic. The coordination of the Department both in terms of faculty members and trainees enabled the session to be a grand success.
Expert Lecture Series
Department of Social Work has always had a comprehensive approach in imparting education to its trainees wherein utmost importance to practical implications have also been given understanding the professional requirements of this field. Considering the same, the Department is conducting a “Expert Lecture Series” for its trainees so that they gain more insights apart from theories. As a part of the series, the Department conducted a lecture on “Transformative Social Work Practice: Role of Social Workers in Realizing SDG 1” on 21st August, 2020
The session was chaired by Rev Fr. Andrews Raja J who is the head of the Department of Social Work in Sacred Heart College, Tirupatthur. A TISS Graduate and a compassionate social worker, Rev Fr.Andrews conducted an extensive and productive discussion during his one-hour session. He highlighted the need of understanding poverty as one of the predominant issues in our country. He further stressed on how social workers are instrumental in handling interventions that are meant for meeting the Sustainable Goals set by United Nations. The session brought a lot of insights from the experiences of Rev Fr.Andrews as a facilitator as well as his golden experiences as a trainee himself. He impeccably highlighted the need of social workers putting in more efforts in the understanding and working towards SDG1. He also stressed on having a positive attitude and an active mind in handling interventions as Social Workers.
As Kristu Jayanti College has been recognized as the academic hub for SDG1, this session also enabled the students to understand their roles in the particular interventions that the college initiates. The session was highly enjoyed and appreciated by the trainees and this could only be possible because of the constant efforts put forth by the Department as a whole. The head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. constantly strives to bring in the best for the trainees for enabling better education. Dr. Winnie Joyce A, Coordinator of the Expert Lecture Series has always been the backbone of all processes happening in the Department. All the other Faculty members has equally contributed in making such events successful and goal achieving.
Sensitization Lecture on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-being
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru believes in enabling the students to have an in-depth learning. This has led the Department to organize “Expert Lecture Series”, a special initiative for enriching the online learning for the students amidst COVID. The series of lectures is handled virtually by Field and Industry Experts providing an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. As a part of the series, the Department Conducted a session on “Physical Fitness and Mental Wellbeing” on 29th August, 2020 for the students of II Year MSW.
The session was chaired by Dr. Nirupama Franklyn, Public Health Consultant, Bangalore Baptist Hospital. Dr. Franklyn in the first segment of her session highlighted the importance of physical activity and exercising so as to maintain a proper health. She further highlighted numerous health concerns that are a resultant of inactivity making physical exercise very important. In the second segment, Dr. Franklyn spoke about Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing. She portrayed various mental health concerns. She further stressed on the necessity of having a good understanding about depression and the desideratum of being proactive incase one comes across any person suffering from depression. Both the in-depth segments were followed by queries put forth by the students which provided a platform of better understanding regarding the subject matter.
The session organized was a resultant of the active guidance and administration of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department who never leaves any stones unturned for providing the best for the students. Dr. Winnie Joyce A, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, the coordinator of the Expert Lecture Series has always contributed the best ensuring that the students are provided with a rich platform of learning. All the Faculty Members have contributed equally ensuring that the students get enough scopes of growth and development in their tenure of education in this Department.
Expert Lecture on Research Paradigm
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College upholds the value of imparting quality education with the aim of enabling the trainees to develop the capability of implementing the theories into practice. Considering the need of understanding the practical implications of theories in social work, The Department has initiated “Expert Lecture Series” in virtual platform and had conducted a very effective session on “Transformative Social Work Practice” on 20th August, 2020.
The session for the mentioned date was chaired by Brother Joseph Charuplakkal George, Head of the Department of Social Work in Marian College, Kuttikanam. Brother George’s session on transformative social work practice highlighted the evolving implications of the theories of social work. He, in his session, spoke about the various dimensions of Social Work practice that are essential, stressing on research as a predominant area of consideration. Furthermore, Brother Joseph stressed upon the Main components of the paradigm which includes Ontology, Epistemology and its methods along with positivism, post- positivism, critical theory and constructivism as well as postmodernism. He also discussed research in depth considering it to be the base of transformative social work practice
The session was conducted under the guidance of the Head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. who has always had a positive optimism in enabling students learn from varied fields and not just classroom sessions. Dr. Winnie Joyce A, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, has been the coordinator for the series lecture whose constant mentoring and support enable the students to work in the right direction. Other faculty members of the Department had also been actively instrumental in putting the plan into process and achieving the goal of delivering such a comprehensive learning model for the students.
Expert Lecture on Transformative Social Work Practice
Social Work Education is a systematic blend of theory and practice which seeks an in-depth understanding of every theory and its practical implication. Considering the constraints that are put forth by the global pandemic, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College has adopted alternate methods of continuing the practical sessions for the trainees. The Department has initiated Expert Lecture Series wherein students are addressed by the Field Experts providing practical insights along with theoretical inputs. As a part of the lecture series, the Department organized a session on “Scope of Social Work Practice in Mental Health services” on 26th August 2020 for the Second Year Trainees
The session was chaired by Dr. F.X. Lovelina Little Flower, Professor and Head, Department of Social work, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. Dr. Professor Little Flower addressed the students regarding the different scopes of professional fields of social workers in the field of mental health. She in her one-hour session highlighted the necessity of social workers in handling issues of mental health and how the different methods of social work are extremely beneficial in this field. She further discussed the scopes of research and evaluation and stressed on the necessity of students taking up important roles in the field of mental health.
The session was extremely beneficial for the trainees giving them a good insight of the subject matter. The session was conducted under the guidance and active supervision of Dr. Jonas Richard A. who has always crossed every barrier in helping students gain the Best. Dr. Winnie Joyce, Coordinator of the expert lecture series has always been the guiding source of light for the trainees of the Department. Other faculty members also have immensely contributed in the process of enabling such innovative programs for the benefit of the trainees.
Virtual Conclave on CSR
The Department of Social Work of our college organized a two-day virtual conclave on Corporate Social Responsibility on 13th and 14th August 2020.
The objective of the conclave was to provide a platform for intense learning with regard to the initiatives and implementation in the field of Social Work. The resource persons for the conclave were
1. Mr Sebi Chacko. Board member (Enable India)
2. Mr. Dominic Thomas, Associate Manager (CSR), Dr. BR and CR Shetty Foundation.
3. Mr. Prithviraj Franklin, Global Community Welfare Lead, Cognizant outreach
4. Mr. Raju Sharma, Director - CSR, Indigo (InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.).
5. Ms. Rubini Ve, Proprietor Mind Craft Café
6. Ms. Smitha B. Sreenivas, Head of CSR, Quess Corp Ltd. Bengaluru,
The session started with the silent prayer and Dr. Winnie Joyce A, Assistant Professor, delivered the welcome address. Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, delivered the inaugural address. During his address, Fr. Augustine r appreciated the department’s efforts in hosting vibrant programs giving opportunities to the participants to have a good field of shared learning. Father pointed out the significance of being socially responsible as a corporate citizen and the need of such initiatives towards the community at large
Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, welcomed the resource persons and delegates to the conclave and provided the details that were aimed for both the days. And also welcomed the participants and encouraged their efforts of having a fruitful learning.
The first session of DAY 1 was chaired by Dominic Thomas, Associate Manager of CSR in Dr. BR and CR Shetty Foundation. Mr. Dominic focussed on the need of TBL Reporting System, Global Standards for measuring impact as well as the Social Research on Investment. He further discussed about Unilever’s case study and stressed on the process and uses of Social Research on Investment in measuring the success of efforts, programs in order to continue spending as well as in analysis of created social values.
The second session of the day was chaired by Mr. Prithviraj Franklin, Global Community Welfare Lead, Cognizant outreach, Bengaluru. Mr. Franklin specifically stressed on volunteering and its necessity. He further used a website domain for making the session more interactive. Through ‘Mentimeter’ website, Mr. Franklin answered a few questions related to volunteering. In the session Mr. Franklin further spoke about Cognizant’s CSR initiatives and Statistics, Areas that Cognizant works on for community development and their very recent program in which they have started an initiative of training the teachers to take online classes.
The first session of DAY 2 was chaired by Mr. Raju , Director of CSR, Indigo (Inter Globe Aviation Ltd.). Mr. Sharma in this session focussed on the scopes and opportunities of CSR followed by highlighting the specific practices and initiatives of Indigo. Further he stressed upon the attributes of successful CSR Professionals as well as the need of developing skillset. With the advent of the global pandemic, Mr. Sharma also spoke about the need of being prepared and the necessary responses towards COVID19 as the decision making process has to be extremely strong considering the situation.
Session 2 of the day was chaired by Ms. Rubini Ve, Proprietor Mind Craft Café. Ms. Ve spoke about the CSR provisions as well as Companies Act with special mentions regarding the practicality of implementing CSR Projects. She further spoke about varied methods of implementation as discussed case studies providing fruitful insights in the field of CSR.
The final session of the conclave was chaired by the Head of CSR Quess Corp Ltd. Bengaluru, Smitha B. Sreenivas. Ms. Smitha spoke on Impact of CSR in education sector with special reference to takeaways, School Enhancement program, approach of Corporates and CSR contributory funds from 2014-2018. She further discussed case studies from Care work foundation and highlighted the need of people to consider the career in the field of CSR especially working with education sector.
Two days of intense discussion, learning and Q & A rounds enabled the participants to gain fruitful insights on the field of CSR with the active participation of all the students and thus the Virtual Conclave 2020 on Corporate Social Responsibility enabled the participants to have varied dimensions of understanding on the subject matter thereby understanding its applicability as well as it practical implications. It further widened the scopes for the participants of having a professional consideration towards CSR
National Webinar on Mental Health First Aid
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, Bengaluru organized a National Webinar on Mental Health First Aid on 24th June’20
In the ever-advancing world of competitiveness, stress and anxiety is inevitable leading to numerous disbalances in livelihood. The need of people surging a balance in their spectrums of wellbeing have become immensely important as compromising any of it leads to massive hurdles. The subject matter of Mental health has gained massive attention with regard to personal and professional wellbeing. With the ever-increasing cases of rapid deterioration of the psychic condition of the people round the globe, ensuring support and intervention for a good mental health has become immensely important.
Understanding the need of ensuring stability, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College had taken the initiative of organizing a session on mental health first aid. The Session I was handled by Dr Sanjeev Kumar M, Assistant Professor, Centre for Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management, NIMHANS. He briefed the session on the situation of COVID19 pandemic and narrated the psychosocial effects due to crisis. He explained the warning signs and symptoms of mental health issues during the period of disaster and ended the session by explaining the intervention strategies for mental health issues.
The session II was taken over by Dr Jonas Richard A with a specific focus on the skills required for psychological recovery. He recited four major steps to be followed in offering mental health first aid. He described the strategies to strengthen the capacity for psychosocial support in the context of crisis. The session rendered the valuable ways to cope with issues that have been imposed by the current pandemic.
Students of the Department from both the semesters as well as registered participants from various parts of the country benefitted by the highly informative and engaging sessions.
Webinar on Empowerment of Youth through Skill Development
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Webinar on “Empowerment of Youth through Skill Development: A Community Development Perspective” on 15th June’2020.
The fast-developing globe seeks to have the best minds at work. This, in turn, has evolved Professionalism and Skill enhancement as two major areas of concern when it comes to professional empowerment of the youth. Considering the profession of Social Work, enhancing skills has become requisite considering the dynamicity of the profession. The practise of social work in the communities is challenging and thus requires specialized mechanisms to intervene with areas of concern. Hence, developing the requisite skills become essential as it enables the social worker to intervene with all hurdles faced.
Considering the importance of the same, The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Webinar on “Empowerment of Youth through Skill Development: A Community Development Perspective” on 15th June’2020. The resource team is from Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS). The session was chaired by Sri PM Phillip, Secretary and Executive Director of FVTRS.
Mr Philip, in his address, cited the need for enhancing the skills among social workers working in the sector of community development as it involves a very convoluted and intricate process. Having skills developed will ensure that the youth can contribute effectively to the community. Mr Phillip further stressed on the fact that it's the youth of the society which has the future of India in hand and thus developing their skills is extremely important.
The students could gain a good understanding of the requisite skills of community work and the need for them to work towards enhancing and improvising their own. All the MSW students of the department and few outside participants benefitted from the session. The session was very vibrant with the active participation of all the students
FDP on Enhancing the Professional Competence of Social Work Educators
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized Three Days FDP on Enhancing the Professional Competence of Social Work Educators on 04th , 11th & 18th June 2020.
Competence is a great creator of confidence quoted by Mary Putney. Competence permits to fascinate knowledge, relate theoretical concepts, assess, and intervene with accuracy in practice. This FDP was facilitated by Dr. Selwyn Stanley, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Edge Hill University, UK to enhance the special competencies of Social Work Educators on theoretical viewpoint, fieldwork and research. The FDP was inaugurated by Fr.Lijo P Thomas, Financial Administrator and Head, Department of Computer Science. Dr Stanley initiated his discussion in explaining the nine domains of professional competencies and also the strategies to develop these competencies on each domain. He emphasized on the three sets of practice to be enhanced by the educators in the field of Social Work Education such as Evidence Based Practice, Value Based Practice and Strength Based Practice. He briefed the major components of Ethical Practice in Social Work.
On the second day Dr Stanley specified the assessment and the principles to be followed in the Practice. He indicated to train the social work students on the areas of service user (Client) and enable the students to have structured conversations to service user effectively. He also quoted few theories to practice social work with service user on a wider perspective.
Dr Stanley focused on Contemporary Social Work Research on the final day. He deliberated the three dimensions on practitioner research, intervention outcomes research and the programme evaluation. He pointed out the ethical principles in social work research. He elucidated the complete research process in the field of Social Work.
The FDP ended with the concluding remarks given by Dr Jonas Richard A, Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College. The participants expressed the positive feedback on the FDP.
Ethical Professional Practice: Above and Beyond Expectations
Social Work profession has always been aggrandized by its ethical professional practice. With a multi-dimensional aspect of career options, ethics have gained supreme importance. The overarching principles that expresses the values, standards and conduct of the profession has enabled Social Work to encompass wider prospects. Ethics has by all means enabled social work to survive as an occupational option for varied professionals in all spheres wherever applicable. Thus, understanding the need, utility as well as applicability of ethical principles in all career options for social work professional is immensely important.
Apprehending the efficacy and practicality of the same, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a two day National Webinar on Ethical Professional Practices. Experts from varied fields of Social Work, viz, Human Resource Management, Social Work with Children, Medical Social Work, Corporate Social Responsibility enunciated their thoughtful insights on Ethical Professional Practice. Cyber Ethics was also one of the important areas covered in the webinar considering its utility and ongoing unlawful usage.
Social Work trainees of the Department along with participants from various fraternities were enlightened by the informative and persuasive sessions chaired by all the connoisseurs of their respective fields. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head of the Department of Social Work, through his disquisition ensured that the participants understand the need of considering ethics as the prime basis of professional development. Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Assistant Professor and the Convenor of the Webinar as well as all the faculty members of the Department collaboratively ensured the webinar’s accomplishment.
Virtual Consultation on Pathfinding New Facet in Fieldwork Training
The curriculum of Social Work education expounds the utility of extensive practical exposure. Fieldwork, thus by default has gained paramount prominence maximising the impact of the imparted knowledge. The practicum of Social Work education agglomerates the need of having an applicability based swotting enabling the budding trainees to apprehend the crust of the rendered knowledge.
Considering the vital importance of fieldwork in Social Work education, the need of having genuine training is extremely important. Practitioners over the course of time have cognized multi facet loopholes that are gradually excavating the covenant of the education system in social work. Thus, there is a need to discern the mechanism of appraising, admonishing and ameliorating the existing discrepancies. Considering the obligatory, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College conducted a consultation on virtual platform in order to discern the new facet of fieldwork training.
The experts in the field of Social Work had put forth their valuable thoughts in the consultation bringing in dimensions of suggestions for strengthening field work education in social work practice. Experts contributed their contemplation on various areas of social work practicum so as to make field work education eloquent of all areas that are given ample important in the curriculum. The deliberation enabled an insightful understanding of necessary takes to be taken to strengthen the training of budding professionals.
MS Excel - The Obligatory Skill Requisite in Present Day Organizations and Research
With the advancement in business as well as research, the pivot of the organizations is to have a systematic database. In present day work culture, data management has emerged as one of the most important exigencies resulting to continuation and growth of the field worked for. Microsoft Excel has thus become an essential skill for every researcher as well as employee. Indigenous methods of work have been challenged by this single software which enables smoother management of data. In case of research, usage of MS excel has turned as a principle prerequisite as investigating and examining data sets have simplified resulting in quality researches. Concomitantly, in business, MS Excel has enabled employees to administer data and manage the workload.
Considering the significance of Microsoft Excel in present age, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous Bengaluru had organized a session on Microsoft Excel for the Final Year MSW Batch. The three hour session focused on the basics of Microsoft excel emphasizing on the implications of its usage on research work. Social Work Trainees focused on understanding the basics of Microsoft excel and it’s utilization in their dissertation work. The session accomplished the desired aim as the trainees were able to understand the applicability of the software.
The basic aim of the Department in organizing the session was to enable the students to have a clear understanding of Excel and its importance in managing compiled datasets. The session also aimed at enabling them to analyze their own collected data for their respective dissertations which is a part of the curriculum and is a requisite for the partial fulfillment of the course. The session was supervised and moderated by Madam Dhanamalar.M, Department of Computer Applications. The three hour session enabled the students to gain insights on the basics of the topics covered thereby enabling skill development of the trainees.
Apprehending Project Formulation – the Pre-Eminent Skill for Social Workers
In the era of development, planning has emerged as one of the important factors when it comes to professional social work practice. Social Work Profession by nature requires systematized understanding of the potential of any case, group and even community thereby utilizing the knowledge to frame the precise and unerring postulations of interventions for the projects to be undertaken. Project Formulation, thus as a skill, makes the social worker elude extraneous issues.
In view of discerning the utility and importance of Project formulation as a skill, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Bengaluru in association with Karl Kubel Institute for Development Education, Coimbatore organized “A two-day training program on Project Formulation & Skills for Social Work Professionals”. The session was presided by Dr. Tom Jose, Head, Training Division, Karl Kubel Institute for Development Education. The efficacious efforts of the Head of the Department, Dr. Jonas Richard A. and all the Faculty members of the Department enabled the students to have the opportunity to make an incisive critic and thereby develop the skill of Project Formulation.
The first day of the training was focused on enabling the students understand the utility of project formulation. Group activities, understanding the importance and applicability and determining the focus areas were a few major topics undertaken by Dr. Jose for the day. The second day of the training was focused on understanding the procedural basis of project formulation as well as its utility. Corroborating the efforts made, the students had also submitted their proposals to the Head of the Department which enabled a clear understanding of the applicability. This hence confirmed the success of the efforts made by the Department as a whole.
Completion of Action Research on Health Literacy
The students of Department of Social Work successfully completed the data collection process for the Action Research on Health Literacy promoting awareness on diabetics. This collaborative research is conducted by Baylor University, Texas, USA and Bangalore Baptist Hospital
The students of Department of Social Work, successfully completed the data collection process for the research titled on Use of an mHealth Application to improve Diabetes Health Literacy in India on 4th March 2020, the Mobile-Health Project, an action based research of Baylor University, USA in collaboration with Bangalore Baptist Hospitals
Prior to data collection, the students were oriented by Dr.Shelby Garner, Dr.Hope Koch, Ms Julia Hitchcock, Associate Professors from Baylor University, Texas. The students spent a week long time in the slums of Bangalore to test the mobile app to create awareness on diabetics and collected pre post data
The research experience for the students culminated with an award of certificates and sharing of their experiences in the field. Fr Emmanuel P J, the Director of Jayantian Extension Services awarded the certificates along with the Professors from Baylor University
National Colloquium On Ending Poverty
A National Colloquium on Ending Poverty: A Pathway to Social Justice was organized and conducted by the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, in collaboration with World Vision India on 24th February, 2020. The colloquium commenced by an invocational hymn by the department choir, followed by, Dr Jonas Richard. A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming the gathering. Dignitaries officially inaugurated the colloquium by lighting the lamp.
The Presidential address was given by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College. In his address, he spoke about the need of the hour is to close the inequality gap that exists worldwide but more so in a country like India. He also highlighted the importance to use education as a medium in empowering individuals to alienate poverty. Fr. Josekutty spoke about how essential it is to value human beings and ensure that they lead a dignified life and according to him this can be achieved only when we collectively join together to fight this war against poverty and bring about Social Justice for all.
Ms. Maria Jose, Student Representative, introduced the Chief Guest for the day, Mr Somashekhar A, BA.L, LLB (Member Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bengaluru, Urban District).
Mr Somashekhar A, in his inaugural address, spoke about the various articles that exist in the Indian Constitution such as Article, 14, 15 and 16 all of which aims at providing equality, equal opportunities for all through which eradication of poverty is possible. According to him, we already have the tools written within our constitution, our fundamental rights. He also stressed on Article, 14 (Right to Equality), Article 19, (Right to Freedom) and Article 21(Right to Life and Liberty), popularly known as the “golden triangle” of the Indian Constitution. From his professional and legal opinion, if individuals followed these articles, it is possible to alienate poverty to a large extent in the country which would ultimately result in Social Justice for all.
Technical session 1 - “Rural livelihoods: A key to Social Justice”
This session was handled by Ms Uma Mahadevan, IAS (Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj, Govt. of Karnataka). She spoke about how poverty is a multifaceted, intersectional issue that is not confined to the cliched norms that usually exist. Ms Uma also addressed the issue of protein hunger and how it is an embodiment of poverty. She mainly focused on the poverty-stricken lives of rural women, especially women who are pregnant and disabled. Her motto for the conference was to “Think globally, but act locally”. According to her, policy interventions should meet the needs of not just one category but should be inclusive in nature and should help everyone. Social justice is setting right the deprivations. She also spoke about a lifestyle that is less about consuming and more about reusing, a lifestyle that is more sustainable and responsible in nature.
Technical session 2 - “Child Labour: Is it a right or a developmental issue?”
This session was addressed by, Mr Lukose Vallatharai, IAS (Former Revenue Secretary). According to him, all children out of school are potential child labourers. He laid stress on how child labour creates a vicious cycle of low education, skill sets, a state of social seclusion, inequality and ultimately poverty and want. He also spoke about how India as a country is a generation producing half educated children, pre designed to serve higher class with cheap labour. Mr Lukose addressed as to how the poor are subsidising the rich through inadequate wages. He also spoke about various schemes and policies by the Government of India that ensures Social Justice. The session came to an end with a question and answer round.
Technical session 3 - , “Poverty: A Human Rights violation”.
This session was conducted by Ms Meera Sakseena IAS,( Former Chairperson, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission). Her deliberation was on, “Poverty: A Human Rights violation”. Ms Meera spoke about the link that is evident and present between poverty and Human Rights. According to her, everybody is equal before the law. Nobody should penalise individuals based upon the sexual orientation, but rather make it a more inclusive and secure society. The importance of voicing out against atrocities were discussed in detail. True cases, stories were also shared with the audience. She also spoke about how the poor are the worst affected and take the brunt of all human rights violations that take place. The rich will get bailed out, etc, but the poor are made scapegoats. Ms Meera spoke in detail about the legal aid provisions that are available for the poor. The session came to a close with a detailed discussion with the audience.
Technical session 4- “Labour Rights Violations: A civilized society’s response”
This was taken over by Dr Manjunath G, KLS, PhD, (Additional Labour Commissioner, Director of Karnataka State Labour Institute, Government of Karnataka). He spoke about how labour rights should be considered as basic human rights. The minimum wages and the number of hours put in to work everyday was explained in detail. The various labour laws and especially labour laws in the field of HR was also discussed. The importance of labour codes was also touched upon. The session concluded with a question and answer round.
Next, on the agenda was the Survivor’s Panel, wherein, Mr Rajendra Prabhakar, (Founding member, Eco Society India) moderated the Panel discussion. Individuals from poverty-stricken backgrounds, bonded labourers, house maids, construction workers, activists, shared their personal struggles and experiences in being under privileged and how Organizations such as World Vision have help them come up in life.
The National Colloquium came to an end with the National Anthem. This colloquium helped the participants in gaining expert opinion and guidance how to end poverty with the help of strategic goals. Participants that were present from various colleges were awarded with certificates. The Colloquium was well co-ordinated by the efforts of the Co convenors Dr. Winnie Joyce. A & Dr. Rubavel M, and the faculty members Dr. Birudu Raju & Ms. Anurupa
Bonded Labour - The Concealed Truth Of Exploitation In Present Age
With the advancement in the globe, the face of employment has also evolved. Varied opportunities of current generation employment have been introduced intumescing occupational options for people. Amid the rapid extension of possible opportunities lies the perplexing reality of the practice of Bonded Labour. This oppressive form of forced labour churns the lives of people violating their fundamental rights to live a life of their choice. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) lists bonded labour as one of the various forms of Human Trafficking in India which implies the level of heinousness that is involved in its practice. The continuation of the practice in our country implies certain complex acerbity wherein the development chart of the country is instantaneously challenged.
Understanding the extremity and graveness of the existing social issue, Final Year MSW batch, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, Bengaluru visited Visthaar, an organization functioning in collaboration with International Justice Mission, India with the purpose of interacting with the rescued case of Bonded Labour. The session involved one on one interaction with the bonded labour survivors enabling the social work trainees to understand the severity of the identified issue. The session involved a group discussion wherein the survivors shared their experiences and the efforts of IJM and Visthaar in restoring their lives back to the mainstream. It also enabled the trainees to gain insights on how the organization efficiently works towards such burning causes.
Miss Anurupa Bhattacharjee, faculty of the Department accompanied the students for the session. The session aimed at equipping the students with hands on knowledge about social issues such as bonded labour thereby identifying appropriate interventions for handling the same.
The Ebullient Field of Social Work Education
Social Work education being a practice-based profession and an academic discipline majorly aims to promote social change and development, social cohesion and empowerment thereby liberating the target population. The various methods and principles of the discipline make it a diverse field of practice opening various opportunities to apply the learning in the context of human behavior and social environment, social welfare policy, social work practice, research and field internships.
Social Work education enables students to look through the lens of understanding and working for diverse groups which are in no way confined to any ethnicity, religion or culture. This nature of the discipline brands it to be suitable from a trans-national perspective. The view can be supported from the retrieves of the session of Mr. Jomet Mani, Chief Operating Officer, YESTE Migration and Education, Australia which was conducted in the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College on 16 January 2020. He majorly briefed about the diversified scopes of social work education abroad and within the country. The competencies built during the session majorly enabled the students to look into the discipline and it’s applicability into the field of practice with adequate pragmatism. The need of developing the slightest possible skill and the importance of balancing it optimally is essential for social work education and practice to maintain the critical edges of this multitudinous practice.
With the extensive opportunities that the discipline provides to the trainees, social work is one of the most vibrant fields of education as it allows the individual to develop multifarious perspectives about the area of interest. The students during the session were enlightened to know the effervescence of the field of practice and the numerous opportunities that it provides it terms of career and growth.
Use of e-Resources in Social Work Education
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on, ‘Use of e-resources in social work education’, by Mr M S Srinivasa, Training Manager, South, (EBSCO Information Services), on 20th January, 2020
The seminar commenced with an invocation hymn seeking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir and welcoming Mr M S Srinivasa. Mr. Srinivasa commenced the session by giving a brief introduction to what exactly EBSCO as an organization does. He in detail explained as to how, EBSCO, could help the students in the field of research. Mr Srinivasa gave students an opportunity to use this database, formed through various sources such as journals, magazines and e-books. He discussed how students could use the company’s profile feature to understand organisations better from a future job perspective. SWOT analysis, business descriptions and key aspects of the organizations would also be available.
Mr Srinivasa also spoke about the various filters that exist, to make the research more accessible. This includes, limiting your research to it’s time period, pdf or html format, and even an option to listen to the audio version of the article. As to how EBSCO also gives its users opportunities to save the articles and videos offline, have the content translated in the language of the user’s choice and so forth was explained in detail. Mr Srinivasa made the lecture engaging by allowing the student to access EBSCO and have a hands-on experience.
In order to make the session more participative a quiz on the lecture was conducted at the end and the winners were awarded prizes. The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Ganga (student representative). The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn and a group photograph.
Industry’s Expectations from Budding HR Professionals
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on Industry’s expectations from budding H R professionals by Dr Madeti Victor Prasad Kumar, Vice President- H R and strategy, (Elmeasure India Private Limited), Bangalore on 18th January 2020.
The seminar commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir and an introduction to the speaker.
Dr. Madeti commenced the session by discussing the one basic principle, ‘Helping people help themselves’, that he continues to use as a foundation in all aspects of his successful career. He strongly believes that as social work professionals, the above principle has more of an impact than just helping individuals. He spoke about how there exists four key components according to the David Ulrich model to become an outstanding human resource personnel, which includes, being a strategic partner, an administrative expert, a change agent and above all and employee champion.
Dr Madeti also in detail discussed, The Great Place To Work, an institute that recognises and certifies organizations worldwide on the basis of workplace culture. He spoke about the cultural audit that organizations should follow, along with their practices to get certified. The importance as a human resource executive to understand the business of the organization, be flexible and the importance of role clarity was explained. From a professional standpoint he examined the qualities a HR personnel should posses. Dr. Madeti also spoke about the employee trust index survey that exists which includes, respect, credibility, camaraderie, etc.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Shoby (student representative). Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Dr. Madeti Victor Prasad as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
Trans-National Social Work: Scope & Opportunities
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on Transactional Social Work: Scope and opportunities on 16th January, 2020. The resource person was Mr Jomet Mani, Chief Operating Officer, YESTE Migration and Education, Australia.
The seminar commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty by the Department choir. Ms Caroline, student representative welcomed the resource person and the gathering. Mr. Robin Raju, student representative introduced the resource person while Dr Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department laid out the objectives and gave an overview of the lecture.
Mr. Jomet Mani initiated the session by introducing the topic of and life at Australia for the Social Workers. He stressed the need and importance of networking in the social work profession. The various opportunities that exist for Social Workers, including being a welfare worker, community worker, rehabilitation counsellor and recreational officer was thoroughly discussed. He also addressed the importance of being a part of the Australian Association for Social Work (AASW) if the students had aspirations to migrate to Australia.
Mr. Jomet shared his personal experiences in relation to travel as a medium to learn, experience and grow. He spoke about how his need to travel opened up opportunities in the field of Social Work and more importantly transactional social work. The various criteria’s and intricacies that exist in migrating to a new country was explained in detail. Mr. Jomet also showed videos so that the students would have a better and more wholesome understanding of the topic. He ensured that the session was interactive and engaging.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Archana Nair, student representative. Dr Rubavel, Faculty, Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Mr. Jomet Mani as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
HUMAN RIGHTS Day Celebrations
As part of the Human Rights day celebrations, the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organised a Human Rights Signature Campaign to promote Human Rights on 10th December 2019. This day is also recognised as International Human Rights Day.
Human Rights is an intrinsic part of human beings, irrespective of race, sex, nationality, etc. The signature campaign commenced with a welcome address by Ms Aishwarya Vimal (I MSW) on the brief history of Human Rights along with the articles that are present. She also spoke about the importance and need of Human Rights in the current scenario and what we can do as citizens and more importantly as human beings to help each other.
Fr Josekutty P D, the Principal of the College, in his presidential address appreciated the students for their thoughtful initiative and wished the event all the best
Fr. Augustine George (Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College), addressed the gathering on how as the youth, we have a responsibility to not only raise our voice against atrocities, but also take action when needed. Fr. Augustine George declared the platform for the signature campaign open
The social work trainees handmade a selfie frame with captions such as, I STAND FOR HUMAN RIGHTS that was placed close to the banner, which was open to students and faculty members. There was also a selfie competition that was held on Social media on who uploaded the best caption on Human Rights along with their pictures. Deans, faculty members and students of various Departments signed in support of Human Rights and also took part in the competition that was held. The event was well coordinated by the faculty and students of department of Social Work.
MoU with Baptist Hospital
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College signed a MoU with Bangalore Baptist Hospital on 28th November 2019. It is a 340 bed multispecialty mission hospital which is governed by Christian Medical College, Vellore, since 1989.
The MoU is centering on 6 major areas:
1. To conduct various collaborative programmes in the field of Health Care
2. To carry out researches in the field of Health Care.
3. To facilitate the programmes for International Students
4. To provide support towards internship for the students
5. To jointly organize academic and community programmes
6. To support the staff and students for their medical services
The MoU is signed by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D CMI, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College and Dr. Naveen Thomas, Director (CEO), Bangalore Baptist Hosiptal.
International Research Collaboration
The department social work in association with Canterbury Christ Church University, UK is planning for a joint action research in the area of Women Empowerment. Dr. Esther Coren, Assistant Director of Research, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health along with Ms Nirmala Rani, Country Head-Secret Pillow Project held a detailed discussion with Rev. Dr. Augustine George (Vice Principal & Director-In International Affairs) and the faculty members of the department of Social Work on 22nd November 2019
Power of Healing through Craft
A Workshop on Power of Healing through Craft in Social Work was organised by the Department of Social Work for the first semester social work students on 13.09.2019. Mr. Magesh E, 2nd Year MSW, was the resource person.
The workshop commenced with an invocation by the department choir. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, briefed the students about the workshop and its objectives. He pointed out the significance of crafts in keeping individuals engaged, inducing healing and stress relief. Dr. Jonas also highlighted the significance of creating a healthy place to live by getting the best out of waste.
Mr. Magesh E, 2nd Year MSW, the resource person demonstrated the participants how waste materials can be transformed into useful materials. He guided the groups in creating home décor items out of waste paper, plastic bottles, cardboards etc. The participants made alluring materials out of waste products. The craft materials were exhibited before the teachers and the other groups at the end of the session. Thirty Five Students from first semester social work took active participation throughout the session. The workshop encouraged the students to nurture their creativity and develop entrepreneurial skills within them.
Expert Lecture on Field Work
Department of Social Work organised an expert lecture on Field Work in Social Work Education: Scope and Opportunities by Fr Rubin Mathew, Assistant Director, BREADS, Bangalore on 31st August, 2019 for the first semester MSW students.
The session commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty and an introduction by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming Fr Rubin Mathew, Assistant Director, BREADS.
Fr Rubin Mathew, initiated the session by talking about the importance of understanding pathological behaviour patterns of people in communities. Fr Rubin spoke in detail about utilizing field instructions for enhancing and integrating personal and professional growth. The need for theoretical knowledge of principles, methods, etc., of social work to be practically applied in field work was explained. The importance of development of project management, project proposals and documentation skills was also touched upon.
Fr Rubin also spoke about how when being in the field of social work if something disturbs the social worker, they should be proactive and act instead of becoming emotional. The requirement to constantly improve on core skills such as observation, learning, reporting and presentation in field work and how as social workers are required to rethink, research and question was stressed upon.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Mr Robin Raju (Social Work Trainee). Dr Rubavel, Faculty Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Fr Rubin Mathew as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
Visit to Public Affairs Centre
Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an observation visit for I Semester MSW students to Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Bengaluru on 13th August 2019. It is a non-profit research organization committed to good governance by influencing the policy.
Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Faculty, Department of Social Work, introduced the agency and detailed the objective of the visit. Mr. Gurucharan Gollerkeri, Executive Director of PAC oriented the students on the importance of Profession Social Work Practice in the community. He encouraged the students on how to enhance the skills in dealing with people in the community.
The next session was taken by Dr. Meena Nair, Head of Research, PAC. She gave an overview about the functions of the organization and detailed about their current projects.
Ms. Varsha Pillai, Programme Manager spoke on the importance of communication and the effective usage of Social Media in the area of branding.
The sessions enabled the social work trainees to have a deeper and clearer understanding on the current societal issues and the stand they could take as professional social workers in bringing effective changes in the governance. The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Robin (Social Work Trainee)
Expert Lecture on Professional Social Work
Department of Social Work organised an Expert lecture on Professional Social Work: Opportunities & Challenges by Dr Jenis Mary, Vice Principal, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore on 22nd August 2019 for first semester MSW students.
The programme started with an invocation hymn invoking the blessings of the almighty and an introduction by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work welcoming Dr Jenis Mary.
Dr Jenis Mary, a vibrant personality and distinguished author of four books and number of research papers on mental health, initiated the session with an interactive game that helped set the tone for the session. She spoke in detail as to why it is important for the students as social workers working in the field, to strengthen their professional growth and enhance it, to help others in society. The importances of positive perception to face challenges as social workers were also stressed upon. Brain Training games to improve cognitive function of the students were also played.
Dr Jenis also concentrated on personality development, investment on the individual and self-enhancement, qualities that would help the students in facing challenges and opportunities in the future as social workers. The requirement to have a win-win approach in all aspects of life and its significance in the lives of the students as aspiring social workers was addressed.
The lecture came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Rekha (Social Work Trainee). Dr Winnie Joyce, Faculty, Department of Social Work, presented a memento to Dr Jenis Mary as a token of gratitude. The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn.
State Level Consultation
Department of Social Work in association with CBM India organized a State Level Consultation on Social Work Curriculum & Disability Studies on 21st August 2019. The participants are the Social Work Educators and Development Professionals
The program commenced with an invocation by the department choir. Dr Winnie Joyce A., Assistant Professor Department of Social Work & Coordinator of the Consultation welcomed the gathering. Dr Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, gave the prelude to the consultation and briefed the objectives of the consultation. Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal delivered the presidential address in which he appreciated the participant’s interest and concern towards disability studies. He also appreciated the department’s initiative in undertaking consultation in the light of the college theme for this academic year. (Empowerment through Life Long Learning & Inclusiveness)
Mr Nirad Bag, Program Manager CBM India in his inaugural address stressed the need and importance of Inclusion of Disability Studies in the Social Work Curriculum. He invited the participants to share their concerns and point out the challenges associated with the inclusion of disability-related topics in the social work curriculum.
The Perspective Building Session was engaged by Dr A. J. Christopher, Former Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College. He stressed on the major areas to be concentrated before implementing Disability Studies in Social Work Curriculum. He pointed out the need to focus more on Social Work Research not merely Research in Social Work. He stressed on the triangular integration of Education, Research and Practice. He also highlighted the importance of equipping students in researching the field of disability and detailed the different dimensions like an assessment that should be kept in mind while planning the curriculum of disability studies. He asked the participants to focus on the dimensions to come out with beneficial and concrete outcomes. After the session, the forum was open for discussion where participants shared their views regarding the discussion and clarified their doubts.
Mr H. Darwin Moses, Program Officer CBM India & Coordinator of the Consultation, briefed about CBM, their activities, achievements and upcoming projects concerning working with persons with disability. He explained the need and scope of Disability Studies in Social Work Curriculum and future scope for research in disability and inclusive social work education.
Dr Sara Varghese, Managing Trustee and Country Head CBM India, addressed the participants on the various aspects of inclusion of Persons with disability and legislations supporting the same. Followed by this, participants were divided into three groups. The syllabus of Disability Studies of different universities was discussed and they suggested possible upgradations. The suggestions were presented before the panel headed by Dr Jenis Mary, Vice-Principal, School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore.
The consultation completed with the formation of a core committee for further actions and three specific action plans.
Orientation Visit to BOSCO
Department of Social Work organised an orientation visit to Bosco Onniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) for first semester MSW students on 7th August 2019.
The session commenced with a welcome address by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work introducing Fr Varghese Pallipuram, Director, BOSCO Yuvodaya.
Following the introduction, Fr Varghese spoke to the students about the background of the organisation and the different centres across Bangalore.
He placed emphasis on the various activities such as rehabilitation programmes, counselling, vocational trainings, campaigns, child right clubs, etc., and also how the Centre acts as a Transit Home for around thirty children on a daily basis.
Fr Varghese addressed student queries, encouraged and motivated the students to pursue in the field of social work. The session was formally concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms Shruti Rudrawar. The students were accompanied by Dr Winnie Joyce and Dr Rubavel M
Orientation Visit to VISTHAR
An Orientation visit was organised by the Department of Social Work for first semester MSW students to VISTHAR Academy of Peace and Justice on 6th August, 2019
The visit began with refreshments and a formal introduction of staff and the statement of purpose of the visit by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work who also introduced Mrs Amarinder Kaur, Co-ordinator for Communication and Fund raising.
Mrs Kaur initiated the session by welcoming all the students and showed them a documentary highlighting the plight of the children under the clutches of Devadasi system. She also spoke about the educational and empowerment programmes as part of their rescue and rehabilitation initiative for Devadasis children.
Mrs Kaur stressed on the campus being an eco-sanctuary, a place for bio diversity conservation and environmental education. It was also pointed out that they offer facilities for conferences, seminars, exhibitions, etc., as a source of fund raising for VISTHAR.
A visit around the serene six acres campus revealed an organic farming site, a herbal garden and a paper recycling unit.
Sensitisation Lecture on Organ Donation
A sensitisation lecture on Organ Donation was organised by the Department of Social Work in association with Multiple Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation on 20th July 2019 for III semester MSW students.
The session began with an invocation song followed by a welcome address by Mr Mathew Robert, Student Representative. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, introduced the resource team and briefed the objectives of the lecture.
Mr.Susai Antony Raj S, Transplant Coordinator, MOHAN Foundation, started the session by detailing about the functions and the major activities of the organisation.
Followed by the introduction, Mrs Ranjini Shankar M S, Programme Manager, highlighted the roles played by Professional Social Worker as a transplant co-ordinator. She stressed on the topics like types of donation, brain death and procedures associated with organ donation. Ms Ranjini pointed out the myths associated with organ donation and elucidated the functions of Jeevasarthakathe, the state organ transplant body for cadaveric donations. Ms Ranjini also addressed student’s queries.
The lecture was formally concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Kevin Jose, Student Representative.
VISIT TO FVTRS
The Department of Social Work organized an orientation Visit to Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS) for the 2nd year of Social Work Students on 2nd July 2019. FVTRS is a Non-Profit Organization promoting vocational skill training among the dropouts since 1993.
Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head - Department of Social Work, introduced the agency and detailed the objective of the visit. Mr. P M Philip, Director of FVTRS welcomed the gathering and introduced his team. Mr. Felix D’Souza, Seniour Programme Manager, gave an overview of the functions of FVTRS and explained how they create impact on skill training among the women and youth in the community. The staff from other departments presented their programmes and elaborated their activities in the community.
Mr. P M Phillip enlightened on the roles and responsibilities of Social Workers in the community and concluded the visit with the triggering question: What is the purpose of our lives? The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Lalhruaitluangi (Social Work Trainee).
Visit to Schneider Electrics
The Department of Social Work organized an orientation visit to Schneider Electrics, Bengaluru, for the 2nd Year MSW students on 28th June 2019. Schneider Electrics SE is a French multinational corporation which is a leading manufacturer in the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centres, Infrastructure and Industries.
Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Faculty Department of Social Work, briefed the objectives of the visit to the gathering. Ms. Zara, HR – Business Partner introduced Mr. Ashok Thammaya, Director - HR to the trainees. Mr. Ashok Thammaya, Director – HR addressed the trainees and shared his experience in the field of Human Resource Management. He briefed on the practice of Social Work in HR setting and how HR specialization in Social Work is being helpful in understanding the emotional well-being of the employees. The 2nd session was taken by Ms. Zara, HR Business Partners gave an overview about the Schneider and its milestones crossed in the manufacturing sector. She explained about the policies and welfare programmes of the employees and how employees’ grievances are addressed in the company. The trainees gained insights about the organization as well as about the roles and responsibilities of a Social Worker in the Industrial Setting. The students got an opportunity to visit the manufacturing unit. The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Liya Lopez (Social Work Trainee).
Visit to Baptist Hospital
Department of Social Work organised an orientation visit to Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Bengaluru for the 2nd year Social Work students on 27th June 2019. Bangalore Baptist Hospital is a 340 bed Multispecialty Mission Hospital serving all socio-economic strata of the society and leading the way in quality healthcare in the country.
The Social Work trainees were accompanied by the faculty members. Dr. Leeberk Raja, Department of Community Medicine welcomed the gathering and Dr. Sunny Kuruvilla, Associate Director gave an overview about the hospital and its functions. He explained about their intensive work with the community in improving the health status of the marginalized group living in the rural and urban areas. The second session was handled by the Medical Social Worker who explained the practice of Social Work in the community and the application of Social Work Methods in hospital setting.
The trainees got an opportunity to interact with the Community Medicine Team and derived insightful guidance & scope and impact of medical and psychiatric social work in a hospital setting. The visit was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Jeffine Joseph (Social Work Trainee).
State Level Consultation on UN-SDG-I
part of the celebration of World Cities Day-2018, the Department of Social Work in collaboration with World Vision India, Bengaluru and International Justice Mission, Bengaluru organised a State Level Consultation on UN-SDG-1(No Poverty) on 31st October 2018 at Kristu Jayanti College. The participants include Heads from various schools of social work, Senior faculty members, NGO Directors, Youth representing different communities and students from various colleges
According to Mahatma Gandhi, “Poverty is the worst form of Violence”. The Sustainable Development Goals, laid down by the United Nations, is the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face including those related to poverty, inequality, climate and environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.
The SDG-1 is a bold commitment to end poverty in all its varied dimensions by 2030. While global poverty rates have been brought down by more than half since 2000, one-tenth families in developing regions still live below the international poverty line of US$1.90and millions make only little more than this amount. Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the most significant challenges facing humanity. Rapid economic growth in countries like India and China has enabled millions to out of poverty, but progress has been uneven.
The objective of the consultation was to take steps to end poverty in all its forms and to facilitate the growth of sustainable and resilient cities.
Dr Jonas Richard A (Head, Department of Social Work) elucidated the sustainable development goals of the UN and the significance behind celebrating the World Cities Day on October 31 every year. Dr Jonas also highlighted the characteristics of the poor community, poverty cycle and its adverse effects.
Mr.Vetri Selvan John K (Program Manager, World Vision India, Bengaluru) began his keynote address by appreciating the college for being recognised by the UN for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal-1. He briefed about World Vision India and their attempts to alleviate poverty. He explicated about SDG-1, the features and significance of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Miss Sashmeeta Mulmi (Director, Strategic Management International Justice Mission, Bengaluru) briefed about the forces that led to the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the need to address the problem of poverty at the earliest.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel PJ (Director, Jayantian Extension Services) highlighted the contributions that can be made by an individual towards the attainment of the Sustainable Developmental Goals.
An Open House discussion moderated by Dr Victor Paul (Head, Department of Social Work, Christ University, Bengaluru) helped the participants to understand and deliberate the concept of poverty and the need to build sustainable and resilient cities. The participants discussed pertinent issues like the ignorance of the public about relevant legislation, faulty urban planning, identity crisis, the lack of access to government services and traumatising the poor. The discussion stressed the importance of the development of rural areas and the significant factors that propels poverty-related issues like migration, wage differences, lack of education, lack of employment opportunities and the breakdown of the administrative system. The community members highlighted the behavioural characteristics of the slum dwellers which needs to be modified and the need for awareness programs in the slums. During the discussion, the participants also highlighted the problem of ineffective city planning, and the need to view poverty from the grass root level, conservation of nature and its resources, promotion of street vending policies, promotion of pedestrian rights and urban farming and migrant friendly education.
Dr.Victor Paul concluded the discussion by stressing that each can play a pivotal role in eradicating poverty. He highlighted the need to have a positive outlook and collective action and networking while working towards alleviating poverty. The afternoon session, witnessed the participants tracing out the significant issues evident in their allotted community. Each group comprising of faculty members, student representatives and community members came up with possible intervention strategies. The first group - Gangondanahalli Village discussed unemployment and drug addiction issues. The utilisation of the PMKV program, implementation of skill development and vocational training programs were the suggested interventions to address the issue. The second group - Anjanappa Garden Area discussed issues like alcohol, drug addiction and health issues. Challenges in identifying the real beneficiaries were acknowledged and highlighted by the group. Implementation of skill development and vocational training programs, regular health check-ups from government hospitals were suggested as remedies to solve the issues.
The third group identified that the lack of transportation facilities and medical facilities, improper waste management system, alcoholism, street dog attack, the poor infrastructure of schools were the factors that troubled the residents of Veerabhadra Nagar. Implementation of the proper waste management system, signature campaign, citizen voice action method was suggested as a solution.
The fourth group focused on the issues in Peenya. They focussed on the issues related to APL and BPL recognition, improper traffic system, lack of hospitals, murder, drug addiction, gang teasing, water scarcity, lack of sanitation facilities, child labour and child abuse.
Sri Bhuvaneshwari Nagar residents formed the fifth group. They identified Lack of public awareness, increased number of school dropouts, alcoholism, lack of family planning and improper finance management. They suggested solutions like the implementation of self-help groups, skill development and vocational training programs for unemployed youth.
Rev. Fr. Josekutty PD (Principal, Kristu Jayanti College) as the valedictorian, highlighted the significance of networking in addressing the issue of poverty and stated love, care and respect as the three dominant values required by each to lead their life happily. Father appreciated World Vision and International Justice Mission’s initiatives towards promoting social well-being.
Outcome: The consultation on Urban Poverty added more understanding to the knowledge of the participants in the field of poverty in all its forms and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This consultation is indeed a step forward in addressing the poverty at the community level by networking through academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and community members to work on the operational plan for a year and strategic plan for three years.
Feedback: The participants are grateful to Kristu Jayanti College for organising such an insightful consultation on Urban Poverty in collaboration with World Vision India and International Justice Mission as it provided them ample knowledge about the topic and a platform to share their views and devise solutions to address the issue
Research Experience Sharing by MSW Students
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with Childline India Foundation and Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) researched Socio-Economic Need Assessment of Children in Contact with Railway Stations in Bangalore City during July- September 2018. The investigators (III Semester MSW Students) shared their experiential learning on 22nd September 2018. The session was chaired by Rev. Fr Augustine George, Vice Principal
The programme began with an invocation song by the department choir and welcome by Ms Wom-ieh-Mika Lyngdoh Student Representatives came forward and shared their experience with specific reference to their personal and professional learnings. Many of them expressed that they developed an attitude of gratitude toward their parents and appreciated the gift of education.
Dr Jonas Richard, Head, Department of Social Work, thanked Fr Augustine George, Vice Principal for all his support and guidance towards this research. He also thanked the students and congratulated them for their contribution in completing this research on time. Rev. Fr. Agustine George, Vice Principal, congratulated the students and faculty for having taken up this research which is socially contributing and needed for the time.
Mr Albin Jose proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the students. The programme ended with a group photo.
Presentation of the Research Findings
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with Childline India Foundation and Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) researched Socio-Economic Need Assessment of Children in Contact with Railway Stations in Bangalore City. The findings of the study were presented for the collaborating partners in college on 20th September 2018.
The Presentation started with a welcome address by Dr Winnie Joyce A., Faculty, Department of Social Work and one of the members of the research team.
Dr Emmanuel Daniel, Faculty, Department of Social Work and the member of the research team presented the significant finding of the research study. The contents of the presentation include Basic statistics related to children, Objectives of the study, the methodology adopted and significant findings. The presentation ended with the recommendations for each stakeholder namely, Childline India Foundation, BOSCO, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Railway authorities and Police officials.
After the presentation, the floor was open for discussions, and the members present clarified their doubts. A brief note followed the presentation by Mr S. Arunmozhi, Senior Coordinator - Programs (APPI), Childline India Foundation and he appreciated the efforts taken by Department of Social Work and BOSCO towards this meaningful social contribution.
Dr Justin Nelson Michael, Director, Centre for Research, Kristu Jayanti College spoke about the different research projects the college is currently working on in collaboration with various institutions.
Rev. Fr. Panthackal Rubin SDB, Director, BOSCO, thanked the college management and the research team for their support throughout the research and further shared his ideas about collaborating with the department for more such programmes.
Rev.Fr. Josekutty P.D., Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, in his concluding remarks, highlighted the relevance of such researches in today's context and encouraged the Department of Social Work to take more such action researches for the benefit of the society.
Dr Jonas Richard A. Head, Department of Social Work, and the Principal Investigator thanked all the collaborating partners for their trust in the research capability of the department of social work and the management of the college for the opportunity and the support provided in completing this research on time.
MoU for Research Collaboration
The Department of Social Work signed an MoU with Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO) on 27th June, 2018. BOSCO is a registered Non Profitable Charitable Organization constituted in 1980, offers services to the Young at Risk like - children living on the streets, child labourers, abandoned / orphaned children, victims of drug abuse, victims of child abuse, begging children, rag pickers etc
A baseline study is proposed to be conducted on behalf of BOSCO and Childline Foundation, New Delhi by the Department of Social Work.
The aim of the baseline study is to do a need assessment among the “run-away children” identified in the KSR Bengaluru Railway Station and to recommend intervention strategies for rescue and rehabilitation of these children.
The MoU is signed by Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D CMI, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College and Rev. Fr. Panthackal Rubin SDB, Director, Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO).
State level Consultation on launching Campaign against Child Sexual Abuse
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore and World Vision India (A humanitarian organisation working for the care and protection of children) Bangalore jointly organised a State Level Consultation on Launch of Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse on 23rd January 2018.
This is the second phase of state level consultation on the above theme. The participants of the consultation include social work educators, students of social work from various colleges and community volunteers from Bangalore, Mysore, Kolar and Tumkur region.
The program commenced with the welcome address by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work where he highlighted the problems of child sexual abuse and the statistics of the same in India and in Karnataka. It was followed by lighting the candles on the pictorial representation of India map symbolising the unity and voice of the citizens to prevent child abuse. Shri. Mathaikutty John, Senior Manager, World Vision India, Bangalore put forth the proposal of launching of a campaign against Child sexual abuse where he briefed on the statistics of child abuse in the state of Karnataka and the channel through which this inhuman activity can be put a stop. Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal & Director, International Affairs, Kristu Jayanti College appreciated World Vision India for taking a lead along with the Department of Social Work of the college. He also emphasised the need for responding to this silent violence against children. Shri. Vetriselvan John, Programme Manager, World Vision India, Bangalore brought into light of the action plan with regard to launching of a campaign against child sexual abuse in which the issue can be addressed legally, socially, physically and mentally.
After a short tea break, the participants were divided into twelve groups for discussion. The discussions were moderated Dr. Winnie Joyce A. and Dr. Emmanuel Daniel. Each group had to design action plan for the next three years to educate the community. The groups presented their action plan respectively. The action plans recommended by the groups were comparable which included Awareness programs like street plays, wall paintings, rallies, hand bill printing and providing counselling, initiating child welfare committees, sensitizing the issue to parents, schools and community based organisation and children groups, counselling in schools and colleges, networking with the police authorities, social media, strengthening government policies, self defence training and conducting advocacy programs with child related organisation. These plans would be implemented in the slums by the allotted groups for the next three years. The program drew to a close with a note of gratitude by Dr. I. Jerry Richards, Faculty, Department of Social Work followed by the National Anthem.
State level Consultation on launching Campaign against Child Sexual Abuse
The Department of Social Work, in collaboration with World Vision India, BOSCO, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Child Rights Trust, Dream India Network and ECHO organized a State Level Consultation on Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse on 25th, November 2017. The program commenced with a welcome address by Dr. Jonas Richard A, (Head, Department of Social Work) who encouraged the participants to contemplate on the present physical conditions in which children lives in. Dr. Richard mentioned that the world is a bad place not because of the bad people who do evil but because of the good people who do nothing.
The event was followed by a prelude to the consultation by Shri. Mathai Kutty (Sr. Manager, World Vision India). Mr. Kutty presented startling statistics with regard to the number of children abused in India, the number of cases reported and the reasons for the same. He also spoke about the recent research that was carried out by World Vision and according to it an alarming number of children do not report abuse due to fear of the retaliation by the abuser and social stigma attached to it.
Fr. Josekutty, P.D, (Principal, Kristu Jayanti College) in his presidential address highlighted the lawmakers and the policy makers in the country should be assisted with the support from the civil society to eradicate child sexual abuse in India. He also commended the efforts of World Vision India, BOSCO and other proactive NGOs who have come together for a noble cause of eliminating social evils in the country.
The consultation was followed by a talk delivered by Smt. Suja Sukumaran, (Chief Functionary, Enfold Proactive Health Trust) and she reiterated the significance of generating awareness amongst parents and children with respect to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO Act). Ms. Sukumaran also explained the key features and provisions of POCSO Act and emphasized the need on educating children by their parents on specific areas like good and bad touch, handling of private parts that will assist children in protecting themselves and that will go a long way in building a safe psychological climate for the young ones. The session was further facilitated by Fr. Mathew Thomas, (Executive Director, BOSCO) who stimulated the participants to come up with doable suggestions and action plans to prevent child sexual abuse. Some of the suggestions comprises drafting academic curriculum to educate children on their body, conducting regular meetings with parents, providing training to handle strangers, encouraging children to speak their mind when they are in distressful situations, etc. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Shri. K. Vetriselvan John, (Programme Manager), World Vision India.
Outbound Academic Exposure
The Department of Social Work organized an Outbound Academic Exposure for the third semester students to Hyderabad from 20th to 24th November 2017. The students were accompanied by Dr. Winnie Joyce A. and Dr. Emmanuel Daniel, Faculty Coordinators. The main objective of the exposure was to gain new learning experiences through active professional engagement with experts in the field. On 21st November, the students along with the faculty members visited Sweekar Upkar Hospital, an institution working for the children with intellectual development disorder. The students were guided by an administrative staff and were taken to the different departments of the hospital. The students also had an opportunity to interact with the patients and to get exposed to different training methods to overcome the daily challenges. Dr. Hanumantha Rao, Founder and Executive Director, Sweekar Upkar Hospital addressed the students on the various kinds of intellectual disabilities of children and eventually highlighted the key role played by psychiatric social workers in rehabilitating them.
On the 22nd November the team headed to Wonderla as part of their recreation. On 23rd of November the students along with the faculty members visited the Pepsico India Holdings Pvt Ltd to understand the operational functions of human resource department. Mr. Naveen Rajesh, Asst. HR Manager of the firm emphasized on the role of HR managers and a plethora of labour welfare measures in the company for the welfare of the employees.
The students visited Bosco Institute of Research and Development for Youth (BIRDY), an institution working exclusively for the development of the youth in the country. The students get acquainted with the objectives and functions of the institution in developing the young population.
The students were learning various things from the new surroundings. The study tour was really a learning experience wherein they got an opportunity to explore new places and understood the role of HR managers, psychiatric and development social workers.
Theatrical Play on Bhopal Gas Tragedy
The Department of Social Work organized a theatrical play on Bhopal gas tragedy, “We all live in Bhopal” in collaboration with Visthar, a Non-Governmental Organization committed to social justice and peace on 13th, November 2017. The Bhopal gas tragedy, was a gas leak incident in Madhya Pradesh, India in 1984 where over 5,00,000 people were exposed to lethal chemicals due to the sheer negligence by Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant . It was also India’s first major industrial disaster which turned the city into a vast gas chamber.
Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work welcomed the gathering which was followed by the presidential address by Rev Fr. Emmanuel P.J., Faculty, Department of Psychology and Member of Management Committee, Kristu Jayanti College. The theatrical play was directed by Dr. David Selvaraj, Founder Visthar. The programme was attended by the students of Gustavus Adolphus College, USA, Visthar and other departments of Kristu Jayanti College.
The play tried to explore the stories of the survivors, activists and also of the Dow Chemical Company to understand their perspectives on the tragedy. The play incorporated five scenes where the crew portrayed the impacts of the tragedy, the inability of the Government to provide a safe and secure surrounding and the stories of the survivors. The renowned activists like Champadevi Shukla, Rachna Dhingra, Sathinath Sarangi, Rashida Bee, Sarah were some of the characters portrayed and emphasized their perspectives on the tragedy. The play ended with the crew raising voice against the injustice of the Government and the solutions that can be provided for a better future which can happen only with the efforts of the citizens of our country. Queries were raised from the crowd gathered for understanding the issue in a broader perspective and were clarified by Mr. David Selvaraj and Dr. S. P. Udayakumar (Anti-Nuclear Activist, India) simultaneously.
State Level Consultation on Prohibition of Child Marriage: Prevention and Challenges
The Department of Social Work of our college collaborated with Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, World Vision India, UNICEF and BOSCO Bangalore for organizing a State Level Consultation on Prohibition of Child Marriage: Prevention and Challenges on 25th September, 2017 at SCM House, Bangalore
The consultation was organized aiming at discussing the issues and challenges in recent amendments of Child Marriage Act, the practical challenges to prevent child marriages and strategies to end child marriages in Karnataka. The programme was coordinated and sponsored by World Vision India Mr. Mathaikutty, Senior Manager World Vision India welcomed the gathering. The occasion was graced by Dr. Kripa Amar Alva, Chairperson, State Commission on Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR). Madam in her inaugural address expressed her thoughts on the irony of being in a modern society of the 21st century yet being bound by Child Marriage, a customary practice of the bygone era. She further elaborated through relevant examples about the various reasons regarding the existence of Child Marriage and the steps taken by the Government to eradicate it. This was followed by a presentation on Prohibition of Child Marriage by Mr. Vasudeva Sharma, Executive Director, Child Rights Trust (CRT), Bangalore. Mr. Sharma in his session stressed on the various causes leading to child marriage with specific reference to Karnataka. The session on the recent amendments of Child Marriage Act of Karnataka State was taken up by Ms. Rohini Hiremath, Deputy Director, Child Marriage Prohibition Cell. She initiated a discussion on procedures in prohibition of Child Marriage and arresting loopholes in the implementation of the act. Mr. Anthony C., Chief Functionary, Anthyoda, Bagalkot district and Dr. Issabella Xaviour, Founder, NGO Sadhna shared about their experiences in taking a step towards preventing Child Marriage. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, moderated a discussion on the prevention strategies wherein the participants were divided into groups and given tasks to list down the legal, social, educational, religious and cultural dimensions as prevention strategies which can be applied in eradicating Child Marriage. Mr. Sonykutty George from UNICEF shared his valuable insights on the concept of Child Marriage and mentioned how preventive measures should be designed in accordance to the changing times. The program concluded with an appreciation speech by Ms. Tabitha, Technical Specialist, World Vision India. This was followed by sharing of feedback by the participants and award of certificates to all the participants There were about 90 participants representing different NGOs from Karnataka along with the MSW students of our college.
“Mitra Milan”, an interactive session with the students of Gusta Vas Adolphus College and Concodia College, Minesota University, United States of America
The Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore organized “Mitra Milan”, an interactive session with the students of Gusta Vas Adolphus College and Concodia College, Minesota University, United States of America in collaboration with Visthar Academy of Peace and Justice on 7th of September, 2017.
The students from the United States were accompanied by Dr. Cindy Johnson, Professor, Minesota University, USA and Ms. Shanti, Program Co-ordinator, Visthar Academy. The session commenced with a visual media illustration of the Kristu Jayanti Campus and the courses and facilities offered for the students which helped the guests to get a picture about the activities and different programs in the campus. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College in his welcome address highlighted the importance of this intercultural interaction to understand the diversity and welcomed the possibilities of future collaborations and partnerships with Mineosta University. And subsequently the Student Co-ordinator made a brief presentation about the Department of Social Work. The interactive session was facilitated by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work that comprised of group activities. In the first activity, the students were categorized into pairs and each pair was made to interact and get acquainted with one another. The second activity consisted of formation of several groups wherein each group had to come up with the Dreams, Challenges and their views on Social Justice. Subsequently, each group was asked to discuss on the same. Finally, Dr. Johnson thanked the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College for organizing ‘Mitra Milan’, an interactive session and showed her willingness to work in partnerships with Kristu Jayanti College on significant contemporary research areas in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. The curtains of the session came down with a note of gratitude by the Student Co-ordinator and the participants sung the National Anthems of both USA and India.
Project Evaluation Completion
The Department of Social Work, of our college has successfully completed the evaluation of a health development project for World vision India recently. The field validation took place during May and June 2017.
As part of ensuring achievement of child wellbeing outcomes in all its target communities, World Vision India has initiated a project with financial support of the Baxter International to strengthen the mother and child care system. World Vision India has developed a mobile technology solution and it introduced in three Public Health Centers (PHC) of Bangalore City as a pilot project in the name of mHealth project and it is called as “Sishu Janani Seva” in Kannada. The main focus of the project was to strengthen the delivery of health services to the communities and to reduce the manual intervention of health workers for data collection and consolidation and enable them to have more time for interaction with pregnant women, new mothers and children.
The overall objective of this evaluation was to study the progress made towards achieving the project goal, specifically to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of mHealth application, identify the gaps in implementation of the app and to recommend suggestions for strengthening the delivery of health services to the communities. The final report submission, exit meeting and the presentation of study findings to BBMP health officials took place on 6th September 2017
Experimental Economics: Women Entrepreneurship in Karnataka
The Department of Social Work of Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore organized a program on Experimental Economics: Women Entrepreneurship in Karnataka on 19th August 2017. The program included the students from M.S.W., M. Com (FA) and MA Economics. The Resource persons of the day were Prof. Kenta Tanaka and Prof. Yuko Nikaido, (Professor of Economics, Musashi University, Tokyo, Japan), Dr. Jesim Pais, Director, Society for Social and Economic Research (SSER), New Delhi. The program started off with the welcome speech by Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work wherein the Resource persons were given cordial welcome to the program.
The Resource persons were then introduced by Ms.Teringwar, Ms. Meera and Ms. Shruthi, students of MSW respectively. The introductory session was followed by a short description on Experimental Economics by Dr. Jesim Pais. Subsequently the participants were made to do the activities wherein primarily the students were given a paper and had to write either of the plans (Plan A / Plan B) as per the instructions. The objective of this activity was to create an understanding on earning money with the relevant strategic methods of business. In the second activity the students were given an instrument called as ‘Pedometer’ and had to write the readings on the meter on the paper given. This activity was done three times on the basis of three different perspectives. The purpose of this activity was to build knowledge on running an individual business and a joint business. The final activity was dividing the students according to the respective ID in which they were categorized as senders and receivers. The former group had to write an amount irrespective of their interest thereby analyzing the amount that will be received by the latter group.
The students were also asked to fill the questionnaire regarding the students’ details as well as general questions. The findings for their survey were based on the above activities conducted to find out the Women Entrepreneurship in Karnataka. The aim was to make realize the students about the tactics and facts of business
The program concluded with the thanksgiving address by Ms. Alphonsa Jose.
World Social Worker’s Day Celebration
The Department of Social Work organized an exhibition on account of World Social Workers Day on the 24th March 2017. The chief Guest for the Function was Rev. Fr. Riju Jose Vazhaparambil, Executive Director of Pastoral Sociology Institute, Bangalore.
Fr. Riju Jose addressed the students on the importance and need of social workers in today’s sophisticated society. He stated that the profession of social work should manifest itself through the ‘Power of Love’ rather than the ‘Love of Power’. He urged the students to have a passion to reach out to people, have an innovative approach in solving social issues & be abreast of all that is happening around to make a lasting impact in the society.
Fr. Jose appreciated the members of the Department of Social Work for their efforts in making the exhibition a reality. The exhibit consisted of Charts & models which depicted a wide area of the role of Social Workers in the present day scenario.
Visit to St. John’s Hospital
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an observation visit for the 2nd year MSW students on 11th July 2016. Mrs. Eliza, Head of the Social work Department at St. John’s Hospital gave an overview of the history and the structure of the Department of Medical Psychiatry. Through her vast experience in the field of medical psychiatry she could enlighten the trainees on the Counselling and on how to maintain the professional relationship with the clients. Later Mr. Biju and Mr. Sachin briefed on the Renal Social Work (Pediatric Nephrology) and the Emergency Social Work respectively.
The students were given an opportunity to visit the Physical Medical Rehabilitation ward (PMR) and the Dialysis ward where they witnessed real life situation of the patients. The supervisors of the respective wards briefed the departmental operations to the trainees.
Field Visit to PAC (Public Affairs Centre)
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an orientation visit for the 2ndyear MSW students to Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Bengaluru on 15 July 2016. It is a non-profit research organization committed to good governance by influencing the policy.
The faculty members of Public Affairs Centre, Dr. Meena Nair, Dr. Iyer, Dr. Basil and Dr. Vivek held sessions on the various aspects and activities of the organization like, Citizen Voice and Action Support Group (CASG), Citizens Report Cards (CRC), Community Score Cards (CSCs), Governance Indicators and Performance, and Tools developed for effective monitoring.
The sessions enabled the social work trainees to have a deeper and clearer understanding on the current societal issues and the stand they could take as professional social workers in bringing effective changes in the governance.
Industrial Visit to Schneider, Bangalore
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized an observation visit on 15th July 2016 to Schneider Electrics, the Global specialist in energy management and automation. Mr. Panduranga Reddy, The HR Manager and his team guided the trainee students through the company briefing on the technical aspects of the process undertaken to manufacture capacitors and panels.
The students were given a wide understanding on the organization and the role played by the Human Resource Department in ensuring smooth functioning of the employees in the manufacturing unit. The employee friendly policies practiced along with the strategies undertaken for employee engagement and employee satisfaction were explained in detail. The inputs received on the role of the professional social worker in human resource management enriched the students add to their knowledge pool on the essentials of people management skills in order to strengthen the workforce and ensure productivity.
Social Work Camp 2017
The Social Work Camp organized by the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, in collaboration with Pastoral Sociology Institute (PSI), Malur, commenced from the 30th of March to 8th of April 2017. The camp was conducted at Siddanahalli village in Kolar District. The place is known for its dairy farms and rose plantations.
The main objective of this camp was to provide the emerging social workers an exposure to rural life and the challenges faced by the members of the rural community. The camp also provided an opportunity to the budding social workers to put their social work skills and techniques into action.
The visit had various themes for each day of the camp. They include, Waste management, Women Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Awareness on Alcoholic abuse, Sports Day, Prevention of Child abuse, Environmental Protection and Medical Camp.
Annual Study Tour
The Department of Social work organizes annual study tour to visit Delhi- Agra- Manali from 21st September 2016- 26th September 2016. The annual study tour aims at providing orientation to the students on the functioning of organizations in various social work settings namely Community Development, HR, Medical and Psychiatry. The yearly study tour allows students to choose national or international destinations that harbour potential organizations for orientation and places for sightseeing. The study tour included visits to NGOs like HIV/ AIDS Alliance and Varalakshmi Foundation (CSR Activities- GMR) in Delhi.
Road Safety Awareness Campaign
The Department Of Social Work organised Road Safety Awareness Campaign on January 29, 2016. The program was organized with the intention of creating awareness among the students of Kristu Jayanti College regarding the importance of following the traffic rules. Students performed various skits to depict the advantages of following the traffic rules and if not followed then the consequences to be faced.
EXHIBITION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION
The students of the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College observed ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ on 21st September 2015. The programme included a Mime and Poster exhibition and Documentary shows on suicide prevention.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the Principal of Kristu Jayanti College, Rev. Fr Josekutty P.D. The students displayed their creativity. About forty-five posters were displayed. These posters were displayed to spread a message on suicide prevention. The exhibition was attended by 250 students from various departments.
VISIT TO VATSALYA CHARITABLE TRUST
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a visited Vatsalya Charitable Trust on October 19, 2015. Vathsalya Charitable Trust, a secular, non-profit, non-government organization working for the welfare of the deprived and the abandoned children of the society. Students were able to understand the organizational structure of Vatsalya and understand the procedures of adoption and policies and programmes for the protection of children of working mothers from lower socioeconomic status. Around 50 students benefitted from the visit.
Intensive campaign -'Hunger kNOw More'
The Department of Social Work in association with World Vision India, Bangalore organized an intensive campaign with the theme 'Hunger kNOw More' on September 4, 2014. The objective of this program was to spread awareness about Hunger- as a World in the campus.
The campaign was inauguration by Fr. Josekutty P D, the Principal. Mr Joseph Wesley, Head of Bangalore operations of World Vision India, addressed the gathering on the issues related to hunger and poverty. Rare photographs and students creations of short films, photographs, paintings and collages on hunger were displayed as part of the exhibition. The WISH TREE concept of expressing the participants' wish for a hunger-free world was a major attraction of the campaign. Various competitions like Photography, Slogan writing, Painting were conducted.
Exhibition on World Aids Day
Department of Social Work organized an exhibition on December 1, 2014, to created awareness about AIDS. The initiatives were taken by the students of IV semester M.S.W. Students prepared badges symbolizing AIDS and distributed to students of Kristu Jayanti College. Quotations about the prevention of AIDS on chart papers were displayed on the college notice board and classroom notice board.
Visit to the Central Prison
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organized an orientation visit to the Central Prison, Parapana Agrahara Bangalore, on February 13, 2015. The purpose of the visit was to orientate the students on the role of social worker in the correctional setting (Prisons setting), which includes the therapeutic interventions, the need-based programme for the prisoners, rehabilitation of the prisoners, reintegrating the prisoners with their families and community and prevention of crime. The students had an enriching learning experience during the visit.
Orientation Visit to Unibic Biscuits India
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College, organized an orientation visit to Unibic Biscuit Pvt Ltd, Bangalore on September 9, 2014. The visit aimed to understand the role of social worker in the field of human resource management of industrial fields. Students learned about the functioning of the company and the problems and needs of employees who are working at the company during the visit.
Visit to Visthar
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a visited Visthar on August 18, 2014. Visthar is a non-profit organization committed to enabling women, children and other marginalized sections to realise their rights. Students interacted Mr.Roshan, Programme officer of Visthar to know more about the agency and how to respond to issues of poverty, displacement, gender discrimination and social exclusion.
Students visited the paper manufacturing unit, where handmade paper and paper products are produced. They spent time in the Meditation centre and discussed the importance of propagating messages of peace and harmony in the society. Students also visited the seminal hall where Mr. Roshan gave a presentation on Visthar and its programs for trainees.
Orientation Visit to B.I.R.D.S
The students of Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti Collge visited B.I.R.D.S on August 21 2014, to get an overall understanding of the agency and its efforts of bringing about a social and economic transformation in the villages throughout India. The visit also aimed at inculcating the knowledge of the existing reality of people in many villages and the use of community organisation as a medium of change.
BIRDS (Brothers Integrated Rural Development Services) is a functional unit of the Sacred Heart Brothers started to focus its involvement in various community development programs in remote parts of States of Karnataka. Students learned about the contribution to the Society by educating the children and also providing enough resources for their holistic development during the visit.
Orientation Visit to Manna Trust
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a field visit to Manna Developmental Disability Center, Bangalore on August 13, 2014. The visit aimed to create a better understanding of the function of the agency working for the welfare of the mentally disabled children. The visit also aimed to create awareness about the role of Social Worker in the child development agencies.
Mrs Candida the founder of Manna Trust, interacted with students and explained the principles and functions of the organisation. The students also interacted with employees and beneficiaries of the Trust.
Orientation Visit to Lovedale Foundation
The Social Work Department organised a visit to Lovedale Foundation on August 12 2014, to get an overall understanding of the agency and its efforts of bringing about a social and economic transformation in the lives of woman and children living in and around the city of Bangalore. The trainees observed various kinds of activities carried out by Lovedale Foundation in the areas of education, vocational training, nutrition and women empowerment.
The visit helped the students to inculcate the knowledge of the existing reality of the children from various low economic and social background and as a social work trainee how one could contribute to this matter of concern.