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International Social Work Day Organized

“Social Work knows no Religion or Language, only how to help people.”: Dr. B. P. Sahu

Khanapara, March 17, 2015: The department of Social Work of University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) celebrated the International Social Work Day on March 17, 2015 with a daylong programme. The event was inaugurated by Dr. B. P. Sahu, Professor, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, NEHU Shillong by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The other delegates present in the inaugural session were Dr. M. Gangabhushan, Associate Professor, Dept. of Social Work, Assam University, Silchar; Mr. Manoj Kr. Das, Director, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship; Dr. R. M. Pant, Director, NIRD, Guwahati; Mr. D. Savio Lakhra, Project Manager, Assam State Child Protection Society. Also present on the occasion were the people from different communities living just outside the perimeters of USTM

Dr. B. P. Sahu delivered a talk on the topic: “Scope of Social Work Practice in North East India” and narrated the potentials and opportunities of the profession of Social Work in recent times. Keeping in tune with this year’s theme of International Social Work Day ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’ he quoted the mantra of Social Work as “Social Work knows no Religion, Social Work knows no Language, it only knows how to help people in different circumstances”. He appealed to the students, “Devote your time and energy as students only for the rest two years which will pay you in the long run in life”. During his deliberation on the topic: “Youth and Dignity and Worth of People” Dr. R. M. Pant elucidated how NIRD works for people in rural areas. Manoj Kumar Das spoke on the topic: “Role of Entrepreneurship”. He talked on how social entrepreneurship was established in India. Dr. M. Gangabhushan deliberated on the topic: ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’.

An Employers’ Meet was also organized on the occasion which was attended by NGOs like Action Aid International, Red Cross Society, IIE, NACO etc. The participating NGOs talked of the opportunities available in their organizations and the kind of workers they approach to work for them. This initiative of the Department of Social Work, USTM will pave a way for its students to get absorbed after they pass out. The Employers’ Meet was chaired by B. I. Laskar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, USTM.

The students of Department of Social Work, USTM had also organized an Exhibition on the occasion. The Exhibition was based on the compiled field work reports by the students of the department during their course of study in USTM.



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