Department of Social Work collaborated with Rajagiri outREACH and District Administration of Ernakulam to distribute Food and Health Provision Kits, to the needy Guest workers, Fishermen and their families. The kit distribution was done in the coastal areas of Chellanam Grama Panchayat in Ernakulam on May 21, in Sreemoolanagaram Grama Panchayat on May 11 and Government L.P. School, Ernakulam on May 14. The kits were distributed by Dr. Fr. Saju M. D. (Vice-Principal and Associate Director, RCSS), Dr. Fr. Joseph M. K. (Head, Department of Social Work RCSS) and Fr. Shinto Joseph (Assistant Director, RCSS). The kit distribution at Chellanam Grama Panchayat had the presence of Shri. S. Suhas IAS, District Collector Ernakulam, who had inaugurated the distribution.View Image Gallery
A webinar was daised on June 5, titled ‘Social Work Response during Pandemic: Education, Research and Practice’, which was chaired and moderated by Dr. George Palattiyil (MSW Programme Director and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy University of Edinburgh). The webinar had 7 invited speakers and 102 participants.
The Department of Social Work, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences organized a three day webinar on the theme 'Current Practices, Strategies and Challenges in Social Work Education' from July 22 to 24 , 2020. The main themes for the Webinar were:
The Webinar was hosted on Google meet platform and a total of 252 participants registered for the programme. Among the registered participants, 33 participants submitted abstracts and full papers and presented papers at the Webinar.
The Department of Social Work in association with OYSTER (Organization of Yester Year Students of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences) and International Justice Mission jointly organized a National Webinar on July 25, 2020 on the topic, “The Role of Youth in the Prevention of Cyber Crime with a focus on Human Trafficking with 258 participants. The Keynote address was delivered by Sri. K.T. Nisar Ahammmed (District Judge Member Secretary, Kerala State Legal Service Authority). Dr. Kiran Thampi (Assistant Professor, Dept of Social Work, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous) and Adv. Reni K Jacob (Legal Consultant, IJM Chennai) were the moderators for the webinar.
The webinar on the mental health of youth I’m ok/ I’m not ok – How do we know started at 9.30 am. The medium was zoom. The meeting was organized under SWARAJ. The program started with the welcome speech by Dr. Rajeev S.P who is the faculty coordinator of SWARAJ. Dr. Fr. Joseph M.K, Head of social work department, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences who was the moderator of the session delivered the keynote address. The Resource Person Dr. Richard Hill, Co-author – The practitioners guide to mirror editor the science of psychotherapy interacted with the audience for about 1.15 hours. The purpose of the session was to explore the natural systems that enable us to know when we are not well and how our natural mental health immune system returns us to wellness. Does being young makes it easier or harder? The resource person also explained why and what to do to find what is possible for us.
DYUTI- (Development Yearnings for a United and Transformed India)
’Rajagiri with its vision of ‘becoming a center of excellence in learning for enriching and fulfilling LIFE’, has been regularly providing an annual forum for deliberation on vital issues of development from a rights perspective. This series of annual conference is conducted nationally and internationally on alternative years since 1998, and it is named as DYUTI meaning ‘spark of life’.
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The International Summer University in Social Work (ISUSW) is a ten day academic program that aims at enriching the professional experiences, knowledge and skills of participants from all over the world. Organized by a consortium of University Partners who signed a Memorandum of Understanding pertaining to the ISUSW, each edition of this program addresses a specific theme in the field of social work, proposed by the host university and validated by the Steering Committee of the ISUSW. The 10th edition of ISUSW (International Summer University in Social Work) is hosted by Rajagiri College of Social Sciences and it is commencing on 2nd July and would come to an end on 12th July 2019. The theme of ISUSW 2019 is “Social Care and Well-being of vulnerable populations” at Rajagiri Hill Campus, Kalamassery. It aims at ensuring the continuity of a short-term program – the ‘International Summer University in Social Work (ISUSW)’ – in order to promote scientific, social and cultural exchanges between participants from all over the world and to engage critically with global issues concerning social work theories and practices.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched a programme called Unnat Bharat Abhiyan with an aim to connect institutions of higher education, with local communities to address the development challenges through appropriate technologies. The Department of Social Work of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences ((Id: C-11691) is a participating instiution under this mission and has adopted five villages Chottanikkara, Edathala, Keezhmad, Vazhakulam and Vengola. The activities undertaken by the department in these villages has been in line with the Baseline Survey conducted in the locality.
Kunjattakkilikal is an annual programme organized by the graduate students of Social Work Department of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, for the children of 49 anganwadis under Edapally Additional ICDS Project of Kalamassery Municipality.
Minnaminnikootam is an annual cultural programme organized by the post-graduate students of Social Work Department of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, for the school children of Eloor Municipality.
Certificate Courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy is designed for individuals who are in helping or person centered roles. This course carters to the members of the academic profession, voluntary organizations, support services, personnel engagements, youth workers and who are engaged in providing guidance and advice to various age groups of people. It is intended to enable the participants to gain better understanding on the process of helping profession and make their people engaging roles more professional and effective. This would be a foundation for the participants who want to pursue a professional career in counseling and therapeutic support.
SPLENDORE is an annual national fest organized by Rajagiri College of Social Sciences since 2016. This theme-based inter-school and collegiate fest organized in two days in the month of October. The first day is for students from Higher Secondary schools and the second day for Graduate students. The main objective is to showcase the talents and creativity of school and college students and facilitate interaction among them. SPLENDORE is co-ordinated by the Graduate Departments of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Social work, Commerce, Business Administration and Psychology). Prior to the SPLENDORE, flashmobs, shows and basketball matches (Fr. Moses Trophy) are held as an off start. Events of SPLENDORE include Treasure Hunt, Mock Press, Theme Dance/Synchro Dance, Spell Bee, Jam, Quiz etc., besides games and exhibits. The participants get the unique opportunity to foster their sportsman spirit and showcase their skills and win cash prizes.
On the 18th of August 2020, the MSW final year students of Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, students from other departments, and the faculty of the department of Social Work witnessed the Inauguration of SWARAJ 2020 via google meet. Minu Mary William, a final year student of MSW, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, was the Master of Ceremony for the program. The program began with a prayer song by Amy Mathew, final year MSW student, followed by welcome speech by Dr. Rajeev SP, faculty-in-charge, SWARAJ. He spoke about the need for more student initiatives and to use the online platform to interact and reach out to larger communities, and also to widen the range of activities within this platform. Dr.Fr. Joseph MK, Head of the Department of Social Work at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences delivered the inaugural address after which he inaugurated the SWARAJ YouTube channel. Jose John Mavely, student coordinator of SWARAJ and final year MSW student presented a preview of the YouTube channel. Ma ga ma sa, a singing competition, was hosted as part of the SWARAJ initiative and a number of students from various departments participated in the program. The winner of the competition was; Meghna Dinto, who won the first prize, Mariet Nelson, the first runner up, and Athira Nair, the second runner up. Georgie Jacob Kaippallil, final year MSW student, took a while to explain about the competition, Ma ga ma sa. Thereafter, the songs of the winners of the competition were played. Ansia Badar, Student Coordinator of SWARAJ and final year MSW student, read out the report for SWARAJ activities during 2019-2020 academic year. A short film competition was held among the MSW final year students where the entire class was divided into three groups presenting the videos on socially relevant topics. These videos were a compilation of different shots taken of each student at their own homes. Dr. Kiran Thampi, a faculty member at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences gave his views and comments on the videos. He took time to individually appreciate the groups and their performance, the script, the concept and the presentation. Madangi varavu by the 3rd group won the first prize followed by group 1 mezhukuthiri (candle) and then group 2 oru virtual kaalathe kalyanam. Jose John Mavely, student coordinator of SWARAJ and final year MSW student at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences proposed the vote of thanks.
SWARAJ meeting on October 6th, 2020
SWARAJ meeting for MSW 1st year's and 2nd year's was held during SWARAJ hours on October 6th, 2020 Tuesday. Dr. Rajeev SP, Assistant Professor and SWARAJ faculty coordinator, RCSS was present in the meeting. The meeting was planned for sharing the new set of activities planned under SWARAJ.
Jose John, MSW 2nd year SWARAJ coordinator gave a brief idea to the students about the planned activities. Dr. Rajeev SP also gave a detailed explanation of the idea of holding webinars from the month of November to March, one each on every month except March. In March there will be 2 webinars carried out. The webinars will be organized by MSW students. The students will be divided into 6 groups and each group will be organizing one webinar each. Four groups will organize webinars from November to February and the remaining 2 groups will organize it on March. The students in the groups should also pair up to present research papers on the webinar on the month allotted to them under the respective theme. By this initiative students will get to develop their skills in organizing and carrying out a webinar and also their skills in paper presentation. The prepared research paper would also be published and this would be a great opportunity and advantage in the student's career. The webinar held on each month will also have paper presentations from eminent personalities, which would add to the value of the program. After a clear explanation of the plans, the students were asked to provide their opinions and suggestions on the program. The student's provided a positive response for the initiation and implementation of the program. The names of the student's in each group was read out by Ansia Badar, MSW 2nd year SWARAJ coordinator.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Georgie Jacob. Students were also asked to interact in the group's and choose leaders for each group.
International Webinar on social work and development in the post pandemic era
A International webinar on 'social work and development in the post pandemic era' was organized by Rajagiri College of Social Sciences under the SWARAJ platform of social work department of RCSS on 22nd September 2020.
The session began by 8.30 pm with a prayer song by Blessy Thomas, 1st year MSW student of RCSS. The session was compared by Varsha Sudhir, 1st year MSW student of RCSS. The welcome speech and inaugural address was done by Dr. Fr. Joseph MK, Head of Department of social work of RCSS. After the inaugural address, Dr. Brij Mohan, the Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work Louisiana State University, Los Angeles, USA was welcomed and the session was handed over to him. The crisis in social work was clearly explained in the session. Students were able to understand the rise of populism, 'tribal nationalism' and authoritarianism impacts as all of these were explained in the session. The entire session was a highly enriching experience for the students whereby they also felt and understood the larger social responsibilities. There was also a question and answer session in which the students and people from various professions showed high participation. A formal vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Rajeev SP, Assistant Professor and faculty Coordinator of SWARAJ of RCSS and expressed his sincere thanks to Dr. Brij Mohan for detailing all the main points. The session came to an end by 10.10pm.View Image Gallery