Final Year Social Work Students begin Final Block Placement

ADBU, Sonapur: The 2015-2017 batch of 57 students of Master of Social Work, ADBU have began their final one month Block Placement – a requirement for academic accomplishment for the degree of Social Work today, 1st June in different organisations across the country.

The Master of Social Work programme in ADBU requires the students to carry out concurrent fieldwork in the first two semesters, two continuous placements of one month each in the third and fourth semesters, and a final Block Placement after the end semester examination of the fourth semester. The students are placed in different ogranisations and trusts – working in the areas of education, health, mental health, livelihoods, child protection, women development … to name a few.

The students report to the faculty in charge on a regular basis and mentoring is provided by the faculty on a daily basis.

ADBU launches Centre for Developmental Studies and Initiatives

Sonapur: The University, in its effort to carry forward its vision of being a catalytic agent to bring about progress and development to its neighbouring villages, launched its ‘Centre for Developmental Studies and Initiatives’ at an interactive meeting held with the leaders of local communities on 23 February, 2017 at Crystal Hall, Tapesia Campus.

Addressing the gathering of 78 people, including Panchayat Presidents, Village Headmen, School Teachers, Anganwadi Workers, Self Help Group members, students and staff volunteers, the Vice Chancellor Fr. (Dr) Stephen Mavely explained why the University takes such a step, “Opening this Centre is to formalize what we have been doing in bits and pieces during the last five years or so. This is a seminal gathering to bring about a participatory approach in our interactions and interventions with our neighbours. The university alone cannot work for the development of the communities but we would like to work together with you to see developments in the community in education, health and standard of living. The ‘Centre for Developmental Studies and Initiatives’ will become a hub for study, research and developmental activities as a regular feature of our university. My hope is that every graduate in our university will spend some quality time in volunteering for developmental work in the villages of North-East India as a compulsory part of their studies with us. This Centre will start organizing that as we go along.”

Mr. Surjya Das, President, Digaru Goan Panchayat expressed his gratitude for the existence of the university and said that he is looking forward to working together with the University’s various developmental initiatives.

Discussions were held on issues and challenges being faced by these communities in water supply, electricity, road, alcohol abuse, lack of infrastructure for social institutions, and disintegration of Government Assamese Medium Schools.

Earlier in 2015 and 2016, the Department of Social Work, ADBU in collaboration with University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas, Ireland had organized a one month Community Development Programme in partnership with local communities in these communities. Some of the project activities included repair of a well, capacity building workshops for livelihood development, English classes, and refurbishment of Anganwadis.

Student Volunteers contribute towards backward villages

A renovated Anganwadi at Kailashpur in Sonapur copy

Pre and Post view of one of the projects

Guwahati: A team of Indian and Irish students from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), India and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland are doing a yeoman service in the backward and less privileged villages of Sonapur located in the outskirt of the city of Guwahati. The team comprises of thirteen Indian and ten Irish students and is a part of the International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme between the two institutions of repute.

 

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The Team Members, 2016

‘The programme aims at promoting understanding of multicultural issues and appreciation of cultures, practices and traditions at the global level by creating and providing an environment where volunteers from other nationalities interact, stay and work together in community  with its beauty and challenges’ says Jacob Islary, Asst. Professor of ADBU and coordinator of the programme. ‘We adhere to the principles and values of participatory development process and take into consideration the involvement of the community members as essential stake holders in the process of social and community development’ adds Dr. Riju Sharma, Head and Director School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The students repaired and renovated five anganwadi centers by fitting new GI sheets, painting colourful murals on the walls, provided fans and fitted the floors with vinyl and ser flooring, besides painting murals in two schools and reinstalling a hand pump which is the only source of drinking water to about 200 families of Kachari basti near Sonapur.

The team also organised workshops on health & hygiene, adolescent health, cooperative movement, livelihoods, and mother & child health care for the villagers, and conducted science experiments in the high schools of Kamarkuchi, Sonapur.

While for Ms. Rajkumari Mahato an anganwadi worker of Kailashpur in Sonapu ‘the anganwadi center has received another life from its brokenness’ and expresses happiness ‘of moving back to the center from the temple varendha’ where she used to organise the anganwadi programmes,  for Ms. Sita Rongpi another anganwadi worker of Jargaon village in Kamarkuchi her ‘after the colouful renovation of the anganwadi center level of happiness in teaching increases as she sees the anganwadi children running and pointing at the colourful walls and read the alphabets and count the numbers.’

According to Ms. Krishna Boro a youth leader in Kachari basti ‘the reinstalling of water pump is going to reduce the incidents of various waterborne diseases esp. diarrhea in the locality.’

Mr. Colm Flynn an Irish student commenting on experience of the programme proudly declares that ‘the programme has given experiences that have left imprints to last forever in my life’ and according to Mr. Mrinal Basumatary and Indian student ‘the experience of the programme has given and understanding to look development from a multidimensional perspective which will help in future programme and project planning.’

The exchange programme is in its third year and has renovated thirteen anganwadi centers, painted murals in three schools, installed a hand pump besides setting up of village groups and movements for sustainable livelihoods and a number of awareness programmes and campaigns through various medium like street plays, puppetry and grassroots comics. The fund of the programme is raised entirely by the students themselves and is audited by a Chartered Accountant. Currently a field survey study is being carried out for planning further projects.

The Journal of Development Practice Launched

The Journal Home  Page

The Journal Home Page

Azara: The Apostolic Administrator of Jowai and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee-2011 Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil launched ‘The Journal of Development Practice, a peer reviewed international journal of experiences from the field’ an initiative of the Department of Social Work, ADBU at an august gathering of faculty members and students of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, ADBU, 25 September 2014. To go to the journal click here: The Journal of Development Practice

In his address Archbishop Thomas called on the members present to ‘bring intelligence into ones work’ with ‘sense of social responsibility’ while also cautioning that ‘valid ideas may not necessarily lead to development.’

In his message the Vice Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University states, “conceived as a Journal that will rely on ‘experience’ as the base material for analysis, conclusions and assumptions for effective interventions in the field as well as grist for philosophising, we look forward to this Journal becoming an authoritative voice for practitioners and thinkers alike.”

“The journal aims at providing opportunity to authors who would like to construct knowledge from the FIELD, and contribute towards development in an academic ambiance. Equally important is the accessibility of knowledge to all for free- thus the free access journal,” says journal editor Jacob Islary.

The journal claims to be free open access e-journal, an annual publication with special issues on various themes of interdisciplinary in nature. Besides serious articles, the journal will have sections for views, book reviews, research summaries and field notes.

The hit count jumps to 1616 in 15 hours after launch.

The hit count jumps to 1616 in 15 hours after launch.

To promote “emerging academicians and scholars in the field of development practice’ the journal has developed its own, easy to follow, citation and referencing style called ‘the JDP style of citation and referencing.”

The first volume has 44 pages (A4 size divided into two columns) with six feature articles broadly covering themes of  Public Health, Social Work Education, Methodological Dilemma in Social Research, and Homelessness.

In a span of just over a year, this is the third scientific and peer reviewed international journal, ADBU has brought out starting with Journal of Northeast Indian Cultures, and Journal of Engineering Technology.