Sixth Indian Social Work Congress 

The Indian Social Work Congress, forms the most important event in the annual calendar for all social work educators, practitioners, students and research scholars. The Sixth Congress was organized by the Department of Social Work in collaboration with the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI) from 1st to 3rd November, 2018. A total of 430 delegates and 30 resource persons participated. The Congress played a meaningful and much needed role in providing space for dialogue among the social work fraternity on a number of issues and concerns critical to social work education and practice. The theme of 6th ISWC 2018 was Human Development and Social Inclusion: Imperatives for Social Work Education and Practice. The forum held deliberations on the multiple issues of exclusion of the vulnerable and disenfranchised constituencies, with focus on the newer forms of marginalization that are emerging in the present context. The Congress also made a notable contribution by felicitating eminent social workers by honoring them with NAPSWI Awards. Late Dr. Martha Farrell was felicitated with Lifetime Achievement Award

Social Workers Congress

Centre for Community Development and Action 

The Centre for Community Development and Action (CCDA), earlier known as Gram Mahila Kendra is an extension and demonstration unit of the Department.  The Centre which started in 1957 in Alipur, Samaipur block, initiated its activities in the village Burari in the year 1988, with a focus on universal elementary and non-formal education, health and skill training programmes. Over the years, the Unit has shifted its base to cover various areas in Burari spreading. Presently, through its programmes, the Centre caters to children and adolescents besides focussing on initiatives for the empowerment of the women of the community.  The main thrust of the Centre is well being of the people which it aims to achieve through community participation. The Centre follows a participatory, rights-based approach to community development and community empowerment.

Project Sakhi Saheli

It is an initiative by students of the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi to promote healthier, economical, and more environmental friendly way of managing menstruation among women and young girls in marginalized communities through awareness generation and sensitization. Firmly addressing and believing in combating period poverty in the country, the team is working with a goal line to provide biodegradable menstrual hygiene sanitary pads through locally trained community women called Sakhi-Sahelis (micro-entrepreneurs). The model runs on the philosophy of “by the women, for the women, to the women”. The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that it goes beyond knowledge building and dissemination, dealing not just with hygiene but with every aspect of menstruation. Addressing stigma around menstruation and empowering women through employability is another goal of the project. Women are identified and trained to prepare and sell biodegradable sanitary napkins at subsidized rates to women in their respective communities.  The project aims at gradually training these women to become micro entrepreneurs. The project is currently being implemented in six communities

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan-Community Development Cell

The Department is spearheading the work of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Initiative for the University of Delhi. The work in the five villages adopted under the Community Development Cell programme moved to its third year with a new team of ten students being placed there for concurrent field work. Villages having low socio-economic indicators namely Badarpur Khadar, Chauhan Patti, Jagatpur, Mukundpur and Jharoda were chosen for community development initiatives. A team of eleven students and four faculty members have been taking up need based, planned and sustainable community initiatives in five communities in Delhi. The students placed in these villages facilitate identification of the problems in the respective villages; chalk out intervention plans; and then engage in participatory community initiatives to address the same.

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Unnat Bharat

Centre for Child and Adolescent Well Being

Centre for Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (CCAW), earlier known as the Child Guidance Centre works towards providing diagnostic, treatment and referral services to children, adolescents and their family members. It also caters to the neighboring schools and community, focusing on preventive and promotive wellbeing programs for the children. The Centre trains students from social work profession both from Bachelor’s and Masters courses. These students are engaged in neighboring schools to conduct weekly sessions on life skills, family life education and ethical values with children and adolescents. The major activities undertaken at the centre during the year are Social Assessment, Psychological assessment, operating a Mobile Library and Training of Students. The Centre offers services at the community also to promote well-being of children and adolescents.

North East Day 2019

The Department has been celebrating The North East Day for the last three years. This special day is observed to celebrate the spirit of the North-East and to highlight the culture of people in the region and to create awareness on its integratedness within the country. On this day academic discussions are organised on issues, potentialities, strengths and constraints of the region. The theme for the North East Day 2019 year was “Tales of Pluralism”.