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International Conference on 
Competencies, Compassion and Commitment for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

14-16 February 2020

The Background

The proposed conference is in continuation to the institute’s initiative of organizing series of international conferences on the broad theme of spirituality and social work. The Institute has already organized five conferences in the past and this is going to be the sixth conference. The conference intends to consolidate the present efforts by policy makers, academicians and practitioners in implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Competencies, Compassion and commitment constitute the foundations of social work profession. They are interrelated themes of the profession. Competence is the knowledge and skill part of the profession. It is the intellectual dimension of the profession. It is acquiring the necessary information, knowledge, concepts and research based learning concerning the profession. Having sound knowledge about the profession, does not make a good social worker. He or she should be compassionate as well as committed enough to deliver quality services to the society.

Compassion refers to the beliefs and values. It is the spiritual and the ethical aspects of the profession. It is essentially nurturing a sympathetic and empathetic attitude towards the needy and the poor. Compassionate approach to life nurtures love, upholds justice, equality, peace, harmony and fraternity, endures suffering and enjoys doing good things, even if they are seldom noticed, recognized, acknowledged or rewarded. Compassion is a universal concern for all the living beings on earth. It is basically expressing love for life.

Commitment is the feeling component where ‘heart’ speaks. Here the feelings and sentimentality predominate. It is the emotional part of social work. Commitment is the dedication, motivation, sincerity, honesty and the hard work put into the achievement of a pre set goal or for the realisation of a vision and mission in life. Without commitment, nothing can be achieved in life. It the endless hope for success in any pursuit. It is expressed in invincible spirit and tireless effort.

Sustainable development goals are global concerns and social work profession committed to the achievement of all the sustainable development goals at national as well as global levels. Competencies, compassion and commitment constitute the comprehensive strategy of social work profession to promote sustainable development goals. The conference will provide a platform for research scholars, academicians and practitioners from social sciences and other disciplines to share their ideas and thoughts on the theme. It is expected to bring serious thinkers from India and from around the world. The conference will contribute towards the knowledge, attitude and skill building for social service professionals that are relevant for the achievement of sustainable development goals.

About the Conference

This conference is organised as part of celebration of Golden Jubilee of Bhaskar Pandurang Hiwale Education Society. The conference is of interdisciplinary nature and the participants would be drawn largely from the disciplines like humanities, environmental sciences and social sciences background. The theme of the conference is very relevant and contemporary as there are discussions, plans and actions happening nationally for promoting sustainable development. The presentations and deliberations of the conference will be helpful for promoting scholars active engagement with field practitioners and policy maker

Conference objectives and Theme

The conference is organized with following objectives:

  • To develop mutual learning and practice exchange for academicians, practitioners and policy makers regarding the implementation of the SDGs
  • To identify, document and analyse effective ways for development agencies to become key stakeholders in the implementation of the relevant SDGs

Sub themes for paper / poster presentations:

We welcome contributions from practitioners, researchers and academics. The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

(1)  Competence

•     Model practices & strategies for urban, rural and tribal development

•     Research based knowledge for social change

•     Innovations and best practices of social service

 (2) Compassion

•     Values and principles for social development

•     Attitude building for social service

•     Inspirations for social change

(3) Commitment for sustainable development

•     Promotion of Sustainable Livelihoods

•     Social protection and Reduction of vulnerability

•     Social support processes and Governance Systems

•     Development, Displacement and Rehabilitation

(4) Health, Wellbeing and Spirituality

•     Connections between spiritual faith, core beliefs and resilience

•     Health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and excluded.

•     Communication and Social Support network

•     Promoting wellbeing and Building resilience for Mental Health

Call for Papers

The participants interested in making paper presentation on the conference theme are requested to submit the abstract by 31 January 2020. They are further informed to submit the paper in soft copy / CD and through email on iswr.csrd@gmail.com by 12th February 2020            

Conference Venue

Ahmednagar is a district headquarter in central Maharashtra. BPHE’S CSRD- Institute of Social Work and Research, Ahmednagar is located on the Pune – Aurangabad State highway. The nearest airport is Shirdi which is located at a distance of 80 kms. Other nearby airports are at Pune and Aurangabad that are located 120 k.m. far from Ahmednagar. Ahmednagar has a railway station of the central railway line lying between Manmad and Daund junctions.

Accommodation and Hospitality:

The Moderate arrangement for the boarding and lodging in Ahmednagar will be made available for all the outstation participants. Hospitality will be made available from 13th February evening till morning of 17th  February 2020

Registration Procedure

Participants are requested to submit online a registration form alongwith a nominal registration fee of Rs. 3000/- (non refundable). For foreign participants the registration charges are US$ 300/-. For students registration fee is Rs. 1500/-. The registration fee to be deposited online or in the bank as per the details mentioned below. The details of transactions must be mentioned on the registration form before submitting the form. “Director CSRDISWR”, payable at Ahmednagar.

Mode of payment

Registrations fees can be paid through demand draft drawn in favour of the Director, CSRD-ISWR General Administration payable at Ahmednagar Maharashtra, India. Name and address of the delegate should be written on the overleaf of the demand draft.

Alternatively payment can be deposited at CBS Branch of Union Bank of India

Bank Details:

Bank: Union Bank of India,

Branch: Station Road, Ahmednagar

A/c name: Director, CSRD-ISWR General Administration

A/c No. 505401010912034

IFSC Code: UBINO550540

MICR Code: 414026002

RTGS- Union Bullet

Kindly mention the details of DD or UTR (Unique Transaction Reference) number in case of pay by cash deposit in Account.

Visa Information for Overseas Delegates

To obtain the necessary support for visa application, please contact to organizing secretary of the conference with the following details – Name of Person (as per passport). Passport No., Date of Issue, Date of Expiry, Place of Issue. Participants are advised to visit the Government of India website (Ministry of Home Affairs) for information on visa to travel to India.

Arrival – Meet and Greet

The conference will make arrangements to meet with arriving participants that utilise road transport or trains if the conference organisers are informed.

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts: 15th January 2020

Last date for registration: 31st January 2020

The Organizers

The Bhaskar Pandurang Hivale Education (B.P.H.E.S.) Society is established in 1969. It is registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has three Institutions under its umbrella: Ahmednagar College, Institute of Social Work & Research (ISWR) and Institute of Management Studies, Career Development & Research (IMSCD&R). Ahmednagar College, a pioneering Institute of its kind was established in 1947 by late Rev. Dr. B. P. Hivale. It was further nurtured by Dr. Thomas Barnabas who took the college to magnificent heights. Dr. Thomas Barnabas was followed by Rev. Prof. J. Barnabas. Rev. Prof. J. Barnabas was a dedicated educationalist, who played a key role in the field of education in Ahmednagar.

BPHES’ CSRD-Institute of Social Work and Research, Ahmednagar

BPHE Society’s Centre for Studies in Rural Development-Institute of Social Work and Research (CSRD-ISWR), Ahmednagar is one of the pioneer institutions in community extension and social work education in India. It is the birth place of National Service Scheme (NSS). CSRD was established in 1961 and 2011 is its golden jubilee year. The Institute is recognized by UGC under Section 2(f) and 12 (b) of the UGC Act, 1956, affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University and is aided by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of Maharashtra

Climate and Clothing

The month of February is usually moderate and pleasant in Ahmednagar. However, the participants are advised to carry light warm clothes.

Excursion Visit

Excursion visit to Ralegaon Siddhi, Hiware Bazar, Shirdi, Ellora Caves and Aurangabad will be arranged on Monday 17th February 2020. The tour shall be arranged only for those registered for the same by the payment of Rs. 1000/- (non refundable) per person towards the expenses of travel and food. Those interested must indicate their interest and send the amount by D.D. drawn in favour of Director, CSRDISWR payable at Ahmednagar.

For Further Information

Dr. Suresh Pathare (Conference Director),
Mr. Suresh Mugutmal (Conference Coordinator),
Station Road, Ahmednagar – 414001
Phone : (0241) 2346328
Email : iswrcsrd@gmail.com