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10th ISWC 2022 Report

A brief report of the 10th Indian Social Work Congress (ISWC) organised by National Association of Professional Social Workers (NAPSWI) in collaboration with BPHES’ CSRD Institute of Social Work and Research at Ahmednagar on 15th to 17th December 2022 on the theme of Green Social Work- Response to Climate Change and Environmental Issues.

Coping with the Climate Change has become the greatest challenge for the countries across the world. Green social work is one of the most effective response to the challenges of the climate change. According to Dominelli, the pioneer, Green social work is a holistic perspective that seeks to secure the well-being of people and the planet through reforming socio-political power structures. Green social work protects the environment and enhances people’s wellbeing by integrating the interdependencies between people and their sociocultural, economic and physical environments. Green social work assigns with special responsibility to the social work professionals to strive for maintaining ecological balance amidst the multitude of social and economic enterprises. 10th Indian Social work congress has provided an excellent opportunity to all professional social workers – educators, researchers, and practicing professionals – to share their views, opinion and experiences on green social work and social work response to climate change.

The specific objectives of 10th ISWC were to provide a platform to social work professionals to discuss and deliberate on the issues of environment-related issues, Climate change, and Green social work during the changing scenario and delve into innovative research and practice, to deliberate upon roles and responsibilities of social work professionals in changing socio-political context with respect to wider goals of nation building and new India, and to share and exchange realities amongst social work educators, researchers and practitioners to discuss and debate the issues related to social work profession in India and across the globe and reflect upon contemporary issues related to social work profession and its response to issues related to climate change .

Six sub-themes of 10th ISWC upon which the scholars presented their papers were (1) Social Work Education and Profession: Response to Challenges of climate change and Environment, (2) Green Social Work, Community Resilience and New Normal, (3) Climate change, Sustainable Development Goals, and Nation Building, (4) Government and Non-governmental efforts for climate changes and environmental issues, (5) Energy-clean energy, new Challenges, and green Social Work, and (6) Social work interventions with vulnerable groups- Dalit, Tribals, Disabled, Women, Children, Aged & others affected by climate change and issues around environmental sustainability.

The Inaugural Ceremony of 10th ISWC was held on 15th December 2022 at 10.30 am at the CSRD Auditorium. The programme started with a prayer dance by the CSRD students. Homage was paid to eminent social work professionals who left for heavenly abode during the past two years. One-minute silence was observed in commemoration of Prof. RR Singh, Prof. RBS Verma, Prof. Parasuram, Prof. Vimala Nadkarni, and Prof. Rotela. It was followed by the audition of the Institute song. The Auxilium Convent Choir presented the theme song of the Congress reminding the participants their duty towards protection and conservation of biodiversity and nature. The dignitaries inaugurated the event by ceremonial watering of the plants. All the distinguished guests were felicitated. Dr. W G Prasanna Kumar, Chairman, Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE), Hyderabad was the chief guest. Dr. Sanjeevan Arsud, Chairman of BPHE Society and the Vice Chancellor of Spicer University, Pune, presided over the function. Prof. Suresh Pathare, Secretary of 10th ISWC and the director of BPHES’ CSRD Institute of Social Work and Research, welcomed the participants of the 10th ISWC. Prof. RP Dwivedi presented the achievements of NAPSWI during the past year. Prof. Sanjai Bhatt, President of 10th ISWC and the senior professor of Department of Social Work, University of Delhi briefly introduced the background of 10th ISWC. Dr. Pallasana Balgopal, Professor Emeritus in social work at University of Illinois, USA and Adv. Nilamani Gandhi, Rotary Club, Ahmednagar also graced the inaugural function by their kind presence.

It was followed by announcement of NAPSWI lifetime achievement awards.

Altogether seven achievement awards were given during the function. Three lifetime achievement awards were conferred upon eminent social work educators of the country for their distinguished contribution to social work education in India through creation of literature, innovations in teaching methodology and significant research. They were Dr. Helen Joseph, Dr. Nagamani Rao and Prof. Sanjai Bhatt.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Dr. Sanjoy Roy announced the NAPSWI lifetime achievement award, 2022 for Dr. Helen Joseph. Dr. Helen Joseph is retired professor the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan and the founder of ‘Salokha field action project’, President of AROEHAN, a Voluntary Organization working on sustainable development in the rural areas of Maharashtra, Chairperson of YUVA Urban Initiatives, an NGO working to enable vulnerable urban groups access to their rights and a consultant to Creative Handicrafts, for its programme on ‘Zero tolerance for Domestic Violence against women’.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Dr. Ankur Saxena announced the NAPSWI lifetime achievement award, 2022 for Dr. Nagamani Rao. Dr. Nagamani Rao is a retired professor of social work from Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune who spent three decades in teaching, research and extension.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Dr. Atul Pratap Singh announced the NAPSWI lifetime achievement award, 2022 for Mr. Subhash Medhanpurkar. Mr Subhash Medhanpurkar received the NAPSWI Achievement Award for Professional Social Work Practitioner for his distinguished professional social work practice in the country. Being a passionate and dynamic field worker, he has contributed to the fields of Women Self-reliance, Rural Self-governance, Rural Healthcare, Anti-alcoholism, Microfinance, Water management and Ecomanagement. He is the founder of a non-governmental organisation known as SUTRA (Society for Social Uplift Through Rural Action) which has been instrumental for the socio-economic transformation of thousands of illiterate rural women, especially the widowed and divorced ones through various initiatives in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Shimla and Solan area. He has been credited for stabilizing the otherwise dropping sex ratio in Solan District in Himachal Pradesh.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Dr. Anoop Kumar Bharatiya announced the NAPSWI achievement award, 2022 for international social work for Dr. Sherry Joseph. Dr. Sherry Joseph received the NAPSWI achievers award for global contributions as distinguished social work practitioner of international social work. He has over 30 years of experience in working with international and national organisations such as a Social Worker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as a Field Organizer for DANIDA’s Socio Economic Unit in Kerala, and with the Water Authority for Community water supply project, Programme Manager with UNDP Sudan, as Health Delegate, IFRC West Coast Africa Office, Nigeria, Regional Health Coordinator, IFRC Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya and Regional Emergency Health Delegate, IFRC Europe Regional Office, Budapest, Hungary.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Mr. Suneel Vatsyayan announced the NAPSWI Young Achievers’ Award, 2022 for Dr. Sanjay Jangde. Dr. Sanjay Jangde worked and written extensively on discrimination, challenges, and upliftment of minorities, with a special focus on workers and women. Following the Ambedkar philosophy, you have been tirelessly working for the betterment of the people of his home state of Chhattisgarh. He volunteered for the Chhattisgarh government during the COVID-19 and earned the title, “Corona warrior” by the Jajba Foundation. He is best known for mobilisation of professional social workers in the state of Chattisgarh. In a short span of six years, he organised professional social workers in each district and created an organised social work workforce including students.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Dr. Keshav Walke announced the NAPSWI young achiever’s award, 2022 for Rev. Dr. C.P. Anto. Rev. Dr. C.P. Anto is the Founder and Director of Peace Channel, the Principal of the North Eastern Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) and the Secretary to the Interfaith and Ecumenical Commission of the Diocese of Kohima. NEISSR is first of its kind in the country to offer specialisation in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies as part of the Masters of Social Work (MSW) programme.

On behalf of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India Dr. Suresh Pathare announced the NAPSWI lifetime achievement award, 2022 for Prof. Sanjai Bhatt. Prof. Sanjai Bhatt, a senior Professor of Social Work at the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi, the Vice President of Indian Network of Professional Social Workers Associations, one of the pioneers of NAPSWI and ISWC is a social work writer, trainer and a practitioner for over 3 decades. 

Dr. Nagamani Rao responded on behalf of all the awardees, expressed gratitude and shared her experience as an educator, practitioner and researcher in social work profession. In response to the award reception, Prof. Sanjai Bhatt also shared his thoughts and expressed his gratitude.

Dr. W G Prasanna Kumar, Chairman, Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE), the chief guest, gave his inaugural address. There is a need for skilling among the social work professionals to find their right place in the society and remain there relevantly. Curriculum development is more a social and political activity than a technical activity. Mentoring of the new entrants in social work is predominantly important. Responding to the climate change is the felt need of the hour for the social work professionals.

Dr. Sanjeevan Arsud, Chairman of BPHE Society and the Vice Chancellor of Spicer University delivered the presidential address. The contributions of Dr. BP Hiwale and BPHE Society towards the development of this city and the district were significant. ‘Not things, but men’ is the noble vision carried forward by all the present stakeholders of BPHE society. We are growing every year as a community, society and family. Along with the growth, there is a need for progress and development. Progress is growing with discipline and ethics. Spirituality is a necessary ingredient for successful progress and development, especially in the context of sustainable development of the nature and environment. There is a need to reverse the worse impacts made upon the nature by unsustainable human activities. ‘Man’ is the cause and ‘man’ is the answer. Researches need to be problem oriented rather than discipline oriented. Take inspiration from the role models set by the NAPSWI awardees Let this Congress help the participants to evolve sustainable solutions of the problems faced by nature and environment.

After the Chairperson’s address, Dr. MB Mehta, director of BPHES’ Institute of Management Studies (IMS) expressed the vote of thanks. The inaugural session was concluded with national anthem and a ceremonial photo session of the eminent guests and the NAPSWI awardees.

Inaugural session was followed by keynote address session which started with a street play by students of Auxilium convent school upon the theme of climate change, pollution control, protection of trees and conservation of natural resources.

The keynote address, ‘Social work’s report card: meeting the challenges of green social work’ was delivered by Dr. Pallasana Balgopal, Professor Emeritus in social work at University of Illinois, USA. Green social work is a transdisciplinary, holistic approach to environmental crises that has challenged the social work profession to incorporate its principles, values and concern over environmental degradation, and disasters associated with this into daily, routine, mainstream practice. Social worker’s role includes developing community and individual resilience in responding to disasters cycle – prevention, preparedness, immediate assistance and permanent rehabilitation. Person in situation configuration environment is in social work’s DNA. Social workers journey started from settlement house, to home visits, psychoanalytic movement, maintaining holistic balance and resurgence of ecological perspective. Individual and the environment are in discord or accord. There is a need to place the health of people and the planet first in face of the growing climate change disasters. This is the green social work. Prof. Balgopal shared his experience of working with people during climate change disasters in different parts of the country and highlighted the need for responding to such needs by green social workers. Green social workers need to address the structural inequalities. Social work response to climate change in India receive C grade, while NAPSWI would get a B+ grade.

After lunch, the first plenary session was held at the auditorium during which the NAPSWI achievement awardees shared their refection on professional contribution through education, research and social work practice. It was chaired by Dr. Ankur Saxena, NAPSWI secretary. Dr. Helen Joseph, Prof. Sanjai Bhatt, Mr. Subhash Medhanpurkar, Dr. Sherry Joseph, Dr. Sanjay Jangde and Rev. Dr. C.P. Anto shared their reflections upon the reception of NAPSWI achievers’ award.

Dr. Helen Joseph remembered gratefully her inspirational teachers and narrated her eventful journey of social work career. She thanked her colleagues and students of Nirmala Niketan where she found her space to flourish as a social work educator, practitioner, researcher and a writer. Social work education prepares you not only for a career but also for a fulfilling life. It grooms you to be competent in personal life in the same degree as it enriches your professional life. We have not retired, but re-tyred for a renewed life. There is a need to re-invent to remain relevant in social work career. Professional social workers are held accountable for their values.

Dr. Sherry Joseph shared his career journey. It was hard to leave a permanent academic position from a central university and join the voluntary sector on contract jobs. He worked in social movements for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ and strengthening of health care systems in the country and abroad. He joined as a technical consultant with the UN and worked in Africa and finally retired from Europe. There is good salary, but no social security. Its only contractual positions. If you love travelling and learning from many different cultures, it is a wonderful career. Build your competencies, be ready to struggle and you will be there.

Mr. Subhash Medhanpurkar appreciated the experiments undertaken by CSRD under the leadership of Prof. Kolte and Prof. Hulbe way back in 1972 during an acute drought in the state, when he visited this place exactly 50 years ago. He was sent to conduct a comparative study between villages where CSRD student volunteers were placed and not placed for supervision of various welfare services. Working with village women is challenging. They think for collective wellbeing of the village. SUTRA has mobilised rural women for collective wellbeing of the village. Unless you are ready to learn from the people, you will develop only your aptitude and change your attitude. There is a need to change your attitude to work with village women.

Dr. Sanjay Jangde is working in Bastar, the most vulnerable Naxal hit district of Chattisgharh. In Chattisgarh, social work was taught by sociologists. There was not a single assistant professor of social work except in Guru Ghasidas University. 1100 post cards were sent to each of 90 MLAs requesting either to close all the social work institutes or appoint social work teachers in social work colleges. If social work is taught, give them jobs. The politicians were disturbed and finally the government circular came for the appointment of social work faculties. Letters were sent to all the legislators. Now the MSW is being recognised in the state. Letters were sent to NGOs that unless they pay at least Rs. 10000, no MSWs will work there. The group of 1100 social work students have now taken up the campaign of training young people for competitive examinations.

Rev. Dr. C.P. Anto spoke about peace centre – NEISSR: A response to sustainable peace and green environment in north east India – A centre for promoting and preserving environment, peace building, research, training and community action in Nagaland, North East India. Modern illiteracy means the inability to unlearn and relearn. Peace channel trains children as peace lovers and peace makers. North East is home for over 200 diverse tribal communities. There is a need for inclusive model in the context of growing exclusive trends in the country. MSW in peace and conflict transformation studies is the speciality of NEISSR. Peace chair in colleges and peace clubs in schools promote students to solve their issues by themselves. Peer mediation is another peace building model freely available for all to replicate across the country. Green ambassadors are other role models groomed by NEISSR for student level mediation of conflicts.

Prof. Sanjai Bhatt shared his experience being a social work professional for over 40 years. Social work curriculum is undergoing rapid changes. Today, we are talking about green social work, occupational social work and disaster management. There are over 560 university departments where social work is taught. There is a need to integrate technology in social work. The YouTube lecture series on social work is his new experiment in this regard. Prof. RP Dwivedi congratulated all the NAPSWI awardees and expressed the vote of thanks for the session.

The second plenary session was held at 5 PM at the auditorium on the theme of Social work intervention with Dalits and rural communities affected by climate change and issues related to environmental sustainability. It was chaired by Prof. PK Shajahan, Dean, Academic, TISS, Mumbai. During the plenary session, Dr. M. Arif, retired Professor of Life Science and a visiting faculty at the Institute of Social Work, Ahmednagar, explained the Mystery, Mastery and History of Climate Change. Green social work is a holistic perspective of helping the wellbeing of people and the planet. Ecological crisis calls for environmental justice at macro level and micro level. He explained the basic concepts of greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, global warming, whether and climate. Due to accumulation of greenhouse gases, the solar radiation is increasingly trapped in the atmosphere and the globe is getting warmer and warmer. It is causing catastrophic impacts upon all the living organisms, especially the micro-organisms.   

Dr. Bipin Jojo, professor and Dean at School of Social Work, TISS, delivered a talk on social work intervention with the tribal communities affected by climate change and issues related to environmental sustainability. Jojo means tamarind and jojo clan is associated with tamarind tree reminding their linkage with nature. Animism believes in spiritual union of all the living beings, jal-zamin-jungle. Community life-kinship-totemic-togetherness is connected with the territory, community-based governance system, cosmology and spirituality. As a result of rising temperature, all extremes of whether and climatic conditions have arisen. There is a linkage between mineral resources and deforestation. Due to mining, large scale deforestation is taking place and also the displacement of the tribal communities. During the COVID-19 crises, more tribal people for more industrialised region returned to their villages than the less industrialised region. Falling back on indigenous knowledge and traditional wisdom. Instead of using insecticides, the tribal farmers are allowing birds and mammals to prey on the insects that grow in the fields. The white coloured rice is replacing the dark coloured millets in the country. Orissa government encourages millet cultivation. Sustainable practices are rooted in the tribal culture.

Dr. Keshav Walke Associate Professor and Officiating Principal at Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur, spoke about social work intervention with forest dwelling communities affected by project tigers and related to environmental sustainability. The last tiger census of 2001-02, there are 3642 tigers in 53 tiger reserves. Every tiger has about 25 sq. km. area of habitation. Tigers die due to infights. In 25 sq. km. only one male tiger would survive, but up to 10 female tigers can survive. The second male tiger would die of fighting or would run away. Human-tiger conflict has caused death of 3,73,000 people. Daily 100 tourist vehicles leave twice a day to see tigers. Night safari has affected the privacy and freedom of the tigers. Weekend celebrations focus on sharab, Shabab and kabab. The tribal people who are being displaced by Tiger reserves have only one demand to get back the same area of land lost for the reserve. Provide agricultural livelihood options for the tribal communities in the jungle, allow them to co-exist with the tiger, and protect jungle and the wild life.

Questions were raised like what is being done in response to farmers’ suicide in Vidarbha, how to balance the need for development and protection of environment and how to develop in harmony with the nature. In response to the questions, it was proposed that there should be a balance between the profit and loss incurred. Every development does benefit some and incur loss to some. There should be a proper balance between these two. Wherever monetary compensation is made, financial literacy is to be given in advance. Millets and pulses require less water than the white rice and we need to go back our traditional wisdom and knowledge.

All the plenary speakers and the chairperson were felicitated and Dr. Sanjoy Roy expressed the vote of thanks.  

After the plenary sessions of the day, the cultural programme exhibiting Maharashtra darshan was performed by the students of CSRD-ISWR at the auditorium. With the dinner, the first day’s events were concluded.

16 December, 2022, the second day’s congress began with heritage walk at 7 AM to Ahmednagar Fort which was guided by Mr. Bhushan Deshmukh, the scholar and author of several writings on the history of Ahmednagar city.

After the breakfast, two memorial lectures were held at the auditorium. The session of memorial lectures was chaired by Prof. RJ Barnabas, Principal, Ahmednagar college and co-chaired by Prof. Sanjai Bhatt. All the guests were felicitated by Prof. Suresh Pathare. Prof. RJ Barnabas introduced Mr. Philip Barnabas, who was an alumnus of TISS, Mumbai and had 40 years of social work engagement. Prof. Sanjai Bhatt introduced Prof. RR Singh, former HOD, Dept. of Social Work, Delhi University and Director of TISS, Mumbai.

The first memorial lecture of the congress, Prof. RR Singh Memorial lecture on ‘social work at a time of planetary crisis’ was delivered by Prof. PK Shahajan, Dean Academic affairs, TISS, Mumbai. Prof. RR Singh was a professional with sound values like discipline, punctuality and dedication. He maintained clear separation of personal and professional aspects of his career. He always carried a paper and pen and give feedback to every student and presenter. He was very keen to save electricity in his office. Very few social work professionals pay attention to environmental issues and planetary crisis. When we think about environmental justice, the poor are always affected worse by climate change than the rich. The global temperature has increased by 1 degree during the last 50 years and in another 50 years, all the glaciers will disappear from the face of the earth and the human survival will be at risk. Pollution of all the natural resources is another face of planetary crisis. Neoliberalism is a threat to sustainable development. Environmental justice is extension of social justice. Social environment includes physical environment. Balancing of environmental entitlements is another dimension of environmental justice. Thinking about ecology is not sufficient. We need to think ecologically and individual actions with conviction matters. Social work is in the right place to take up the issues of environmental justice along with social justice. There are over 66,000 students joining BSW and over 60,000 students joining MSW every year. There is a huge presence of social work professionals in the country. Combination of policies and collective action can deal with all these issues. Dr. RJ Barnabas summarised the main ideas delivered by Prof. Shajahan.

Philip Barnabas Memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. Rajendra Singh, the Waterman of India. Mr. Philip Barnabas had profound respect for indigenous knowledge. Water scarcity and water surpluses are both disasters. Water is life, livelihood and dignity. Social work has moved from relief and service to environmental justice. Natural resources are for use not for commercial use. Learning for earning is dangerous. Education for wisdom and for giving. Science and engineering with discord have created the crisis. Science with sense and technology with conscience and concern can save us from the crises. Social engineering, river parliament and people’s decisions can revive rivers. Stockholm water prize was given for the social scientist who could accomplish the task which the scientists could not achieve. Social scientists can practice sustainable watershed management, ground water recharge and efficient use of water, stop erosion and silting, and link crop pattern with rain pattern. Without integration of social and scientific knowledge, sustainable development is not possible. People and nature are not separate, but integrated. Tarun Bharat Sangh created 11,800 water bodies filled up with rain water every year. 28,000 mines were closed in 1992 in favour of protection of nature, water and environment. When people and nature are loved equally, the path of sustainable development opens. The slogan ‘water is climate and climate is water’ is accepted by Paris conference, COP 21.

After the memorial lectures, the book written by Mr. Rajendra Singh on water saving campaign was released at the hands of Prof. RJ Barnabas. The NAPSWI campaign, ‘Go Green’ is launched at the hands of Mr. Rajendra Singh.

It was followed by the third plenary session of the Congress at 12.00 noon on the theme of energy, climate change, green social work and sustainable development. It was chaired by Dr. Ramesh Jare. Mr. Dinesh Zapake discussed on corporate responsibility and response to climate change and environmental issues. He started his sharing by highlighting the achievements of Cummins India in the field of environmental justice. All the products of Cummins India are 100 % recyclable keeping the industry environmentally sustainable. The industry is energy efficient and nature friendly.

Mr. Vikas Salve, the CSR in charge continued the presentation of Mr. Dinesh. Corporate responsibility includes social and environmental initiatives. Cummins is doing more than what the CSR Act prescribes. Cummins’ corporate responsibility includes all the initiatives in the field of sustainable development goals. Water conservation of Cummins means conservation of more water that what is actually used by the industry. Under zero garbage project about 3000 Cummins employees went to door to door campaign. Biodiversity, water conservation projects, water management drive and clean air Delhi are other green initiatives of Cummins India. Water bodies are created in the villages and allowed to percolate in the soil for the benefit of the farmers. Tree plantation is done scientifically with three years’ follow up. One of the NGO partners (Navjeevan Sanstha) is awarded with Vanshree award. 62 percentage of employees completed more than 22,000 EEEC hours in Corporate responsibility initiatives. 1.75 lacs people were assisted during the COVID-19 crisis.

In response the question raised, Mr. Vikas explained that social workers have the plan and the engineers bring in their expertise to execute the plan.

Bro. Alex discussed about the climate change, green social work and sustainable development of rural communities. He founded Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra to undertake projects in soil and water conservation. If you have a will, resources will come. He decided to plant one lac trees and he did not know how to go forward. However, the resources came in its own way and more than 3 lacs trees were planted. The villages donated 20 acres of land for water conservation project under food for work programme. People could not earn anything from this barren land, but got food for their work in the watershed projects. Once the villagers realised the benefits, more than 20 village communities approached BGVK for starting such projects. Dongergaon has a completely green area with all the wells recharged due to the watershed projects started there 25 years ago. It was the success story of people’s cooperation. Village level watershed committees have taken over the water and soil conservation projects in the village. NGOs need to build up creditability to attract funds. Dr. Rajendra Singh visited BGVK and took inspiration for his work in Rajastan. Many innovators have visited BGVK and started their own initiatives relevant to their local realities.

In response to the questions raised, Bro. Alex explained that we need to spend time with the people and convince them. Once they realise that this man is for them, they would cooperate. Dr. Ramesh Jare, the chairperson shared from his experience that the first conflict in working with the village communities is the conflict between the landless and the landlords.

Dr. Mahesh Thakur presented his paper on Green Social Work Intervention and Corporate partnership for Environment and Water Conservation – A CSR Project at SP Pune University. He explained impact and importance of social work intervention in environment, sustainable development and water conservation – Hatti Pond rejuvenation and beautification, barren to blue project, the Cummins corporate responsibility that demonstrated the success model of University – Corporate – Social Work dialogue. Hatti pond is the water body, created by the excavation site from which the stones for the construction of the university building were procured. With the cooperation and collaboration of all the stakeholders the Hatti pond has been restored. The second pond is created and the total capacity is increased to 1.2 crore litres of water could be stored. SPPU, KINSS and Cummins model executed corporate responsibility towards environment justice. There was a lot of learning for social workers, the corporate and the University from this project.

In response to the queries, Dr. Mahesh explained that only the local varieties of plants were planted in Nakshathra botanical park in SPPU campus. The chairperson appreciated the initiative taken up by the social workers in implementing an ecological project amidst a great number of scientists of the university.

Dr. Ankur Saxena spoke about engaging corporate in promoting green social work. ‘Vatsalya Ashramshala Development Project – Chabke Talawli Village’ is the TATA corporate sustainability project under which cycles were distributed to girl students who had to travel 6 kms to reach high schools, biodiversity, traditional and sustainable farming and group formation for women. Social workers need to improve the negotiation skills to draw resources from large stakeholders and it is the CSR models.

After the lunch, an open interview with Padmashri Shrimati Rahibai Popere, the renowned Indian farmer and conservationist, was jointly hosted by NAPSWI, CSRD and Rotary Club of Ahmednagar (Priyadarshini) was held at the auditorium. She helps other farmers return to native varieties of crops, preparing hyacinth beans for self-help groups. She is among three Indians on the BBC list of “100 Women 2018”. Scientist Raghunath Mashelkar gave her the epithet “Seed Mother”. Adv. Neelamani Gandhi, President, Mrs. Sandhya Pandey, Secretary of Priyadarshini Ahmednagar Rotary Club and Prof. Suresh Pathare felicitated Smt. Rahibai and facilitated the interview. She told that she could not learn at the school, but learnt farming from her father. She got married at the age of 12 and faced all the hardships of home making. She did not get any opportunity to learn from the college. The learned should be able to do much more. Every village must have a Rahibai and every child should have poison free food on their plate. There is a connection between children getting sick and what they eat. She used to give seeds and seedlings to SHG women. She used to preserve seeds in ashes. BAIF noticed her work and supported her. We need to get connected with the black soil. She is felicitated by everyone, but the credit goes to the black soil. Unless we preserve the connection with the black soil, the mankind would perish soon. Today there are 3500 women working with Smt. Rahibai in 150 villages and seedbanks are created in all the villages. Find out indigenous seeds in your own village, preserve them and promote them. We pay for hybrid seeds, eat them, get sick and pay to the doctors.

In response to the queries, she told that the seeds can be preserved up to 3 years for harvesting purpose and for consumption, it can be preserved up to 15 years. Rahi can preserve seeds up to 15 years. There are 16 varieties of rice and 30 varieties of vegetable seeds. There are over 150 varieties of vegetables that are considered weeds.  Earth worms are friends of the farmers. Farmers can prepare the organic fertilizers in their own field and use them. All types of leaves can become organic fertilizer. As a mother can recognise any number of her children by their face, she can recognize all the seeds that she grows.

Finally, she reminded that every participant should take this mission very seriously forward to protect the soil and the seeds to preserve the health of the next generation.

Mr. Suneel Vatsyayan gave the vote of thanks.

Dr. W G Prasanna Kumar, Chairman, Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE), Hyderabad presented his paper on Course curriculum BSW – fostering social responsibility – skilling for employability and entrepreneurship as an introduction to his workshop on this theme. How the social workers create a model which would pay higher salary for social work professionals. Multiple entry, multiple exits in four years’ BSW. There is 80 credit course – major courses, minor courses, multi-disciplinary courses, ability enhancement course (AEC), skill enhancement courses (SEC), creativity and vocational ability courses (CVAC), and internship. At every exit point the social work professionals need to become entrepreneurs, self employed professionals and small business managers. Semesters 1 & 2 constitute certificate level course, semesters 3 & 4 prepare the students at diploma level and even students from other streams might enter at any semester. Semesters 5 & 6 are graduate level. Till this level, the students are getting trained for a world of work. Semesters 7 and 8 train the students for the world of word. They get ready for research and teaching. Master level is getting redundant and the graduates with four years’ training directly enter the Ph D programme. Dr. Sanjoy Roy gave vote of thanks to Dr. WG Prasanna Kumar.    

After the open interview session, seven concurrent sessions were conducted simultaneously at five seminar halls out of which three session was held on hybrid mode, where paper presenters attended and presented their paper online.   

The first concurrent session was held at the Golden Jubilee Hall on the theme of Green Social Work, Community Resilience and New Normal. It was chaired by Dr. Anoop Kumar Bharati. The paper presentations of the session were, Green social work, resilience building and spirituality – the interconnections by Jaimon Varghese, A Study of Green Work Practices and Assessment Of Awareness About It Among Social Work Professionals by Swapnil Patil, Emotional Element: A New Horizon for Better Environment and Resource Conservation by Sansare Vijay, Green Social Work Curriculum-An Empirical Study on Stakeholders Perception by Dr. R. Baskar, Feel Green: Young Peoples Responses to Climate Change and Environmental Concern by Dr Preeti Kamble and Being Climate Resilient: Social Work Interventions and Good Practices in Allied Livelihoods to Combat Climate Change – Issues and Solutions Based on Field Success Stories and Case Studies by Chayanlal Ramchand Pardhi

The second Concurrent Session was held at Lecture Hall 5 on the theme of Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals and Nation building. It was chaired by Prof. Sanjoy Roy. Paper presentations of the session were A Study on Impact of Climate Change on Human Displacement by Akhilesh Pratap, Mapping Of Just Transition For Sustainable Development In A Low Carbon World: A Conceptual Review In Indian Context by Ashupriya Yadav, Effect of Glass Industries on environment in Firozabad City by Vishwadeep Singh and Role of Social Workers in contributing to the Effectiveness of Environmental Education in Schools by Ms. Amreen Khan

The third Concurrent Session was held at Lecture Hall – 3 on the theme of Government and Non-Government efforts for climate changes and Environmental issues. It was chaired by Dr. Atul Pratap Singh. Paper presentations of the session were Stakeholders’ initiative in Himachal Pradesh towards awareness and management of menstrual waste generation, disposal and its environmental effect by Pooja Sharma, A study on present status of environmental education in schools by Pawan Kumar, Social work intervention with vulnerable groups – Women affected by climate change and issues around environmental sustainability by Pranita K Jadhav, Negotiating between the climate change crisis and environmental sustainability, the role of civil society organization by Amen Xavier Kaushal, Industrial Green Initiative: Case Study on a local Miyawaki forest planted by SME Business owners in Ahmednagar by Dr. Meera S. Kulkarni and “Climate Action” – A Sustainable Development Goal:  A Step Toward Environmental Sustainability by Ankur Saxena & Dr. Sneha Chandrapal

Fourth Concurrent Session was held at Lecture Hall – 6 on the theme of Social work interventions with the vulnerable – Dalits, Tribals, Disabled, Women, Children, Aged & others affected by climate change. It was chaired by Dr. Nimisha Gupta. Paper presentations of the session were Contribution of Government Schemes in Empowerment of Tribal Women in Maharashtra by Dr. Sangita Salve, Environment and tribal concept – new environment policy in India by Prof. Vilas Adhav, Climate change nexuses the poverty of Transgender individuals in India directly or indirectly by Kajal, Significance of Swachh Survekshan & allied surveys on waste management behaviour of Urban Population by Saiyad Danish Imrose, Economic Impact of Disaster ‘YAAS’: A case study of the coastal areas in Odisha by Kheyali Roy & Shaurya Prakash and Social work intervention with mentally ill people affected by climate change by Shubhangi Namdev Mane.

Fifth concurrent session was held on the theme of Government and Non-Government efforts for climate changes and Environmental issues at Lecture hall – 1 in hybrid mode. The chairperson was Dr. Pranoti. The paper presentations of the session were Climate Change, Gender and Green Social Work by Ms Pranita Sunil Indulkar, Nature, Tribal Society and Development Politics by Mr. Naresh Kumar Gautam, Girls’ Journey for Education and for Water: Pravas Panyacha by Jagtap Sunita and Gandhian School of Thought: A U-turn to align with rhythm of Nature by Ms Bushra Barkati                       

Sixth concurrent session was held on the theme of Government and Non-Government efforts for climate changes and Environmental issues at Lecture hall – 1 in hybrid mode. The chairperson was Dr. Rahul Khandelwal. The paper presentations of the session were Household livelihood strategies to climate change among the coastal island communities: A qualitative study of Gosaba Island, West Bengal by Tirtha Ghosh, Skill education and employment gap among tribal women in rural Bengal by Ajanta Sarkar, Climate change in India: Relevance of intersectionality approach for De-notified Communities in India by Mr Suraj Shankar Jadhav, Role of Social Worker in Disaster Response by Ms Jashanjot Kaur Brar and Tracing the impacts of Human-Wildlife conflict in the foothills of Western ghats by R. Jagadeesh.

Seventh concurrent session was held on the theme of Government and Non-Government efforts for climate changes and Environmental issues at Faculty meeting room in hybrid mode. The chairperson was Dr. Keshav Walke. The poster presentation held during the session was Ratricha Surya [Night Sun] by Gabhale Narayan.

After the concurrent sessions, ISWC workshop on Social work advocacy for Tobacco & climate change was conducted by Shri. Suneel Vatsyayan at the Auditorium.

At 7.00 PM, NAPSWI General body meeting was held at the Auditorium in a hybrid mode where several NAPSWI members attended the session online. Dr. RP Dwivedi, the President, Dr. Ankur Saxena, the Secretary and Dr. Atul Pratap Singh, the treasurer, conducted the meeting. The president welcomed the participants. The secretary presented the annual report and the treasurer presented audited statements. It was resolved during the NAPSWI general body meeting that the ISWC 11 would be held at Maulana Azad Urudu University, Hyderabad. It was also resolved that Go-green campaign shall be conducted at national level for the current academic year, 2022-23.

17 December 2022

On 17 December 2022, the third day of the Congress, began with the fourth plenary session of the Congress held at 9 AM at the Auditorium. It was chaired by Prof. M. Arif. The plenary speakers of the session were Prof. RP Dwivedi, Dr. Ramesh Jare and Dr. Atul Pratap Singh. Prof. R P. Dwivedi, President, NAPSWI, delivered the talk on Gandhian perspective on green social work. He paid tribute to Prof. Surender Singh at the outset of his On October 22, 1925, Gandhi published a list he called the Seven Social Sins in his weekly newspaper Young India. They are Politics without principles, Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity and Worship without sacrifice. Keeping away from these social sins is the path of green social work and sustainable development. Earth has enough for meeting the needs of the people of the planet, not enough to meet the greed of anyone on this planet.

At the outset Dr. Atul Pratap Singh paid homage to Prof. RBS Verma for his invaluable contributions towards the social work profession. Thereafter, he presented his paper, ‘Sustainable development goals (SDG) through healthy and green initiatives with community engagement’. Ecology, economics and ethics need to be integrated for the cause of SDG and green social work. Biodiversity, air pollution, management of water resources and waste management are the key focus areas for government efforts towards the achievement of SDG. People participation and community engagement are essential for any successful SDG initiative. Healthy and green campus initiatives in universities have significant impact upon the achievement of SDGs. Our country has the third largest network of university campuses in the world. In the University campuses, we need to reduce the use of paper and plastics, use of cloth bags, use of digital media for assignment submissions, use of bicycles, save energy, decrease in consumption of non-vegetarian food, and judicious use of electricity, water resources and conservation of natural resources.

Prof. Ramesh Jare presented his paper on social work intervention with Dalit communities affected by climate change and issues related to environmental sustainability with special reference to Marathwada region. The framework of green social work addresses the right based and anti-oppressive social work. There is a need to focus upon Gandhiji’s social work (the framework of ahimsa and sathyagraha) as an indigenous frame work. Shri. Sunderlal Bahuguna and Smt. Medha Patkar are environmentalists who used Gandhian framework. Gandhian framework is essentially non-violence (ahimsa) and sathyagraha. When Smt. Medha Patkar spoke about rehabilitation and repatriation, everyone supported her. When she spoke about social action, which is a modern social work approach, many started distancing from her as it questioned certain government policies. Shramasakthi dware gramvikas (rural development through voluntary labour) is the TISS Tuljapur model. The success story of Dhadgaon project revealed that the village development committee had 50 percentage Dalit and 40 percent women representation. Shramdan was made compulsory for all the villagers and the work was to start in Dalit land. The village won the award of Rs. 5 lacs from NABARD for successful implementation of watershed development. The message was to practice inclusion from the beginning of the project.

The fourth plenary session was followed by the book release session. The online open access book in the form of a blog on types of leadership by name ‘Avodart’ written by Dr. Madhu Bhatt was released at the hands of Prof. Pallassana Balgopal. The blog highlights the different dimensions of dark leadership. Introducing Dr. Madhu’s work, Prof. Pallassana Balgopal explained the four classic leadership styles – autocratic, democratic, dictatorial and laissez-faire. All these leadership styles work in their own conducive social context and not in isolation. All the faculty members may use two classes on this blog in their classroom to explain the power structure in Indian family context.

After the tea break, there were two series of concurrent sessions. The first series of concurrent sessions were held at the golden jubilee hall and the auditorium at 12.00 noon.

Eighth concurrent session was held on the theme of Government and impact of climate changes upon the vulnerable at Golden Jubilee Hall. The chairperson was Bro. Alex. The paper presentations of the session were A Study on migrants and outcome of the portability of government schemes availed by migrants during the COVID-19 in Srikakulam District, A.P by Manem Atchyuta Rao, Climate Change- Is it an only problem or opportunity for social work profession? By Ganesh Rajapure, Perception of organic farming among the farmers in the foothills of Western Ghats by Dr. R. Arjunan   and Climate Change Adaptation Programes: Social Work Intervention by NGO’s by Waghmare Shamuvel.

Nineth concurrent session was held on the theme of Impact of climate changes upon the vulnerable at Auditorium. The chairperson was Fr. Aneesh Joseph. The paper presentations of the session were Understanding Conservation Practices Among The Mana Tribe by Prashant Keshaorao Jambhule, Climate Changes and Environmental Issues with Special reference to Muktangan Rehabilitation Center Pune by Ms. Parinita Pote, Prevalence of anxiety symptoms among the elderly in post pandemic period by Aasawari Deenanath Zapake, and Psychosocial care in disaster management in Coastal areas in Vizianagaram District by M. Santhosh Kumar.

The second series of concurrent sessions were held at the auditorium and the golden jubilee hall at 1.00 PM.

Tenth concurrent session was held on the theme of impact of climate change upon the vulnerable at the auditorium. The chairperson was Dr. Mahesh Kumar. The paper presentations of the session were Empowering Rural Women Through Climate Literacy Training to Reduce Carbon Footprint: Role of Government Agencies, Civil Society, SHG and Social Worker by Surabhi Paihar, A study on the impact and climate change on farming & the intervention of Social Work by Prachi Zade and Dipali Subhash Vadnere, Employment Trends in Social Work Profession by Mr. Mohd Salman & Aksa Jan and Role of organisational development models for small scale farmer a study bin East Vidhrbha by Sanjay Fulkar.

Eleventh concurrent session was held on the theme of Government and Non-Government efforts for climate changes and Environmental issues at Golden Jubilee Hall. The chairperson was Dr. Sanjoy Roy. The paper presentations of the session were Concept of Eco-feminism – Role of Women in Major Environmental Revolution and Sustainable Development by Dr. Smriti Parihar, Disaster Management: A Core Area of Social Work Intervention by Dr. Pankaj Kamal Shankar Kumbhar, Environmental Justice and Livelihood Acceleration: a Study of Urali Tribal Hamlet in Kerala by Hridhya Ravi & Roopa Nair D R. and Social Work Response to Natural Calamities: A case study of social Work intervention in flood affected areas of Kolhapur by Dr. Suresh Mugutmal.

Twelfth concurrent session was held on the theme of Government and Non-Government efforts for climate changes and Environmental issues at Lecture hall – 1 in hybrid mode. The chairperson was Mr. Vijay Sansare. The paper presentations of the session were Power, Privileges and Eco Justice by Dr. PV Baiju, Climate Change and LGBTQIA+ Community: A Review on climate changes impact on the community by Rituparna Dey, A Study on The Protest Against the Par-Tapi- Narmada Linking Project by Mr. Rutvik Dilipbhai Makwana and The Impact of Environmental Degradation on Women in India – A Reflection by Ms. Arpna Rattu

Thirteenth concurrent session was held on the theme of impact of climate change upon the vulnerable sections of the society at Lecture hall – 1 in hybrid mode. The chairpersons were Mr. and Mrs. Shaurya Prakash. The paper presentations of the session were Does climate change reinforce child marriage?  Understanding the crux from the different Cases by Dr. Sasmita Patel & Arya C C Innovative practice interventions to combat climate change – An analysis by Ms. Fathimathu Suhana & Ms. Swathy Lakshman and Female Prisoners in India: A Review of their Issues and Challenges with special reference to the state of Haryana by Aashima Kajla & Gaurav Gaur, Role of women in household solid waste management in Kashmir as a case series by Irtifa Mukhter & Richa Chowdhary, Involvement of Rural Youth In the Conservation of the Ganga river by Ms. Aesha Singh, Does festive season have an impact on Phishing Attacks? – A study on X standard students in Srikakulam District by Dr. U. Kavya Jyotsna & Miss. G. Naveena. Climate change policies and practices- An Analysis by Ms Krishnendu S & Dr Elsa Mary Jacob.

Valedictory session was held at 3 PM. Prof. Nimse, former Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University, Padmashri. Popatrao Pawar, Sarpanch, Hiware Bazar, RP Dwivedi, President, NAPSWI, Prof. MB Mehta, Director, IMS, Prof. Sanjai Bhatt, Senior Professor, Department of Social Work, Delhi University, were the guests of honour for the valedictory function.

Prof. Suresh Pathare presented the Congress report. There were altogether 242 registered participants hailing from 14 states, including 146 social work students, 60 research scholars and 36 faculty members. There were 17 plenary talks through 4 plenary sessions, and 61 paper presentations through 13 concurrent sessions out of which 21 papers were presented online through 5 hybrid online sessions. Interview with Padmashri Rahibai Popere, heritage walk to Ahmednagar Fort, NAPSWI general body meeting, students’ poster displays, street play presentation, 2 memorial lectures, one workshop and key note address are other features of the ISWC 2022. Go-green campaign is launched as the chief deliberation of the 10th ISWC 2022

Prof. RP Dwivedi, President NAPSWI, addressed the audience and expressed gratitude to the organisers on behalf of NAPSWI. He promised that he would take up the Go-green campaign to every college in the country.

Padma Shri. Popatrao Pawar delivered the chief guest’s address. He shared the experience of successful journey of Hiware Bazar through various hardships to the status of Adarshgram. He explained the role of people participation and dynamic leadership in the evolution of Adarshgram. People from far and wide visit Hiware Bazar to learn about the basics of water management.

Prof. Nimse gave the presidential address. Environmental science is part of our school education for a long time. In Universities, there is compulsory course on Environmental science. We have too much information on environmental issues. What is required is translation of critical thinking into action.

Prof. Sanjai Bhatt expressed vote of thanks to all the guests of the valedictory function, and Prof. Pallassana Balgopal, the keynote speaker. He thanked all the co-hosts (Booth Hospital), Navjeevan Pratisthan and Bosco Gramin Vikas. The representatives of all these hosts were felicitated. On behalf of the participants, he expressed thanks to all the local organisers including faculty members, technical, supportive and administrative team members, auxilium convent school students, Bhushan Deshmukh and his team. He specially thanked the student volunteers for their wholehearted cooperation and assistance rendered to the delegates. It was announced that the next ISWC shall be held at Hyderabad.  

After the formal valedictory function, the students of Auxilium convent school presented a Sankalp Gan (Action song) on the theme of environmental justice, green social work and sustainable development. With the national anthem, the programme came to an end.