World Social Work Day Celebrated at USTM
USTM, 21st March, 2017: It is said that “Women are
the real architect of the Society”, they are the ones who raise the builders of
a nation, they are the teachers, entrepreneurs, social activist and above all
constantly fighting the odds to achieve and establish their place in the
society. To salute this spirit the department of Social Work, University of
Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) has chosen two eminent women activist to
present the Social Work Excellence Ward 2017 on the occasion of World Social
Work Day on March 21st 2017 at the techno city campus, 9th mile.
The award was presented to Smt Mrinalini Devi, an eminent Social activist,
Author, Poet and Sister Bertha G Dkhar, the Principal of Jyoti Sroat School for
the Visually Impaired, Shillong. Smt Mrinalini Devi is a renound social worker
who has not only contributed for the development of the society but also in the
field of culture and literature of Assamese society. She is the member of Axom
Sahitya Sabha Central Executive Committee. Apart from being a social worker she
is a proud mother of five sons and her constant inspiration and education
reflected in her children and today all her sons are following their mother’s
footsteps and serving the society. The Sadou Axom Lekhika Sangstha has honored
her with ‘Adarsha Matri Award’ in recognition for her contribution. Another
awardee of the Social Work Excellence Award 2017 is none other than Sister
Bertha G Dkhar, the Principal of Jyoti Sroat School for the Visually Impaired,
Shillong. Bertha G Dkhar was Born with an eye disease (Retinitis Pigmentosa),
and completely lost her eyesight while pursuing her Masters in Social Work in
Bangalore. Surrounded by insensitivity from the community, she decided to
dedicate her life to provide educational opportunities to the visually impaired.
She invented the Braille code in Khasi – a major tribal language of Meghalaya,
and was awarded the Padma Shri for her unique model of schooling.
While delivering her speech after receiving the award Smt Mrinalini Devi said
that she has fulfilled her duties as a mother of five sons who are over now
serving the society in their own capacities. She has dedicated rest of her life
for the development of the society and asked the students to join and contribute
for the societal growth. It is worth mentioning that Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma,
the Minister for Education, Health and Finance, Government of Assam is one of
the sons of Smt Mrinalini Devi.
Sister Bertha in her address urged that there should not be any seclusion of the
disabled children. They should go to the same school along with other normal
kids, everyone should treat them equally and not less than a normal child.
Bertha said that, “I am proud to be a woman because my creator believes that the
work I am doing can be done best by a female heart and I am proud to work for
The awards was presented to them in a colorful program which was graced by the
former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University and Principal Advisor ERDF, Prof N
K Choudhury, Shri PP Srivastava, former Member North East Council., Shillong and
Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, the Former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University and
Pro Vice Chancellor Tezpur University, Mr Jhon Borgoryary, the Regional Head NE,
and UNDP along with the Chancellor of USTM Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Vice Chancellor
Dr PG Rao, deans, faculty members and the students of USTM.
It is worth mentioning that the Social Work Excellence Award 2016 was presented
to Smt Hasina Karbhih, the Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Luckose Cheruvale,
Former Director Snehalaya, Guwahati. The Chancellor USTM and Chairman ERD
Foundation, Shri Mahbubul Hoque on this occasion said that through this Social
Work Excellence Award we want to encourage and inspire the women achievers and
to present their example to our students so that they can also be encouraged and
motivated to establish their identity in the society.