Work Day Organized
“Social Work knows no Religion or Language, only how to help people.”: Dr.
B. P. Sahu
Khanapara, March 17, 2015: The department of Social Work of University of
Science & Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) celebrated the International Social Work
Day on March 17, 2015 with a daylong programme. The event was inaugurated by Dr.
B. P. Sahu, Professor, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, NEHU
Shillong by lighting the ceremonial lamp. The other delegates present in the
inaugural session were Dr. M. Gangabhushan, Associate Professor, Dept. of Social
Work, Assam University, Silchar; Mr. Manoj Kr. Das, Director, Indian Institute
of Entrepreneurship; Dr. R. M. Pant, Director, NIRD, Guwahati; Mr. D. Savio
Lakhra, Project Manager, Assam State Child Protection Society. Also present on
the occasion were the people from different communities living just outside the
perimeters of USTM
Dr. B. P. Sahu delivered a talk on the topic: “Scope of Social Work Practice in
North East India” and narrated the potentials and opportunities of the
profession of Social Work in recent times. Keeping in tune with this year’s
theme of International Social Work Day ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of
Peoples’ he quoted the mantra of Social Work as “Social Work knows no Religion,
Social Work knows no Language, it only knows how to help people in different
circumstances”. He appealed to the students, “Devote your time and energy as
students only for the rest two years which will pay you in the long run in
life”. During his deliberation on the topic: “Youth and Dignity and Worth of
People” Dr. R. M. Pant elucidated how NIRD works for people in rural areas.
Manoj Kumar Das spoke on the topic: “Role of Entrepreneurship”. He talked on how
social entrepreneurship was established in India. Dr. M. Gangabhushan
deliberated on the topic: ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’.
An Employers’ Meet was also organized on the occasion which was attended by NGOs
like Action Aid International, Red Cross Society, IIE, NACO etc. The
participating NGOs talked of the opportunities available in their organizations
and the kind of workers they approach to work for them. This initiative of the
Department of Social Work, USTM will pave a way for its students to get absorbed
after they pass out. The Employers’ Meet was chaired by B. I. Laskar, Associate
Professor, Dept. of Sociology, USTM.
The students of Department of Social Work, USTM had also organized an Exhibition
on the occasion. The Exhibition was based on the compiled field work reports by
the students of the department during their course of study in USTM.