International Summer University in Social Work 2019

Social care is one of the primary needs of citizens in any country. Rights based perspective of Social work intervention has not completely successful in alleviating needs of the communities, especially the vulnerable population. There is a demand for resources and services to be in place, to meet the social care needs of the vulnerable population with special
focus on women, children, senior citizens and differently abled. Involvement of the Government in social care varies across the nations, and this is to be debated and intervened, based on the evidences. The practices needs to be compared between the various public-private ownership models in social care. Response of the social work profession as a major stakeholder is critical in the situation where neoliberal ideas and withdrawal of state, fully or partly, from the social care is a trend, especially in developing and underdeveloped countries. Social Work education institutions are also involved in social care focussing on wellbeing concept, through the extension activities which also provide opportunities for the social work trainees to get practice learning. It will be interesting to understand country specific, sector specific, institutional specific care systems adopted in education, research and practice in ensuring wellbeing of the citizens.

The organizing University

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous)

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous) was established as a result of the indefatigable industry and foresight of the CMI Congregation. The school of Social Work, started in the year 1995 was one of the pioneering institutions in south India, establishing programmes and setting the standards in the field of social work education. Rajagiri College of Social Science was accredited with 'A' Grade (3.70 out of 4) in 2013 by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the UGC. The college has been conferred with Autonomous status by University Grants Commission in 2014. College has received ‘College for potential for excellence” award in the year 2015. It was ranked 43rd Best College in India by NIRF in 2018 rankings.
In an effort to develop faculty and students and to share resources, the college has initiated collaborative ventures with a number of universities abroad. The college has tie-ups and collaborations in the form of twinning programmes/student exchange programmes with the different universities. Rajagiri has exchange of faculty and students through Semester or Trimester abroad programmes, Summer/Winter Schools, Faculty led study abroad programmes, combined coordination of international seminars and conferences. Rajagiri is a member of a consortium which coordinates International Summer University in Social Work (ISUSW) every year.

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