IGNOU National Seminar on Community Development, Social Work and HIV/AIDS

IGNOU and the National Association of Professional Social Workers (NAPSWI) of India have been annually organizing a National seminar on HIV/AIDS in collaboration with different institutions in several cities of India since 2004. This is  the ninth annual national seminar and the collaborator for this seminar is the Department of  Social Work, Visva‐Bharati. IGNOU was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985. Today it serves the educational aspirations of about four million students in India and  abroad through 21 schools of studies, 12 chairs, and an elaborate network of 60 IGNOU regional centres, over  45,000 academic counsellors, about  3500 study centres, and 52 overseas  centres. IGNOU made history by establishing the first school of social work in ODL system in  2007 which is perhaps the largest school of social work with student strength of over  30,000.

The Themes for the Seminar  
The experience of Indian community development initiatives is about a century old. The non‐governmental initiatives started in the colonial period and the government efforts in  community development started  in 1952. Many of these initiatives were influenced and  inspired by Gandhi’s and Tagore’s philosophy. The IGNOU Seminar will attempt to discuss and learn  from all major experiences of community development programmes.  It is now universally recognized that health and development are directly related. The  problem of HIV/AIDS is therefore not simply a health issue but also a development and  human rights issue. Developed countries have largely been able to address the problems of  HIV/ AIDS including treatment and support. Lesser developed countries have lesser  resources to allocate to heath care and even lesser for HIV/AIDS. They suffer huge economic  and social loss due to the disease and consequently it impedes their developmental progress.  Similarly, at the national level, the poorer communities are facing the brunt of the  disease‐ migration as a result of the collapse of  traditional livelihoods,  loss  of  community  support and lack of awareness are the main factors. The vulnerable sections of the society  like women and children are directly or indirectly, the worst sufferers.  If development is  described by Amartya Sen as increasing choices and capabilities for enjoying a better life  then the prevention and management of social and economic problems including HIV/ AIDS  should be a key element in any development strategy. Keeping this in mind we have  identified the following major issues to be addressed in the seminar.
• Gandhi’s philosophy on rural upliftment
• Tagore’s philosophy on rural reconstruction
• Community development and rural livelihoods
• Govt. intervention in community development
• Social work intervention and community development
• Community development and welfare of the physically challenged
• Programme formulation and programme implementation
• Community Development and social work‐ Linkages and relationship
• HIV/AIDS, High Risk population and development 
• HIV/ AIDS, stigma and discrimination 
• AIDS and Counselling skills
• NGOS and HIV/AIDS

Venue:  Lipika, Santiniketan

Dates: 27th, 28 th  and 29 th  January 2012.

Registration fees:  Rs. 500/‐ for faculty and practitioners and Rs. 250/‐ for students (NON‐ REFUNDABLE). Student must provide certificates from their respective institutions to avail of  the discounted registration fee benefit. The registration fee is to be sent through a Demand  Draft in favour of “Principal, PSV” payable at  Santiniketan (branch code 2121).  The last  date for the receipt of registration form along with the fee is December 31 st  2011.

Call for Papers
The participants interested in making paper presentation on the seminar theme are  requested to submit the abstract along with registration form. They are further requested to  submit the soft copy (CD and through email) Email: socialwork@visva‐bharati.ac.in.  The last date for submission of abstracts is  15 DECEMBER 2011 and the final paper:   15 th January 2012. Boarding and Lodging: Outstation participants’ will be provided modest lodging and  boarding for the five days from 26th January to 29 th  January 2012. The type of  accommodation will be ‐double rooms for faculty members and practitioners and dormitory  for the students.   Tea and Lunch will provided to all participants on the all three days of the seminar.   On prior intimation accommodation may be arranged for days after 29 th  (as check out will  be 30 th  January 12 noon,) and the expenditure for stay for any additional days will have to  borne by the participants (before or after the seminar).   Travelling expenses: Travel allowance for the selected participants will be paid by IGNOU.  Only the  train/ bus fare for the shortest route from the  nearest railway station to Bolpur  (Santiniketan) will be paid. Taxi fare and rickshaw fare will not be reimbursed and will have  to be borne by the participants.  Faculty and practitioners who are members of NAPSWI are  eligible for 3 Tier AC and students are eligible for 2 nd  Sleeper only. We will only forward  the travel grant applications to School of  Social Work, IGNOU and  they will select the  participants eligible for travel grant. 

Last date for registration:  15th January 2012 (without travel  grant from IGNOU) & 31st  for those who want travel grant.  Submission of Abstracts: 15 th  December 2011  Submission of Papers: 31 st  December 2011.

To register download Register Form from IGNOU Website.

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