Education for Social Development

The case of India

Authored by: Vimla Nadkarni , Geeta Balakrishnan , Ronald Yesudhas

Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138890237
eBook ISBN: 9781315712536
Adobe ISBN: 9781317495239


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This chapter presents an overview of the status of social work education for social development in India. It highlights the responsibility of social work educational institutions to embrace and strengthen the social development perspective within their social work programmes. All development takes place within a social and economic context. In newly emerging economies such as India, marginalized communities are not seen as a priority for development as the focus is more on economic than social and human development. Social development aims to link between social and economic aspects of development and contribute towards realizing human potential and achieving total well-being. Though organized social service existed in India for a long time, professionalization of social work in India began in 1936.The report of the Second Review Committee of social work education in India stressed the need for a curriculum with a developmental approach, rather than an individualistic and clinical orientation (University Grants Commission, 1980).

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