This book, an outcome of a national study on professional social work, gives a glimpse of eight decades of social work education and training in India. The educators, practitioners and institutions offering social work through open and distance learning were covered under the study. In this process, the author studied the past, understood the present and forecasted the future of social work education. This book gives an idea about the status of social work education in terms of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. This book may be beneficial to the educators, practitioners, researchers and students of social work education within and outside the country.
Dr.Rambabu Botcha, Assistant Professor in Social Work at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, received his Integrated M.Phil/Ph.D in Social Work from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He is the recipient of Young Achievement Award in Social Work for his outstanding performance in improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. He holds the life membership of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India.
Dr. Botcha presented seven papers in International Conferences andtwenty papers in National Seminars/Conferences. He actively took part in organising half dozen national seminars/conferences and coordinated three National Seminars/Conferences at RGNIYD. He has also coordinated several training programmes on youth development across the country. There are twenty five publications in peer reviewed national/international journals/edited volumes and two books to his credit. Dr. Botcha actively contributed in developing MA in Social Work, MA in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and PG Diploma programs at RGNIYD.
List of Tables and Figures
1. Social Work Education in India: An Overview
2. Reviewing the Studies Made and Methodology
3. Scenario of Social Work Education and Training in India
4. Practice and Training: Status and Gap
5. Status of Social Work Education through Open and Distance Learning in India
6. The Way Forward for Strengthening Social Work in India
Questionnaire for Educators
Questionnaire for Practitioners in Social Work
Questionnaire for Educators in Open and Distance