DYUTI 2021 is a two-day National Conference (online) aimed at bringing together scholars, academicians and practitioners to deliberate on the Social Work responses to COVID -19 Pandemic. This is an opportunity to disseminate social work professional interventions and engagements during the emergency across the country. The theme of the 21st edition of DYUTI is “Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social Work Engagements & Challenges.
Developmental Yearning for a United and Transformed India
Rajagiri, with its vision of becoming a center of excellence in learning, has been regularly providing an annual forum for deliberations on vital issues of development from a ‘rights perspective’. This series of deliberations which started in 1998 Is named DYUTI, meaning ‘spark of life’. A total of 20 DYUTI national and international conferences have been organized so far. This 21 edition of DYUTI is on ‘Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social Work Engagements and Challenges’.
The Theme of DYUTI 2021 Conference
The pandemic has impacted the lives of individuals, families, communities, and nations across the globe. Social Work as a service profession has engaged in various sectors during the COVID -19. Social Work response to this pandemic includes case management, preventive programmes, psychosocial support, networking, and system linkages. Individual-based as well as community-based programmes engagements were initiated by social workers in different parts of the country. Many professional social work practitioners extend their services to prevent, remediate, and rehabilitate the individuals and communities that were affected directly or indirectly. Many have joined various governmental and non-governmental organizations as volunteers in the response to the community needs.
Social Work academia also had to bring in a lot of restructuring to promote fieldwork practices of students and many civil society organizations have associated with academic institutions to facilitate virtual fieldwork practices.
It is now time to rise up to the occasion from the waves of issues to innovations and interventions in all fields of individual and social life. This conference is an attempt to discuss the responses of social work practice and education in India during Covid-19 and the ways forward.
1. Social Work practice during Covid-19
2. Field engagement initiatives and programmes.
3. Social Work academia during the pandemic / Online social work education
4. Responses of NGOs and other stakeholders
5. Social Workers in health care setting.
6. Psychosocial reponses by the social workers
7. Volunteerism among social workers/ students during covid-19
8. Social Work Research responses during COVID- 19
9. COVID-19 crisis and beyond: challenges for sustainable public policies
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (Autonomous) was established as a result of the indefatigable industry and foresight of the CMI Congregation. 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. Rajagiri School of Social Work, started in the year 1955 was one of the pioneering institutions in south India, establishing programmes and setting standards in the field of social work education. The Social Work academic programs range from Bachelors to Doctoral programme. The presence of live labs in the campus add quality to education through experience.