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majestic:Outside view of Madras School Of Social Work, Egmore.Photo:Nivedha Sekar
majestic:Outside view of Madras School Of Social Work, Egmore.Photo:Nivedha Sekar

LALITHASAI

The Madras School of Social Work (MSSW), a social work institution, is having its diamond jubilee celebrations (DJC) on the college premises from February 27 to March 2. The function is a celebration to cherish 60 years of qualitative input to education and training of youth in social work and empowerment of the economically challenged and other marginalised groups in the society. The chief guest, Rosiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu, will release journals, a souvenir and a directory. On Feb. 28, a National Youth Leadership convention will be held. While culturals will be held on March 1, the convocation will he held on March 2.

“The grand event will be attended by personalities employed in high positions with the government, exceptional NGOs, outstanding entrepreneurs representing a cross section of specialisation such as social work, human resources and its related fields”, said Fatima Vasanth, principal of MSSW.

The principal plans to bring over 500 student leaders from across the country, for the youth convention, to address social challenges concerning them. The celebrations will feature an inter-collegiate cultural competition in which over 600 students, from all over the country, will participate.

“I feel privileged to felicitate former heads of MSSW, former board members, faculty members, non-teaching staff and illustrious alumni who have brought laurels and contributed to the brand activation of MSSW during the celebrations”, says Ms. Fatima.

The school is planning to organise an alumni bash to take relationships to the next level.

It will involve entertainment, amusements, photo sessions, food and felicitation. All students who finished from 1952 to 2012 have been invited to participate. It is also open to all parents and family members of present students. Publications _ History of MSSW (volume 2); Journal of MSSW (special volume); Documentary film on MSSW; Souvenir; MSSW Alumni Directory will be released during the inaugural ceremony. A photo gallery featuring photos and videos of the institution right from its inception shall be showcased to demonstrate the contribution made by it to social development across six decades.

The 17{+t}{+h}Mary Clubwala Jadhav (MCJ) Endowment lecture, a prestigious annual event featuring a special lecture by a nationally acclaimed person will be held.

It will feature a MCJ Award for Humanitarian Service with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and a citation for an organisation/individual who has made an immense contribution to society. “Also as part of the youth empowerment activity of the DJC, MSSW will distribute scholarships to deserving students who come from economically challenged backgrounds,” assures Ms. Fatima. All the activities of the celebrations are being spearheaded by the principal Fatima Vasanth. Says she: I joined as a junior faculty from 1984. MSSW has been instrumental in grooming (rich academic and administrative experience) me during my career and today I have risen in ranks to become its principal. I have gained a lot of visibility and global acclaim because of this institution. I am happy to coordinate and bring together different the stake holders to be part of the celebrations.

Origin

Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) was established by the Indian Council for Social Welfare and the Guild of Service under the able, enthusiastic and committed leadership of its founder Mary Clubwala Jadhav. In the 1940s, there was a need for establishing a school for training social workers at Madras specifically to address the socio-economic problems.

At that time, there were only three such schools - Tata School of Social Science (Mumbai); Delhi School of Social Work and Baroda based Faculty of Social Work.

Joining hands with many volunteering social workers and in line with the resolutions of the first conference of social workers in 1948, Mary Clubwala established MSSW in 1952 under a thatched roof with the support of the government. Today, it has risen to great heights and is an autonomous NAAC accredited school.

It offers 2 UG programmes, 5 PFs, 2 research programmes and several certificate and diploma courses in social work and related social science disciplines.

Diamond jubilee celebrations will be held from Feb. 27 to March 2.

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