10, October , 2018
On the wake of Floods that wreaked havoc in Kerala, the dept. of Social Work hosted a two-day National Conference titled “Disaster Management: Inter sectoral interventions from Risk Reduction to Recovery” on 1st & 2nd November, 2018. The event saw a participation of 110 delegates from 13 institutions including those out of Kerala. The deliberations and discussions were focused on the fields of impact of disaster on health, educational systems, recovery and rehabilitation and also inculcated deliberations on use of technology and intersectoral approaches towards disaster management in the form of a panel discussion. Resource persons included Dr. Janaki Andharia (Dean, Jamestji Tata School of Disaster Studies), Dr. Jayakumar C (Asst. Prof. NIMHANS), Mr. Mahesh Kamble (Asst. Prof. TISS), Mr. Navneet Yadav (Associate Director, Doers NGO, Shimla), Dr. Manoj M.G. (Scientist, CUSAT), Dr. Mansoor Hassan (Welfare Trust Association) and Dr. Fr. Norvy Paul (Asst. Prof., Christ University). The programme was inaugurated by His Excellancy Mar Sebastian Adayantharathu (Bishop of the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese).
The conference was influential in bringing about an open forum for students, practitioners and academicians to discuss on the implications of training in disaster management and the sectors that professional social workers can collaborate with, in disaster management.
CHEKUTTY DOLL MAKING WORKSHOP
In solidarity with the cause of handloom cottage industries reconstruction, as well as a precursor to the National conference, the organizers also hosted within the college premises Workshop on making chekutty dolls out of handloom cloth ravaged by the flood. The event was hosted in association with Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad with Mr. Anoop and Mr. Manu Jins as resource persons who trained in making the dolls. The workshop saw a participation of approximately 40 students after the college hours from different streams.