Monday, December 17, 2007

In India Social work is most sought-after course now

What is the most sought after course? Think before you say engineering or medicine. It may sound strange but more and more people are now opting for courses in Social Work.

At a time when the craze for engineering courses is slowly but surely dwindling with the closure of colleges due to lack of students and faculty on one hand and the Government bringing down the minimum pass marks to qualify for Eamcet, students are opting for a degree in social work.

Thanks to the spurt of Non- Government Organisation (NGO) activities in the country, social work courses are in good demand. Growing industrialisation and the importance of human relations in the industry has opened doors for social work graduates.

Why more and more students are preferring social work? Is it for getting fat pay packets or to realise their desire for service? KV Gopalakrishna, a student of social work in Andhra University says, "I was a social waorker from class 10 and was moved by the plight of the victims of the 1998 Super cyclone in Orissa. I preferred this course to serve the people better. I want to start an NGO on women empowerment and children."

How does the social work course help the social workers at the grassroot level? K Anita, also from AU says, "We are taught on how to identify the actual needs of the people. We can serve the people through professional approach. It is the professional way of dealing with the problems. We can identify the needy people by studying social work." Anita who did her graduation in Home Science has opted for social work at PG level and she wants to work in a NGO.

Ch Sridevi, another student says, "Social work gives me job satisfaction with generating income." The course has also attracted house wives.

Perantalu, a housewife who joined the course says, "In the past, I worked with an NGO, but I could not implement my ideas for the benefit of the needy. After completion of the course, I can serve them professionally with academic back-up."

Additional Labour Commissioner, Hyderabad and alumni of the department MSN Rau said that social work had always been useful in his career. "The idea to work with the people instead of working for the people has helped me in settling disputes between the managements and the trade unions," he said.

Head of the Department of Social Work, Andhra University, RD Sampath Kumar said "there are plenty of opportunities for this course in family and child welfare department, human resources and community development and as medical and psychiatric social workers."


Source: http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEA20071215172343&Page=A&Headline=Social+work+is+most+sought-after+course+now&Title=Southern+News+-+Andhra+Pradesh&Topic=0


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