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Encyclopedia of Social Work in India Volume II

Encyclopedia of Social Work in India Volume II

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Published by S.Rengasamy
Encyclopedia of Social Work in India consists of four volumes. This is the second volume
Encyclopedia of Social Work in India consists of four volumes. This is the second volume

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Published by: S.Rengasamy on Aug 12, 2013
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As a teacher of Social Work, it was my interest to develop teaching material for the subjects that Ihandled. Since many of my students were from rural areas that too first generation graduates; Iprepared the content as simple as possible. It was specific for me and my students. The handwritten material slowly metamorphosed, get digitized and finally reached the web. The reasonbehind uploading it in the web was not definitely to reach the global audience but to avoid thepersonal inconveniences in handling the material. I was naïve about the outcome of my actions atthe beginning. But once it reached the web, it was accessed and appreciated by the students andteachers of social work throughout the world. Within the last four years the total viewers crossedmore than 1.5 million and downloaded it for more than one lakh. This encouragement made mehumble and I became more responsible in preparing and uploading documents for wider sharing andviewing. There was a joy in sharing and that kept me and my learning process alive.Computers and Information Technology opened many possibilities both for the students andteachers of social work. Creating an enabling environment for the social work teachers to use moreof Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and institutionalizing the practice of contentdevelopment and improvising it at regular intervals will definitely help to address the challengesfaced by the schools and departments of social work especially in India. The result will be farreaching if the teachers of social work supplement the content in vernacular languages too. This canbe accomplished with the skills and resources available with many of the social work teachers andstudents.When I was serving as a Dean in Madurai Institute of Social Sciences, myself and my friend and thethen Principal Dr. Narayana Raja took attempts to digitize some of the classic social work literaturefor our internal use. We could not upscale the practice as we desired, due to the reasons prevailed inour institute. Due to shortage of resources, financial as well as technical, we could not make thedigital format attractive so as to share it with wider audience. But we were happy with digitizing theclassics in social work and contended our self leaving it to time for wider use. Ignoring theinstitutional limitations, I worked on my own to develop material for me and my students and manyfound that was useful.One such classic we digitized was Encyclopedia of Social Work in India, originally published by thePlanning Commission and revised and republished by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Govt of India in1968 & 1978. The pioneers then in the field of social work, social welfare and developmentcontributed to the content. The content passed more than a half century, but those who read it will
be definitely captivated by some of the entries and realize that “the spirit in the content” just
transcend the time and remain relevant forever. Is it not the attribute of any classic to remainrelevant forever? Encyclopedia of Social Work in India is no doubt a classic in that sense. Butunfortunately it was neither revised nor reprinted, though Shrimati Durgabai Deshmukh, who wasinstrumental behind the preparation of encyclopedia wished it to revise once in five years. As aresult many teachers and students in the recently established departments of social work could nothave the opportunity to use it.This made me to rework on the digitized format, not on the content, and make it somewhatreadable with my little computing skills and share it with others. My attempt may be irrelevant tosome extent, but the process involved in this attempt, that is taking the social work classics indifferent digital format and making it available to every student may be relevant.I knew there are limitations in reworking on a great content like this encyclopedia without externalassistance. I tried my level best to overcome the limitations with my limited skill and resources.
 
3The Encyclopedia of Social Work in India consists of four volumes. The first three volumes containthe subject matter of social work and the fourth volume is about the institutions and organizationsrelevant to social work, welfare and development. I worked on the first three volumes only. It will bemore relevant if the institutions mentioned in the fourth volume linked with their current websites.Though the process of doing this was little bit laborious, I enjoyed it doing this for the joy andlearning it produced. I acknowledge the help of Sekar (ekalai.com) who greatly simplified the processby giving me software to convert the html files. It was he who indirectly inspired me to completethis.I knew there are several limitations in this effort. But the limitations can be easily overcome by thethose teachers and students of social work who have time, interest and access to technical as well asfinancial resources. I welcome all those who want to further add value to the encyclopedia and sharethe files in word format for easy editing and revision.
S.Rengasamy
Note for the readers:
 
There are words missing here and there and spelling mistakes too. This happenned due toscanning and the conversion process. It needs time to rectify that.
 
Since the original encyclopedia had two column pages, I preferred two keep that format.This two columns format forced me to omit many tables and some diagrames due toalignment problem, which I could not handle with my word processing skills.
 
The navigation pane is enabled for easy refernce
 
Content of the three volumes are included in each document to help the readers to easilyfind out which volume they want to refer.
 
 Names of the contributors of all three volumes are given in each volume.
 
The content of the fourth volume i.e. the organizations i.e. Government, National,International, United Nations mentioned is linked with their websites
 
Those who want to further work on the content, they can get a copy of the word fileformat from me.

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