The Social Work programme at Örebro University
established an Indian-Swedish educational project in 1994.
SWEDEN-INDIA PROJECT is characterized as an experiential, field
based training programme for culture workers – social workers,
nurses, lawyers, doctors and teachers, and Örebro University
every semester sends students of Social Work for training in India.
Students from the School of
Social Work at Lund University, the Mid
Sweden University in Östersund, as well as the departments
of Social Work at Stockholm University and Göteborg University,
also take part in the programme – Lund University however not sending any more students from 2008. The field practice has its base
in Pune, Maharastra, India, and over the years more than 500
participants have gone through the training. Full
information on the Sweden-India Project. Lakshmi
Kumar (photo to the right) is the Coordinator-cum-Supervisor for the project, based at the Orchid Scool in Pune, but visiting Örebro a couple of times every year. She has a Master's Degree
in Social Work, specialised in Medical & Psychiatric Social
Work, and with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Ms. Kumar supervises the students for their three months field practice
in India comprising of study visits, seminars, individual/group
conferences and process meetings. On successful completion the
students are certified with 15 credits for their Graduate Study.
From the start of the project, Anders
Jonsson at the Dept. of Sociology was the coordinator on the Swedish side. He has now, however, left the project.
During the Fall 2010, 18 Swedish students have come to Pune for their fieldwork within the Sweden-India project framework.
In December 2010, Lakshmi Kumar will again go to Sweden in order to prepare next year’s student group, and also do some lecturing.
seminar on Transcultural Sensitivity
The School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, previously known as Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences,
Örebro University, and the Sweden–India Project organised
a two-days seminar 16–17 December 2004, on ”Transcultural
in connection with the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Sweden–India
All students that have passed the training programme over the years
were invited to the seminar. The seminar included a lecture by
Prof. Seshadri Seetharaman from the
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Since 2005 the Legal Science division at the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, previously called Department of Behavioural,
Social and Legal Sciences is involved in a Linnaeus-Palme
International Exchange Programme with the Symbiosis
Society’s Law College in Pune,
India. The counterpart on the Indian side is Dr. Shashikala Gurpur (photo to the right), Dean at the Faculty of Law, Symbiosis Law School. More information.