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Collaboration with College of Social Work in Mumbai
Through its International
Unit, the Dept. of Social Work has been engaged in collaboration projects
with universities all over the World, and also involved in a number of
International developmental projects in the social sector, especially
in Eastern Europe. In 2001 the department established a formal collaboration
project with the College
of Social Work (CSW), Nirmala Niketan Institute (photo
to the right) in Mumbai, India, a college affiliated to the University of
Mumbai. The project was funded by the Linnaeus
Palme exchange programme, and involved exchange of both teachers
and students between the two institutions. The person in charge of this Indo-Swedish collaboration project was Asst. Professor Lisbeth
Beland Mehra, until she retired in 2007.
The contact person at the
Indian side was Dr. Mary
Alphonse, principal at CSW.
Ms. Prabha Tirmare is
another senior Professor at Nirmala Niketan, and was the one who initiated
the exchange programme between Stockholm University and Mumbai. She
also visited Lund University in the year 2002. At Nirmala Niketan,
she teaches subjects like ”Children In difficult Situation” and ”Marginalised
groups in Indian Society”. In 2008 she published a paper on ”Violation
of Human Rights of Dalit Women: Issues, Factors and Concerns”. Read
the paper (as a pdf-file).
For several years, the Swedish students carried out field work for a semester at Nirmala
Niketan, including five weeks theoretical studies, and the Indian students have been offered the same in Stockholm. From 2004/05 three students came from
each side, one of the Indian students is accepted for a Masters course.
The teachers exchange consisted of three weeks stays in the other country
giving lectures, holding seminars and supervising students.
As the department is also engaged in an exchange programme with an institution
in South Africa a number of comparative seminars with Swedish, Indian
and South African teachers were held.
The exchange students from India was very active
during the academic year 2006-07, among them Swati
A series of
events were organised during the Fall 2006, such as a movie screening
as well as discussions and a seminar on the atrocities carried out against
Dalits in India. On the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar’s (the architect
of the Constitution in India) birth anniversary, a seminar was held at
Stockholm University on 12 April 2007. A professor from Nirmala Niketan
came and delivered a lecture. Two days later, on 14 April 2007, the students
organised a manifestation in central Stockholm in collaboration with
the Dalit Solidarity Network – Sweden. More
The College of Social Work (CSW), Nirmala Niketan is also
engaged in a fruitful research collaboration with the
Against Women Research Group (VAWRG), University of Bristol, UK. A
joint research project on ”Domestic Violence
in India and the UK: Understanding Domestic Violence against Women &
its Management across Cultures” has been carried out, a project in
which Mary Alphonse has been involved.
CSW also organised an International Social Work Conference on ”Community
Care and Support for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS: Challenges for the
New Millennium” in Mumbai 7–9 December 2004. The Conference
was an attempt to get together professional social workers, practitioners
in the field, NGO representatives etc. from different countries, on a
common platform so as to deliberate on this vital issue of Community Care
and Support for Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
International Conference on Children and Residential Care
In May 2003 the Department of Social Work organised the
Second International Conference on ”Children
and Residential Care – New Strategies for a New Millennium”
with many South Asian participants, especially from India and Sri Lanka.
The conference, focusing on how to improve the situation for children
staying at institutions, was attended by 600 delegates from 70 countries.
A so-called Stockholm
declaration on Children and Residential Care was passed
at the end of the conference, that was co-hosted by the International
Council on Social Welfare, ICSW, and Unicef. The Stockholm conference was preceded by national conferences in nearly
40 countries, during which country reports on the situation for children
staying at institutions in the respective country were prepared.