The Department of Social Work at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) organized an International Webinar on the structures of post-pandemic social work during this social work month. It had speakers from the south and southeast Asian countries who deliberated over the questions of social solidarity and global connectedness in the Covid-19 world and deliberated on
policies to be adopted to make the social work profession more assertive and responsive.
The JMI webinar was coordinated and conducted by Prof Archana Dassi, Head of the Department of Social Work. She stressed the role of human service professionals, and the need to re-examine
their role so that the profession can be more responsive in the face of related pandemics.
The session was chaired by Dr. Sandra Joseph, Principal, Jesus and Mary College, the University of Delhi who discussed on the necessity of social solidarity during the ongoing pandemic. Prof Adi Fahruddin (Department of Social Welfare, Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta, Indonesia) asked for national and international networking to restructure social work. Prof. Surinder Jaiswal (Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences), advocated
“inclusiveness” in all aspects of life. Ms. Pradipta Kadambari (Principal, Kadambari
Memorial College, Nepal), talked about the significance of ‘self-advocacy’. Mr. Amarawansa Ranaweera (President, Sri Lanka Association of Professional Social Workers), spoke about the necessity to develop sign language for children with hearing complications.
Prof. Zubair Meenai (Honorary Director, Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research, JMI) talked about the importance of ‘community work’.
The JMI webinar was streamed live on the Facebook page of the Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi The webinar was attended by people representing the Social Work Educational Institutions, civil society organization, researchers and scholars, and students from all across the country.