Prof. H.M. Marulasiddaiah
Prof. H.M. Marulasiddaiah(HMM) completed MA (Sociology) from Mysore University and MA (Social Work) from the Delhi School of Social Work. He was awarded PhD in Social Work by the Kashi Vidyapeeth in 1978. His teaching career started as Lecturer in social work at the PSG School of Social Work in Coimbatore. It was in 1958. In the year 1962, HMM joined as Lecturer in Social Work of the newly created social work wing of the department of Social Anthropology at Karnataka University. Professor Ishwaran, the head of the department, contrary to his name, was an autocrat. His authoritarianism stifled the development of the social work unit of the department as well as the growth of HMM academically.
Gandhiji’s Views On Social Work
Gandhi wanted his teachers to be social workers and social workers to be teachers. Thus he said: "Our teachers will touch the levels of grown–up people and, if at all possible, penetrate the Purdah. Instruction will be given to grown–up people in hygiene and about the advantages of joint action, for the promotion of community welfare, such as making village roads proper, the sinking of wells, etc, and as no school will be manned by teachers who are not men or women of good training, we propose to give free medical aid as well". These rural schools were run most economically, because one of the conditions was that villagers should provide for the teachers' boarding and lodging and the villagers willingly contributed grain and other kinds of agricultural produce.
It was in June, 1958 when I had got admission to M.A Geography at the Banaras Hindu University. Soon thereafter due to continuing agitation of students and teachers, BHU was closed sine die. Admission to Social Work (Master of Applied Sociology–MAS) was still going on. My elder brother knew about the short-term training programme at the Kashi Vidyapith to prepare Labour Welfare Officers under the Factories Act 1948, and also the MAS programme for 2 years under the Institute of Social Sciences, Kashi Vidyapith. He asked me to apply to the 2 – year programme “to kill time” and subsequently to get a job as Labour Welfare Officer somewhere. Graduates from the Kashi Vidyapith used to get jobs either in the Factories, Mines, Prisons or Welfare Departments. Thus what started as “killing of two years’ time” became a lifelong pursuit and commitment to social work education–a shift from geography to society and social welfare.
Sustainability and Social Work
Development and CSR Consultant
"Prakriti Rakshathi Rakshitah"
(Nature Protects When Protected)
The article has three parts .The environmental crisis facing Mother Earth is described in the introductory part. The second section Sustainability and Spirituality is a summary of the "meditations" on sustainable cultures and cosmologies in Asia and the associated writings of Nadarajah in his seminal, visual-textual book Living Pathways. The final part looks at the expected role of social work profession in the environmental justice movement and the disappointing reality.
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