Eye Camp at Govt.Old age Home , Kollam

In today’s world people are very busy due to various reasons the main one being money-making or work. There are some people who only care about money and think their parent as a burden. Some people are forced to be involved in money making for their living. Even if they wish to its difficult to look after their parents.Department of Social work always at the service of these agencies on need.As part of the concurrent social work field practices, Trainees conducted different programme in old age home.



HIV & AIDS Awareness Campaigning, that takes place on the broader society to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and to highlight the work young people are doing across the country to respond to the epidemic.Department social work trainees organised HIV AIDS campaigning on 14/11/2015 at karunagapaplly ICDS 56,Panikerkadavu .


As part of field work, the social work trainees Ms. Supriya K Rajappan and Ms. Athira Dattan organized a programme named “Amritarpanam” at the Mahila Mandiram. The programme was conducted as three different sessions-a free medical camp, an awareness class on personal hygiene for women and cultural events.

The programme started with the inauguration Ms.Lathika (Superintendent, Mahila Mandiram) was the chairperson of the programme.The welcome speech was delivered by Ms. Athira Dattan. The programme was inaugurated by Dr Aju (Medical Officer, PHC, Mangad). He expressed h2013-04-20 11.59.54is gratitude to Amrita University and the social work trainees for inviting him to such an occasion.He told that with the co-operation of the MSW students who are posted at the Mahila Mandiram , he would be able to work for the inmates of the institution. Then the health inspector of the Primary Health Centre at Mangad gave the felicitation. Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Supriya K Rajappan.

Then the medical camp was held from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. The inmates shared their health problems with the Medical Officer to which he attended with utmost care. After that the trainees collected medicines from the PHC with the prescription of the doctor and supplied it to the inmates.

The second session was an awareness class on personal hygiene for women. The session was handled by Ms. Veena Suresh (Lecturer, Department of social work). She explained about the importance of keeping personal hygiene to the inmates. The importance of bathing, washing and the need for personal hygiene during menstrual period was discussed and the related health issues associated with it. She also explained the need for good mental and physical health and how physical health and mental health are associated. She also explained how to cope with mental stress and how we can convert negative emotions to positive. It was really an informative session for the inmates. The members also participated actively in the discussion and clarified their doubts regarding the same.

The third session was the cultur2013-04-20 10.15.39al exchange session where the inmates expressed their different talents. The session started with a song by Ms. Sheeja (Warden, Mahila Mandiram). It was followed by the demonstration of Natya Yoga by the trainees to the inmates. Natya Yoga is the union of body and mind through simple dance movements and hand gestures (mudras). The inmates performed different programmes like drama, mono act, folk music and cinematic dance. They considered it as a platform for expressing their talents. Everyone including the superintendent was surprised on seeing their performances. She told the trainees that they had helped her to know the talents of these inmates. Some of them were really good in the various art forms. The superintendent also promised the trainees that every effort will be taken to conduct a cultural fest at the Mahila Mandiram in the future.

The concurrent filed work at Mahila Mandiram was really a good opportunity for the trainees to understand different people and to know more about their problems.

Report by: Supriya

Edited by: lekshmi vimala

Photos by: Athira




Campus Level Documentary and Short Film Festival

20th April 2013 was a very eventful day for the Department of Social work since a film festival and photo exhibition was hosted on behalf of ASWAS and AMC at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus.

Dr .Renjith R. Pillai (Chairperson, Department of Social Work) delivered the presidential address and gave a brief introduction about the film festival. The film festival and the Photo exhibition were inaugurated by Dr. Vishwanathan (chairperson, Department of chemistry). He congratulated the ASWAS team and the department for organizing such an event since the impact of visual media is manifold in the present scenario.

Mr. V. S. Kochu Krishna Kurup (faculty, DepaDSC05055rtment of Social work) offered felicitations. He was of the view that this is a golden opportunity for the students to discuss about the social issues since visual media is to be used as a tool for social change. He also expressed his gratitude towards the AMC members, as people do not get a chance to watch movies like these. He even remarked that the main point to be focused while making a documentary is its aims and objectives and the people that it is targeting.

Mr.Ranjith Kavumkara (faculty, Department of Social work) appreciated the diligent efforts of the AMC members. He stated that films are dynamic power sources in creating social change. He also expressed his view that the current visual language of the people are corrupted and it is only through screenings of such movies that we can overcome this .He concluded  with the following  inspiring tagline  “read more learn more write more “ .

  • The movie screening began with the HOME directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.
  • KADAL THEERATH- A poignant neorealist film directed by Sherry which won the best short film award at the International Video Festival of Kerala. Based on a short story by O.V. Vijayan, renowned Indian writer, this movie tells the story of Vellayiyappan, a working class man who is on his heart-breaking journey to the prison to receive his son’s body. Its unique storytelling and the direction is versatile as it has the power to touch the hearts of the vieweDSC05050rs. There are few movies and books that bring us emotional trauma and cause pain, some stays with us and gives a blissfulness of seeing real human life with full of art. This is one such movie.
  • 1000 DAYS AND A DREAM- Directed by P. Baburaj and C. Saratchandran is a film on the four and a half years old anti-coca cola struggle in Plachimada. The film captures the spirit of the anti coca cola struggle, trace the history of the struggle and discuss the several issues raised by the struggle. It also documents the poignant moments of the struggle and share the dreams and sorrows of some of the active participants of the struggle.
  • America America is a four minute music video which is a satirical but severe indictment   of America’s role in escalating world conflict. Originally written following the post 9-11 bombing of Afghanistan by the USA and developed to address the occupation of Iraq, the song comments on various aspects of the American empire, its stockpile of nuclear bombs, its cozy relation with fanatical and dictatorial regimes, and in fact the very notion of American peace and liberty. The song is set to the tune of the popular Sinhalese song ’Surangini’ and has English lyrics and catchy chorus in Tamil.
  •   Ini varunna thalamuraykku (music video) makes one wonder whether the generations yet to come live here? The song underscores the preset style of development and its sustainability –“How do our children live if there is no food to eat, no water to drink and no place to live?”This song reminds us to preserve Mother Earth for generations yet to come. Let us heal the world
  • Planning (directed by Sudevan)as the name suggDSC05045ests is a movie on planning. It questions the need to plan when there is better planner-God? Even if everything is planned, life can turn up with unexpected events and surprises. The subtle wit and deep sarcasm adds to the appeal of the movie.


It was indeed a proud day for the Department of Social Work since all the hard work paved way to lots of appreciation and gratitude from the audience.

Report by: Jessica J   John

Edited by: Lekshmi Vimala

Photos by: Joby T Lal


AMC screens documentary “Have you seen the Arana?”

As a part of Aswas Movie Club [AMC], the movie “NINGAL ARANAYE KANDO?” has been screened at Dept. of Social Work on 9th April, 2013. A brief introduction about the movie, directed by Sunanda Bhat was given to the students by Mr.Prageesh (AMC Coordinator). The movie was screened for about 1 hr 15 minutes. He also mentioned the movie’s achievements –

  • The Best Documentary Award at The Signs Festival, 2013, Trivandrum.
  • Recipient of the AND Fund from the Busan International Film FestivalDSC04738 2012 in    South Korea.
  • Screened at International Film Festival of India 2012 as part of Indian Panorama.
  • 15th John Abraham award for Best Documentary.

The film set in Wayanad    (part of the fragile ecosystem of the Western Ghats in South India) shows the drastic transformation which takes place in the name of ‘development’. The movie translates the complexity of the people and place, exploring the effects of rapidly changing landscapes on lives and livelihoods including

  • A woman’s concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forests.
  • A farmer’s commitment to follow the ancient system of farming or rather grows the traditional varieties of rice in organic manner.
  • A cash crop cultivator’s struggle to survive amidst farmers suicides

An ancient tribal myth that traces the passage of their ancestors is blend into contemporary narratives recalling the past ways of reading and mapping of the terrain.

As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds the audience that it is high time that the diversity are at the verge to disappear, replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives. The movie provides a hand full of new insights showing the shifting relations between people, knowledge syDSC04743stems and environment exploring the perils of the changing lives.

The social work trainees calmly enjoyed the movie and grasped the message behind the film. The aim of the screening was sighted to be fruitful. There were many good comments and feedbacks.

The feedbacks noted down from the students –

1.)  Mr.Mithun said, he realized the importance of forest and understood why the tribal’s give utmost care to the forest. He also said that prevention is better than cure, so by not taking precautions we are moving ahead to destruction.

2.)                Ms.Lekshmi Vimala said that the documentary reminded her of the tribal camp days. The tribals live in harmony with nature always and so it is all about the synchronization of soil, water, plants, birds, animals and man and their tradition, culture etc. The movie was a refreshing experience.

3.)                Mr.Vishnu K Santhosh said the movie has influenced him a lot. One can understand how far the people are depended on soil and forest for their livelihood through the movie. He also related the movie with the travelling experience he had during research in Sabarimala-the tribal life, Sabarimala customs, rituals and beliefs, Poonkavanam etc which is closely related to the forest and 99 mountain systems. The movie made him realize the importance of recording and documenting things.

4.)                Deepak said it took him back to the memories at Kuruvadeep (the location where the movie is set).He said there is a generation of those above 60 years old at the place, who follow the old traditional systems which is not followed by their children or recorded and which cannot be found anywhere else. This approach ensures their disappearance sooner or later. He said that there is a temple in that location and tourists come and stay there, have fun with dDSC04755rinks and go, contrast to the idea of tourism enabling development. An option of documentation or recording is not done. He said tourism is definitely not the expected substitute.

5.)                Ms.Shilpa recalled the words by Masanobu Fukuoka in his book “The One-Straw Revolution” -that man need not grow/cultivate plants, it grows by itself naturally and so do forests ,it is not cultivated by anyone.

She also added that it is not only Lacertilia (Arana) that has started vanishing from our land but other creatures like chameleon, grass hopper, butterfly and dragonfly too.

People never allow their children to walk on land bare footedly, in the name of protecting them from diseases or pain caused by stones. Though without knowledge they stop the soil’s PH and goodness from reaching mankind and try new methods of walking in shoes filled with stones. She pointed out that it is the thoughts and activities of man that should change.

6.)                Ms. Nisha.A.S mentioned her learning such as the system of following the rituals and how the tourism and resorts leads to the destruction of ecological balance.

7.)                Mr. Anoop conveyed his gratitude to AMC for screening the movie. He said it is ‘the woman’s concern for trees and her words that all trees are medicines for something or the other, though they aren’t aware as their ancestors did’ that touched him. He asked who cares so for plants in today’s world of technology. The other point he spotted was the disappearance of fishes due to insecticides which disturbed their food cycle.

8.)                Mr.Prasanth said the movie reminded him a speech of Mr.Anandha Boss (Senior IAS).He shared the story of a village which depended on barge (‘Changadam’ – a flat bottomed boat made up of bamboo sticks) for their living, to cross the river and go to city etc. Government as part of implementing development programmes came up with a bridge project one day and it was completed in a few months time. However later follow-ups made them realize that the bridge is of no use and it acts just like an umbrella protecting the people from rain and sun while they continue with the same old barge. So he said the focus of development should be on the real needs of people.

He said Arana is normally said as ‘maravi jeevi’ a creature that forgets things .The same is applies to us too. By forgetting our past we cannot do anything for the future.

9.)                Ms.Andria said, she felt that the tribal life style of 3 mandus groups as 3 sustainable pillars and added that ‘we reap what we sow’, so ultimately ie the fruit what we have endangered now.

10.)            Ms.Reshmi said tribals are the ones who suffer when tourism is encouraged. She also highlighted their attitude of conserving for the future, without disturbing the mushroom sprouting and preserving them for tomorrow considering them as god’s gift.

11.)            Mr.Joby quoted from the bible- “Rememberman you are dust and to dust you shall return ..” and so why to disturb others in the name of development. He said we must understand our role as an individual and be humane.

12.)            Ms. Jasmin said that the movie makes to rethink on the question ‘who is civilized and who is uncivilized’.

13.)            Ms.Nandhana pointed out the importance of education and optimism which the people show even though they fail in cultivation number of times.

The Session was concluded by Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara (Faculty, Department of Social Work) at 4.00 pm. He said he is very glad that all shared their insights and he also shared some of his experiences and views on the occasion. He talked about many NGO’s that invests for the development of the tribals and said that inspite of all this they still keep starving. He commented on the creative way of investigation done in the movie, exploring the lifestyle of people. He also appreciated the representation of a school through an auto that is waiting for the kids and an audio of the National Anthem. The usage of background sounds from the lyrical narration of community was also up to the mark. The migrant settlers are not warned and they do not know how to behave in a community leading all the way to negative causes. He urged the students to understand their role as social workers and analyze the issues and act wisely to prevent the destruction.

The movie reveals glimpses of overall reality, representing people who live on the margins of intricate society unraveling different layers of life.

Report by: Jasmin R Pereira

Edited by: Anitha S

Photos by: Bibin S Babu

World Social Work Day at Amrita

The department of social work has observed world social work day on 19th March, 2013 under the banner of ASWAS. A competition called Social engineering was the highlight of the day. The programme was meant for non-social work students of the university to generate awareness on Professional Social Work among them. The competition was judged by Dr.Renjith.R. pillai (Asst. Professor and chairpersoopn, Dept. of Social Work), Dr.Rajeev.M.M(Vice Chairperson, Department of Social Work), Sri.Ranjith Kavumkara (Lecturer, dept. of social work), Ms.Arathy Aravind (S4 MSW Student) and Lekshmi Vimala (Students, S4 MSW). Continue reading

Role Play & Essay Competition

 As part of observation of “World Day of Social Justice” (20th Feb), ASWAS conducted a Role play and Essay competition on the topic “Social Justice” on 19th February 2013.The event was organized in the presence and support of faculties Mr.VS.Kochukrishna Kurup and Mr.Rajeev M.M. The event was moderated by Ms.Jasmin R Pereira. Two groups selected from the students were enacted role play on Social Justice, showcasing the major critical problems of today’s world. First group focused on the issues like poverty, caste discrimination, illiteracy, misuse of political and money power in a government office setting and the second group


on land mafia issues, violence against women and corruption through a set of scenes like strike, Journalist’s investigation and government office setting. Both the groups performed well with their effective scripts helping the audience to contemplate.




Essay Competition contestants:

Arya Gopinath, Athira Dattan,


Jessica J John, Supriya K.Rajappan, Joby T Lal.

Role Play:

1st Group:

Jasmin R Pereira, Praveen, Midhun.M, Sreejith Lal, Steffy Bosco, Shalini.

2nd Group:

Winnie Elizabeth Johnson, Anas.R, Bibin S Babu, Anusree.R, Nithin Sajeev.M.

Faculties Mr.VS.Kochukrishna kurup and Mr.Rajeev M.M. shared their views and suggestions and commented on the overall performance of the students at the end of the programme. They said Role Play is all about bringing in the reality and that particular ‘ability’ to express the reality, enabling others to rethink – is the essence of the show. They said such platforms are chances to show one’s talents and improve themselves and so students should take up the opportunities and excel in varied colours.

They appreciated the attempt and commented that everyone was conscious enough to act out their adopted role well though some meagre part was not conveyed well due to lack of explanation. They also appreciated the very slightest movements involved in the journalist’s investigation which conveyed the basic ethics of mass media and communication which our real media often market today. It was also mentioned that 1st Group’s presentation was a straight performance while the 2nd


Group was an indirect one. Another suggestion was to focus on one issue at a time rather than multiple issues which would give a more clear idea or concept of the theme instead of touching several aspects of many issues. The session ended up well attaining its goal to create a thought of realization among the members present about the importance of Social Justice.

Essay competition Results will be announced soon and the best essay will be given cash prize as a token of appreciation and will also be published in college magazine and Dishaa.



Report: Midhun

Photos: Sreejith & Bibin