A US delegation of 16 members headed by Dr Elizabeth Clark, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers, USA visited Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
Addressing the delegation, Prof M Aslam, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU stated that Distance Education is a modality that provides immense benefits not only to the learner population but also to the society as a whole. He also expected that Degree of Social Work, IGNOU may be recognized in US and both US and India share their experiences.
Prof Aslam said that Social Work is now a global profession. Social workers have a common core values around the world yet social work may be practiced differently in different countries. Across nations, there may be similarities in social problems, but the focus of concern can differ within borders and within cultures. As a result, competency in social work today requires an understanding of the global context of rights and social justice.
Prof Gracious Thomas, Director, School of Social Work, IGNOU said, “School of Social Work aims to meet the education and training requirements of lifelong learning, particularly in the areas of Social Work and related areas of social intervention. The School has addressed certain select areas of concern in the field of social work, HIV/AIDS, counseling, philanthrophy and correctional Social Work by offering programmes leading to award of certificates, diplomas and degrees”
This delegation of professionals with expertise, experience and interest in social work have been selected to exchange ideas and address common issues with their professional counterparts in India, under the auspices of People to People Ambassador Programs.
It is intended that these exchanges will facilitate increased learning for both the host professionals and for the U.S. delegation, and will contribute to international understanding at the career and personal levels for all.