Are the gains of social work profession reaching out to people in India effectively?
NS Ramesh Chandran
It is a matter of pride that social work education in our country has grown over the years appreciably. Today we have a large number of institutions and Universities scattered across the country, which offer social work programmes at different levels as well as involve in a plethora of research pursuit. But has the profession like any other one, been able to deliver substantial outcomes? If not, why? The fact of the matter is that there is no reason to believe that the gains of the profession are reaching out to the masses to the extent as claimed by Social work pundits. Social work profession is now undeniably at the cross roads. Flaws in the standardization of social work education, lack of awareness about the profession, absence of a strong national association which can take up the causes of social work competently, want of legal immunity to safeguard the professional interests, etc are some of the factors sullying social work practice. The article makes an attempt to look into the factors which plague social work practice in our country.