LIVE LAB (School of Social Work)

‘Live lab’ is a concept promoted by the School of Social Work for facilitating purposeful application of classroom teaching-learning processes with ongoing live projects. The objective is to establish a long-term partnership with the community agreed upon mutual benefits and grounding on social work values, ethics and principles. The live lab also intends to develop demonstrable evidence-based practice models that can be replicated by social work practitioners in India.

  1. Social Work Practice with Alcoholic Dependents
    • DARE (De-addiction, Awareness, Renewal, Rehabilitation, Research and Education Centre) is a registered organization working with alcohol dependents. The main aim of the centre is to enable alcohol dependents enjoy sobriety and a better quality of life. The students in the school of social work shadow the professionally trained social work practitioners and learn to apply social work techniques for assessment and design interventions. This enables the students to gain confidence in dealing with the issues of drug dependence and independently practice the profession.
  2. Social Work Practice with Person with Disabilities
    • Centre for Research Education and Social Transformation (CREST) is another organization for training the students to practice social work with person with disabilities, especially those individuals living with autism, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities and multi-sensory impairments. Students of social work learn to make assessment, develop intervention, implement intervention and review the development of the individual.
  3. Azhangad Rural Community Development Model
    • As part of ‘live lab’ initiatives, the school of social work partners with the Azhangad village and is applying the ‘locality development model’ of community organization. The potential leaders and their capacities (in terms of conducting development based meeting, identifying problems in the village, deciding upon appropriate intervention, mobilizing resources and thereby addressing the issues) has been identified. A few programmes conducted by the school of social work include:
      1. Communicative English Training: The school of social work in collaboration with the Department of English, have designed a curriculum based on the needs of the children lasting for 60 hours interactive, play way teaching learning process.
      2. Roof Top Grow Bag Cultivation: A model for cultivating organic vegetables in the roof top of houses has been developed and demonstrated in the Azhangad village along the premises of the Church. The purpose of this initiative is to promote organic vegetable farming for improving health among households. Salient features of this model includes pipeline watering system connected to grow bag which can be filled with water once in a week, thereby saving time, water and free space in the terrace.