National Social Work Conference on Sustainable Development Goals was organized by the PG Department of Social Work (SF) on 23rd March 2017. Instead of lighting the lamp ceremony at the commencement of any event, the lives of 15 school children were ignited with a cash gift. Mr. PWC. Davidar, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, TNUFIDCO compared the development of western world and developing nations and encouraged everyone to bring sustainable best practices for the nation during the inauguration session. Mr. Chandrasekar, CEO, Anova Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd delivered the key note address on the eight millennium goals and their transformation into the present sustainable development goals. Among the 17 goals, five goals namely Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being Quality Education, Peace, Justice and Strong Institution, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure were selected for the conference and was chaired by Dr. Anita Motupalli, World Vision India, Mr. Iyyappan, Head Master, Panchayat Union Public School, Nellikuppam along with his students, Mr. Nicholas, Convenor, Tamilnadu Land Rights Federation, Mr. John Chelladurai, Associate Dean, Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon and Mr. Shyam Sundar, Manager, PR & CSR, ACC Cements respectively. These eminent practitioners who have successfully implemented models of development in the sub-themes of the conference shared their inputs. The models had a defined framework, were tested, implemented, evaluated and are the field based working models from NGOs and institutions. Selected papers were presented in the presence of Dr. Arul Kamaraj, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Loyola College. The Valediction programme was presided over by Dr. Udhayakumar, Anti-Nuclear Activist and Convenor, Peoples Movement against Nuclear Energy who emphasized how the state should focus on people’s development rather focusing on political and economic system. A book with ISBN containing articles was published and 65 participants were offered certificates on the same day.
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