The 23rd annual Mary Clubwala Jadhav Endowment lecture was held on the 16th of December 2017 at the Open Air Auditorium in The Madras School of Social Work in the august presence of the president Dr. A. M. Swaminathan, the Secretary, Mr. Muthukumar Thanu, the Principal Dr. S.Raja Samuel and the Dean Dr. R. Subhashini.
Mary Clubwala Jadhav, the founder of The Madras School of Social Work, is synonymous with social work. Hailing from a traditional, rich Parsi family in Tamil Nadu, Mary Clubwala has headed more than 150 welfare organizations during her lifetime. In 1937, she became the Honorary Secretary of the Guild of Service. She is the recipient of all the three Padma Awards- Padma Sri, Padma bhushan and Padma Vibhushan and has been honored with “the Outstanding Service” award by the International Council Of Social Welfare at the Hague in 1972, to name a few.
The Madras School of Social Work in its endeavor to carry forward her legacy and honor her memory has been having the Mary Clubwala Endowment Lecture series annually, this being the 23rd year. The MCJ award for Humanitarian Services was instituted during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of MSSW in the year 2012. Since then every year, the award has been given to individuals /organizations who have contributed to the betterment of the weaker and vulnerable sections of the society. This year the award is for outstanding work in the field of Women and Child Welfare. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1, 00, 000/- and a Citation.
The talk was delivered by Ms. Meera Shenoy, Founder and CEO of Youth for Jobs. The Lecture was on “Ability in Disability “and Ms. Shenoy, a seasoned TEDX speaker, who has addressed in many a national and international forum, struck the right chord with her young listeners. Her speech was interspersed with real life instances and situations which made it all the more easier for her to connect with the audience. Her observations were both insightful and thought provoking and she brought a whole new perspective on what disability is, and how a challenge can be converted into an opportunity.
As a highlight of the day’s proceedings, the 5th MCJ award for Humanitarian Services was conferred on Ms. Meerabai Ekambaram, the founder of Anbalayam, a home catering to children with special needs. This year, the award carries a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/- and a Citation.