Dear Friends

Welcome to the 6thIndian Social Work Congress (ISWC) 2018.

We are pleased to invite you to be a part of 6th Indian Social Work Congress 2018 to be held at Delhi. If you recollect, NAPSWI began the trajectory of ISWC engagement from Delhi in 2013, and has so far organized five grand social work congresses in the last few years. This year, we are privileged to host the Sixth Congress at Delhi once again. The Indian Social Work Congress has continued to envision a keen introspection and reflection on the hallmarks and achievements of the social work profession, as also deliberate upon the issues, concerns and challenges confronting it. This time, the theme of 6th ISWC 2018 is Human Development and Social Inclusion: Imperatives for Social Work Education and Practice.

The suggestive theme has been proposed keeping in view its significance in contemporary times. ‘Human Development’ and ‘Social Inclusion’ are indeed the foundational pillars of our education and practice, and it is imperative that we focus on the multidimensional themes falling within their frame.


The forthcoming Congress aspires to bring together people associated with the diverse domains of social work education and practice on one common platform wherein deliberations on social work engagement, as also issues and concerns in the context of human development and inclusion could be meaningfully held. In the dynamic context in which we are placed, the roles and responsibilities that the social work profession is obligated to fulfill, as also the persona and discourses that it is expected to assume require concerted and ongoing immersion, reflection and articulation. We believe that this is an opportune moment for all of us to respond to the changing social-political realities of our times and assume a more contemporaneous avatar.

The 6th Social Work proposes to provide an excellent site for the convergence of all stakeholders, including social work educators, researchers, activists, development practitioners and practicing professionals to share their views and experiences and also to configure a collective agenda for the glorious future of social work education and practice in the country. As the host of the 6thIndian Social Work Congress, we would also like to iterate that the Congress shall most certainly evolve into a personally enriching and professionally productive engagement for each one of us. It is with this hope and promise that we invite you to become an integral part of the Congress proceedings.

We also take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to NAPSWI for providing us with this opportunity of hosting this remarkable event. We look forward to welcoming you in Delhi and urge you to collaborate with us in making this endeavor a momentous one.

In solidarity

Neera Agnimitra
Organising Secretary


National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI)
Department of Social work, University of Delhi