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1st National Conference on Professional Social Work for Youth Development

About the RGNIYD

The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu was set up in. The RGNIYD functions as a vital resource centre with its multi-faceted functions of offering academic programmes at Post Graduate level encompassing various dimensions of youth development, engaging in seminal research in the vital areas of youth development and coordinating Training Programmes for state agencies and the officials of youth organization, besides the Extension and Outreach initiatives across the country. The Institute functions as a think-tank of the Ministry and premier organization of youth-related activities in the country. As the apex institute at the national level, it works in close cooperation with the NSS, NYKS and other youth organizations in the implementation of training programmes. The Institute is a nodal agency for training youth as a facilitator of youth development activities in rural, urban as also tribal areas. The RGNIYD serves as a youth observatory and depositary in the country thereby embarking on youth surveillance on youth-related issues. It has a wide network with various organizations working for the welfare and development of young people and serves as a mentor.

 About the Department

The Department of Social Work was established at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) in 2016 to offer MA program in Social Work with Youth and Community Development Specialization. This is first of its kind in India to offer a specialization in Youth Development. There are 28 students who have joined this program for the academic year 2016-18. They represent 13 different states in the country. The Department has placed all its students in reputed organizations for the field work training as part of the social work program. Apart from executing the academic programs, the Department also is conducting various workshops, conferences, refresher courses and Guest Lectures. Establishment of field action projects, research projects and extension activities are there in its future plan. A PG Diploma in Youth Development is on offer from the Department of Social Work in which students from across the country can pursue the same.

In order to capture the ideas and evolve various approaches for youth development through social work practice, young and brilliant minds are invited to the proposed National Conference on Professional Social Work for Youth Development which is scheduled to be held 10-11, November, 2016.

About the Conference

Keeping the favourable demographic dividend of this country in mind, the youth have to be nurtured in a right direction so that they will contribute for the nation building productively. At this juncture, the role of professional Social Work in nurturing youth becomes essential. The Social Work profession can deal with the problems of youth in a scientific way and create a cadre of professionals in the area of youth development to achieve the objectives.

RGNIYD has been conducting scores of national and international events towards fulfilling its mandate i.e. working in the direction of empowering, enabling and educating youth aiming at overall development of youth in India. This conference is intended to bring various stakeholders in social work particularly working in the area of youth development. This conference gives an opportunity to all categories of participants to share their experiences, understand the situation of youth, and learn from several experts across the nation.


Theme of the Year

“Social Work Approaches for Youth Development”.

Youth in the age group of 15-29 years comprise 27.5% of the population. At present, about 34% of India’s Gross National Income (GNI) is contributed by the youth, aged 15-29 years. However, there exists a huge potential to increase the contribution of this class of the nation’s citizenry by increasing their labour force participation and their productivity. The Government of India (GoI) currently invests more than Rs 90,000 Crores per annum on youth development programmes. In addition, the State Governments and a number of other stakeholders are also working to support youth development and to enable productive youth participation. However, individual organisations in non-Government sector are small and fragmented, and there is little coordination between the various stakeholders working on youth issues. All the stakeholders should come together and make sure that the youth of this country should be in a position to achieve their full potential.

Therefore, the Educators, Researchers, Practitioners and the students of Social Work are invited to participate in the Conference and they are expected to give a profound thought over these matters and come out with invaluable propositions in the direction of youth in India in terms of empowerment, employability, global perspective, overall development, inclusion, social justice, entrepreneurship etc.


Subthemes of the Conference

The following sub-themes have been given for the Conference.
1. Current Trends in Social Work Research focusing on Youth
2. Social Work Intervention Models with Youth
3. Youth Related themes in Social Work Education
4. Youth and Mental Health
5. Youth Counselling
6. Youth and Life Skills Education
7. Youth and Peace Building
8. Youth and Inclusive Development
9. Youth Civic Engagement and Citizenship
10. Youth Social Work for Community Development
11. Youth Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
12. Youth Participation in Politics and Governance
13. Youth as Social Capital for Community Development
14. Sports and Leisure time for Holistic Development of Youth
15. Youth and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)


Venue of the Conference

The Conference will be held at the Department of Social Work at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD),Sriperumbudur.


Call for Papers

The abstracts should be limited to 250 words and paper should be written in about 3500 words. Case studies may however vary from 1000 to 1500 words. Papers are invited only from social work teachers, researchers, practitioners and students. Students will also have the opportunity for participating in poster presentation. Papers which are not based on the conference theme will not be considered for presentation. The papers may be provided in word format and a soft copy to be sent to the Department of Social Work through e-mail to ncrgniyd2016@gmail.com(link sends e-mail) . Selected papers will be published in ISBN numbered Edited Book.

 Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts: 15.10.2016     Submit Abstract Online
Notification of Acceptance : 20.10.2016
Submission of Full Papers: 30.10.2016
Last Date of Registration: 30.10.2016      Pay Registration fee Online    Online Registration     
Conference Dates: 10-11 November, 2016

 Call for Poster Presentations

Students as well as other participants interested in making poster presentation are most welcome to make entries for the same well in advance. The organizers will provide space and stand for mounting the posters exclusively based on the seminar theme. The last date for making the entry by providing the theme is 31st January 2015.


All participants are expected to submit a registration fee of Rs. 1000/- (non- refundable) and Students are expected to submit a registration fee of Rs. 500/- (non-refundable) through online. Last date for submission of registration form and fee is 25th October 2016. The Abstracts, Full Papers and Request for Travel Support should be mailed ncrgniyd2016@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)


Limited Travel Grant

Up to 3rd A/C (to and fro) to the selected (limited) paper presenters and special invitees will be provided. To avail the travel grants which are available on a limited number, the registered participants have to apply for the same in the prescribed pro-forma and submit to through email as well as hard copy. Please understand that the travel grant is not available to everyone due to paucity of funds.


Participants who are interested in availing moderate accommodation may apply for the same along with the registration form and such participants will be provided accommodation free of cost by the organizers. This accommodation is on a first-come- first served basis. Accommodation will be available from the evening of 9th November, 2016 to 12th morning November, 2016 only. Those intending to travel with family may kindly arrange for boarding and lodging on their own.

However, Sriperumbudur is one hour distance from Chennai city and Chennai is a place with full of super luxury accommodation and other facilities.

How to reach Sriperumbudur The participants can reach the venue of the Conference easily. Nearest airport to Srierumbudur is Chennai Airport. Sriperumbudur does not have a train station. Nearest options are Tiruvallur, Egmore and Chennai Central Railway stations. You can easily get regular buses to Sriperumbudur from other parts of Chennai like CMBT. Koyembedu, Thambaram etc. The Venue of the Conference (RGNIYD) i.e. Sriperumbudur is 32 km away from Chennai Air Port, 98 km away from Tirupathi Air Port, 33 km away from CMBT Bust station located in Koyembedu, Chennai.

Some unique engagements

Cultural Rendezvous

There will be cultural programmes which are planned to have on the evening of first day of the Conference at the venue. Students representing from various parts of the country would participate. They may perform skit, mime dance etc. Best of the performances will be honored in the Valedictory of the Conference on the second day.

 Student Performances

There will be cultural performances by the students of host institution and participating institutions on various themes. Interested institutions may keep in touch with the Convener or Associate Convener of the Conference at RGNIYD.



Patron of the Conference
Dr.Latha Pillai

For Further Information

Dr.Udaya Mahadevan
Adjunct Professor and Head
Conference Convener
Department of Social Work

Assistant Professor
Associate Convener
Department of Social Work

Dr.Rambabu Botcha
Assistant Professor
Organizing Secretary
Department of Social Work
M: 8527537803 / 9710819689

Mr.Nayanjoti Hazarika
Student, MA(SW)-1st Year
Member, Organizing Committee
M: 8134076722

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