Social work education is in crisis – we must act urgently

We need to talk about social work education. Indeed, we need two conversations. One is urgent and must be held and concluded now. The other should start quickly, but be given time. The first is about the imminent threat to university social work students and to social work education. It is only weeks before the new intake of students should be arriving but, for the second year running, the government has not yet announced what bursaries will be available for those studying social work from September. Not only is this disrespectful and…

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IIT-Kanpur adopts 5 villages to promote tech, solar energy use, solve water crisis

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) has adopted five villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. The scheme has been introduced by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to uplift rural India. “As part of the initiative, we will ensure the overall development of Hridayapur, Baikanthpur, Ishwariganj, Pratappur Hari and Saxupurva villages, situated on the outskirts,” said IIT-K professor Sandeep Sangal. Senior professors and IIT-K students will assist villagers in solving the potable water crisis and teach them the recycling process for treating waste water. Besides, the farmers would be…

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