Ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle for freedom.
It is a battle for the reclamation of human personality.
The objective of the Chair is to provide a well-equipped centre of learning to intellectuals and social scientists, opportunities to interested students and academics to undertake research for understanding, assessing and disseminating the ideas and thoughts of Dr. Ambedkar and facilitate development of appropriate methodologies to translate his social philosophy into practical proposition.Within this broad objective, the Chair encourages and creates opportunities to promote study and research around the thrust areas as defined by the Ambedkar Foundation from time to time. It also engages in Action Research on issues of concern the Dalits and other deprived communities. Training for SC/ST youth in Skill Development, Farmers in Sustainable Agricultural practices, Panchayti Raj functionaries and Social Workers on various development issues are regularly conducted.In its modest effort to develop appropriate methodologies to translate Dr. Ambedkar’s ideas into action, the Chair works on an alternative development paradigm. The paradigm is based on a bottom-up approach with a corresponding shift in emphasis on the SC/ST as the new catalysts in the development process.
|The national objective of the emancipation of socially and economically weaker sections of our society based on justice and equity reflects the goals and ideals of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar; but his dream of social transformation has remained a mirage. In fact the forces and processes of development have sidelined and marginalised the poorest of the poor of our society, especially those who are socially and economically deprived (e.g., the Tribes, the Dalits and other Indigenous people) in our country, who constitute a separate world-the Fourth World. Committed to a holistic development of the weak and the deprived, their liberation and empowerment as well as the realisation of a just and humane social order, the National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences (NISWASS), an autonomous, non-political, non-profitmaking, institution of Higher Education ever since its inception in 1971 has worked to supplement the efforts of Government.It is in this background that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Chair of Social Work was created in 1994 by the Ambedkar Foundation, Government of India, in the Ministry of Welfare as a silent tribute to the nation-builder,
Dr. Ambedkar and to provide a think tank to NISWASS.
|His Excellency, Governor of Odisha Dr. Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir, Chief Guest of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture 2016.
In his speech, His Excellency endorses the idea of Dr. B.R. Amedkar and said “Dr. Ambedkar dreamt of an India which all sections of society are empowered-socially, economically and politically, an India in which every section of our population believes that they have an equal stake in the country and its future and an India in which social status will be decided not by standing in caste hierarchy or economic wealth but by individual merit. Dr. Ambedkar’s vision was of an India where the social system and economy would permit the full development of human potential and ensure a dignified existence for all our citizens”. His Excellency further gave utmost importance to higher education and the higher educational institutions in his speech. He believed, “by not providing the opportunities for developing the skills and competence of a major proportion of potential human resource of the country, we cannot be successful in transforming India into a world power. Any society can march toward programme only by inclusive development plans and policies which ensure the empowerment of the weaker sections. We must consider promoting an inclusive learning environment to bring about greater participation, equity, equality and emancipation for all without any differentiation”.
Bheda Book Release Report
|Shri Akhila Naik’s Bheda ( A Dalit Odia Novel) was translated in English by Prof. Raj Kumar and published by Oxford University Press was released by Chief Guest Dr Radhakant Nayak, Founder of NISWASS at Dr. Ambedkar Hall NISWASS on 7-10-2017. The event commenced with a welcome address by Dr Sashmi Nayak, Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair NISWASS. L-R: Prof. Rak Kumar (English Translator of the Novel Bheda), Guest of Honor Shri D.P. Majhi, Director at Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, New Delhi, Dr. B.K. Patnaik, Executive President of NISWASS, Chief Guest Dr. R. K. Nayak, Founder of NISWASS and Shri Akhila Naik ( Odia author of the Novel-Bheda).
|Ambedkar Chair of Social Work, NISWASS has begun tree plantation under the Clean and Green Campaign of the Swachh Bharat Mission in the Main Campus and three other rural campuses in different district of the state of Odiha. The plantation is being done in selected schools and colleges to ensure that the trees are taken care of. Flowering, fruit bearing, medicinal and shade giving trees have been carefully selected for the purpose.Dr. Sashmi Nayak, Chair Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair NISWASS , Prof. (Dr.) Amar KJR Nayak, XIMB and students of NISWASS participated in tree plantation in Main Campus Bhubaneswar.
|Dr. Sashmi Nayak, Chair Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair NISWASS guiding the students about tree plantation under Green and Clean drive.
|Prof. Bishbnucharan Jena, Principal of Naami college, Dr. Chandra Kanta Mallick, Vice-Principal, NISWASS, Ramachandra Mohanty, Programme Officer (+3 NSS Unit); Karunakar Patra, Programme Officer ( +2 Unit) Naami college and Dr. Birendra Suna, Research officer, The Ambedkar Chair, NISWASS and students of Naami College planting trees in their campus.
| Students of Primary School, Kukuda enthusiastically participating in planting a mango sapling.
| The barren hillock in the background has been adopted by the students of Tribal Campus, NISWASS
|Dr. Nabor Soreng, Principal, Dr. Chandra Kanta Mallick, Vice Principal, faculties and students of NISWASS planting trees in Main Campus NISWASS.
|THE PROGRAMMES In the realisation of the basic objectives of the Chair, as outlined above, the Chair emphasises on a multi-pronged strategy of combining applied research with social action, comprehensive documentation, participatory training and development education. A word on each of these items would be of relevance.Research
The Chair emphasises praxis research, synchronising research and action, thus establishing a two-way traffic between ideas and actions, to produce relevant and useful knowledge that fuels action programmes for transformation and change. It is intended to evolve integrated theory and comprehensive methodology through the research programmes, to enhance effective intervention mechanisms for improving the quality of life of the weaker sections of the community.
|Training In keeping with Baba Saheb’s message, educate, agitate and organisethe training modules under the Chair are designed primarily to build the capacities of grass-root NGOs, action groups and activists and aim to develop them as change-agents. The training curricula involve developing relevant skills of the people, and building the knowledge base of the Fourth World. It also includes multi-dimensional directions for social mobilisation and organisational strategies to reach the ultimate goal. Certificate course on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Ideology and Philosophy commences.
Training programme on the Human Rights of vulnerable groups.
Training of CEOs of FPOs for Eastern India.
Certificate course on Psychological Counselling.
Life skill and Personality Development Training for SC&ST Youth.
|Lectures To propagate, popularise and spread Baba Saheb’s philosophy and message the Chair, as part of its function, organises every year the Ambedkar Memorial Lecture delivered by prominent scholars from different parts of the country or outside. Some prominent lectures delivered in 2015-16 were: Policies for Equity in Higher Education: Challenges of growing unequal Access by Prof. SukhdeoThorat.
Ambedkar in Hindutva Era – by Prof. KanchaIliah.
Looking Through His Majesty’s Glasses: The SCs & STs Tribes in Odisha – by SangraKeshoriMallick
Development and Human Rights: An Interface – by Dr. Jajati K. Pattnaik.
Modern Theories of Globalisation – by Prof. Frederic Vandenberghe.
Caste Dynamics, Resource Politics and Social Justice: A Critical Epistemology – by Dr. Goldy M. George.
Rethinking Social Work and Social Transformations -
Current Economic Development and its Disparities -
|Publications The Chair as part of its documentation programme has undertaken the task of translating into Oriya language the complete works of Dr. Ambedkar’s speeches and writings for dissemination of his thoughts and philosophy to a wider audience. Besides, it regularly publishes. The Fourth World: The Journal of the Marginalized People
Publication of Dalit Journal in Odia “ChaturthaVishwa”.
|Dalit Literature and Art The Dalit Literature and Art Academy under the Chair works for the protection and promotion of the rich wealth of liberation literature, folk culture and the traditional knowledge of the indigenous people of Orissa. A collection of Dalit short stories in Odia, “Dalit GalpaSankalan” has recently been published. A Dalit Art exhibition was held to commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.|
|WORK TEAM The Chair now is headed by a Professor assisted by a Research Officer with administrative support staff as a nucleus.- Chair Prof – Dr. SashmiNayak
- Research Officer – Dr. BirendraSuna
- Stenographer/Computer Operator – Mr. UmakantNayak
- Peon – Mr. MakundaNaik