Message from Organising Committee

Dear peer professionals,

We have the honour of hosting 25th Asia Pacific Joint Regional Social Work conference of IFSW-AP & APASWE at Bengaluru, India from the 17th to 20th September 2019. We heartily invite and welcome you to be part of this memorable event in India.

India Network of Professional Social Workers’ Associations ( INPSWA ) which is affiliated to IFSW, has come together with two of the premier institutes of Bengaluru,namely National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences ( NIMHANS ) and CHRIST ( Deemed to be University ), both of which are members of APASWE, in organising this conference with their Psychiatric Social Work /Social Work departments respectively.The main Conference will be held from 18th to 20th September 2019 preceded by Pre-conference seminar on 17th September 2019.

Bengaluru, formerly known as Garden City of India and today internationally known as ` Silicon Valley of India’ is one of the most happening city in India. Be it industry, education, health, sports, economy, aerospace, defence, politics, etc, etc., Bengaluru is a must mention /reference in all medias of communication nationally & internationally. Bengaluru is well connected domesticallyby road, rail and air and internationally by air with one of the best International Airports.

The APSWC – 2019 theme ` Social Work Partnerships towards an Equal Society – Asia Pacific Perspective’ and the Pre - Conference seminar theme ` Indigenous Social Work ’ are very much topical for social work professionals of the day, who continuously engage themselves to effect change at every stage of human well - being, fromgrassroots movements to sustainable community livelihoods models. We expect around 800 to 1000 delegates from Asia Pacific region,who will enrich and enhance everyone’s knowledge and learning through seminar, plenary sessions,oral paper presentations, poster display and exhibitions. We are working on arranging field visits to some of the agencies which have empowered the communitywith innovative and meaningful social interventions.

Conferences, besides professional growth and development are a wonderful and welcome opportunity for participants, be it social work educators, practitioners, policy makers, research scholars and students, to network with peer professionals by renewing old contacts, meeting new professional colleagues and getting first- hand experience of the local culture & the social milieu.

We, on behalf of the Joint Local Organising Committee, are delighted to welcome you to join us,come September 2019. All of us here are working diligently to make your stay comfortable, your participation memorable and fraternity fellowship emotionally rewarding. We earnestly look forward to meeting you at Bengaluru, India for a historical get together in this sub continent.

For and behalf ofthe Organising Committee

Organising Committee Members

Prof. L S Ghandi Doss
Chairperson, APSWC 2019
Chairperson, INPSWA
Prof. K Sekar
Co-Chairperson, APSWC 2019
Registrar, NIMHANS
Dr. Anil Joseph Pinto
Registrar, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
Dr. Victor Paul
Prof. & HOD
Dept. of Social Work
CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
Sriganesh M V
Organizing Secretary, APSWC 2019
Secretary General, INPSWA
Dr. A. Thirumoorthy
Prof. & Head of Department
Dept of Psychiatric Social Work
Dr. Shobhana R Thakrar
Chairperson, Communications Committee APSWC 2019