Workshops are an integral part of BI. They form the fun-learning- bonding-expressing-experiencing times. They can be divided into three categories:
1. Linked to the Syllabus:
a. Workshop on Research Methodology : (led by Dr. D.K. Lal Das, Hyderabad) It is held normally in the month of May, for 6 days. It happens as the second semester students begin to formulate the research topics and as the fourth semester students complete the research project.
b. Social Work and Law: (led by Ravi Sagar, Director, Legal Cell for Human Rights, Guwahati.) Helps the student become familiar with the relevant legal terms, concepts and procedures .
c. Project Cycle Management: (led by Lukose P.J., Caritas India, New Delhi.) 5- day workshop that takes the students through the process of analyzing social situations, identifying core issues and stakeholders, planning interventions, and preparing a project proposal with monitoring and evaluation plans.
d. PRA: (led by Mark Lanthou, Development Practioner, Tamenglong, Manipur.) Hands on 3-day workshop on Participatory Rural Appraisal, which includes working with a village community to do the PRA.
2. Building Knowledge and Skills:
a. Workshop on Theatre: (led by Gaurang Raval, Sauhard, Ahmedabad.) 7-day workshop for the new students. Besides learning the skills of theatre which is a very powerful communication tool, the new students get to know each other, discover their talents and potentials, overcome shyness, and learn to work in groups. The workshop ends with the theatre performance in the town.
b. Comics Power! (led by Sharad Sharma, World Comics India, Delhi.) Another powerful tool of communication, capturing people’s stories and experiences. 5 day workshop which turns even the most drawing-illiterate person into a comic artist. It helps to analyse, understand and express people’s realities through a non-threatening medium, accessible to everyone. The workshop climaxes with a comics exhibition and ends with the training of trainers.
c. Social Analysis: (led by Lukose P.J., Caritas India, Delhi.) A step by step analysis of society with guided practice in the villages. 5 days of intense learning and reflection and group work.
d. Public Health: (led by Dr. Sunil Kaul, The ANT, Bongaigaon.) A 3 day workshop that helps one understand health care and health care systems, analyze health policies, and question some of the practices of pharmaceutical companies and medical care institutions, and define a social worker’s role. The workshops helps question many of the myths that are held sacred.
e. Designing and Running Campaigns: (led by Jaya Iyer, Delhi.) A social worker today has the duty to help form public opinions on critical issues to influence policy formulations and governance decisions; campaigns become an integral tool of social work. This 4 day workshop takes the students from the fundamentals of campaign to the actual practice of campaigning on an issue of their choice.
f. Workshop on Entrepreneurship: (led by Anirban Gupta, Dritti, Delhi.) For a social worker entrepreneurship is a tool for poverty eradication and empowerment. It is something that every social worker can promote, if not practice. The 5 day workshop takes the students from the basics to the actual development of a business plan.
3. Workshops about Self:
(the person of the social worker is crucial to social work practice and its effectiveness.)
a. Get Real: (led by Ashraf Patel and Team from Pravha, Delhi.) It is a journey into the Self, which very few people spend time on. Understanding oneself, dealing with fears that stifle creative energies, identifying areas of growth, … This 4 day workshop turns a person inside out, through very interactive exercises, games and simulations.
b. Gender and Self: (led by Jennifer Liang, The ANT, Bongaigaon.) A 3 day analysis and questioning of deeply held beliefs and long existing practices related to gender and one’s own take on the issue. This workshop generates animated debates and arguments and also hilarious moments.
c. Creating a CV/Resume: (led by Roushnee Sur, Banglaore.) Articulating what you are and what you believe in and presenting it in a written form to a third party who is looking for specific skills and talents is an important skill. The end of the 2 day “creating your resume” workshop sees every student with a well prepared resume and the skills needed to update it regularly