MLCU organises Seminar titled, “Social Change and Justice: Implication and Significance on the Youth"

Shillong June 7: With the objective to not just begin dialogue on Social Justice but also to explore and discuss conceptual framework for a centre in Social Change and Justice in Martin Luther Christian University and at the community level, the Department of Social Work, MLCU today held a seminar titled, “Social Change and Justice: Implication and Significance on the Youth,” in the university which was attended by the Chancellor, Dr. GC Kharkongor; Vice Chancellor, Dr VT Darlong; Ms Patricia Mikhim, Editor The Shillong Times;  Mr. Daniel Ingty, former Project Director MBDA, Meghalaya; faculty and students from the department of Social Work.

The resource persons for this seminar were Mr Stan Thekaekara and Mrs Mari Thekaekara. Stan and Mari Thekaekara founded ACCORD in 1986 to work with the adivasi communities of the Nilgiri Hills with a mission to enable the adivasi community living in the Gudalur valley to regain their lost self-reliance and to participate in the mainstream society as equal partners with dignity and pride and not as a disadvantaged community. ACCORD’s philosophy is rooted in our faith in the ability of the tribal people to take control of their own lives and with a clear understanding of its catalytic role in the process of change among the tribal community for a temporary, time-bound period.

The faculty from the Department of Social Work gave brief presentations on the Relevance of Social Change and Justice in Public Health by Ms Nandaris Marwein; Relevance of Social Change and Justice by Dr Ardonister Lyngdoh; Social Change photography by Mr Clinton Massar, Alumni of the Dept of Social Work MLCU; Relevance of Culture in Understanding Social Justice by Dr Fabian Lyngdoh, Head, Department of Cultural and Community Initiatives.

Speaking during the seminar, Mr Stan Thekaekara, addressed the various issues of social injustice in our country and streesede on the fact that social justice and overall development should go hand in hand. He added even though the world might preach social justice, we always tend to forget that we live and function in a in a system that cause poverty which leads to many other social issues.

He further spoke at length about the emerging relation between social justice and social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship is the use of start-up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. Social entrepreneurship typically attempts to further broad social, cultural, and environmental goals often associated with the voluntary sector in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care and community development.

Mr. Stan Thekaekara  while referring to his publication with his wife titled, “Social Justice and Social Entrepreneurship: Contradictory or Complementary”, said, “Social Entrepreneurship is an idea whose time has come – it is in keeping with the twenty first century, where economics has overtaken politics. We must recognise it as an approach – not as an end. It is an approach that rightly recognises the role of the individual entrepreneur – the initiator, the catalyst, the one with the new idea, the new way of doing things. The Social Justice approach on the other hand, tends to shy away from the individual and focuses on strategies and techniques for mass mobilisation, often stilting or smothering entrepreneurship in its early stages. The challenge is to get the balance right - between the individual and the larger community or stakeholders, between the economics and the politics, between social justice and social entrepreneurship.”

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To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, by providing knowledge, skills and values that will enable our students to become global citizens while upholding gender, ethnic and religious equity for all, conserving its bio-cultural heritage, and  by recognizing its Christian legacy and commitment .

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