JBICDR is a research and development extension of the Department of Social Work of Jai Bharath Arts & Science College, Perumbavoor. Registered under the Travancore Cochin Charitable Societies Registration Act, the institute came in to being in January 2006. Its major established objective is to engage in social development and research activities aimed at the overall development of the people of Kerala, especially those who are marginalized.
The institute is engaged in field action projects with a dual vision – to enhance the field learning of the student social workers in more practice and action-oriented fashion and to offer service to the needy in a more pragmatic way.
Since its inception, the institute completed many projects in social development and health sectors like “Participatory Impact Assessment of the Social Development Programmes of Veega Holidays & Parks Pvt. Ltd.,”. It was an impact study of the Veega Groups’ philanthropic programs in two panchayaths viz., Kunnathunadu in Ernakulam district and Tholur in Thrissur district. The research report is submitted to the company and is being perused for future courses of action…
In recognition of the professional excellence and career competency, the Institute was entrusted by the Kerala State AIDS Control Society comprehensive research for on the HIV/AIDS vulnerability among truckers and internal out migrants in Kerala. The study covered all the districts in Kerala and selected samples from a wide variety of bridge population. The data is submitted to the Project Support Unit of KSACS.
As a responsible social Concern, the Institute in collaboration with the Vengola Gramapanchayath and the Department of Social Work of Jai Bharath College engaged in a massive campaign that lasted for a couple of weeks against the spread of Chickun Gunya Fever in the local area.
Projects on the anvil are 1) A Comprehensive Socio-economic survey of the Annamanada Gramapanchayath (Thrissur) in view of generating a database for resource-based planning of the local area. 2) Appraisal of the social programs of Lions Club International, District (324, E3, Kottayam) with a view to redesigning the Clubs service activities for better coverage and efficacy. 3) The institute is also assigned a study of the service users’ perspective analysis of the Manappuram Group of Companies. 4) In the community development arena, the Institute is now on with the Rural Development Blocks of Vazhakkualam and Aluva in the implementation of centrally sponsored and state-sponsored development projects. A series of stand-alone projects are also being tried out in this area with a vision of the total development of villages.
As a recent addition to the wide range of activities, JBICDR started a Family Counselling Centre at Vengola Gramapanchayat in collaboration with the local self-government institution and with the support of the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Kerala.