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Institute of Psychological and Educational Research (IPER)

Institute of Psychological and Educational Research (IPER)

Established : 1972
Type : Womens
Director : Dr. (Ms.) Bijli Mallik
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : --
Former Name : --
Location : Kolkata
Affiliation(s) : University of Kalyani
Category : Postgraduate (Diploma / Certificate)
Accreditation / Recognition : Central and State Governments
Department(s) : Diploma / Certificate

Diploma in Social Work & Management

an IPER effort towards HRD

IPER is working in the field of development and rights of children and their families for more than a quarter of a century. During the period of carrying out the multifarious activities in the field of social development for the underprivileged it has been continuously felt that there is extreme dearth of trained social workers in the state, who would be equipped with effective skills and techniques of social work and management. To cope with the needs, very often social workers are appointed from other states incurring a lot of expenditures.

It is also the experience of IPER as well as other voluntary organisations that people who join social work either do it because of pure love for the work and generally do not have the required professional skills for it or owing to non-availability of any better occupation. Very few people take it as a profession to be followed with all seriousness and planning.

All these have led IPER to form a College of Training and Research and offer a one-year Post Graduate course titled “Diploma in Social Work and Management” from June, 2001 with the idea of giving an opportunity to the social workers who want to serve the society with relevant knowledge and expertise.

The course is Affiliated to the University of Kalyani, Nadia West Bengal

The major purpose of this training course hence is to develop professional skills amongst those who would opt for this as their occupation and then to make it as realistic, effective and need based as possible.

Objectives of the Course : The major objectives of the course are :

  • To develop knowledge, skills, values, attitudes appropriate to social work management
  • To get academic guidance as well as professional training to work in communities for socio-economic development
  • To gain insight and skills to tackle social problems
  • To acquaint the social workers with the methods of social research and management techniques
  • To earn competence in undertaking social surveys, field work and action research programmes
  • To develop skills of social communication
  • To develop skills and insight for designing, planning, executing and monitoring projects

Certificate courses on

  • Guidance & Counselling
  • Research & Documentation
  • Soft Skills

Objectives of the Courses:

The major purpose of training courses is to develop and enhance professional skills and self-development in professional specially those who are working in sectors that constantly require change and improvement.

The specific objectives of the courses are :

  • To develop knowledge, skills, values, attitudes appropriate to work management;
  • To gain insight and skills to tackle social problems;
  • To acquaint the trainees in the basics of social research and management techniques;
  • To earn competence in undertaking surveys, field work and action research programmes;
  • To develop skills of social communication;
  • To develop skills and insight for designing, planning, executing and monitoring projects.

Course Profile:

Guidance & Counselling Guidance – Need, nature and types
Guidance Services
Counselling – Nature and types
Principles of Counselling
Testing and non-testing techniques
Organisation of counselling services
Counsellor profile
Organisation of Guidance Centre
Research & Documentation Research – types and methodologies
Research design-quantitative & qualitative
Sampling techniques
Techniques of data collection
Classification and analysis of data
Report writing and different formats
Documentation – significance and types
Computerised documentation systems
Document designing and presentation
Soft Skills Concept and significance
Leadership characteristics and skills
Communication skills – transactional analysis
Life skills
Strategies for stress reduction
Decision making
Each of these courses has two weeks of project work in their respective fields of specialization.

Diploma in Social Work & Management

Eligibility : Graduate in Behavioural Sciences, Social and Natural Sciences.

Selection : Admission to the course will be on the basis of the past examination results and performance in the interview to be held at IPER College of Training Research. On successful completion of the Course, the Diploma will be awarded to the students by the University of Kalyani, Nadia.

The course fee is Rs.6000.00, to be paid in two installments one at the time of admission, the other before the commencement of the second Semester that is after six months.

Certificate courses on

Graduation from any recognized University

Certification Authority:
Institute of Psychological and Educational Research

18 weeks [Four and half months]

Class days & timings:

Wednesdays / Thursdays 05 p.m.– 08 p.m.
Saturdays 03 p.m.– 06 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. – 01 p.m.

Course fee:
Rs.4000 + Project fees and Examination fees

Admission on the basis of the past results and interview at IPER College of Training and Research.

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Facilities Offered

  • »  AC Conference Hall-2
  • »  Non-AC Halls-2
  • »  Students’ Dormitory & Trainee accommodation
  • »  Library and Reading room
  • »  Office room
  • »  Children's Clinic
  • »  Classrooms
  • »  A 'School on Wheels'- a bus equipped with learning materials with a small library and shelter for girls.

IPER, Institute of Psychological and Educational Research, is a voluntary organization working with the disadvantaged population of the state especially women and children since 1971. Set up as a non-profit voluntary organisation with a band of dedicated team of workers it is working in the slums of Kolkata city for extending to the dwellers the basic necessities of life.

The vision of IPER is to bring in an all round development of the underprivileged children and women with a special focus on the girl child. Hence specific objectives of IPER to reach this vision are to initiate, organise and promote all activities of human development, to evolve, innovate and execute planned and research-based programmes conducive to progress for the underprivileged section of the population, who have been neglected and are victims of social injustice, to address the rights of women and children who have been denied of them and to conduct research on major problems of development and to undertake advocacy, training and net-working with similar minded organisations.

The major area of focus of its activities is on the uplift and development of those who though live in the society and form a large section of it yet remain outside the mainstream society because of the discriminatory attitude of the people around. As a result IPER conducts all its programmes with a rights’ approach keeping the principle of the best interest of the child in mind and this spirit permeates all the activities that are carried out by it.

Through its different projects IPER works with children who live in very impoverished and hazardous conditions. They are in a high-risk condition as they are on the verge of being trafficked, abused and exploited and are subjected to violence both within and outside the family.

They live on the streets of Kolkata, begging or picking up throwaways of the elites of the city; child workers who are toiling for 14 hours a day under the scorching heat at the roadside Dhabas heating water to serve tea to the Babus of Kolkata or welding the doors and engines of the Scorpios, Sumos and Mercedes of the CEOs of the Corporate houses of the city; children who do not go to school as it does not offer them anything interesting rather rob away the freedom of their childhood, the schools which instead of being a pulling factor works as a push away force for these children.

IPER also works with girls and women who toil in the morning and evening with often one meal a day to wash the dishes and bowls in our houses so that we can have a clean plate to eat from more often than not three times a day.

IPER during its long period of work with the slum children is witness to certain glaring problems in their lives, intense violence is perpetrated on them with total neglect and denial of their rights in the family. IPER thus also works with the families of these children which again worked as an eye opener as it was found that in most of the cases under the guise of a patriarchal family there is a single woman toiling for more than ten hours a day for the entire family to make both ends meet. An undisputed fact that is known to all development-worker is that people’s empowerment is fully dependent on the women who have for centuries been marginalized and have been at the mercy of men despite their capacity for hard work and immense contribution to the development of family, community and nation. Moreover it is the women in the family who influence the child as no body else can. This age-old discrimination meted out to one section of the population by another section has inspired IPER to initiate programmes which will prevent this discrimination and enable the women to stand up for their rights as a human being.

It is through these activities IPER reaches out to a large section of the population especially the women in the area it works. The target group of women and young girls not only derives their basic requirements from the organization but along with it they gradually emerge as individuals conscious and demanding their rights. IPER through its long work of three decades need not go on advocating its presence in the community but it is those children, women and young persons who have gone through the programme of IPER that carry the message forward.

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