Fighting for the rights of the tribals and their land, for the poor sections of the society, preservation of energy, collective development, the sensitization of the urban society and many such issues is what the NGO sector and its employees indulge in. In the middle of cutthroat competition and the desire to excel and gain fame, money and name, there is a section of society and a group of sensitive people who work not for profit but for a cause. The NGO sector is suitable for a sensitive people who are aware of societal problems and who want to contribute towards the eradication of social evils in order to solve prevalent problems. Therefore, if you think you can fit into the profile of such a person, read on to learn more about NGO careers in order to seek opportunities for yourself.
With increasing cases of child abuse, women abuse, drug consumption, health issues, disabilities, poverty, old age problems, there is a need for non-governmental organizations and social service groups to intervene and work towards societal welfare. The NGOs have today become completely professional in their approach. They have become more focused and oriented towards their target areas, and if you want to be an integral part of this professional organization, you will also require a professional approach and outlook. In order to be professional, candidates will have to take up courses offered by the renowned universities in the country. Students from any educational background, having a professional attitude and the urge to make a difference to society can get into the NGO sector. However, there are courses in social work offered by colleges which prepare aspiring students thoroughly for this field of work. After completing 10+2, students can enrol themselves for a B.S.W or B.A program in social work. Students with bachelors degree in social work can further get admission for a M.A or M.S.W courses in social work. There are even diploma and certificate programs in social work offered by many colleges.
With increasing social problems, the NGO sector in India has developed and grown by leaps and bounds both in the rural and urban part of the country. There are various types of NGOs like the volunteer sector, grass root organisations, civic society, private voluntary organisations, transitional social movement organisations and self-help groups that keep creating new opportunities for young pass outs from the field of social work. A candidate can join the NGO sector as a legal advisor, as the sector requires professionals to handle their media and public relation office. It is also open for young aspirants where they will have to show their interpersonal skills and market the cause undertaken by the NGO. Accounting is also a portfolio that the NGO sectors offer to young graduates in order to manage and justify the funds with the expenditure. There are also openings in the field of research in an NGO.
Some of the famous colleges and institutes offering courses in social work that prepares youngsters for a career in NGOs are:
Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Palli Sangthan Vibhag (Rural Reconstructions College)
Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan
University of Delhi, Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi
Institute of Social Sciences Agra
Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Yamuna Nagar
Department of Social Work, Kurukshetra
Madras School of Social Work, Egmore, Chennai
Karve Institute of Social Science, Poona University, Pune.