Association of Professional Social Workers & Development Practitioners (APSWDP)

Affiliation & Partnership

Affiliations, Memberships & Partnerships

The Association of Professional Social Workers & Development Practitioners (APSWDP) has been associated with the following organizations in various capacities under institutional support for various projects since 2014.


1. National Service Scheme (N.S.S)

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth of 11th & 12th Class of schools at +2 Board level and student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate & Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities & programmes.The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since inception of the NSS in the year 1969, the number of students strength increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million up to the end of March 2018 students in various universities, colleges and Institutions of higher learning have volunteered to take part in various community service programmes.


2. The Climate Reality Project India

The Climate Reality Project India: In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. It was just the beginning of a climate revolution, and later that year, he founded The Climate Reality Project to take the conversation forward and turn awareness into action.As a non-profit organization, its mission was to increase public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level in the US and abroad.

The Climate Reality Project has branches in 10 countries and presence in more than 100 countries. Currently, The Climate Reality Project has trained more than 10,800 diverse and dedicated volunteers internationally called Climate Leaders representing 135 countries. The Climate Leaders have delivered 70,000 presentations and have reached a combined global audience of more than 7.3 million.

The Indian branch was started by Mr Gore with Dr. Pachuri in 2008. Today it is an independent trust by the name of The Climate Project Foundation. The trust has eminent Indians as trustees and has its office in New Delhi.The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.

Once personally trained by Al Gore, volunteers of the project are known as Climate Leaders. They return to their communities and are connected by a website. They become an interactive community with the support of professionals who develop and revise, materials for Climate Leaders to use. With an updated and regionalized slide show, Climate Leaders address their audiences and carry out their presentations and talk to their networks about the challenges and solutions available to address the climate crisis.


3. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (rgniyd), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, is an Institution of National Importance by the Act of Parliament No. 35/2012 under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. The RGNIYD was set up in 1993 under the Societies Registration Act, XXVII of 1975.

The RGNIYD functions as a vital resource centre with its multi-faceted functions of offering academic programmes at Post Graduate level encompassing various dimensions of youth development, engaging in seminal research in the vital areas of youth development and coordinating Training Programmes for state agencies and the officials of youth organisation, besides the Extension and Outreach initiatives across the country.

The Institute functions as a think-tank of the Ministry and premier organization of youth-related activities in the country. As the apex institute at the national level, it works in close cooperation with the NSS, NYKS and other youth organizations in the implementation of training programmes. The Institute is a nodal agency for training youth as a facilitator of youth development activities in rural, urban as also tribal areas.

The RGNIYD serves as a youth observatory and depositary in the country thereby embarking on youth surveillance on youth-related issues. It has a wide network with various organizations working for the welfare and development of young people and serves as a mentor.


4. European Commission (E.U.) (Research and Innovation)
The European Commission is the EU's executive arm. It takes decisions on the Union's political and strategic direction. Association of Professional Social Workers and Development Practitioners (APSWDP) is registered as an expert under research and innovation programme.


5. NITI Aayog (Government of India)

The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. NITI Aayog is the premier policy Think Tank of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the Government of India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States.

The Government of India, in keeping with its reform agenda, constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950. This was done in order to better serve the needs and aspirations of the people of India. An important evolutionary change from the past, NITI Aayog acts as the quintessential platform of the Government of India to bring States to act together in national interest, and thereby fosters Cooperative Federalism.

At the core of NITI Aayog creation are two hubs. Team India Hub and the Knowledge and Innovation Hub. The Team India Hub leads the engagement of states with the Central government, while the Knowledge and Innovation Hub builds NITIs think-tank capabilities. These hubs reflect the two key tasks of the Aayog.

NITI Aayog is also developing itself as a State of the Art Resource Centre, with the necessary resources, knowledge and skills, that will enable it to act with speed, promote research and innovation, provide strategic policy vision for the government, and deal with contingent issues.


6. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Chandigarh was established on 1st January, 2009 with a few Study Centres in Chandigarh and it adjoining regions of Punjab & Haryana. It is one of the fast upcoming Regional Centres in the country in terms of student enrolment, number of Learner Support Centres, programmes activated and various decentralized operational functions. Since then with the consistent efforts, the enrolment of various programmes has been increased steadily. The Regional Centre is providing best possible support services through the network of 26 LSCs in the region.

In open and distance teaching learnering process the role of Regional Centre occupies pivotal position in monitoring, coordination and delivery of programmes. The IGNOU Act defines the Regional Centre as a centre established or maintained by the University for the purpose of coordinating and supervising the work of Study Centres in the region and for performing such functions as may be confirmed by the Board of Management of the University. Regional Centre is considered as face of the University for all its practical purposes. Under the diversified delivery system, the University has also introduced the concept of Programme Specific Study Centres for professional courses and Special Study Centres for remote and rural areas, women, minorities etc. Regional Centre maintains effective link between the different Schools and Divisions of the University and Learners Support Centres, between IGNOU and respective State Governments and between IGNOU and the general stakeholders.