The social working sector these days is playing a pivotal role in mitigating the most rudimentary challenges of our country. Be it the education, malnutrition, poverty, tribal issues, or an issue as far-fetched as preserving an endangered bird species, NGOs have not left any single facet untouched, getting the due recognition of their work. As an example, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi has conferred the Nobel last year for his commendable and decades-long work in children’s rights. If you believe that you are not made for a regular 10 to 5 materialistic job and it is simply the smiles on the faces of the needy which makes you contented, working with the NGOs is definitely your call and this article tries to pave the basic path to realizing this your dream.
What is an NGO and what does it do?
An NGO is a group of like-minded individuals who are motivated to address the basic issues plaguing the society and work in an organized manner over a vast canvas of areas pertaining to the relevant issue. The aim of the social work lies mainly in providing the necessary monetary, social and governmental support to the underprivileged community.
What are the relevant academic courses available to serve in an NGO?
Being a part of an NGO is mainly a question of the intent than the qualification. Though not compulsory, but a background in social sciences always helps. Many elite institutions have come up with the pioneering course on Bachelors in Social Work or Bachelor of Arts (3 years) courses with the basic eligibility being the 10+2 score. The candidates may go on to pursue a Masters in Social Work (2 years) and unlike its contemporary subjects, earning a Ph.D. requires only 2 years. Among the other courses available are
- Post graduation level diploma in NGO management (1 year)
- Certification course in Social Work (1 year) and
- Phil in Social Work (2 years)
Some of the finest institutions offering these courses are:
- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
- University of Delhi
- Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi
- Madras University etc.
- Positions of Work
Depending upon the qualification as well as the experience, one may serve in the capacity of a trainee officer, a program manager, and welfare officer to finally the assistant as well as executive director.
Scope of Work
As per the latest government stats, there is more than 10 lakh registered NGOs in our country and these numbers are going to increase only. Depending upon their collaborations they may garner funding from various national as well as international people or agencies. They may also work under the umbrella of organizations collaborating with the United Nations such as the UNICEF, UNESCO, and WHO to name a few.
Many visionary people have also come up with their own NGOs.
Remuneration in such organizations depends upon a host of factors such as your national as well as international affiliations, public wide approach, donations etc. International NGOs generally provide a better salary than a national one.
A career in an NGO belongs to that selected class of professions which the society deems as noble. One may earn sufficient for his needs and go on to play a crucial part in addressing the most burning issues of our country and touching the lives of millions. For this people and organizations also get the requisite appreciations in the forms various prizes such as the Magsaysay and the prestigious Nobel. If that be your call, you are all good to go!