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Sindhu Phadke
1927,  Female ,  Indian ,  Retired UNICEF Employee

Dr Sindhu Phadke holds a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California, USA. She worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Work, M.S. University of Baroda, and thereafter as a Reader, Delhi School of Social Work for 12 years.
She joined UNICEF in 1968, and during her long tenure of 20 years, was responsible for planning and implementation of UNICEF’s involvement with Central and State Governments in different programmes related to family and child welfare, health, nutrition, water supply, women’s empowerment, education, etc. This book is inspired by her extensive travels in the seven North-Eastern States as UNICEF’s East Zone Representative.


1. Four member consultancy team for Foundation for Research in Health Systems, Ahmedabad, 1991.
2. Member of Board of Studies for Nirmala Niketan, University of Bombay and Tata Institute of Social Sciences; Evaluation Committee for doctoral dissertations, Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), S.N.D.T. University, Bombay.
3. Member of Executive Trust, Sadguru Water & Development Foundation, Gujarat, Executive Committee Member, Foundation for Research in Health System, Ahmedabad, until 2009.
4. Mahalaxmi Trust Chair Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 1992.

1. “Social Work in the Prison setting”, The New Prison Way, Journal of the Department of Prisons, Bombay State, April 1954.
2. “The Bangalore Conference”, Journal of the Faculty of Social Work, M.S. University of Baroda, 1955.
3. “An Orientation Course for Child Welfare Workers”, Kurukshetra, Nov. 1958, Journal of the Ministry of Community Development, Govt. of India.
4. “Families in Need of Adjustment”, Paper presented at the Family Welfare Services Section of the Indian Conference of Social Work, Hyderabad Session 1959, Indian Journal of Social Work, 1960, Vol. XX, No. 4.
5. “Care of the Socially Handicapped Child”, Proceedings of the Seminar on National Policy for Children, Indian Council for Child Welfare, 1964.
6. “Children in a Changing World”, Swasth Hind, Central Health Education Bureau, Vol. IX, No. 11-12, Nov-Dec., 1965.
7. “Special Problems of the Education of Women”, in Studies in Sociology of Education in India, 1966, National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, pp. 173-200.
8. “Values of Social Work and Cultural Impediments in their Acceptance and Practice”, Social Work Forum, July 1966. Also in Nirmal Seva, Vol. 4, Tenth Anniversary Special Issue, pp. 59-66.
9. “Child Welfare”, Encyclopaedia of Social Work, The Central Social Welfare Board, 1967.
10. “Women’s Education in India – A Historical Perspective”, Golden Jubilee Commemoration Volume of S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Bombay 1967.
11. “Working Mothers and Child Rearing”, Parent Education Series, Association for Moral and Social Hygiene of India, 1967.
12. “Social Welfare in the Light of the Enjoyment and Exercises of Human Rights”, Indian Journal of Social Work, XXIX, No. 1 (April 1968), pp. 21-26.
13. “Children in urban areas of India”, Assignment Children UNICEF, European Office, Public Information Service, 20 rue Pauline Borghese, 92-Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, No. 11, Jan. 1970.
14. “Our Urban Children”, Economic and Political Weekly, March 28, 1970, Vol. V, No. 13.
15. “Welfare and Recreation Programmes in Urban Areas”, Report of the Seminar on the Pre-School Child, Madras 1970, Indian Council for Child Welfare, 4, Dean Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi.
16. “Child Welfare Services in India: A note on the Indian Situation”, Social Action, A Quarterly Review of Social Trends, Vol. 22, No. 2, April-June 1972, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, pp. 121-126. Also in The Indian Family in the Change and Challenge of the Seventies, Indian Social Institute, Nov. 1972, pp. 203-210.
17. “Services for Urban Children and Youth”, Swasth Hind, December 1972, Vol. XVI, No. 12.
18. “A Better Life for Children in Slums and Shanty Towns”, The Children’s Day Annual, The Indian Council for Child Welfare, New Delhi, 14 November, 1972.
19. “Community Involvement in Services for Children in Urban Slums”, Ekalavya, Annual of Mobile Creches, Delhi 1973.
20. “Mobile Creches”, UNICEF News, 1973.
21. “Child Welfare: Lessons from the Past”, in Social Welfare: Legend and Legacy, ed. S.D. Gokhale, Bombay, Popular Prakashan, 1975.
22. “Protection of Children against Exploitation”, Social Defence Journal, Vol. X, No. 38, October 1974.
23. “Integrated Services for Children”, Nagarlok, Municipal Affairs Quarterly, Special Issue on Welfare Services in Urban Local Bodies, IV (Oct.-Dec. 1972), Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
24. “Health and Nutrition”, Paper presented at the Export group Meeting on the Determination of Social Development Content in Social Work Education Curricula, Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 1-13, 1974. Published in Nirmal Seva, Nirmala Niketan, School of Social Work, Bombay.
25. “Child Welfare Policy”, Encyclopaedia of Social Work in India, Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of India, 1981, Vol. I, pp. 89-100.
26. “Programme for the Socially and Emotionally Handicapped Children”, Report of the Committee for the Preparation of Programme for Children, Chapter VIII, Department of Social Welfare, Government of India, Oct. 1968.
27. “MAximising Women’s Role in National Development”, Proceedinghs of the Ninth Annual Conference, 1968, Health of Women and Children for Development, Nov. 23-26, 1988, Indian Society of health Administrators, Bangalore, pp. 47-57.
28. “Calcutta: a case study”, paper presented at workshop on Integrating People’s Participation into Country Programmes, UNICEF, New York, 8-12 Dec. 1980.
29. “Indian Women and Development”, a paper presented at the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Haifa, Israel, Dec. 28, 1981-Jan. 1, 1982.
30. “Volunteer Resource Development: Content and Organizational Aspects”, Indian Journal of Social Work, January 1995, Bombay: Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
31. “Child Welfare: Current Scene and Future Perspectives”, in Human Development and Family Studies in India: An Agenda for Research and Policy, eds. Saraswathi T.S. and Baljit Kaur, New Delhi: Saga Publications, 1993.
32. “Social Interventions for Justice for Child Labour and Destitution”, in Social Intervention for Justice, Ed. Hebsur R.K. Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 1996.

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