Dr. A. Thomas William, is an Associate Professor in Social Sciences in the Research & Post Graduate Department of Rural Development Science, Arul Anandar College (Autonomous), Karumathur, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He has recently been bestowed with Research Award meant for permanent faculty members for his research achievements by UGC, New Delhi to carry out Post Doctoral Research and successfully completed his research work for two years in the Dept. of Applied Research, Gandhigram University, Dindigul, Tamilnadu.
He had also taught and researched in the Research & Post Graduate Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur, Vellore District. He is a Social Work Graduate from Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai and full time scholar of Bharathiar University, Coimbatore; where he completed his Doctoral studies.
Dr. Williams specializes in Rural Development, Women Studies, Deviance, Children & Adolescents at Risk, Welfare Administration, Human Rights, NGO Management and Sexuality Health. He has participated and presented papers in International and National conferences and published papers in refereed journals. He has undertaken Major Research Projects sponsored by UGC, ICSSR, etc.
He is presently the Chairman, Govt. Child Welfare Committee for Madurai and Theni Districts with the capacity of First Class Judicial Magistrate to adjudicate cases under Juvenile Justice Act 2006. Currently he is doing research related to children at risk and implementation of child protection programmes by NGO’s. He has recently been bestowed with ‘Honorary Award’ for the year 2011 by the internationally reputed organisation – International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, (ISPCAN), United States of America., for his contributions on Child Protection.
He published books include Women Criminals in India, Community Organisation and Social Action, Child Trafficking, Sexual Awareness & Integrity, Rural Development: Concept and Approaches, Contemporary Social Development Paradigm, and Thoughts And Practices of Social Transformation.
He is actively engaged in research and consultancy work to various development agencies to undertake research and related activities. His course on NGO Management has been approved by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi and offered to students of all disciplines.