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Department of Studies in Social Work


Master of Social Work course was started in 1962 in the Department of Anthropology. Later it was transferred and brought under the auspices of the Department of Sociology. It was shifted to the Department of Sociology. In was converted into a full-fledged Department in 1973. A number of Voluntary, Non-governmental, Government and International Organizations have been seeking the Department’s consultancy in undertaking need based research studies, surveys, evaluation studies etc. In addition to this, the Department has been collaborating with the local voluntary welfare organizations, hospitals, the NGOs, and GOs. The students and staff members organize various extension activities, viz., Voluntary Blood Testing and Donation camps, Health Check-up, Social Service and Awareness Camps, etc., in rural areas to enable students learn practical skills.


The Department envisions to provide to the society competent and committed social work practitioners, who would devote themselves for the cause of promoting social justice and empowerment of all and thus contribute to the goal of human race of making this place worth living.


- To impart value based, scientific and quality education to those desirous of making a career in the field of Professional Social Work as effective social work leaders, practitioners, and educators, who envision to challenge injustice and promote an egalitarian/humane society.
- To synchronise theoretical training with field exposure and enable the students in acquiring critically assessed knowledge and practice skills focused on working collaboratively and therapeutically with people. Besides, facilitate students to develop appropriate attitudes and attributes requisite for a professional social worker to wok with their clientele.
- To organize Social Work Research with a view to contribute to the knowledge base of Social Work and disseminate the same to the practitioners in the field so that the methods, techniques and strategies adopted/developed or refined could be replicated and goals of Social Work are attained.
- To organize conferences, symposia, seminars, etc., to disseminate the practice wisdom by involving those in the field of Social Work in this endeavour so that the students could develop insights into complex social situations.

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Pavate Nagar, Dharwad - 580 003,
Karnataka State, INDIA.

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