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Department of Studies in Social Work


The Post Graduate Department of Studies and Research in Social Work, Karnatak University, Dharwad, established in the year1962, has an acclaim as the pioneering Department to impart Post-Graduate Education in Social Work, in the state of Karnataka. Initially it was started as a part of the Department of Anthropology. Subsequently, it was tagged with the Department of Sociology, where it was further nourished and nurtured. In June 1973 eventually a full-fledged status was granted to it. Slowly and steadily the Department has grown in to its size and expanse. While the student intake is gradually increased from the initial 10 students per year to 50 students per year in the main campus, proportionate increase is done for the other centers also. Spatially the department was extended to P.G. Center Gulbarga in early 1970s; P.G. Centers at Belguam and Haveri in 2005; and to P.G. Center Bijapur in 2006. At one point of time, besides the parent department on the campus, the course was offered in six other centers simultaneously, viz., three centers in P.G.Centers of the University and two centers in colleges affiliated to the university. At present the course is offered in three centers viz., the main campus, at the K. U. P. G. Center, Haveri, and in an affiliated college at Gadag. Every year more than 100 trained social work graduates from these centers are contributed to the service field.

Conduct of Voluntary Blood Testing and Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with Blood
Bank, Cancer Hospital, Navanagar and Health Center, K.U. Dharwad.

Over the years, the staff members and the students of the department have carved a niche in the field, as a number of VOs, NGOs, CBOs, GOs and IOs have been seeking Department’s Consultancy either in their day-to-day work or for undertaking need based research surveys, evaluation studies etc. The department collaboratively organizes various extension activities, viz., Voluntary Blood Testing and Donation Camps, Free Health Check-Up and Treatment Camp, Campaigning against Social Evils, Creating Awareness about Crucial Issues by organizing Signature Campaigns, etc. Such an association has enabled students in learning practice skills.
The department has been selected as the Sub-Sub-Recipient (SSR) by the Principal Recipient (PR) Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai for the GFATM-Round Seven Project, for enhancing Institutional and Counseling Capacities of Counselors’ training component in HIV/AIDS from April, 2009 onwards till date.


Providing to the society competent and committed social work practitioners, who would devote themselves for the causes of promoting social justice and empowerment of all and thus contribute to the goal of the human race in making this place worth living.

Inauguration of an International Conference on “Changing Faces of Social Work Profession in the New Millennium” by the Vice-Chancellor of the Karnataka State Law University


- 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 challenging injustice and promoting an egalitarian/ humane society.
- To synchronize theoretical training with field exposure and enable the students in acquiring critically assessed knowledge and practice skills of working collaboratively and therapeutically with people. Besides, facilitate students to develop appropriate attitudes and attributes requisite for professional social workers to work with their clientele.
- To organize Social Work Research, 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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Karnatak University,
Pavate Nagar, Dharwad - 580 003,
Karnataka State, INDIA.

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