The College of Social Work was founded in 1955 by a band of valiant women known as Daughters of the Heart of Mary, whose mission was to readily respond to the felt needs of the people according to the signs of the time.
In the years following the Independence of India, the founders – Ms Paiva Couceiro, Ms Collette Galby and Dr Dorothy Baker realized that the nation’s struggle for development would be served not so much by sensitive social concern as by insightful committed action. This led to the conceptualization of a programme of Social Work education to prepare young people to undertake and assist in resolving the existing social problems: widespread poverty, ill health, unemployment, illiteracy and social inequalities. The academic programme was then built on a vision of human dignity and social justice especially with regards to the underprivileged.
The College has forged ahead till date, addressing various concerns has become one of the pioneering institutes of social work education in the country.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) constituted by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, awarded the College the FIVE STAR status for its academic excellence in 2001. On 31st March 2007, the same body, after further inspection and appraisal re-accredited the College of Social Work at the A+ level with an Institutional Score of 93 per cent.
College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan is reaccredited (Third Cycle) by the National Accreditation and Assessment Cell (NAAC) with A Grade (3.53 CGPA out of 4) in May 2015.
The commendations of the peer team about the college were many. A few highlights:
Appreciation of the goals and objectives of the college as well conceived and as a good attempt at the implementation of curriculum planning, transaction and co-curricular activities.
Considerable academic freedom and flexibility.
Good balancing between theoretical content and field practice with focus areas of women, rural poor and the disabled.
Recognition gained from National and Inter-national universities
Full-fledged Research Unit.
Commitment of the Institution to the extension projects through faculty members.
Personalized counseling and placement services.
Well-equipped computer and internet services for staff and students and refurnished library facility.
Good supportive services of audio-visual unit and language laboratory.
High appreciation of office automation and net campus college excel programme.