The fieldwork practicum that students undergo in the social work programme includes multiple components. These include orientation programme, concurrent fieldwork, block placements, rural camp, study tours, and field work seminar.
In Social Work, students come from different disciplinary backgrounds and, therefore, require orientation to the field. The orientation programme is aimed at familiarising students (coming from different disciplines) with the fields of social work practice. It includes group activities and exercises, movie screenings, guest lectures from social work practitioners, and visits to voluntary organisations and open communities.
For concurrent fieldwork, students are placed in the agency or the community for 2 1/2 days per week (15 hours/ week). This usually happens in the odd semester.
At the even semester, the students are required to undergo a period of continuous fieldwork/ block placement in an institutional or a non-institutional setting. The duration of this block placement is between twenty four to thirty days.
Rural camp is usually organised for a week, in which students are taken to a rural or tribal village setting where they learn different skills. Students conduct outreach activities such as village mapping, shramdan, and participatory rural appraisal. Through the camp students get to know about the problems of the villages, the reasons behind them, the possible intervention strategies for solving them, and the role of the social worker in the intervention process.
The college also organises study tour to enable students to reflect upon the similarities and differences between the work that they do in their fieldwork and similar work happening outside of their region. The students usually visit neighbouring states such as Gujrat, Karnataka, Goa, Madya Pradesh for study tour. This provides greater exposure to the students.
Field work seminar happens at the end of each year as a point on convergence of learning. It also serves as a part of summative assessment of students learning.
Fieldwork supervision occupies a vital position. Every faculty member is allotted a group of around 14-16 students as field work students. In addition, some expert field practitioners are also roped in as field instructors. They mentor the students and help to integrate classroom content with field experience in a meaningful way. Regularly scheduled conferences, both individual and group are also essential part in the supervisory relationship. Through all these pedagogic procedures, students gain values, knowledge and key skills required for social work practice at appropriate levels.