Message from the Principal
College of Social Work (Autonomous), Nirmala Niketan was founded in the year 1955 by the religious sisters, known as The Daughters of the Heart of Mary, whose charism is to readily respond to felt needs of the people according to the signs of the times. The motto of the College is ‘The highest law of love is service’ is the motto of the College of Social Work.
Over the years, the College has been evolving its specific commitments, which relate to all aspects of its functions namely; teaching, field instruction, research, administration, and field action projects. It encourages its teaching and non-teaching staff to get involved and contribute to the community through these services. The primary emphasis of the curricular and co-curricular programmes is on the most disadvantaged urban and rural population. The focus of the programmes provides a structural perspective of issues affecting the slum, rural and tribal communities and also searches for various approaches of problem solving processes. There is a commitment to address the problems of health, education and employment of marginalized and disadvantaged groups while adopting rights based and a humane approach of social and development services for all, irrespective of caste, creed, language and sex.
Vision of the College
The College strives to contribute to the building of a new social order in the country, based on human dignity and social justice. To work with the preferential option for the vulnerable and exploited groups in society both locally and globally.
Mission of the College
To build a cadre of young committed professionals having a global perspective and strong value base of compassion, personal integrity, moderation, tolerance and self-respect.
College offers wide range of academic programmes in Bachelors, Masters and PhD level of social work education.
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Master of Arts (Social Innovation and Entreprenuership)
- Doctoral of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D)
Add on Courses:
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Art Based Therapy
- Media Skill.
Short Term Program/ Courses:
- Skill Based Course in Social Work for Senior Citizens
- Skill Based Course in Management of Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs)
- Certificate in Social Work for Para Professionals
- Certificate in Para Counselling
- Diploma in Social Work
- PG Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- PG Diploma in Child Rights and Child Protection
- PG Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility.
- PG Diploma in Research Methodology
Field Action Projects:
- Anubhav Youth Development Centre at Goregaon for College and Community Youth
- Spandan Project at Savroli and Anveer padas at Talasari for Tribal Women and Children
- Pravas Project for the Elderly population in Goregaon Slum communities
- Saksham SSR Project for TB and HIV/AIDS
Nirmiti Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
On 9th July 2019, the Nirmiti Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship was inaugurated, with financial support from RUSA, Maharashtra. The centre aims to support social entrepreneurship and offer academic programs where the students, immediately after graduation, get guidance, mentoring, physical space and network for funding and value-based collaboration. The centre also conducts Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programmes at Raigad and Talasari for tribal population in collaboration with local NGOs and the Urban Entrepreneurship Development Programme for students.
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. The 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 valid up to 2022.
On 12th Feb 2019 The University Grants Commission has conferred Autonomous Status to the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan for a period of ten years w.e.f 2019-2020 to 2028-2029.
In NIRF 2022 ranking by the Ministry of Education College of Social Work secured 69 rank. India Today ranking of the Social Work College we have ranked 5th in India. College also ranked 71 among the autonomous colleges in India by the Education World in 2022.
College of Social Work received prestigious National Educational Excellence Award as Top and Most Innovative College of the year 2021 (UG/PG Courses in Social Work) India Award under ‘Quality Education, Overall Exposure to the students, Outstanding Administration and Social Contribution ‘Category for the year 2021 along with another award under the category Outstanding Performance in Virtual Knowledge Delivery during Pandemic by the Begin Up Intelligence Private Limited.
Our graduates and post-graduates have been grounded in liberal arts and generalist social work perspectives and are employed in the government and Non-Government Organizations, Social Movements, Hospitals, Social Enterprises, Cooperatives, International Development Agencies and Corporate Social Responsibility Projects, in capacities such as Social Workers, Community Organizers, Program Officers, Social Planners, Development Facilitators, and Social Welfare Administrators.
Dr. Lidwin Dias