Social work is one of the academic disciplines under the arts stream. Social work mainly encompasses areas such as community development, social welfare, social justice and public administration. Earlier, social work as a philosophy was associated with the ancient practice of charity work. However, today social work is related to a wide range of social issues such as environment, wild life, health, education, poverty, unemployment, drugs, old age, and welfare of tribal people, disabled people, orphans, women as well as children.
There are many social work organizations in the world. The major associations across the globe are National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in America, International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). National Association of Professional Social Workers in India is one of the major social work associations in India.
Training and Eligibility requirements:
Students interested in social work can first enroll for an undergraduate course in social work or sociology. There is also an option of pursuing a diploma course in social work. However, a master in social work (M.S.W) is the minimum qualification required for pursuing a career in social work. Students can also pursue further studies in social work by enrolling in courses such as M.Phil and Ph.D programs in Social Work.
For pursuing an undergraduate program in social work, the candidates should be 10+2 pass from a recognized board. For pursuing a postgraduate program in social work, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in social work or sociology from a recognized university.
Educational Institutions offering social work courses in India:
- University of Mysore
- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
- University of Delhi
- Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta
- M.S. University of Baroda
- Bombay University
- Aurangabad University
- Mangalore University
- Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum
- Madras School of Social Work, Chennai.
Employment Opportunities for Social work graduates:
Social Work graduates are employed in government, non-governmental and thecorporate sector. A job of a social worker includes human services management, teaching, social welfare policy analysis, case management, community organizing, clinical social work, advocacy as well as social and political research.
The average remuneration package for a social worker in India is Rs.10, 000 to 15,000 per month. Salary package offered to a sociology graduate by the corporate sector and international organizations in India is much higher.
With the youth in India becoming more aware about the mounting environmental problems, poverty and unemployment; a large number of individuals are joining the noble profession of social work.