Late B.D. Karve Research and Consultancy Cell was established on 10th May 2005. It works under the aegis of the Karve Institute of Social Services, which is a pioneer institution in the field of social work education and training.

The Cell though independent of Karve Institute of Social Services – College of Social Wok, is closely associated with the academic curriculum of the College, as in providing the opportunity for the students to explore their competencies in field work for such of the areas directly under the aegis of the Cell. Besides, the members of the Cell facilitate the learning processes undertaken by the College.

The Cell has evolved for itself a learning organization ambience that results into a knowledge management centre for those who desire to get into policy, advocacy study and pursue higher standards of research in the field. Such a spectrum involves investment in time and the cell is poised to take these challenges for.


In the environment, the process of change is accompanied with speed. Coping with this calibrated change itself is a challenge. We visualize creating creative coping mechanisms, theorizing the social sciences as one of its future plans of action, for the change processes, in all the plans that we undertake.


To make a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and thereby society, by collating, researching, documenting and working on experiences that will create the theory for social sciences.


  • To do the research in social work and social development.
  • To provide consultancy services in the area of social work, social problems, community development, and urban and rural development and to the corporate sector.
  • To undertake the evaluation and capacity building programme for the organizations involved in social work and social development activities as well as for the corporate sector.
  • To initiate and conduct wide range of social services such as counselling rehabilitation programmes and social educational programmes.
  • To collaborate, associate with the organization, association, and institutes having similar objectives to undertake social work activities. Such other projects or activities in furtherance of aims and objectives of the institute.
  • To provide an opportunity to faculty and staff to enhance their skills and expertise and hone their skills by assigning them with the project or involve them in consultancy and other activities.

Shared Beliefs:

  • Our professional integrity is experienced in all our thoughts, words and deeds by our stakeholders.
  • Our detailed planning, budgeting and monitoring processes help us build quality, honour our commitment and response time respectively.
  • We offer collective and individual space for those associated with the cell to excel. Besides, constructive feedback is offered either way, for continuous improvement.
  • We are committed to offer individual and / or collective recognition.
  • We believe in institutional building processes and thereby offer qualitative ambience for a learning organization, graduating to a knowledge management centre for those who desire to get into policy, advocacy study and or pursue higher standards of research in the field.


The Cell has been initiating field action projects with a view to provide community and the interactive interventions and the field-training opportunity to the postgraduate students of Social Work. Many of these projects offer professional services to the various client groups.

Karve Nagar Community Centre

The project was initiated both as a placement opportunity for the students and in response to the felt need for pre-primary education centre for better enrolment and retention in the schools.  The centre came into existence with the Balwadi or Pre- school for the children from the lower economic group with the support from Inner Wheel Club, Pune. Later on other programmes emerged out of the student’s observations and faculty’s initiative. Inner Wheel Club, Pune for long time, supported the Balwadi programme. It is now completely self-supporting.

Karve Nagar Community Centre undertakes Community outreach programmes that seek to organize the community based activities and programmes based on expressed needs of women, youth, children and aged through facilitating the development of the community based groups and networking with other agencies.


Family Counselling Centre

This is Project of Department of Women and Child welfare under Maharashtra State Social Welfare Board.

Family Counselling Centre works to deal with the problem of domestic violence against the women and children and to provide counselling, legal aid, referral and rehabilitative services to the victims of domestic violence.

The centre offers pre-marital counselling services to the youths at the college and community level, organizes legal literacy camps for the women in rural areas and urban communities.

The centre has regular liaison with the Social Security cell established in the Police Commissioner’s Office and the short stay shelter homes for women and children in Pune.

Centre for Development of Appropriate Trade Skills 

C-DATS Centre was established in 1995 with the help of the Special Grants Project of the Rotary International.

In 1997 in collaboration with Inter-Aide, France, the Loan disbursement activity for income generation was started in the Market yard area for women and youth. This project provided vocational training to the youth in the community and job placements after training. The Centre at Market yard has disbursed loans to about 300 beneficiaries in order to set up small business enterprises.

Since inception, more than 5000 youths have been trained in various vocations such as tailoring, leather bags making, computer literacy, fashion designing, book biding, beauty parlour and typing. Exhibitions are held in order to give an impetus to entrepreneurs by way of providing a platform to them.


Project Period ( March 2001 to 31 March 2012)           
This is a project of department of Women and Child Welfare CHILDLINE is a 24Hrs help line for the children in crisis and distress. Institute is involved in this project as a Nodal Organization. 

Institute assumes the responsibility of training, campaigning, documentation, advocacy and research. Institute is involved in the networking with all the support organizations and allied systems such as Police, Juvenile Justice System and Media.

The Cell has always believed that capacity building is an ongoing process, which equips enhances the development of worker’s capacities to meet the emerging challenges. Hence the Cell is actively involved in training programmes on a regular basis for the Social Work Educators, Professionals, functionaries of the Central and State Government institutions and NGOs, Paraprofessionals and grass root level workers. 


National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Three months training course for Master Trainer on “Care of Older Persons”

National Institute for Public Co-operation and Child Development 
(Government of India)

Orientation course for child care organizations on stimulation for children below three years.
Orientation course on community mobilization for social action


Central Social Welfare Board, Maharashtra

Orientation and Refresher Courses for the counselors in Family Counseling Centers in Maharashtra

Reserve Bank of India

Counsellors working on de-addiction programme of Reserve Bank on India

Nasik Regional Training Centre (Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran)

Community Management of the rural water supply schemes.

Development Support Team

Training of the NGOs’ women coordinators

National Institute for Public Co-operation and Child Development 
(Government of India)

One month training of the functionaries of the residential child care institutions

Sector Reform and Aaple Pani Project of Water and Sanitation Department of Govt. Of Maharashtra

Capacity building of the District Project Management Units, District Support Teams, NGOs and other stake holders involved in the project.

Jail officers Training Centre

Working with groups and individuals.


Training of the Panchayat Raj Representatives, Govt functionaries.

National Initiative for Child Protection

1)Training of the Police Department, Officials involved in      implementation of Juvenile Justice Act, media personnel, NGOs and sensitization of the civil society.

2) Training of the Superintendents and Trustees of the children’s residential institution on the issues of child rights. Institution management, laws related to the children.
3) Training for ICDS Anganwadi teachers on issues of child rights, child abuse and intervention for distressed children at grass root level.

SEARCH, Gadchiroli

Training of the trainers for the infant mortality prevention programme among tribal communities

Butterflies, NAGN -New-Delhi

A State Level Consultation on the issue of child rights in state of Maharstra. A capacity building and then advocacy


India Sponsorship Committee

Six months Certificate course in Social Work Training of the Para-professionals

Bahishal Centre

Women’s empowerment training for grassroot level workers

Sector Reforms Project

Training of the Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSCs) and Gram Panchayat members

Aaple Pani project (KFW)

Training of the VWSCs and Gram Panchayat members

Pathimba Group

3 Months Training in counselling for volunteers.



Training programme for the capacity building of the Anganwadi teachers from the Karvenagar community

Pune Municipal Corporation

Training and monitoring for the project of Gharte for Street children in the city of Pune


The Cell undertakes Research and Consultancy services in the field of social work, social development, Women and child welfare, adult education, welfare of marginalized population, health care, social education, Corporate Social Responsibility and other related fields. The Institute has been undertaking such contract research since 1970.

Such assignments are accepted in collaboration with Central and the State Government Institutions, NGOs, Social Work Educators, industrial houses, UNICEF, and other national and international consultants. 

These research projects, help in formulating, modifying governmental policies in matters of education and health at the state as well as national levels. In this regard the Institute has had prolonged association with the Central Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Welfare and their parallel ministries in the State Government.

Our partners are as follows:

Our Partners

Nature of Assignment

Department of Water and Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra

Consultant for community development and capacity building of District Project Management Units for demand driven participatory approach in rural water supply project KFW supported Maharashtra Rural Water Supply Project (partner in SETU consortium).

Department of Water and Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra

Consultant for capacity building of DSUs, NGOs, PRI and VWSCs for sector reform project of Maharashtra Rural Water Supply Project (partner in Mahapani)

Reform Support Project Monitoring Unit, Dept of WSSD

Consultancy for the Accreditation of Support Organizations: Jalswarajya Project. Accreditation of SOs for nine districts,

Radha Kalinadas Daryanani Trust

Capacity building and team building of the multidisciplinary team working on rural development projects

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Recommending the outline and methodology for developing the social justice index.

CASP ( Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme)

Orienting the Project Directors to the recent trends in development & philosophy of sustainability and capacity building training of the programme staff .

YWCA, India

Gujarat earthquake rehabilitation programme with focus on rehabilitation of single women.

Astha-No- Kai ( India)

Advice on programme and organizational development and enhancing capacities of the filed staff.

Maharashtra Seva Prabodhini Mandal

Performance appraisal and capacity building need assessment of the programme staff.


Training consultant for AIDS prevention education programme and RCH programme

Poona Women’s Council

For services of the Family Counselling Centre

SOFOSH (Society for Friends of Sassoon Hospital)

Capacity Building of staff and staff development

National Literacy Mission (Ministry of Human Resource Development)

National literacy Mission has recognized the Institute as an external evaluation agency for the evaluation of the Total Literacy Campaign at the national level

Evaluations of adult literacy programmes:
These are the impact studies related to Total Literacy Campaigns in various districts, which assess the status of these campaigns and make recommendations to the National Literacy Mission which affect future policy regarding the planning and implementation of these campaigns.  Projects have been carried out in the following districts.
Summative Evaluation in Parbhani, Amrawati, Beed, Osmanabad, 
Concurrent evaluation in Ahmednagar, Bhanadara, Akola
Internal Evaluation of the Pune district,
Institute has also undertaken the evaluation of the district 
Nava Shahar, Punjab. (2001)

Evaluation of SRC Hyderabad

The Institute carried out an evaluation of State Resource Centre, Hyderabad.  This project was assigned by the National Literacy Mission, Department of Elementary Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.  The team involved in this study consisted of Mr.D.V.Shinde and Mr. M.B.Thakur and Mr. V.R. Karuna extended support by conducting part of the training

Nodal Agency for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education

1. Evaluation of AIDS Awareness programmes run by the Sewadham Trust through funding by the AIDS Control Society, which is the part of the Department of Health.

2. Post-intervention evaluation of AIDS prevention education programmes in schools (Pune City) Urban Phase II, Sevadham Trust Pune, (1995)

3. Post-intervention evaluation of AIDS prevention and sex education programmes in schools (Rural Pune District),UNICEF, Mumbai (1995-1996)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development

1. Single Parent Families Their Needs & Problems Govt. of India, (1989-1990) 
2. Baseline Survey of Adolescent Girls in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (1992)

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Govt. of India

A study of the Rehabilitation Of the Children of Devdasis in Maharashtra.

Ministry of Education:

A project on Study Of Enrolment, Attendance And Retention Of Primary School Children In 5 DPEP I Districts, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Prathmik Shikshan Parishad.                            (1999)  \

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

“Impact of Television in India- A Sociological Study”, Government of India (1987-88)







UNICEF: State Resource Institute Network

UNICEF is one of our major funding sources for research work.  The Institute has taken up projects for UNICEF to help them formulate and modify policy for future programmes or to introduce new programmes.

Pre & Post intervention Evaluation of Field Testing of NACO /NCERT module on AIDS Prevention Education in Pune City Schools (1995-96).

Adolescent sexuality Knowledge, attitude and practice (School Children in Pune District Rural Schools), (1995-96)  
Children in Pune City, (1990-91)

  1. Bridging the gap between field and academics
  2. One Research Project
  3. Documentation of Best practices

Information dissemination Workshop

Maharashtra State Education Research and Training Center, Pune.

Conducted mid term Achievement survey under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts of the state of Maharashtra.

World Vision

1. Base line survey of Network of caring :Deccan (2002)
2. Base line survey of Network of caring:Pune City (2002)
3. Area Development Project : Miraj (2002)
4. Area Development Project: Melghat (2003)
5. Area Development Project : Ambegaon, Pune (2003)

Kirloskar Oil Engine Ltd.

Absenteeism in Kirloskar Oil Engine Limited : Behavioural Research Study ( 2003-2004)

Shreeram Institute, New Delhi

The impact and assessment of vocational training on the empowerment of women and adolescents from the economically deprived sections of society.


Research on “Empowerment of Women in Maharashtra
through Micro Finance Programmes”

KIBI international University


Captain Vanjari Academy Mumbai

Training programme for the capacity building of the Anganwadi teachers from the Karvenagar community

Health Department Pune Municipal Corporation

Impact assessment of PCACS and its programmes for HIV/AIDS for the year 2001-2008

Health Department Pune Municipal Corporation

An assessment study of the practise of the Trust Run Hospitals in accordance  with the provisions of section 41 AA of the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950.

Department of Urban Community Development (UCD) Pune Municipal Corporation

Impact Assessment of Urban Community Development(UCD) on the various groups of beneficiaries in the city of Pune

Department of Education Pune Municipal Corporation

Impact Assessment of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Pune City

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation USA Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai

Situational Analysis of Urban Poverty in Pune City

National Literacy Mission

Evaluation of Jan Shikshan Sanstha, Hosangabad and Sihior- Madha-pradesh

Health Department Pune Municipal Corporation

Evaluation  study of the Immunization programme of Niramay in and around Pune City

Kirloskar Oil Engine Limited


Impact assessment of Corporate social responsibility in Nagar, Nasik, Pune-Phursungi and Khadki, Rajkot and Kagal-Kolhapur

City Engineer’s office Pune Municipal Corporation

Socio Economic Survey Of Pune City 
for Revising developmental plan (Year 1987)


University of Minnesota,

Internship programme for the graduate students of the International Development Studies programme of Minnesota.

This six months duration programme focused on giving exposure to the students regarding the development needs of the poverty groups and various development initiatives.

Orebro University, Sweden

Exchange programme for the under-graduate students The programme included an orientation programme and exposure visits to various social work agencies.

Mahindra United World College

International Baccalaureate students’ placement programme

Kibi International University 

Students’ exposure programmes of the students of Department of Welfare and Volunteers of the Takahashi Educational Institute, Japan

Valencia University of Spain 
Institute of International Study

One month duration programme focused on giving exposure to the students regarding the development needs of the Poverty Groups, Special Group and various development initiatives.

United Nations Students Association (UNSA) Maastricht

Students’ exposure programmes of the students of the project committee of Maastricht University ,Netherlands.

Hogeschool Leiden  
Internship Bureau for Arts Therapies 
The Netherlands

Students internship program for art therapy with hyperactive children from balwadi.

Priority areas of the cell for research

The institution has developed its priority area of research in concurrence with the UN Millennium Development Goals. These are as follows: 
  • Education (mainstream and non-formal), Adult Literacy and Post-Literacy Programmes
  • Tribal welfare and development
  • Rural development , Participatory Management, Rural Appraisal
  • Micro Planning, Monitoring
  • Grass root level Training and Capacity Building,
  • Poverty and vulnerability analysis,
  • Gender Empowerment Issues
  • Child welfare
  • Water sanitation
  • Mental health
  • Medico-Social health
  • Welfare of the disabled
  • Socio economic situational analysis
  • Industrial development
  • Corporate social responsibility

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