Karve Institute of Social Service

50 yrs of Excellence

NAAC ACCREDITED - 'A'

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (M.S.W.) Degree Programme of the University of Pune

The MSW Programme
  1. Family and Child Welfare
  2. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Urban and Rural Community Development
  5. MSW prospectus (PDF file)
  6. MSW Rules & Programme structure (PDF file)
  7. MSW I, Semester I & II Syllabus (PDF file)
  8. MSW II, Semester III & IV Syllabus (PDF file)
Specilaizations
  1. Family and Child Welfare
  2. This specialization which focuses on all aspects of the family, qualifies graduates to work as Social Workers in institutions for women and children, Supervisors of the Integrated Child Development Scheme, as Family Counsellors in Family Courts, as Counsellors in schools and in a variety of research and development programmes. The trainees will have to work with individuals and families in crises, with children with emotional, adjustment and behavioural problems and with people with special needs.
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. This specialization is concerned with the human resources and the dynamic situations in industry. It is an essential qualification for the post of Labour Welfare Officers under the Factories Act, 1948. The specialization equips the graduates to work as Personnel Officers and HR Executives in the Public / Private /Service sector. Students will be placed in industrial organizations for fieldwork during the Second Year of training.
  5. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  6. This is an essential qualification for employment as Medical and Psychiatric Social Workers in General Hospitals and medical settings. Students are placed for fieldwork in general hospitals, mental hospitals, child guidance clinics, de-addiction centres and social welfare departments of industries. Only those persons with an aptitude to work with the sick and willing to acquire knowledge of various physical and metal health problems may opt for this specialization.
  7. Urban and Rural Community Development
  8. This specialization equips social work graduates to work as Community Organisers, Supervisors and Project Officers in community based organisations working with the underprivileged groups in rural and urban areas. Students will be placed in both urban and rural settings for fieldwork during the second year of training. They will be expected to have a high level of motivation and develop skills to draw peoples’ participation in community work carried out by Government and Non-Government organisations.
Discipline
Students admitted to the Institute will be subject to the discipline of the Director, Faculty and other appropriate Officers.

A copy of the Institute’s Rules and Regulations will be given to the student after securing admission. All students are expected to abide by these rules throughout the period of training. The Institute reserves the right to cancel the admission of any student who fails to observe the rules and discipline of the Institute

In case a student is found to be unsuitable for the social work profession due to valid reasons, the Director and the Faculty reserve the right to ask the student to discontinue the course at any time during the period of training.
Ragging
As per the Supreme Court decision, GOI, UGC and Law, Government and University rules and regulations ‘ragging’ in any form is strictly prohibited in the College Campus, Hostels, Field Work agencies or anywhere and during the tenure of course. Involvement of students, directly or indirectly in any ragging activity will lead to cancellation of admission.
Field Work
Field work is a very distinct feature and an integral part of the total MSW degree programme.Field Work enables the students to integrate and reinforce the theoretical knowledge and information acquired through classroom instruction and develop skills through actual practice under competent supervision from the agency and by the faculty supervisors. Each student is placed in a specific organization for field work every term during the two years period of training. Every student is required to put in 15 hours of field work per week in the organization in which he / she is placed for field work.

The field work component of the MSW course is organized into Concurrent field work and Block field work. The Institute has a very well-developed field work programme with a meticulously worked out field work curriculum. There is a major thrust on joint inputs by faculty and agency supervisors through collaborative relationships with a number of field work agencies. Additional inputs through out-station or issue-related camps may be given for enhanced experience. Apart from the concurrent field work, the Institute organizes Orientation Visits in the first term, Advanced Orientation Visits in the second term and the Study Tour in the second year.

Attendance at the Orientation Visits, Advanced Orientation Visits and and Rural Camp is compulsory. Serious cognizance is taken of absence at Orientation Visits, Advanced Orientation Visits, Field Work, Study Tour and Block Field Work. After the terminal examination, 1st year students will be expected to attend the rural camp.

Absence at any of the above may result in cancellation of terms.
Research Project
Every student is expected to conduct research on a selected topic, write the research reportand submit the Research Project as partial fulfillment of the requirements of the MSW degree.

The students are guided by the faculty members in the process of conducting the research.The preparation of the Research Project is based on the application of the theory of the subject on Research Methodology in the MSW syllabus. The Research Project is to be submitted along with a copy of the Abstract at the end of second year to the Institute Office according to the stipulated schedule before 15th of March of every year. Completion of the Project Report and its approval by the Research Project Guide is a pre-requisite to appearing at the final examination of second year MSW.
Skill and Research Laboratory
Social work education lays great emphasis on developing appropriate skills required forworking with people effectively. This is significant because the professionally trained social workers are one of the important agents of change. The laboratory experience offered by the Institute provides organized opportunities and simulated experiences for the trainees for developing the necessary understanding, skills and expertise for working with people and doing research.

The Skill Laboratory which is a unique feature of the Institute enables students to develop skills necessary for understanding self, communicating, interviewing, making audio-visual presentations and recording.

The Research Laboratory provides the students with experience in designing research and project proposals, preparing tools for data collection, data processing and analyzing data, using statistical tests and presenting research data.
Block field Work Placement
After the Annual Examination of second year MSW, the student is placed in an organisation for a period of 30 continuous days for Block Field Work. During this period the student is expected to work as an intern and study all the relevant aspects of the organization and learn to function as a full-fledged professional social worker. Certification of satisfactory completion of block placement by the organization is necessary for declaration of the MSW result and obtaining the MSW degree.
Hostel Accommodation
The Institute has limited hostel accommodation for about 40 male MSW students. Students seeking accommodation in the hostel should indicate their requirement at the appropriate place in the application form. Students admitted to the hostel will have to join the hostel mess. Residents of the hostel will have to strictly abide by all the hostel rules. Breach of rules will result in disciplinary action and in extreme cases cancellation of hostel admission or cancellation of admission from the MSW course. There is no hostel facility for female students, at present. However, the Institute may facilitate outside female students in finding suitable accommodation in nearby locality