The College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, since its inception in 1955, has been dedicated in its pursuit of excellence in social work education. At various icon

The College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, since its inception in 1955, has been dedicated in its pursuit of excellence in social work education. At various

Dear Friend,

The College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, since its inception in 1955, has been dedicated in its pursuit of excellence in social work education. At various junctures, the College of Social Work has made efforts in updating its knowledge base and making its educational initiatives relevant to the existing national and global socio-economic reality. The College offers a range of courses relevant to the field of social work practice like a Bachelor’s and Master’s Programme in Social Work, a Ph.D. programme and a number of short term and distance learning courses.

This prospectus provides the guidance that a prospective student requires in understanding the College, its academic programmes and the procedures involved in admission and selection. It also provides a glimpse of the programmes and facilities evolved for the students at the College.

Located in the heart of South Mumbai, less than five minutes away from Churchgate station, the College is easy to access and provides an excellent vantage point in exploring the city of Mumbai. The portals of the College resound with the spirit of camaraderie and fun coupled with a sense of purpose. A chatter of voices in different languages will greet you in its corridors, as our student community is representative of people from all across the country and from all age groups. What makes life in the College of Social Work different is the fact that once you are a part of the College, you are not just a student of the academic institution but also a very special part of the Nirmala Niketan community.

In this prospectus, I hope you find all the information you need to take a decision that will perhaps change the course of your life. I wish you all the best and look forward to welcoming you to our Institution.


College of Social Work

Nirmala Niketan


  • About the College of Social Work 1

  • Academic Programmes 3

  • B.S.W. 8

  • M.S.W. 13

  • Ph.D. 19

  • Short Term Courses 20

  • Distance Education Courses 21

  • University Requirements For Bachelor’s and

Masters Programme 21

  • Admission and Selection Procedures

for BSW & MSW Programmes 23

  • Professional Journal 25

  • Research Unit 25

  • Library 26

  • Computer Laboratory 26

  • Audio Visual Unit 26

  • Nirmala Niketan Extension Centre 27

  • Programmes & Facilities for Students 27

  • Student Activities 28

  • Scholarships and Awards 29

  • Fee Structure………………………………………………..32



The College has shaped its vision in tune with the spirit of its founders to contribute to the building up of a new social order in India based on human dignity and social justice. The College constantly stands by its commitment to work with a preferential option to the vulnerable and exploited groups in society to ensure their development and empowerment. 

As an academic institution, the College strives to build a cadre of professional social workers, irrespective of caste, creed, language and sex.

Vision and Mission

Contribute to building a new social order based on human dignity and social justice.

Work with a preferential option for the vulnerable and exploited, both locally and globally.

Build a cadre of young, competent professionals having a global perspective and a strong value base of compassion, personal integrity, moderation, tolerance and self-respect.


The College of Social Work was founded in 1955 by a religious society of Catholic Christian women, 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.

In the years following the independence of India, the founders discerned that the nation’s struggle for development would be served not so much by material relief as by sensitive social concern and insightful committed action. Accordingly the College was born to realize their dream. The Institute of Social Service Trust managed the College till 1978. Since 1978, the Nirmala Niketan Institute has become the parent body of the College.

The Institute awarded its own Diploma in Social Work, till 1965. The University of Bombay affiliated the course as PG Diploma since 1965 and then got it converted to the M.S.W. course in 1969 under the Faculty of Arts. Realizing the need to respond to professional interventions at different levels, the College also started its university recognized three year B.S.W. course in 1971. The courses are revised periodically in order to ensure that the educational content of the courses are relevant to the social reality of contemporary life.

The Government of Maharashtra recognized the College as a Catholic Christian Minority Institution in the year 1995.

The University recognized the College for registration of students for Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the year 1997.

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.


Over the years, the College has been evolving its specific commitments, which relate to all aspects of its functions – teaching, field instruction, research, administration, and field service 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 of the urban and rural population. The focus of the programmes provides structural perspectives of issues affecting the slum, rural and tribal communities and also searches for various approaches of problem solving processes. There is also a commitment to the problems of health, education and employment of disadvantaged groups and the need for improved delivery and adoption of a humane approach of social and development services for disadvantaged groups.


The College provides a generic course of studies both at the M.S.W. and the B.S.W. levels. A semester system of three years has been adopted for the B.S.W. course since 2009, and the Credit Based Semester Grading System, initiated by the University of Mumbai started for BSW from 2011-2012 and for MSW from 2012-2013. The curriculum is so constituted as to ensure that the student has a broad base of the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to function in a variety of settings related to the existing job environment in the Indian scenario. Despite being generic, the course also encourages the students to deepen their interest in certain specific areas through the type of fieldwork selected, research study undertaken, term paper topic chosen and optional subjects selected as electives.

All full-time faculty members have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and several also have an M. Phil or a Ph.D. degree. Several visiting lecturers teach full courses (papers) as they contribute to the inter-disciplinary base of the curriculum. These visiting lecturers are drawn from the Social and Behavioral Sciences and from other professions with which social workers collaborate.

Eminent University recognized guides are available for the Ph.D. programme in Social Work. Apart from the full time courses, the College also offers short term courses affiliated to the University of Mumbai and distance education courses of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi.


The curriculum consists of relevant aspects of both theory and field work to help students enhance their practical understanding of social work practice.


Theoretical perspectives provided in the programmes hope to achieve the following objectives:

 acquire knowledge of the functioning of individuals and groups in social systems, the interrelationships between them and the manner in which they promote or impede a healthy social functioning,

 obtain knowledge from other disciplines which contribute to the understanding of persons in the bio-psycho-social matrix,

 develop professional capacity for identification of issues and problems violating the human rights of groups and communities and design effective responses for affecting a meaningful change in their situation,

 attain the capacity to select and order priorities, to plan, to make realistic goals, and select appropriate strategies to fulfill the goals,

 develop skills in the utilization of social work intervention methods and adopt ethical practices using the principles of the profession while working with individuals and families, groups and communities.

Field Work

Field Work is an integral part of the programme of training in social work. It consists of practicing social work under the guidance of trained field instructors in selected social welfare agencies and organizations. It enables the student to see the applicability of theoretical knowledge taught in the classroom to actual situations requiring social work intervention. It is both goal-oriented to solve a particular problem to which the student addresses his / her activities and learner-centered in relation to his / her particular interest areas and aptitudes. Field work has the dual purpose of promoting the student’s own learning while contributing to the development of the people with whom he / she works, especially the disadvantaged sections of our society.

Practical experience in fieldwork aims at the following objectives:

 provide opportunity for the integration of classroom learning and field practice and vice versa (feedback mechanism for both class and field),

  • develop skills through learning how to utilize the knowledge learnt in the classroom for analysis of problems affecting the target groups and selection of the appropriate means for problem-solving,

 cultivate attitudes, values and commitments of the profession relevant to working with the most disadvantaged sections of society,

 develop awareness of self and the way in which student’s behaviour is affected by past experiences and cultural factors, and the way in which these affect the perceptions of their response to others.

Students will be required to maintain regular recordings of the fieldwork done during the course of their study.

All students are required to dress soberly and appropriately, giving due respect to the socio-cultural practices of the people whom they work with while at fieldwork. A similar sobriety in dress code is also expected from students within the College premises and hostels.

Faculty Advising and Mentoring

Each student is assigned to a Faculty Adviser. Ordinarily a new Faculty Adviser is appointed each year. The appointment of the Faculty Adviser is based on the particular fieldwork placement of the student since each faculty member is responsible for a group of placements whether or not they directly provide field instruction in those placements. Besides being responsible for the students’ field work performance, the Faculty Adviser is also responsible for the students’ overall academic work and professional development. Any difficulties experienced by the student may be discussed with the Adviser whose function is to assist and guide the student.The students receive individualized attention in the form of guidance and supervision from the teaching faculty. As per the Regulation of the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of Maharashtra, the staff student ratio of the College is to be maintained at 1:14.

Intake capacity of various programmes

The need to provide individualized field instruction (practice training), demands that a relatively small number of students are admitted to the College. As per GR No. UG/54 of 2008 the College may admit the following maximum number of students every year at the entry level.

B.S.W. (Sem I) 60 students*

M.S.W. (Sem I) 60 students*

* This intake of students is related to the staff student ratio of the particular academic year for the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programmes.

Ph.D. (as per the availability of

recognized guides at a given time) 10 students

Age & Sex

There is no minimum age for admission provided the student meets all other eligibility and admission criteria required by the University and the College. ^ Admission is open to both men and women students for all programmes.

Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction for all courses. Hence, the ability to use English as a language is essential. Fluency in either Hindi or Marathi is required for working with the client system.


Theory classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and half day on Thursdays of the teaching weeks. Fieldwork days are half day of Thursdays, and entire Fridays and Saturdays, with due regard for agency timings. Most of the classes are conducted with a combination of lecture, presentation and discussion method where participation from students is strongly encouraged. The students are given an outline of the content of each course as well as bibliography of the required reading at the beginning of each year. Students are expected to supplement classroom learning by independent reading. Required readings are prescribed from several sources which are available in the library.

Examination and Marking System

All courses will follow the systems and patterns of Assessments and Examinations prescribed by the University for the respective courses. (Refer the Course Syllabus)

Internal Assessment

The degree of Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work shall not be conferred upon a candidate unless he/she has passed in all the heads of passing and has obtained the minimum marks in individual papers and on the aggregate as prescribed for the examination. There shall be in each paper, in each semester, an internal assessment for 40 per cent of the full marks assigned to the paper, and a University examination for the remaining 60 per cent of the full marks to be held at the end of each semester. The internal assessment of 40 per cent in each paper will be made throughout the semester by the subject teacher.

Employment Opportunities

B.S.W. and M.S.W. graduates have opportunities for employment both in India and abroad in a variety of settings: Hospitals, Schools and Institutions run by Government and Non-Governmental Organisations, Counselling Services, Government Programmes for marginalised groups, Disability fields, Community Oganisations, Rehabilitation Centres, Training Institutions, Industries, Funding Organisations, Research and Documentation Centres and other Development Organizations. There are increasing opportunities of employment for social workers in the areas of Social Research, Media and Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, and in Action Groups and Legal Aid Cells.


The course of study for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work from the year 2009 – 2010 is of six semesters duration extending over a period of three academic years. Each academic year will be divided into two semesters, coinciding with the two terms as announced by the University of Mumbai for every academic year.

Course Outline of B.S.W - Semester I

Sr. No Paper


1 Basic Communication & Programme Media 50

2 Society 100

3 Health & Nutrition 100

4 Community Health Education 50

5 Computer Education - I 50

6 English - I 50

^ Total Marks 400

* Remedial Language Course – Marks not

included in the aggregate 50*

Field Work Begins (15 hrs/wk x 12) 180 hrs for the first semester comprising of orientation visits, workshops and perspective building exercises.

Course outline of B.S.W. - Semester II

Sr. No Paper Marks

7 Basic processes & Techniques in Social Work 100

8 Social Problems 100

9 Human Growth and Development 100

^ 10 Computer Education - II 50

11 English - II 50

12 Field Work (15 hrs/wk x 30 wks, first &

second semesters taken together) 100

Total Marks 500

* Remedial Language Course- Marks not

to be included in the aggregate 50

Course Outline of B.S.W. - Semester III

Sr. No Paper Marks

13 Agency Administration 50

14 Contemporary Development Problem 100

15 Politics 50

16 Education Systems & Services 100

17 HTML - Language & Graphics 100

18 English - III 50

Total Marks 450

* Remedial Language Course- Marks not

to be included in the aggregate 50

* Field Work Begins (15 hrs/wk x 12) 180 hrs. for the third semester.

Course Outline of B.S.W. - Semester IV

Sr. No Paper Marks

19 Development Administration 50

20 Health System and Services 100

21 Environment Studies 50

22 Development Communication 100

23 English - IV 50

24 Field Work (15hrs/wk x 30 wks, third &

fourth semesters taken together) 200

^ Total Marks 550

* Remedial Language Course- Marks not to

be included in the aggregate 50

Course Outline of B.S.W. - Semester V

Sr. No Paper Marks

25 Research 50

26 Individuals & Families 50

27 Groups 50

28 Communities 100

29 Human Behaviour 100

30 Gender Issues 50

31 Disability 50

Total Marks 450

* Field Work Begins (15 hrs/wk x 12) 180 hrs for the fifth semester.

Course Outline of B.S.W. - Semester VI

Sr. No Paper Marks

32 Integrated Social Work Practice 100

33 Informal Sector 100

34 Elderly 50

35 Para Legal Education 50

36 Human Rights 100

37 Peace Education 50

38 Field Work (15 hrs/wk x 30 wks, fifth &

sixth semesters taken together) 200

Total Marks 650


The course of study for the degree of Master of Social Work shall be a full-time course and its duration shall be four semesters which is two academic years. There shall be a University examination at the end of each semester. The curriculum consists of relevant theory and fieldwork. M.S.W. students also are expected to opt for either a Research Project or a Term Paper along with required additional electives of their choice.

Course Outline of M.S.W - Semester I

M.S.W - Semester I

Subject I Compulsory Courses Marks

Paper I - History and Philosophy of Social Work 50

Paper II - Work with Individuals and Families - I 50

Paper III - Work with Groups - I 50

Paper IV - Community Organization -I 50

Paper V - Research Methodology - I 50

^ Subject II Optional Required Courses* Marks

Paper I - Introduction to Sociology 50

Paper II - Introduction to Politics 50

Paper III - Human Growth & Behaviour 50


Paper I - Social Work in the Field of Health 50

Paper II - Rural Studies 50

^ Field Work

(180 hrs. /semester) 100

HTML - Language & Graphics

* Optional Required Courses – Candidates will opt for any two of the optional courses

** Electives – Candidates will opt for any one of the electives

^ Number of Credits for Semester I

Compulsory Courses 15

Optional Required Courses 04

Electives 01

Field Work 04

Total Credits in 1st Semester 24

Course Outline of M.S.W - Semester II

M.S.W - Semester II Marks

Compulsory Courses

Paper I - Work with Individuals and Families - II 50

Paper II - Work with Groups - II 50

Paper III - Community Organization -II 50

Paper IV - Research Methodology II 50

Paper V - Social Welfare & Development Administration 50

^ Special Courses

Paper I - Economics of Development 50


Paper I - Disability Studies 50

Paper II - Social Work in the field of Education 50

Paper III - Work with the Elderly 50

Field Work (180 hrs. /semester) 100

** Electives – Candidates will opt for any two of the electives

^ Number of Credits for Semester II

Compulsory Courses 15

Special Courses 03

Electives 02

Field Work 04

Total Credits in 2nd Semester 24

Course Outline of M.S.W - Semester III

M.S.W - Semester III Marks

Compulsory Courses

Paper I - Therapeutic Interventions 50

Paper II - Contemporary Social Movements 50

Paper III - Integrated Social Work Practice I 50

Paper IV - Social Policy & Planning 50

Paper V - Mental Health 50

^ Special Courses

Paper I - Gender Studies 50


Paper I - Labour Issues in the Informal Sector 50

Paper II - Media & Development 50

Paper III - Vulnerable Children 50

Field Work

(180 hrs. /semester) 100

** Electives – Candidates will opt for any two of the electives

^ Number of Credits for Semester III

Compulsory Courses 15

Special Courses 03

Electives 02

Field Work 04

Total Credits in Semester III 24

Course Outline of M.S.W - Semester IV

M.S.W - Semester IV Marks

Compulsory Courses

Paper I - Integrated Social Work Practice II(Seminar) 50

Paper II - Human Rights 50

Paper IV - Management of Non-Profit Organizations 50

^ Special Course

Paper I - Legal Literacy 50


Paper I - Disaster Management 50

Paper II - Peace Education 50

Paper III - Teaching and Supervision in Social Work 50

Paper IV - Ecology 50

Paper V - Criminology & Correctional Administration 50

^ Research Project 200


Term Paper Project 100

Field Work (180 hrs. /semester) 100

** Electives – Research Candidates will opt for any two of the Electives; and Term Paper candidates will opt for any four of the electives.

^ Number of Credits for Semester IV

Research Term Paper

Compulsory Courses 12 12

Electives 02 04

Field Work 04 04

Research Project 06 Term paper project 04

Total Credits in Semester IV 24 24

Choice of Electives for M.S.W. Course

The M.S.W. Sem I and Sem II students will choose their optional papers totaling to 200 marks in the following manner:

i) Those who have not taken ‘Psychology’ as their subject for graduation will have to opt for Human Behaviour.

ii) Those who have not done ‘Sociology’ and / or ‘Politics’ must choose these subject(s).

The remaining required elective(s) may be opted from the group “Electives”.

The M.S.W. students can credit electives that they have not opted for, if there is a possibility of doing the same. In order to receive a mention of attending these electives in their testimonials, students will have to satisfactorily complete 75% attendance, pass in the terminal examination and the assignment of these papers. Those who credit an elective and satisfactorily complete it, is given a certificate by the College.

Research or Term Paper Projects

In part fulfillment of the requirements of the M.S.W. Degree, students are required to undertake either a Research Project, or a Term Paper and additional papers from the optional areas provided.

a. Research Project

Students may undertake a Research Project, which is of 200 marks. A member of the faculty will be assigned as a Research guide. The formation of topics starts towards the beginning of M.S.W. Sem II and students are required to utilize at least a part of the vacation each year for research related activities.

The project report must be submitted for examination on the day fixed in the College Calendar. No project report will be accepted after this date, resulting in not being eligible to appear for the final examination held that year (Refer Manual).

b. Term Paper

Students may take a topic in the area of his / her interest in the field of social work. The Term Paper is allotted 100 marks. Topics are formulated by the end of the second term of the first year M.S.W.

The Term Paper must be submitted for examination on the day fixed in the College Calendar and no Term Paper will be accepted after this date resulting in not being eligible to appear for the final examination held that year (Refer Manual).

Computer Education

For M.S.W. Students: The University Regulation states that “A candidate is required to acquire basic skills in Computer Operation during the course of M.S.W. programme conducted by the College.”

Those who have acquired the skills in Computer Operations prior to joining the M.S.W. course will have to undertake an examination on Computer Operation conducted by the College. Passing in Computer Operations examination is a necessary criterion to appear for the University Examinations of M.S.W. Sem II”.


The College has been recognized for registration of students to the Ph.D. programme since 1997. Applicants will be considered for registration who:

a) demonstrate a capacity for satisfactory performance of advanced academic work and potential for scholarship,

b) possess adequate knowledge of research and statistics,

c) have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from a recognized University with a minimum of 55% and for SC/ST applicants with a minimum of 50%,

d) have at least three years of field / teaching experience after acquiring the Master’s degree in Social Work,

e) have completed the advanced research methodology course from a recognized Institution.

f) have passed the PhD Entrance examination (PET) from any University as per Regulation, 2009

of UGC (minimum standard and procedure for award of M. Phil. / Ph. D. Degree), issued by

University Grants Commission on 1st June, 2009 and the subsequent Gazette of India, (ASADHA

20, 1931) on 11th July, 2009 for the award of M. Phil / Ph.D. Degree, directing all the Universities in

India to follow the same with immediate effect from the date of publication in the Gazette of India.

As per the Regulation of the University of Mumbai, students registered for the doctoral programme will have to reside in Mumbai till they complete their thesis submission.

A student from another University will have to obtain a provisional statement of eligibility from the University of Mumbai in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee before registering for Ph.D.

The selection of students for the enrolment in doctoral programme is done entirely at the discretion of the Guide and the Principal based on the quality of the synopsis submitted by the aspiring candidate.


The College also provides University approved Short Term Courses in various professionally relevant areas in order to enable social workers to be competent in their undertakings and areas of specializations (Refer Short Term Courses Syllabus).


Responding to the existing gap in educational services and aware of the advancements made in the field of communication technology, the College launched its Distance Education Unit, in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2008 - 2009. The College also has a web based student teacher interface that allows an exchange of dialogue and information online, which was added with an aim to broaden the reach of the courses to students, social workers, activists and welfare officers around the country. (Refer IGNOU Syllabus)



As per the University regulations for a candidate to be eligible for appearing for the University examinations of the B.S.W. and M.S.W. each year, must have:

a) 75% of attendance of lecture classes in each subject in each year,

b) full attendance for the stipulated hours in field work,

c) satisfactory performance in examination / tests and

d) satisfactory conduct.

Attendance requirement

a) Lectures

As both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. are full time courses, students are expected to attend every class on time. Roll call is taken during every class. The student is marked absent if she / he is late, though a concession of ten minutes is given only for the first class. Seventy-five percent of attendance is required in each paper to be eligible to appear for the University Examinations. The student’s examination forms will be withdrawn from the University, if this requirement is not fulfilled by the end of the year except in extenuating circumstances.

It is strongly recommended that students make necessary alternate arrangements for carrying out their family responsibilities if any, as the course would make demands on their time.

Prior permission has to be obtained for absence from individual classes from the faculty concerned. Leave of absence in each case may be granted on the merit of the particular case.

For leave exceeding one day, prior permission must be obtained from the Faculty Adviser. In case of illness exceeding a day, a letter explaining the absence must be sent to the Principal through the Faculty Adviser and a medical certificate should be submitted on the day the student reports to the college after the illness.

Any absence of students on the day of the reopening of the College after vacation will not be condoned except in unavoidable circumstances. Such absence will be treated as a serious lapse in the conduct of the student.

b) Field Work

All students are expected to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week in the field. They are also expected to make up their fieldwork hours when absent from field work. They must inform the agency if they cannot attend to the work on a fieldwork day so that the client system and the agency are not inconvenienced. Any absence from fieldwork of a longer duration than one day must be communicated in writing to the Faculty Adviser. Unlike attendance at lectures, 100 per cent fieldwork hours must be completed to be eligible to appear for the University Examination.



Application for admission must be made in the prescribed form available in the office of the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, 38, Sir Vithaldas Thackersey Marg, Mumbai 400 020. The application form is available generally from the 15th of March onwards. The application must be completed with relevant papers attached (as indicated in the application from) and submitted to the College office on or before the 31st of May or the date given by the College. The application form will not be considered for admission unless all information sought is provided therein, including attested copies of documents mentioned in the application form.

The application form can be downloaded from the College website and the same posted together with the prescribed fee and enclosures. The Prospectus, in this case, will be posted on receipt of the form and the fee.

M.S.W. candidates who have passed their qualifying examinations from any University other than the University of Mumbai and all B.S.W. candidates will require to obtain a ‘Provisional Eligibility Certificate’ prior to admission after submitting the original copies of the passing certificate and mark sheets of the qualifying examination.

Application forms of candidates who have appeared for their graduation examination from Mumbai University or from Universities other than the University of Mumbai, will be accepted pending result based on the aggregate of the F.Y. and S.Y. marks provided that their T.Y. results will be declared before the admission procedure commences. The candidates who are unable to produce the T.Y.result related documents prior to the Entrance Test of the College will not be considered for admission to the course.

At the time of taking admission to the course by paying fees, the students will have to submit to the College the required number of attested copies of Mark Sheets / Degree certificates, together with the original documents. The College will then apply to the University of Mumbai for Provisional Eligibility Certificate and get the documents verified from the Board / University from which the students have completed the qualifying examination. These documents should be accompanied by the required fees, which will be informed at the time of paying the fees.

If the student does not already have a ‘Migration Certificate’ and a Passing or Degree Certificate from his / her previous University, an application should be made for the same in the proforma prescribed by the University from which the candidate graduated.

After obtaining the Provisional Eligibility, Migration and Passing or Degree Certificates, the College will then follow up the process of obtaining ‘Permanent Eligibility’ for candidates. All the original documents will be returned in due course of time to the students by the College. Prior to applying for the Provisional Eligibility Certificate, the College will verify the certificate of the students.

For the MSW Programme admissions are based on a series of admission tests, a group discussion and a panel interview which takes into consideration the candidate’s past academic performance, proficiency in the English language, general knowledge, background in social work experience, interest and aptitude for the profession.

Candidates applying for the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programmes should have the following minimum percentage of marks in all subjects (aggregate) of the qualifying examination.

B.S.W. M.S.W.

General Categories 45% 50%

Minority and Reserved Categories (SC/ST/DT/NT) 40% 45%

^ For BSW, the Merit List will be put up on the College Notice Board, according to the guidelines of the University of Mumbai.

At the completion of the admission procedure the list of selected candidates will be put up on the notice board prior to the beginning of the classes. The College begins its academic year according to the instructions from the University of Mumbai. Attendance in the College from the first day of the Semester is compulsory. Failure in attendance on the first day will result in the cancellation of the admission.

The reservation of seats is maintained as per rules relating to Minority Institutions. However, a higher quality of performance at the selection procedure is expected from the students in order to be admitted to the course.


The College publishes a peer - reviewed professional journal “Perspectives in Social Work”, on social issues and social work intervention thrice a year, edited by the editorial board of the College. The students are encouraged to subscribe to the journal and contribute articles.


The College has a Research Unit, which undertakes special research projects, either on request from the government, non-governmental organizations or on its own initiative, in areas specific to social welfare and development.

The Research Unit focuses on systematic, fact-based and action-oriented research that creates user-friendly social work related knowledge for social work education and practice, social policy and advocacy. It aims to find effective field practice methodologies and person centered interventions to better the quality of life of people.


The College of Social Work has a well-equipped library which serves as a rich resource of updated, relevant material for undergraduate and post graduate students. The library is completely computerized and serves all categories of people from the field apart from its service to the College.

It remains open from Mondays through Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays, Bank holidays and other days declared by the College. The rules to be followed for the use of the library are mentioned in the Library Manual.


The College possesses a state-of-the-art updated computer lab; equipped with the latest Pentium IV computers, three-in-one laser printers, ink jet printers, DVD writers, cabinets for students and other ergonomically designed computer tables and chairs. The lab equips students with skills and knowledge in the area of Information Technology so as to enhance their performance in their professional practice in today’s technology driven world. It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It remains closed on Sundays, Bank holidays and other days declared by the College.


The Audio Visual Unit serves the faculty and students in complementing lectures and fieldwork. It has a rich collection of AV materials with approximately 250 C.Ds, videos, films and audiotapes. The Unit ensures that every class is provided with laptops and LCD projectors as and when required. It also bears the responsibility of providing lending and borrowing facilities of audio visual materials and undertakes the smooth running of the classes, cultural programmes and whenever AV materials are required for the College use.


The College also has an Extension Centre at Goregaon, a western suburb, which is a hub of activity throughout the year. The Extension Centre has been actively involved in organizing various training courses such as the Para Professional training course, the Senior Citizens course, Counselors training in HIV / AIDS (Accredited by NACO) and sensitizing programmes for the College youth. The Centre also houses the Distance Education Unit of the College.


Study Programmes and Camps outside Mumbai

In order to supplement students’ classroom lectures and field work practice, camps and study programmes are organized each year to enable students to see the working of development projects and programmes in other urban centers and rural / tribal areas of the state and country.

Attendance at camps and study programmes is compulsory and is seen as part of the total process of learning. Camps help promote community living, provides experiences in organization, planning, adaptation and appreciation of varied cultural patterns and environments. Faculty members accompany students in order to promote the educational goals of this experience.

^ English Laboratory

Recognizing the importance of English in an increasingly shrinking world, an English Language Laboratory has been set up in the College to provide guidance to students whose English language skills are weak.

Counseling Centre & Job Placement Cell

The College believes that social workers need to be healthy in body and mind in order to effectively reach out to their client population. Completely aware of challenges and stressful situations that students and faculty face both in their personal and scholastic life, the College offers counseling services to students and staff.

The Job Placement Cell proactively seeks to identify jobs for graduating students by inviting representatives from the Governmental, Non-Governmental and Private Sectors at the local, national and international levels to conduct Campus Recruitment at the end of the academic year.

^ Hostel Facilities

The Institute of Social Service (ISS) provides hostel facilities for women students at the premises of where the College is located. Since the availability of space is limited at ISS at Churchgate, which is the parent body of the College, it provides hostel facilities for women students at the Extension Centre at Goregaon. Since a limited number of seats are available, they are allotted to students who are most needy. Admission to the course does not guarantee admission to the Hostel. The College also provides hostel facilities for male candidates at Vasai, a suburb, north of Mumbai.


Students’ Council

The Student Council functions as per the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994. There are various Committees, which look after the educational, sports and cultural activities of the students. Throughout the year the College is a hub of extra and co-curricular activities that brightens up student life at the College.


A number of scholarships and awards are available on merit.

The Smt. Annie C. Seraiya Gold Medal’ is awarded annually by the University of Mumbai to the candidate who passes the Bachelor of Social Work Examination in the first class with the highest number of marks in the aggregate at the examination, provided the candidate passes the examination at the first attempt.

^ M. P. Couceiro Award’ is instituted in recognition of the initiative and vision of the Founder President of this institution to start the College of Social Work. This scholarship is given to the student who secures the First Rank at the M.S.W. level.

As a tribute to ‘Dr. Dorothy Baker’ who served the College for twenty-five years, the College has instituted awards to students for outstanding performance in the M.S.W. and B.S.W. courses.

^ Dr. (Ms.) H. D’Lima Award’ is instituted through the contribution from well-wishers as recognition for her outstanding services and in the field of professional social work and as the Principal of the College of Social Work. This scholarship is given to the M.S.W. student who secures the highest marks in Term Paper project.

^ Ms. Muzumdar Award’ is instituted by the College in appreciation for the long years of dedicated service of Mrs. Kalindi Muzumdar in the College of Social Work. This award is given to the M.S.W student who secures highest marks in Research project.

NILM Trust Award’ is instituted by the National Institute of Labour Management and is awarded to the M.S.W. student who secures the highest marks in the subject “Industry and Industrial Worker” on a need-cum-merit basis.

^ The Silver Jubilee Endowment Scholarship Fund’ is established by the branch of the All India Women’s Conference, Mahila Mandal, (Sion, Wadala, Kurla and Chembur) to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of their unit in the year 1994. The Scholarship is given to needy students to meet field work expenses.

^ The Magdelene Joseph Scholarship’ was set up by a collective effort of staff, students, alumni and friends of Magdelene as a tribute of affection and esteem for her long and dedicated service to the College in the Accounts section. It is meant to help students who face financial problems in their studies.

^ The Tressie Aranha Scholarship’ is a tribute of affection expressed by the family of Ms. Aranha who was associated with the College as a student and a faculty member for nearly eighteen years. It is given to students who have difficulty in meeting the financial requirements of the course.

^ The Urmila Khatri Memorial Scholarship’ is established by one of our ex-M.S.W. students in memory of her relative who was very interested in promoting higher education among the less privileged groups of young students.

Mr. & Mrs. Mukaddam Memorial Scholarship’ was instituted in memory of Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Mukaddam who always held values of social justice and equality as their prime goals to be accomplished. They have supported the idea of social work professionals working in the field of the marginalised. This scholarship is given to students on need-cum-merit basis.

^ Nilima Mehta & Family Award’ is instituted by Dr. Ms. Nilima Mehta for the student who stands first in Human Behaviour subject at the BSW and MSW classes.

Bhavani Shastri Memorial Scholarship’ is instituted by her family to perpetuate her memory who truly believed in the power of youth to change Society. This scholarship is awarder to a deserving BSW student.

^ Apollinaris and Iris Pinto Memorial Scholarship is given by THE PECHEY PHIPSON SANITARIUM FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN to perpetuate the names of those who supported the Trust in difficult times. The scholarship is meant for a deserving MSW II student.

Government of India Scholarships: Students who are physically handicapped or belonging to reserved categories can apply for government scholarships. The forms for these scholarships should be submitted to the office latest by mid-August in order to claim exemption from University fees by reserved category students. If the forms are not submitted by the above date, the University fees will be paid to the office by the end of August.



University Prescribed

Tuition Fees 1000 1000 800 800 800

Library Fees 200 200 200 200 200

Gymkhana Fees 200 200 200 200 200

Other Fees/Extra Curricular Activity 250 250 250 250 250

Exam Fees* 1320 1320 1320 1320 1320

Enrollment Fees 850 - 220 - -

Disaster Relief Fund 10 10 10 10 10

Industrial Visit/Field Agency Visit Fees 2000 2000 1500 1500 1500

Admission Processing 200 200 200 200 200

Utility Fees 250 250 250 250 250

Magazine fees 100 100 100 100 100

ID Card 50 50 50 50 50

Group Insurance Fees 37 37 37 37 37

Student Welfare Fund 50 50 50 50 50

Development Fees 1000 1000 800 800 800

Vice-Chancellor Fund 20 20 20 20 20

Univ. of Mumbai, Sports & Cultural Activity30 30 30 30 30

E-Suvida 50 50 50 50 50

E-Charges 20 20 20 20 20

(A) 7637 6787 6107 5887 5887

Computer Practicals 3000 - 1500 1500 -

Skill Laboratory Fees 2000 2000 1000 1000 1000

(B) 5000 2000 2500 2500 1000


Caution Money 200 - 150 - -

Library Deposit 300 - 250 - -

(C) 500 - 400 - -

D (Charge only in need)

Transcript – 5 copies 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000

(Additional copy – Rs.50 each)

Admin Form, Prospectus +

Information Brochure 200 200 200 200 200

Transfer Certificate 100 100 100 100 100

No Objection Certificate 20 20 20 20 20

Alumni Association Fees 100 - 25 - -

^ Documentation verification fees

(For students not from Board of Higher

Secondary Education in Maharashtra and 400 - 400 -

Universities other than Mumbai University)

Project Seminar Fees 800 500

(D) 1820 2120 1745 1320 1820

Other Fees

Reading Material 500 650 500 500 650

Locker Rent 30 30 30 30 30

Rural Camp 3000 3500 3000 3000 3500

Workshops & Guest Lectures 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

Field Work Research/Term Paper Manual 60 - 30

Syllabus 100 - 100 - -

College Net Campus Fees 2500 2500 2500 2500 2500

(E) 8190 8680 8160 8030 8680

Total (A+B+C+D+E) for students who

are not from Board of Higher

Secondary Education in Maharashtra 23147/- 19587/- 18912/- 17737/- 17387/-

and Universities other than the

University of Mumbai

For students who are from Board of

Higher Secondary Education in 22747/- 19587/- 18512/- 17737/- 17387/-


*The University prescribes its exam fees at semester end for MSW semester II and IV and for the BSW semester V and VI.

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