Social Work


The Post Graduate Department of Social work started functioning in 2006 at the Post Graduate Centre of Kuvempu University in Davangere. The department has completed ten successful academic years in imparting knowledge to the students’ community in three different specialized areas such as Human Resource Management, Community Development and Medical and Psychiatric social work. The department harnesses the interest of students and faculties by motivating and training through field visits and training focused camps. The departmental activities are making a via media between public and the University. The students of the Department are oriented in both theory and practice of Social work through regular classes and concurrent field work activities. The Department has also contributed in a remarkable extent in bringing out the success story of Total Sanitation Campaign where the Department worked with the Governmental agencies and Departments. Majority of the students passed out from this Department are into Governmental services including Police Department, Social Welfare Department, Department of Women and Child Development, Health Department, KSRTC Department, Education Department, Research and development wings, H R Departments of Industries, Hotels and so on.


Sl.No Name of faculty Qualification Designation Specialized Area Teaching Experience
01 Mr. Pradeep B. S. M.S.W.,

M-Phil. NET, (Ph.D. perusing)

Assistant Professor

and Chairman

Criminology & Correctional Administration 12 Years
02 Mr. Lakshman D S MSW , UGC-NET Teaching Assistant Social and Community Development 12 Years
03 Mr.Rajashekar Naik J MSW , UGC-NET (PhD) Teaching Assistant Psychiatric Social Work 8 Years
04 Mr. Manoj H R MSW , UGC-NET Teaching Assistant Human Resource Management 3 Years
05 Mr. Vinay M Badiger MSW , UGC-NET,

( Ph.D. perusing)

Teaching Assistant Community Development 2 Years


The department strives to generate a multi-disciplinary social work cadre embedded with constructivism and activism to meet the challenges and opportunities in development and service sectors of the country to achieve social justice, inclusive society, equity and human rights.


To empower and develop social work competence of the students to act as agents of social change, action researchers, governance facilitators, human rights activists, policy framers, program planners, networker of resource linkages and social advocates to ensure justice, equity, human rights and inclusion of the marginalized, disadvantaged, vulnerable and weaker sections of society.

Objectives of the Department:

Professionally guided objectives of the department are to:

  • Cherish & inculcate the values of justice, equity, commitment, sensitivity, honesty, integrity, social braveness etc.
  • Empower the students with the social work ideals of Dr. B R Ambedkar, M K Gandhi, Vinobha Bhave, Dr. Babu Jagajivan Ram, Jayprakash Narayan, Baba Amte, Phule, Rajendra Singh, Aruna Roy & others, who are pioneers of social change in India.
  • Enrich the knowledge domain of the students through constructivism, activism, feminism, emancipation, modernism, postmodernism, socialism, secularism, democracy, civil society, inclusive society, sustainable development
  • Galvanize attitudes &skills of students through their capacity building in the form of imparting trainings/discourses/workshops/seminars/symposia/peer learning opportunities etc.
  • Orient students to the emerging social movements in the national and international context.
  • Establish field action research projects through field practices of students in the thrust areas of sustainable development, rural and urban governance, facilitating sustenance of communities, women empowerment, entrepreneurship development, sanitation, community health, public health, eco-conservation, social intervention, etc.
  • Adopt urban and rural communities and undertake issue based action research projects and intervention research projects.
  • Develop national and international linkages and collaborations in research and academic exchange programs to expose the students to national and international experiences.
  • Respond to the local, regional, national and international challenges of the time.

Admission, Curriculum and Examination:

Eligibility: Candidate hailing from any discipline with an aggregate percentage of 50% (SC & ST students 40%) from any recognized University with completion of graduate course is eligible for the course.

Selection: Entrance test is the mode of selection, in which 50% of the entrance test and 50% of the degree examination, aggregate of both, will be considered for the selection. Besides, orientation counseling is also conducted to resolve the possible doubts of the eligible candidates willing to take admission to the Department of Social Work.


With regard to the curriculum, as per university guidelines, the Master of Social Work, a two year course, is offered on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS).  The curriculum is distributed into hardcore and soft-core subjects.  During 1st and 2nd Semester, focus is on foundational subjects; whereas during 3rd and 4th semester it is on the specializations. The MSW students have choice to opt for any interdisciplinary elective subject on offer from other departments.  The department also offers HIV/AIDS Intervention Management, Disaster Management, Management of Non-Governmental Organizations and Women Empowerment as interdisciplinary elective papers to the students of other disciplines.

The pedagogy of the course includes both classroom and field domains.  As part of capacity building of the students to enhance their knowledge, discourses, trainings, workshops, seminars, symposia, orientations to institutional settings, exposure to field setting and placement in development and industry settings are being conducted.  Study tour is a mandatory component of the curriculum where the students are taken to NGOs in different states of the country.


The examination system of the course involves four semesters. The examination pattern includes both theory examination and internal assessment.  The theory papers and practical papers carry 100 marks each, 50% marks of each paper for end-semester theory exam while 50% of the marks allocated for continuous internal evaluation. CES (Continuous Evaluation System) is practiced in the Department where written tests and viva voce at Department level are conducted once in every 15 days to help the students to know their level of progress and to make proper plans to over-come the academic and field oriented hurdles.

Curricular Program:

Interactive and Innovative teaching-learning methodologies are introduced employing ICT technologies and student capacity building programs like trainings, workshops, discourses, student seminars, special lectures, meeting with path-finders and so on.

Co-Curricular Program:

Reality exposure programmes, Social work camp in villages, summer placement in rural and urban communities and NGOs, block placement in prestigious industries and renowned NGOs are the professional practices. Selected documentaries are projected in the class room and hence free lance discussions among the students on projected issues are encouraged in presence of the faculty members.

Fieldwork Practicum:

 Learning by Doing is the paradigm of the MSW course. Concurrent Fieldwork therefore, is the core component of the course.  It gives students a consistent opportunity to learn in the field settings; wherein the students employ the social work knowledge as strategies and interventions in different field situations to bring change, development and transformation. Need based and demand driven approaches are effectively adopted while working with the people.

Extension Program:

The Department of Social Work had adopted five villages coming under Kurki Gram Panchyath and five urban communities (slums) in Davangere city for a period of three years from the year 2009 to 2012. The respective village panchayat was also recognized for Nirmala Grama Puraskar due to the considerable and cooperative efforts of our Departmental students, staff and the respective villagers. Extension programs are carried in urban communities, rural communities, industries and development and service agencies.  The need based programs are:

Women Entrepreneurship Development, Health Camps, Veterinary Camps, Gram Swachatha Abhiyan, Shramadan In Rain Affected Village, Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Livelihood - Agriculture Allied Activities: Dairy, Fishery, Rural And Urban Sanitation And Hygiene, Urban Waste Management, Health Education, Community Health, Social Interventions, Eco-Conservation.

Thrust Areas of Community Programs:

Sustainable Development, Rural Community Development, Urban Community Development, Rural Governance, Urban Governance, Rural Livelihood, Child Rights, Transfer of Appropriate and Eco-Friendly Rural Technologies.

Participation in National Programs:

The department has taken active involvement & initiatives in the national programs like: Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Program (MREG), Total sanitation program, National Rural Health Mission, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Besides, the students have been oriented on the provisions and benefits of Rastriya Uchhathar Shiksha Abhiyaan at Higher Education Sector in India.


The department has an informal collaboration with the agencies to link the resources to the needs of rural and urban communities’ viz., District Mental Health Programme,  Krushi Vignyan Kendra (KVK), Zilla Panchayat, Corporation, Jan Shikshan Sanstha (JSS) and Dr.Ambedkar Development Corporation, People’s Health Movement. Don-Bosco. Tapovana De-addiction Centre, APD (Association of peoples with Disability.  Steps will be taken to make these collaborations a formal in the days to come. Recently Department of Social Work has developed a progressive link with DSCP (Davangere Smart City Project) project on Mutual cooperation motto in May 2017. Students have also undergone a workshop on DSCP (Davangere Smart City Project).

Highlights of the Department:

  • Department of Social Work has developed a progressive link with DSCP (Davangere Smart City Project) project on Mutual cooperation motto in May 2017.
  • Coaching for NET/SLET conducted for post graduate social work students to make them capable to face UGC-NET and SLET exams
  • The Department is running an Add-on P G Diploma course of two semesters free of cost to the students who take admission to the MSW Course.
  • The Department has an Innovative project of Rs.43.Lakhs sanctioned by UGC, New-Delhi
  • The department has taken up many projects to collaboration with the governmental and non-governmental organizations in reaching out the needs of distressed class in and around Davangere city.
  • Department of social Work is working on area of disability, rural development, urban development in coordination with national and international Non-governmental organization
  • Extremely good network has been developed with APD International NGO and have conducted plenty of programmes for the development of Differently abled in and outside the University.
  • All the students of our department have taken voluntary membership to NSS of our University and have taken part very actively in organizing blood donation camps.
  • Plenty of street skits are conducted on social evils and their eradication in and around the city of Davangere by our students
  • All most all important days are celebrated or observed by our department.
  • Special Street skits on significance of wearing helmets while riding were conducted in association with Durgashakti Non-Governmental Orgn, at Davangere city.
  • The department has taken steps to fight prevent and aware people and post graduate students about sexual harassment of women and children by organizing series of events
  • Department has an informal MOU with Competitive examination focused local coaching classes where the passed out students of our Department can join them with discount in fee and other facilities.

Scope for employment:

The candidates passed out from Social Work Department are normally employed in the following Departments / sectors:

  • Department Women and Child Development
  • Department of General Health and Community medicine
  • Mental Health departments
  • Police and Prison Departments
  • HIV prevention and Counselling units
  • National Rural Health Mission
  • H R Departments of Industries
  • Promotional incentives of Corporate Social Responsibilities
  • National Rural Livelihood mission
  • School Social work settings
  • Judicial counselling centres
  • Medical and psychiatric counselling
  • Rural Development & Panchayat Development
  • Teaching and Research area in the Universities


Strength of the students:

No.of the of enrolled the first year M.S.W Students-49

No.of the enrolled the second year M.S.W students-65