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Social Work

Prof. Manoj Kumar Jha (Head)
College Address Department of Social Work,
3-University Road,
University of Delhi,

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Empanelment Notice- January 2014
College Phone 27667881,27667881
College Fax 27667881,27662620
          Social Work


The Department traces its origin to the establishment of the Y.W.C.A School of Social Work in 1946 at Lucknow. It was established by the Y.W.C.A of India, Burma and Ceylon, which later became National Y.W.C.A of India. It started a one year programme to give training in social work to the women who were demobilized by the Armed Services, known as the Women’s Auxillary Corps of India, following the end of World War II in 1946.
The school started under the directorship of Ms. Nora Ventura who was then the Secretary of Religious Education Committee of the Y.W.C.A, with two students - one from Sindh and the other from Bengal. Later in 1946 Ms. Elmina Lucke, a noted social work educationist of considerable standing and experience, took over as Consultant Organizer of the School. In 1947 the school moved to Delhi and with the efforts of the then Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi Sir Maurice Gwyer; the old Air Force Barracks located on the corner of the Mall Road and 3 - University Road was given to the School.
Due to the initiatives and efforts of Ms. Lucke, post-graduate programme was started which in 1948 was affiliated to the University of Delhi and the name was changed to Delhi School of Social Work. The school was then governed by a board, which included as members in the board were representatives from the Y.W.C.A, the Ministries of Education and Health and the University of Delhi. Dorothy Moses was appointed as the First Principal of the School. She was succeeded by M.S. Gore and S.N. Ranade as Principals of Delhi School of Social Work. D.S.S.W was taken over by University of Delhi in 1962 and became a post graduate institution maintained by the university. PhD programme was started in 1965 and in 1976 M. Phil Programme was introduced. In 1979 Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW) became the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi.


By developing manpower for professional social work practice to strive for creation of a just and equal society which ensures freedom from all forms of oppression and exploitation.


To develop human resources for competent and effective professional social work practice, teaching and research with diverse range of individuals, groups and communities by using a framework of social justice and human rights as well as sustainable and participatory development.


  • To impart education and training in professional social work in order to provide manpower in social welfare, development and allied fields capable of working at various levels of micro, meso and macro systems.
  • To help students develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and values appropriate to the practices of social work profession.
  • To enable students develop critical and creative thinking and ability, to apply theoretical knowledge in practice of social work.
  • To facilitate interdisciplinary approach for better understanding of social problems, and issues of development.
  • To develop skills related to research, capacity building, policy formulation and planning.


I shall self-reflect to examine my own biases, clarify my beliefs and take stances.
I pledge to step out of my area of comfort so I may meet people, listen to their lives, grow and remain open to their full humanity.
I pledge to be critical and ask questions in order to cast doubt, inquire and prompt social change and transformation.
For myself and my colleagues in profession, I shall strive continuously to advance knowledge about people and issues.
I pledge to contribute towards turning our institutions into genuinely transparent, accountable and fair communities of action.
In solidarity with those who have been forced to silence I promise to defend freedom of expression, to being open always to dialogue and listening.
I shall be consciously inclusive towards all people and act to promote diversity, equality, mutual respect, justice and reconciliation.
To marginalized people from different ethnicities, religions, cultures, groups and communities I give a promise to walk in arms in their struggle for life with dignity.
From this day I am aware that I am part of a community of change agents. I, thus, pledge to act ethically, in compassion, with thoughtfulness, conviction, passion, honesty, perseverance and humility.
That is the least I pledge for…………………………….

Faculty Members


Batra, Prof. Sushma +91-11-27667881 sushmabatra18@gmail.com
Bhatt, Prof. Sanjai +91-11-27662620(o) sanjaibhatt@gmail.com

Associate Professors

Agnimitra, Dr. Neera +91-11-27667881 neeraagnimitra@gmail.com
Jha, Dr. Manoj 91-11-27667881 manojmeeta@gmail.com
Singla, Dr. Pamela +91-11-27667147 pamelasingla@hotmail.com; pamelasingla@gmail.com

Assistant Professors

Adusumalli, Ms. Malathi +91-11-27667881 malaskk@rediffmail.com, malathi.adusumalli72@gmail.com
Dev, Ms. Shashi Rani +91-11-27667881, Extn -117 Shashi.socialwork@gmail.com
Guite, Dr. Nemthianngai +91-11-27667881 thianguite@yahoo.co.in
Kaushik, Dr. Archana +91-11-27667881 Archana_Kaushik@rediffmail.com
Sharma, Dr. Seema +91-11-27667881 Seemasharma.dsw@gmail.com
Sultana , Dr. A. Shahin (On Leave) 27667881 dr.shahinsultana@gmail.com, ashahinsultana@rediffmail.com

Courses Offered

Research/Project Activities

Research is an important thrust area of the Department. During this academic year seven research projects have been completed by the faculty members.



The Department of Social Work set up a community centre (Kalyan Kendra) in 1969 in its premises to cater to the welfare needs of women and children in the neighboring communities. On 15th October, 1971 the Kendra was renamed as Child Guidance Centre and its focus was also shifted to provide services in the area of child guidance, providing free diagnostic treatment and referral services to children with emotional and behavior problems and other specific childhood disorders. The Centre continued to function till 2005 when an organizational review of the Child Guidance Centre was initiated by inviting experts from various disciplines at the Department. Due to the change in service priorities, change in curriculum content, as well as to incorporate more contemporary thrust of Social work training at the Department, the Centre was renamed as “Centre for Child and Adolescent Well Being (CCAW)”.
The CCAW continued to use the services of a full time Social Worker, Office Attendant and other visiting consultants’ like- Clinical Psychologist, Speech Therapist and Special Educator. All these services are run under the guidance of an Honorary Director, who is one of the faculty members. Prof. Sanjai Bhatt is the Honorary Director of the Centre. Ms. Charu Sethi looks after the overall activities of the Centre.


The Centre for Community Development and Action is an extension and demonstration unit of the Department. It was earlier called Gram Mahila Kendra and has been functioning since the year 1957. The Centre is partially supported by the UGC. The Centre focuses on community development through community participation. The Centre runs various programmes at Burari focusing on non-formal education, health, literacy for women and girls, micro-credit, vocational training and income generation. The Centre runs a Balwadi and an Elderly Centre, both of which are optimally utilized by the community. The Gender Resource Centre Suvidha Kendra also runs under the aegis of the CCDA. Dr Neera Agnimitra is the Honorary Director of CCDA.

Gender Resource Centre - Suvidha Kendra (GRC)

The Gender Resource Centre is an innovative initiative of the Govt. of NCT, Delhi to enable the vulnerable families to avail the benefits of social welfare schemes of nine government departments from a single window. The GRC components include Health, Nutrition, Non- Formal Education, Vocational Training, Formation of Self Help Groups, and Nutritional Awareness and legal aid/counselling. Prof. Sanjai Bhatt is the Honorary Director of the Centre.


The project, from past three years has been working successfully in Supaul (Bihar). It has its roots in the initiative of the Department in the aftermath of the massive flood in the month of August 2008. Consequently UDAI-II SAHYATRI (University for Development Action and Integrated Learning-II) for the flood affected people in Bihar has moved beyond the limited objective of contributing to relief imperatives and is now massively engaged with overall development concerns of the people and the locality. UDAI-II is working through, Hamari Pathshala, Hum Yuva, Sakhi Saheli respectively with the constituency of children, adolescents/youth and women from twenty villages of the District. At present, it is on expansion mode and registered as NGO. Dr. Manoj Jha is the Honorary Director of the Project.


STRC was set up by NACO in August 2008 at Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi. The Centre is a part of NACO’s strategy to develop sustainable systems for the capacity building of NGO’s / Civil society organisations under NACP III. STRC is involved in developing sustainable and innovative system for the capacity building of partner organizations implementing Targeted Intervention projects for High Risk Groups (HRG) with Delhi State AIDS Control Society. It is currently involved in organizing training programmes, community events; developing interactive web site, e-newsletter and learning materials. Prof. Sanjai Bhatt is the Honorary Director of the Centre.

Post Doctoral students/Research Associates/Teaching Assistants

Mr. Digvijoy Phukan

Ms. Preeti Rani

Mr. Nikhil Gopal Agarwal

Ms. Anuradha Gupta

Ms. Mali Devi

Ms. Reena M Cherian

Student Strength


Student strength

M.A. Semester IV - 77
Semester II - 69
M.Phil. Part I- 09
Part II - 07
Ph. D. 39 (Currently enrolled)

Facilities/Major lab Equipments along with supervisory staff


The library is engaged in the collection, processing and dissemination of information relating to social sciences especially in the field of social work and allied subjects. The Department’s library till date added 248 books, reports and other publications during the period under review, taking the total number of books to 30,027. The library is subscribing to 36 national and international periodicals and another 15 are received as gift or on an exchange basis.
The library is extensively used by the staff and students of the Department as well as bonafide research scholars from other institutions. The library has maintained usual services like book issuing, bibliographic references, inter-library loan and selective photocoping services. The computerization of the library was initiated five years ago and the library Software Package Troodon 3 was purchased. Library also has five computers for the library


The Department of Social Work (DSW) has its own Hostel, the hostel has made endeavour to enrich the lives of the residents with emphasis on the values of acceptance and equality and help the students strive for a tolerant and accommodative society. The hostel is distinctive on the campus because, it makes provision for the stay of both men and women residents pursuing M. A., M. Phil., and PhD in Social Work. Dr M. Madhusudhan, Assistant Professor,Library and Information Science is the warden.
There are 51 single rooms in which we have accommodated 62 students.
DSW Hostel developed its own interactive website http://dswh.du.ac.in and facilitates online admission application. Some other facilities/services provided to residents are: Internet connections, reading tables, sofa sets, digital clocks, vacuum cleaner, visitor’s room etc. The hostel authorities have introduced many innovative and creative initiatives to improve the residents academic pursits and strengthen the authorities and residents relationship. The life here provides the residents immense opportunities for interaction and healthy cosmopolitan development.
Hostel club organizes various festivals/ programmes in the hostel, such as: Diwali, Christmas,Holi and Lohri, with traditional enthusiasm and vigor. Every year, the student who secures the highest marks in MA (Previous) among the hostellers is awarded the Medha Trophy.


The Department has a computer centre with latest PCs for students. Computers are available in the library and the faculty members have individual computers in their offices.These are connected through LAN and 24 hour Internet through university server.


The Department has a well-furnished canteen for the students and offers tasty and hygienic food.


The Department has conference room with projectors for meetings and conferences.


The auditorium of the Department has a capacity to accommodate more than 500 persons.