Department of Social Work
Prof. Kanagaraj Easwaran, Head
Ph: 0389-2330399/2330400; Fax: 0389-2330399;
The Department of Social Work was initiated under NEHU(Mizoram Campus) in July, 1990 by Dr.Bharti Sharma, Reader and Founder-Head of the Department. It was however, only on the formation of the full-fledged Mizoram University that the Masters Programme in Social Work was started. The MSW Programme commenced on 1st August, 2002. The department imparts education and training in professional Social Work with the aim of providing qualified personnel in Social Welfare and Social development with specific reference to North-East Region. Further, the department has been offering MPhil and PhD degree programmes in Social Work since August 2009 (Under OC-4 MZU Ordinance under Section 28(1) (b) of the MZU Act, 2000).
- To provide a source of inspiration by discovering, testing and transmitting both knowledge and values for the service of humanity through social work education;
- To create a global impact on society by conducting research in quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches in social work research;
- To sensitize about the emerging challenges and issues across the globe in social work.
- To widen the understanding of knowledge, skills and values in social work theory and practice;
- To facilitate students to imbibe the spirit of addressing the issues and challenges of different sections of society based on the code of ethics of professional social work;
- To train students on various methods, principles, skills and techniques, strategies, programmes and policies of social work in Field Practicum;
- To sharpen quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches and its research skills by conducting state, regional, national and international level Workshop/Seminars/Conferences/symposia in the academic year based on the issues and challenges in India with specific reference to northeast India;
- To imbibe the spirit of scientific inquiry into people’s issues and educate students, scholars by conducting research methodology workshops with advanced social work research statistical applications using practice based research methods (hands on training).
- To strengthen analytical and critical thinking with reference to emerging challenges at different levels ( micro, mezzo and macro) in Social Work.
In the context of the objectives of UGC- Education, Research and Extension, the department consciously raising the quality of research output. The departmental research committee has always monitored the research of both M.Phil and PhD scholars on a regular basis. The scholars have been encouraged to undertake research in multi-disciplinary areas focusing state, regional, national and international social work issues in India with specific reference to Northeast India. Further, the faculty members of the department have also undertaken certain research projects in the similar areas. While their research output has been published in certain reputed journals and books, some of the research reports have been used by the academicians and policy makers in the state and elsewhere.
The broad areas of research conducted and currently in progress are listed below:
- Child Rights and Protection
- Community Development
- Ecology and Social Work
- Family Life Cycle: Children, Youth and Elderly
- Gender and Social Work
- Health, Mental Health and Disability
- Security, Livelihood and Empowerment of Women
- Social Development and Social Inclusion
- Social Policy, Development and Research
- Social Work and Sustainable Development
- Social Work Education and Research
- Youth in Community Work
- Youth-Livelihood, Life skills and Leisure and Recreation
The department expectsits new and current students to have attended to all the theory class, field practicum (concurrent) and seminar programmes as per the prescribed departmental academic calendar in alignwith university academic calendar schedules. They will be motivated to attend the Field Work Individual Conferences (ICs) and Group Conferences (GCs) along with their co-trainees with their respective Faculty supervisors every week. They get inputs and feedback based on their submitted field work records of every week from the supervisors.Inaddition, the student-parent-teacher interfaces will be organized in the department so that proper feedback was elicited from all the stakeholders of the department. As part of mentoring and counseling, the students will be encouraged to interact with both the concerned mentor and the HoDas well.