Institute of Social Work

Institute of social work was started in 1958. Affiliated to the Nagpur University, imparts education for certificate course of two years, a three year Bachelors degreee course and the Master degree course in Social Work. M.Phil course also sanctioned. Activities - It conducts 1. National adult education programmed in the urban slums of Nagpur. 2. School social work services promotion programme. 3. Slum community development centres. 4. Social development project in rural areas.

The Beginning

The beginnings of the Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work can be traced back to the year 1921 when the Late Padmashree Kamalatai Hospet founded Matru Sewa Sangh (MSS) in the city of Nagpur, Witnessing the abysmal facilities for pregnant Indian women, Kamalatai, widowed at the age of 15, set up maternity homes in Central Provinces and Berar. Her work, and more so her nature attracted some remarkable individuals who engaged their life expanding the domain of MSS. One such person was Dr. (Ms.) Satyabala Tayal. She had walked miles in the scorching sun of Hissar (Haryana) as a Bhoodan worker - a contribution acknowledged in the form of a 'Praman Patra' (1957) by the Government of Punjab. Drawn to MSS by its unique ‘all - women run’ organisational structure; and on advice from Kamalatai, Satyabala came to Nagpur in 1956. Observing the growing activities of MSS and the shortage of trained human power, she decided on a "School of Social Work for Women"

Our Institute

The 'School' began with seven students and a room in the MSS premises, offering a Certificate Course in Social work. It evolved with a coherent perspective; from a Certificate course in Social Work to a Bachelor's course, and subsequently the Masters and M.Phil, courses. To strengthen the academic programmes, the Institute pioneered field action projects in hospital and community settings for orphan children, women in distress, low -income families and drug addicts. In the last decade, the Institute has been offering its expertise in the areas of evaluation, monitoring and research to governmental and non­governmental organisations. The Government of Maharashtra honoured Dr. Satyabala Tayal with the 'Savitribai Phule Award’ in 1990. Nourished by the liberal tradition and social reform orientation of the MSS, the Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work continues to grow contributing its efforts in the making of a modern India.

The College gate decorated during the inaugural function of the GOLDEN JUBILEE Celebrations, 8th January 2007

Mission Statement

  • The MSS Institute of Social Work seeks to provide the highest quality of social work education to prepare committed professional social workers.
  • It offers opportunities for teaching-learning through theory, practicum, research, field action and extension projects in the context of the prevailing social, cultural, economic and political realities of our country.
  • Being a pioneering institute of social work education of this region, it sets standards for working with individuals, groups, communities and organizations in order to attain equality, equity, social justice, secularism and freedom, so that, all forms of discrimination and exploitation in the society can be eliminated.

Our Vision

  • The MSS Institute of Social Work aspires to become a preeminent abode of knowledge, that is robust, committed, futuristic and people centered, and that addresses the complexities of human conditions.
  • Imparting of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for building a democratic society that is emancipated, enlightened and empowered.
  • To develop a cadre of professionals who will strive towards building a society that is inclusive, free from exploitation and who will be sensitive to the emerging challenges at the local, regional, national and global level.

Guiding Values

  • An unwavering faith in human dignity.
  • Belief in social justice, equity, equality, human rights, freedom and democracy.
  • An abiding faith in duty towards other individuals and society.
  • Education grounded in free and scientific inquiry.
  • Professional competence and ethical conduct in all walks of life.
  • Fostering interrelationships among different sections of society and tolerance of differences.
  • Respect for plurality of background, culture, orientation and diversity of thoughts.
  • A deep affinity towards the environment and the well being of our Planet.

Courses Conducted at a Glance


  • It is a Two-Year Course after the 10'" Class.
  • Those who have successfully completed the Class 10 Examination (SSC / SSLC) may apply for admission.
  • It provides an excellent opportunity to those who want to join Social Work education and professional training given by the University.
  • At the end of the First and Second Year, Examinations are conducted by RTM Nagpur University.
  • Those who are successful in the CSW Final Year Examination may apply for BSW first Year.
  • Those who are interested in working with organizations at the Grass Roots Level may get plenty of opportunities.
  • Total Annual Fees (Approximately) 
    1. CSW-I : Rs. 2,704/-
    2. CSW-II : Rs. 2.404/-

Aims and Objectives of CSW

  • To provide an opportunity to those who have completed 10" class to undergo Social Work Education conducted by the University.
  • To help those who have passed SSC / SSLC /10" Class to study Professional Social Work without undergoing HSC or Pre-University.
  • To train those candidates who are deeply committed to work at the Grass Roots level.
  • To provide the youth with a first a hand exposure to social issues and development work.
  • To impart knowledge on the policies and programmes of NGOs and GOs in the areas of poverty alleviation, eradication of illiteracy, healthcare and development of the underprivileged.
  • To train dedicated and professionally trained Social Workers.
  • To acquire skills and knowledge to work for Social Justice, Human Rights and Human Development.
  • To help those candidates who have completed CSW to get admitted in BSW.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

  • It is a Three-Year Course
  • Those who have successfully completed the CSW or HSC may apply for BSW First Year.
  • At the end of the First, Second and Third Year, Examinations are conducted by RTM Nagpur University.
  • Medium of instruction is English, Hindi and Marathi.
  • Students shall be doing their Practicum (Field Work) in institutions, communities and organizations.
  • Students are provided opportunities for participating in the National Service Scheme.
  • Each student is placed under a Supervisor for Group Research Project.
  • In the Second Year students shall be attending a Supervised 10 Day Rural Camp.
  • Total Annual Fees (Approximately)
    1. BSW-I : Rs. 2,704/-
    2. BSW-II & III : Rs. 2,404/-

Aims and Objectives of BSW

  • To provide an opportunity to those candidates who have successfully completed CSW to have higher education, i.e. BSW.
  • To equip the students with a set of educational and administrative skills and tools to analyze the community and the larger society to contribute to its growth and development.
  • To train the students to work with families, communities and organizations for Social Justice. Human Rights and Human Development.
  • To provide first hand exposure to activities and programmes on holistic and sustainable development.
  • To learn the Primary and Secondary Methods of Social Work and the Fields of Social Work to help people to help themselves.
  • To contribute to the development of our country.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

  • It is a Two-Year Course.
  • Those who have successfully completed BSW / BA / BSc or any Graduation course may apply for MSW.
  • At the end of the First and Second Year, Examinations are conducted by Nagpur University.
  • In the First Year, students participate in a supervised 10-Day Rural Camp. In the Second Year, students participate in a One Week supervised Study Tour.
  • In both the years students are placed for Concurrent Field Work in NGOs and 60s under the supervision of a qualified Social Worker or teacher.
  • Campus Interviews are organized every year. A good number of our Ex-students work in UK, USA, Australia and many other countries.
  • Application for admission to MSW must be on the prescribed application form, which, along with the Prospectus is supplied by the College for Rs. 10O/-.
  • Total Annual Fees (Approximately)
    1. MSW-I  : Rs. 15,000/-
    2. MSW-II : Rs. 16,500/-

Aims and Objectives of MSW

  • To train committed and dedicated youth to be effective Social Workers who are always ready to work with people for holistic and sustainable human development.
  • To train the youth on issues of Social Justice, Human Rights and Human Development for the benefit of the exploited and the underprivileged in India.
  • To help the students to create dynamic knowledge on effective people's participation and democratic decision making for the sustenance of a vibrant civil society based on equality, equal opportunity and freedom.
  • To orient the students to understand the underpinnings of policy formulation, scientific planning, decision making, implementation and evaluation in the areas of Social Welfare and Administration.
  • To develop knowledge and skills on Social Research to help the students to analyze social, economic, political, and administrative issues and to understand the inherent potentialities of the people and to enable conflict resolution and dynamic development.
  • To train students to help people in their political participation in democratic decision-making.
  • To educate and train good human beings.


  • Normally it is a One-Year Course.
  • Those who have a MSW degree may apply.
  • Each student shall be placed with a Supervisor for support and guidance.
  • Students have to work on a Dissertation under the guidance of a Supervisor.
  • Much importance is given for research and academic excellence
  • The University at the end of the course conducts written examinations and viva-voce.
  • Total Annual Fees (Approximately) Rs. 20.000/-

Aims and Objectives of M.Phil.

  • To create in the minds of students a deep interest in inquiry.
  • To provide opportunities to create new knowledge, test and verify existing knowledge.
  • To develop dynamic skills in Social Work.
  • To help students to acquire research skills to analyze and interpret social facts.
  • To encourage students to work for sustainable human development ushering in Social Justice, Human Rights and Human Development.