The Department of Social Work aspires to develop social work professionals with an inclination and orientation to work with the marginalized sections and contribute to human well being. The department owes this to the very mandate of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) which is expected to provide higher, technical and professional education, and to promote Urdu language- the repository of composite Indian culture.
The Department of Social Work is presently offering Master of Social Work (MSW) program for Urdu knowing students. The majority students have a challenging life trajectory and we, at Department of Social Work, see it as a great opportunity to work with these students. The Department has also started Ph.D. programme from academic session 2014-15.
With the first batch of MSW starting in 2009, the department has evolved to develop a large network with the NGOs and governmental agencies in and around Hyderabad. This has resulted in effective and rigorous field work training. The experiences of running the course, consistent queries from students, feedback from the pass-out social work students, the department’s own assessment of the market requirements, the mandate of MANUU and Urdu as medium of instruction resulted in innovative teaching and learning methods.
This is reflected in the initiatives at the Department called Innovative Academic Interventions. The regular weekly individual conferences, field work seminars and skill labs have added to the creativity and commitment of the Department to enhance and enrich the knowledge and skill base of students. More recently department is experimenting with visual narratives through documentary film screenings and post-screening discussions for making sense of (hegemonic) common sense. It endeavors to facilitate students in questioning their own perceptions, develop sensitivity to issues and imbibe progressive human values.
The curriculum supplements the quest of the Department of Social Work at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad to develop professionals capable enough to feel, reflect and challenge the oppressive social structures within the society; locate problems areas; develop intervention plans; and contribute in the overall development processes.