The School of Social Work was started by
Jayaprakash Institute of Social Change in the year 1984 with the
objective of creating a pool of trained social workers to serve
the NGOs and various development organizations as well as impart
professional ethics and values to the gradually emerging field
of social welfare. The two year post graduate diploma programme
that started in 1985 subsequently gained recognition of the Vidyasagar
University as Masters Degree Course in Social Work (MSW).
Consequently, the School was named as Vidyasagar School of
Social Work (VSSW) under the auspices of Jayaprakash Institute
of Social Change.
The main objectives of VSSW are to provide professional training
in social work based on approach to applied social sciences and
social action while developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and
values appropriate to the social work profession.
The activities of the School have been designed towards
promoting integration of theory and practice in the fields of
social welfare and social policy. For this reason it stresses on
social research, block placement of students in reputed
NGOs/Govt. agencies etc to develop the knowledge learnt in
classroom in actual workplace while making significant
contribution in formulation of social policies.