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Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur, Maharashtra


Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Address:Campus West High Court Road, Bajaj Nagar
Nagpur (District Nagpur)
Maharashtra, India

Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: Grant in Aid. Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra is managed by Society: Matru Sewa Sangh. Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra was established on / in 1961.

Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work is situated in Nagpur of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Nagpur comes under Nagpur Tehsil, Nagpur District.

Fax # of Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra is +91-712-2234939.

email ID(s) is Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work Nagpur Maharashtra

Website of Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra is http://www.mssiswngp.org.

Contact Details of Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-712-2523596, 252393

UGC-NAAC Accredited A Grade College

Matru Sewa Sangh office:
Matru Sewa Sangh, North Abazari Road, Sitabuldi

College Telephone nos:
STD Code- 0712
Administrative Office / Fax : 2234393
Principal’s Desk / Fax : 2231094
Library : 2231103
Faculty Room 1 : 2231104
Faculty Room 2 : 2231105
GFATM : 2231102
Childline Nodal : 2231097

The college is managed by Matru Sewa Sangh. Office of Matru Sewa Sangh is at Sitabuldi, Nagpur, whereas college is situated at Bajaj Nagar. Website of Society is www.mss.org.in, whereas website of college is www.mssiswngp.org.


Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur Maharashtra runs course(s) in Misc, Degree stream(s).

Approval details: Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work is affiliated with Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur (Maharashtra)

Profile of Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work

A NGO, Non Profit Social Organization Matru Sewa Sangh Founded in 1921 by Late Padmshri Kamalatai Hospet (1896-1981) and co-founder Venutai Nene (1896-1973), the Matru Seva Sangh is not merely an organisation but a culture. Its history is a saga of confronting adversity with courage, converting challenges into opportunities and serving people with love, dedication and discipline. The Matru Sewa Sangh stands tall on the NGO skyline of Central India. It has acquired its stature through its outstanding record of devoted and distinguished service to society. One maternity home gradually became a chain of maternity homes in the region and while retaining its focus on service to women and children, the Matru Sewa Sangh, over the years, has added a wide variety of other services to its ambit of work. The following profile is illustrative of the scope of its work.

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NAAC report of Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work

The Matru Sewa Sangh (MSS) was founded in 1921 in Nagpur by two visionaries Smt. Kamalatai Hospet and Smt. Venutai Nene to ameliorate the condition of women. Dr. Satyabala Tayal who was working actively in the Bhoodan movement in Haryana, got attracted by the work of the MSS and moved over to Nagpur, wherein through the Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work (MSSISW) founded in 1958 to train social workers to serve women in need, a Certificate course in Social Work (CSW) of Nagpur University was started in 1962 at her residence with seven girls. The objective was to create a cadre of frontline workers for the projects and institutions of the MSS.

In 1970, the BSW (Bachelor in Social Work) degree was started to prepare students to work in rural and tribal settings in the areas of poverty alleviation, removal of illiteracy, improvement of health etc. A Master in Social Work (MSW) programme was started in 1978 to train and educate social workers who could become social work administrators and social work policy makers in the governmental and non-governmental organizations. The M.Phil programme was started in 1988. All these degrees are conferred by the Nagpur University to which this Institute is affiliated.

This institution receives grant-in-aid for the undergraduate course from the Government of Maharashtra and the post-graduate courses are self-financing in nature.

Located in an urban campus of 1.26 acres in Nagpur, this Institute received recognition by the UGC under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act in April 1976. With 26 teachers including 8 designated as contributory teachers, 11 non-teaching staff, 271 students in the four courses offered and an annual budget of nearly Rs.105 lakhs, the MSSISW volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted the Self Study Report in January 2003. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. K. Aludiapillai, Former Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University (Chairman) and Prof. G. S. Bidarakoppa, Former Chairman and Head, Department of Social Work, Karnatak University, Dharwad (Member) to visit the Institute and validate the Self Study Report. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC coordinated the Peer Team's visit which took place on 30th and 31st July 2003.

The Peer Team went through the Self Study Report and the documents enclosed thereto and had extensive discussions with the Principal, teachers, students, alumni, parents, staff, field work agencies, field action project staff and the members of the governing body of the Institute. The team went round the campus, visited the hostel, library etc., and saw for themselves the various students support services and facilities. Based on the observations during the visit, the Self Study Report and other documents furnished and the interaction with various stakeholders the team wishes to furnish below the criterion wise report:

Matru Seva Singh Institute of Social Work is a pioneering college to start courses in social work under the auspices of Nagpur University. The range of programme options available to students are as follows :

Certificate Course in Social Works (CSW),
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW),
Master of Social Work (MSW), and
Master of Philosophy in Social Work (M.Phil.).
Certificate course in Hospital Administration.

The first three programme options, i.e., CSW, BSW and MSW were available to girl students only till academic year. From this academic year all the courses are opened for girls as well as for boys. The MSW students of the college have flexibility to pursue a programme with reference to five elective options, viz., Family and Child Welfare, Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, Criminology and Correctional Administration, Rural, Tribal and Urban Community Development and Labour Welfare and Personnel Management. Very little flexibility is provided by the college with regard to horizontal mobility and non-core options due to the constraints of the university system. Further, it is stated that the college takes one to two years to introduce any new programme within the present university system.

Besides the theoretical courses field work constitutes an important component in social work curriculum. At the certificate course level during its two-year training programme essays on social reformers and social problems, visiting villages and slum areas and interacting with vulnerable groups are covered in the field work. At the BSW level the practicum consists of educational field visits, concurrent practice learning and seminar paper presentations, village camp and group research projects. The MSW field practicum includes field visits and concurrent practical learning, rural study camp and educational tour.

The college strives to provide socially relevant, effective and field based education to produce social workers who have a sense of commitment to work with people in general and with the under-privileged in particular. A good number of social welfare organisations and slums in the city and the village communities around help provide field work opportunities for students and thus help develop social awareness among the students.

With respect to industry-neighbourhood networking, over the years, the college has been able to establish good rapport with number of fieldwork agencies like factories, ICDS centres, Kaamgar Kalyan Kendras situated in different localities of the city, family and child welfare centres, hospitals, tribal and rural communities. The college has also responded to various challenges faced by the society by initiating field action projects like Child Line - 1098, Family Counselling Centres, Slum Community Development Scheme, Drug De-addiction and Counselling Centre, Foundling Home and Adoption Centre and Medical Social Service Centre at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur. The college has thus come close to many NGOs and Government Departments.

The social work curricula designed at different levels have multi-disciplinary character. The relevant inputs are from sociology, psychology, economics, political science, law, management and social research. The integrated approach helps mould the personality of the trainees to be effective professional social workers.

Involvement of some of the senior faculty members in the exercise of framing Curriculum Development in Social Work at national/international level has helped the Board of Studies in social work, Nagpur University, to design appropriate syllabi at different levels. For the purpose of NAAC Self-Study Report feedback information is obtained from the students, the Alumni and the field work agency supervisors. Overwhelming majority of them have opined very positively on aspects like syllabi, field work agencies, supervision and guidance, teaching, college administration, training, research, library facility. But certain suggestions coming from them deserve attention of the faculty, the administration and the management not only in the general improvement of the training of social workers but in achieving aims and objectives of the college and fulfilling the fond vision of the founder personalities of the Institute.

The teaching-learning process is unique, in a sense, in Social Work Institutions - the teacher and the taught are not confined to the four walls of class-room teaching/learning, it is beyond that, the tentacles are very much spread over to the social laboratories. The students are moulded in these laboratories to be more skilled and knowledgeable social workers.

Selection of students to various courses is done on the basis of their academic records and interviews. Out of 271 students of various courses of the college, 33 students come from other States of India, the rest are all from Maharashtra. Keeping in tune with one of the thrust areas of the college, the students are drawn mainly from the vulnerable sections of the society. Out of the 264 working days of the college, 211 days are the teaching days in an academic year.

Advanced learners are awarded with scholarships every year and Certificates of Merit are presented to them during annual social gathering. Names of the meritorious students are displayed on Boards specially maintained for this purpose in the lobby of the college. Those with leadership qualities are given higher responsibilities in field work, rural camp and study tour. However, there is no regular programme of providing bridge/remedial courses to the educationally disadvantaged students. (The college has conducted Remedial Coaching Class sponsored by the UGC during 1999-2000.)

The college encourages the individual teachers to prepare a teaching plan at the beginning of the academic year. The lecture method of teaching is supplemented by other teaching methods like use of charts and transparencies, case studies, role plays, field visits, group discussions and research guidance.

Field work forms an important component in social work education. The undergraduate and post-graduate students engage themselves for 15 hours spread over two days in a week covering total of 35 days in an academic session in the field work. (However, BSW-I has 12 hours spread over two days in a week covering total of 35 days.) The college has adopted a well formulated social work practicum Manual and the detailed guidelines prepared for rural camp, educational tour, dissertation work and class-room seminars. Guidelines are also prepared on the role of different committees and the faculty in-charge for the smooth functioning of the college.

During the orientation programmes held for CSW, BSW and MSW students the method of evaluation is clearly communicated at the beginning of the year. Further, before the commencement of concurrent field work, each field work supervisor discusses the evaluation methods once again with their supervisees.

The college monitors the overall performance of the students to ensure the achievements of the course objectives by conducting preliminary examinations, class tests, weekly conferences, seminars, etc. Attendance Committee prepares term-wise attendance of students. The students as well as their parents/guardians are intimated of shortage of attendance, if any. The warning letters are sent to such of the students who are irregular in their field work and research work.

The total number of permanent teachers in the college is 17 and one teacher is on probation. There are 8 contributory teachers. Sex-wise, female teachers are 18 and male teachers are 8. Since the college has the freedom and resource to appoint and pay temporary/ ad hoc teaching staff, it also invites 14 members as a visiting faculty to supplement teaching on certain important areas of social work.

While recruiting the teachers, UGC norms and the government regulations are followed. Self-appraisal method is followed to assess the performance of the faculty in class-room teaching, research project guidance and field work supervision. The college has a system of evaluation of teachers by students also.

The college has organised 25 training programmes/seminars/ workshops during 1999-2002. These are meant largely for the functionaries of the non-governmental organisations. The faculty and the students also get the benefits of these programmes. A Three-day Faculty Development Workshop in the area of research was organised by the college. The faculty members also participated in seminars/conferences/workshops at the national and international levels. In the last two years 11 members attended as participants and 7 members as Resource persons at the national and international level, 3 members attended as participants and the equal number as the Resource persons in the various seminar/conferences/workshops. A member of the faculty has received the UGC Research Award for social work research. These are indeed commendable instances.

National linkages established for teaching and research purposes by the college are :

Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI),
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (GOI),
University Grants Commission (UGC),
Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai, and
Association of Schools of Social Work in India (ASSWI).

The college has received Grant-in-aid for Childline Project, Family Counselling Centre and financial assistance to teachers for conducting Minor Research Projects, among others.

The core activity of the social work college is not merely imparting knowledge to students by teaching, but it is its involvement in social research and extension activities including the consultancy services it can offer to the individuals/organisations seeking such a help. Cent per cent of the faculty are engaged in active research by way of guiding BSW-III/MSW-II/M.Phil. student research projects. The college provides financial support to research scholars.

Four teachers who have undertaken Minor Research Projects have received financial assistance from the UGC, another two teachers have received financial support for carrying out their Doctoral work under the Teacher Fellowship programme. The college encourages the teachers pursue research activity by sanctioning study leave. Two teachers have availed the benefit of this facility.

At present there are nine faculty members with Ph.D. and ten faculty members with M.Phil. degrees, from among the permanent and contributory teaching staff. The college provides institutional facilities to registered Ph.D. scholars.

Out of the twenty books published by four teachers, ten books are by a single teacher, i.e., the Principal of the college. The leadership is worthy of appreciation in this respect. Further, out of the 44 research articles published in different books and professional journals, 26 articles are published by 2 teachers (14 articles by one and 12 articles by another). It is highly appreciable to note that the research articles are published in the leading journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, the Indian Journal of Social Work, the Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, Social Defence, Perspectives in Social Work. The articles of social concern are also being published by the teaching staff in the newspapers and magazines.

The college has only one ongoing research project with total outlay of Rs.45,000. More number of research projects may be taken up. The college was appointed as a Nodal agency for conducting of evaluation of social welfare agencies and family counselling centres in Maharashtra by the Central Social Work Board (CSWB) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

It has conducted 50 evaluation studies sponsored mainly by the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India. The agencies/ projects evaluated are mainly the Counselling Centres, the Street Children Projects and Short Stay Homes, twenty one colleges of social work in Maharashtra are reviewed by the MSSISW.

The faculty is involved as members/office bearers/consultants with various government and non-governmental organisations. The college has a history of running service projects which may be called as field action projects such as Medical Social Service Centre, Foundling Home and Adoption Centre and Mobile Canteen at Government Medical College and Hospital, School Social Work Promotion Programme in 10 schools of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Slum Community Development Scheme, Village Socio-economic Development Project in 11 villages, Chaitnya Drug De-addiction and Counselling Centres. In these projects different faculty members worked as Honorary Consultants. Currently, the college has undertaken three field action projects - Childline - 1098, the Family Counselling Centres and a project under Matma Phule Education Scheme of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The faculty members are associated with these projects as Honorary Directors.

The broad areas of the various extension activities of the college are: AIDS awareness, awareness about superstitious beliefs, Environment awareness, Health and Hygiene awareness, Medical camp, adult education and literacy adoption services, immunization programme, blood donation, community development. The students are encouraged to participate in extension activities through camp programmes, projects, etc. The extension activities are taken up in collaboration with the various NGOs and GOs.

The college has two sets of posters, one on HIV-AIDS prevention and another on prevention of accidents. These posters have been used by large number of organisations to create awareness about HIV-AIDS and accident prevention.

The two-floor college building is situated on a plot of 1.26 acres. The central portion of the college has been left open for all the class-rooms to have access to sunlight and air. It has a garden with number of tall green trees around. The students, including the NSS volunteers, participate in the cleanliness drive organised by the college. Campus cleanliness and beautification is an ongoing programme.

The infrastructure of the college is maintained through the non-salary grants received from the office of the Joint Director of Higher Education and also from its own development funds. Optimum utilization of infrastructural facilities is done by sharing them with Nagpur University spot valuation work, Railway Recruitment Board examination, NGOs to hold seminars/conferences/workshops and Training programmes. Coaching classes are held outside of college hours as well as during the summer and winter vacation.

The college library is connected with other libraries for inter-library borrowing. A book-bank facility is available in the central library. Since most of the students are coming from economically low strata of the society, there is a need to consider to give more number of books to more number of students under the Book Bank Scheme. Total number of books in the library is 16,207. The professional journals subscribed to the library are 85. The library has got facilities such as reprography, computers, audio and video cassettes. There is a need to give priority for the computerisation of the library and the working hours be extended.

The college has 14 computers and they are used by the Faculty and the Administrative staff. However, the college may explore the possibilities of setting up a computer laboratory for the benefit of the students, particularly for the purpose of those engaged in research projects.

The college conducts annual health check up of students. Recently the college has opened a dispensary, a general medical practitioner attends to the medical complaints of students and staff on Wednesdays for two hours. Medical reimbursement for teaching and non-teaching staff is also available.

The college has mainly indoor game facilities like chess and carroms. An award is given to the best female sports person of the year during the annual social gathering. Outstanding sports persons are given some concession in attendance. Working Women's Hostel run by Matru Seva Sangh in the college campus, provides admission to college students also.

It appears that only a small number of students (19 for CSW-I and 6 for CSW-II) seek admission to Certificate course. A student with Certificate course is able to register for BSW programme and a BSW student can register for MSW in the college itself. During academic the session, 2000-2001, 78 per cent of the students who passed the BSW Final year examination took admission in the MSW Part-I class in the college. But during the same academic session, of the 34 students who passed MSW Final year examination, none of them took admission in the M.Phil. course. A majority of post-graduate students find gainful employment after completion of their studies.

For the year 2001-2002, the percentage of students appearing for the qualifying examination is CSW-40%, BSW-73%, MSW-96% and M.Phil.-85%. The reasons for high drop out rate in CSW and BSW may be examined and action taken to reduce the same.

In the last five years 07 students have passed UGC - NET examination. The college publishes its updated prospectus annually. Financial assistance is available to students by way of Government of India scholarships and freeships for SC, ST and NT students and EBC facility. Eleven awards have been instituted by the college in the name of different personalities.

The college has an Alumni Association (AA) started during the year 2000. It has organised a workshop on Human Rights in the same year. In the following year, a felicitation function was held in honour of Dr.Satyabala Tayal, the former Principal of the college and a Get-together Event in 2002. The AA sponsors the weekly 'Employment News' for the college library and has 'Alumni Book Bank Centre' in the library. It has brought out the publication of its News Bulletin in 2002. The members of AA hold prominent positions in government and non-governmental organisations. Interaction of the faculty with the alumni and other social work practitioners enable the college to incorporate the suggestions in the various areas of social work.

Recreational/leisure time facilities are available to students in the form of essay writing, poster competition, dance/music competition, outdoor games and Debate clubs.

The Job Placement Cell of the college brings out placement Brochure of MSW Final year students. It arranges campus interviews. Eleven students were employed last year through the placement service of the college. The Placement Officer, as a Counsellor deals with the needs of the students though all the teachers at times give counselling services to the students in their academic and professional aspects.

The Matru Sewa Sangh which established the Institute of Social Work runs among other institutions, a chain of hospitals and maternity homes, school for mentally retarded, home for the aged, family counselling centre, physically handicapped rehabilitation centre, foundling home and working women's hostels. The MSSISW is managed by a local Managing Committee constituted under the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994. It has 10 members with the Principal as Secretary and representatives of teaching and non-teaching staff. The Annual Report of the Committee gives an exhaustive account of all facets of the functioning of the Institute.

Different committees have been formed for various activities. An administrative calendar listing out the chronological sequence of activities and work allocation among the non-teaching staff spells out clearly who is to do what and within what time frame. Similarly, an academic calendar for each course is prepared. The functioning of all the committees are coordinated and monitored efficiently.

The rate of tuition and other fees for the UG course are prescribed by the Government and University. For the other courses, the management fixes the rates of fees which looks to be affordable.

During 2001-02, the expenditure on UG course was around Rs.56 lakhs and on PG courses around Rs.47 lakhs. Most of the expenditure on the UG course is met by grants from the State. The excess of expenditure over income is borne by the Management. The unit cost of education is Rs.28,221/-. There is an internal audit mechanism. All receipts from various funding agencies like the State Government, Government of India, UGC, etc., are audited by the concerned authorities.

Various staff welfare measures are provided. These include quarters for the Class IV employees, uniform and washing allowance to class IV staff, free health check-up and dispensary facilities. Loans and advances can be availed by needy staff.

In general, there is a good deal of participation by the staff and students in the running of the Institution and responsibilities are shared with a sense of commitment and belonging. Transparency and work culture appear to be the driving force in functioning of the MSSISW.

Emphasis on quality both in teaching and fieldwork is a special feature of this Institution.

All students and faculty are involved in research activities.

Regular feedback from students on every aspect of the working of the Institution ranging from teaching-learning process to drinking water and toilet facilities enables the authorities initiate remedial measures promptly.

Self-financing courses are reasonably charged and standards maintained.

Training of women social workers who could empathise with the underprivileged and disadvantaged groups, particularly women and children is always in focus.

Capacity building to manage NGOs and welfare programmes of the Government is given importance.

Students learn to be self reliant, work in groups and take over as leaders in the community.

Working with social groups all the time, the students get sensitized to social problems and finding solutions becomes their mission.

Introducing a Certificate course in Hospital Administration in 2003-04 is indicative of the responsive approach to societal needs.

The MSSISW is a pioneer in the field of social work education and training and the large number of institutions coming under the management of the Sewa Sangh provides a ready laboratory for the students to learn the nuances of the complex job of a field level social worker. The intimate interaction between the faculty and students has helped the students get the best during their stay in the college not only on academic matters but also learn the niceties of the job sharing the joys and sorrows of the disadvantaged.

Programmes like family counselling, relief work for those affected by disasters and floods, slum community development scheme, adoption services and foundling home, drug deaddiction counselling and nodal agency for Childline 1098, have affirmed the commitment of the Institution in undertaking work which will bring lasting benefits to the underprivileged. The road map that has been drawn for the golden jubilee of the institution indicates the determination to proceed further in the path charted by the founders with ever greater vigour.

The following suggestions may be considered for appropriate follow up action:

Draw a Master Plan for the next 10 to 15 years for academic and infrastructure enhancement.

Stake claim for autonomous status since the University laws provide for it.

Extend computer literacy to all students through a computer centre or the Sewa Sangh.

Speed up computerisation of the library and get linked to more libraries providing internet connectivity.

Strengthen research activities as planned and stake claims for a National Centre for research in social work.

Conduct a wide range of short term courses / evening courses to sensitize the society on social work and the types of possible interventions, incidentally earning some revenue for the Institution.

Tap the alumni for assisting the Institution in placement, internment, raising resources, review and redesign of courses and programmes, conduct of seminars / workshops/ conferences, institution of awards, etc.

The Peer Team wishes to thank profusely the Principal, Members of the Management, faculty, supporting staff, students, parents, alumni and well wishers of the MSSISW for their cooperation in making the visit purposeful and a rewarding experience. The team thanks Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj of NAAC for his effective coordination.

Prof. K. Aludiapillai (Chairman)

Prof. G. S. Bidarakoppa (Member)

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