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Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune (Poona), Maharashtra


Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune (Poona), Maharashtra
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18 Hill Side, Karve Nagar, Pune-411052, Maharashtra
Pune (Poona)
Maharashtra, India

Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college.
Karve Institute of Social Service is situated in Pune (Poona) of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra is http://www.karve-institute.org/.

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Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Social Work stream(s).
M.S.W, M.Phil(Social Work), Ph.D((Social Work)

Profile of Karve Institute of Social Service

Karve Institute of Social Service is a premier Institute of social work education established on 9th November 1963 in commemoration of the social reformer Bharat Ratna Maharshi Dr. Dhondo Keshav Karve. The Institute imparts professional training in Social W ork leading towards Master of Social Work degree of the University of Pune. The Institute also offers the M.Phil and Ph.D programmes in Social Work under University of Pune. Along with higher education in social work, the Institute is involved in professional research, consultancy, human resource development for social development and social work activities and action projects.

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NAAC report of Karve Institute of Social Service

Karve Institute of Social Service was established in 1963 at Pune in commemoration of the great work done by Bharat Ratna Maharshi Karve.A group of benefactors and Philanthropists headed by Shri Bhaskar Rao Karve started the institute.The college runs three programmes : MSW, M. Phil., and Ph.D. The college was recognised under 2(f) in 1972 and under 12 (A) in 1975 by the UGC.

The vision of the college is to ensure peace, harmony, dignity, justice and equal opportunities for development of individuals and communities through planned social work interventions by a committed cadre of professionals. The mission is to strive for excellence in social work education, training and research by upholding social work values and the nobility of the profession. Some of the objectives of the college are to train students/workers to tackle social problems, conduct researches, offer consultancy services, undertake activities to help improve socio-economic conditions of the communities and to endeavour for the promotion of general social welfare.

The college is located on an area of 30 acres of land in Pune. It is an affiliated college of Pune University and it is covered under Grant-in-aid programme of the State government. The college has 13 permanent teachers : 1 Ph. D., 4 M.Phil. and 8 PG holders. The total number of non-teaching staff is 17 including technical, administrative and support staff. There are 115 students [Male 47 + Female 68] in MSW programme and 14 [Male 7 + Female 7] in Ph. D. programme. No student has enrolled for M.Phil. during this year . The unit cost of education is Rs.46071.00 with the salary component and Rs.3513.00 without the salary component. The college follows annual system of examination. The college has support services such as library, hostels, computer centre, canteen, grievance redressal cell, referral services for medical problems and individual guidance etc.

The college submitted its Self Study Report [SSR] in October 2003 to the NAAC and volunteered to be assessed and accredited. Hence the Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the college to validate the SSR. The Peer Team consisting of Prof. H.M.Joshi [Former Vice Chancellor, Saurashtra University, Gujarat], as Chairman, Dr. Smt. Shibani Chatterjee [Principal, Government Model Science College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh] as Member-Convener and Dr. G.S. Bidarakoppa [Former Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka] as Member, visited the college on 28th and 29th March, 2004, for validating the SSR.

The SSR of the college including certain clarifications and additional information sought pertaining to different criteria and annexures to SSR were carefully analysed by the Peer Team. Further the Team went around the college, observed the support systems and the facilities, interacted with the Principal, Management, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents, the alumni and other stakeholders and gone through all the relevant documents. Based on these exercises, the Peer Team made the criterion-wise assessment of the college as follows :

Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
The Institute conducts mainly three Degree programmes : MSW, M.Phil. and Ph.D. of Pune University and it conducts 6 month certificate course in Social Work for para-professional workers in collaboration with India Sponsorship Committee, a Pune based NGO.

The Certificate Course needs to be approved by the University. The MSW degree programme does not offer flexibility to students in terms of time-frame, however, the M. Phil and Ph. D. degree programmes offer certain amount of flexibility within the framework of University rules and regulations. While there is no scope for non-core options, the students have a choice in Electives in the four areas of specialization : Family and Child Welfare; Medical and Psychiatric Social Work; Personnel Management, Industrial Relations and Labour Welfare and Urban and Rural community Development. A new department has also been created i.e. Department of Advanced Professional Training recently. It is engaged to carry out mainly the certificate course meant for para professionals.

In the normal course the syllabus is reviewed and updated every five years. The present syllabus has been reviewed and changed by the BOS in Social Work in 2001-02 and the same is brought into effect from the academic year 2002-03. As per the direction of the BOS in Social Work, during the last three years, four generic courses and two specialisation courses have been introduced in the college.

The MSW curriculum includes such modules as the Orientation programme, Classroom Teaching, Field Work, Project Reports based on research, the study tour, Block placement, skill laboratory and research laboratory. As a part of orientation programme daylong workshops are conducted on communication, sensitivity and self-awareness to equip the students for their field practicum. The Institute has prepared Social Work practicum manual and the guidelines for all four terms of field work of MSW students. The skill and research laboratories help provide necessary skill and research methodologies required for preparing students as professional social work practitioners. These innovations are stated to have been accepted by professionals and other schools of Social Work. Indeed it is noteworthy.

Social work being interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature includes various aspects of psychology, sociology, social policy, community health and social welfare administration. Hence the social work course content not merely includes these components, the Institute invites experts from various fields such as environmental/health/ medical/behavioural sciences, education, law and management as guest faculty in order to reinforce the interdisciplinary and the multi-disciplinary approaches.

The Institute organises field supervisors meet for strengthening the field work training and education. The agencies for placement of students are reviewed every year. The Alumni of the Institute are also actively involved in teaching programme and getting feed back regarding the syllabi content.

Criterion - II : Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The selection of the candidates for the MSW is done on the basis of their academic records, achievements, their performance in the admission tests that includes group discussion and individual interviews and also on the scoring on basic information such as working in NSS, working in voluntary capacity, language ability of the candidate, suitability for the specialisation opted etc.

There is a provision to assess student's knowledge and skills for a particular programme after admission : during orientation programmes, study tours, concurrent field work, individual/group conferences/written assignments and presentations. The Institute does not have a programme to provide bridge/remedial courses to the educationally disadvantaged students. Advanced learners are encouraged to write assignments, present papers in seminars and participate in a variety of co-curricular activities.

The teachers prepare the topic-wise teaching plan at the beginning of the academic year. The MSW syllabus for theory courses is spread over the year and each course is divided into two parts and one part is to be covered during one term. The faculty review meeting is conducted regarding syllabus completion at the end of 3rd month of the term. Rescheduling of teaching timetable takes place, if need be. The term-end internal evaluation and viva voce examination is conducted against the pre-designed evaluation criteria with a view to instill confidence in the students in their ability to relate theory to practical situations.

The conventional lecture method is supplemented by small group discussions, presentations on specific topics and assignments based on charts and poster presentations followed by discussions, role-plays, seminars and case presentations. The faculty members use simulation or management games using audio-visual aides like OHP. The students are encouraged to undertake micro-studies in relation to their fieldwork, exposed to rural camps and/or relief works. These form learner-centred teaching methods. The workload of the faculty is 50 hours per week. Out of the 230 working days of the Institute 180 days are teaching days.

Fieldwork is an important component of MSW social work curriculum. The students' performance in concurrent fieldwork is assessed internally by the college at the end of every term. The total marks for fieldwork evaluation through the two years MSW course is 400. The Institute enjoys autonomy so far as fieldwork marks assigned to the students is concerned. Fieldwork is adjudged by internal evaluation and the University of Pune does not interfere in the evaluation system. It does not give marks or grades or moderates fieldwork marks given by the Institute. While cognizance of this important feature is noted, the Peer Team appreciates the confidence reposed in the integrity of the Institute and in the evaluation system adopted by it. However, a viva voce is based on the research/term paper and fieldwork is conducted at the end of 1st year and 2nd year of the MSW course for 50 marks each year, 1st year being internal viva voce and the 2nd year, external viva voce only. While at the beginning of the fourth term the students go out on study tour programme, at the end of the fourth term, after second year MSW examination, the students undergo 30 days Block Field work placement programme in an organisation.

The college has 13 faculty members : 1 Ph. D., 4 M. Phils. and 8 post-graduates. All of them are permanent teachers. The teacher-student ratio is 1:10. Faculty members are appointed as per the Government rules and regulations and the University norms. There are no teachers appointed on temporary or ad hoc basis as the Institute has limited resources to appoint teachers under such category. However, the Institute has visiting faculty for wide variety of subjects. During last two years 18 experts were invited as visiting faculty by the Institute. The teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars/ conferences/workshops; in the last two years 7 teachers participated as resource persons, 8 teachers as participants at national level and at international level, 2 teachers participated : one as a participant and another as a resource person.

The college follows the self-appraisal method as per the UGC guidelines for all the faculty members. The feedback about the individual teachers is also obtained from the students. It is stated that the feedback is given to the individual faculty to make necessary improvements in their teaching, supervision, guidance, etc.

During the last two years four Faculty Development Programmes have been conducted by the Institute on various themes like, [1] Research Methodology, [2] Statistics in Social Work Research, [3] Students Research Projects and Guidance and [4] Skill Training of MSW Students through Laboratory Methods. All the faculty members participated in these programmes. Twenty faculty members from other social work colleges also participated in the fourth programme of Skill Training of MSW students through laboratory methods. National and international linkages have also been established for teaching/research which is commendable.

Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research is a significant activity of the Institute. Research is carried out through four different channels : MSW students undertake research projects, M. Phil. students, carrying out research dissertation, Ph. D. students submission of thesis and the Institute carrying out research projects sponsored by Government and non-governmental organisations. During this year no student has enrolled for M. Phil. programme. The Institute is a recognised centre for Ph.D. Among the present faculty members, the Director of the Institute is qualified to guide the Ph.D. students. A total of 10 candidates : two full-time and eight part-time, have registered for Ph.D. programme. During the last five years, 3 Ph.Ds. have been awarded. The college does not provide financial support for Ph.D. students. Although actively engaged in research projects of the students and the various consultancy programmes involving intensive research activities, the faculty members have not endeavoured to acquire Ph.D degree themselves. .

The Institute has established the Research and Development Cell in 1995. There is one full-time Research Coordinator for this Cell. The faculty is encouraged to prepare research proposals to be sent to various organisations for financial support. The Institute may do well by deputing teachers under the FIP to improve their research qualification. In fact, it is desirable that the post-graduate courses be taught as far as possible by teachers holding Ph. D. degree.
The World Vision - a Funding Agency has sponsored a study of Development of Baseline Indicators in 5 of its project areas in Maharashtra, each of the duration of 2 months with total outlay of Rs.3,85,000/-. During the last four years the Institute has undertaken 10 research projects. The Peer Team notes this with a sense of satisfaction. It is stated that a majority of the research projects undertaken by the Institute have been commissioned projects, the Institute has not been able to have any publications so far. However, based on the findings, research papers have been presented in seminars/ conferences by the faculty.

Fifty per cent of the faculty is engaged in offering various consultancy services to GOs and NGOs at State and national level. Presently, the Institute is engaged as a consultant for a project titled 'Aapale Pani' - Maharashtra Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project of the Government of Maharashtra and 'Mahapani'. The Institute is one of the three partners in this consortium. This consultancy is for capacity building of various partners. The total financial outlay of both the project is Rs.Fifty lacs. The profit generated during last two years from these consultancy assignments is approx. Rs.Thirteen lacs. The extension activities of the Institute broadly include : community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, environmental awareness, adult education and literary. The commendable extension programmes, in particular, are the 5 extension projects : Karvenagar Community Centre, Family Counselling Centre, Centre for Appropriate Trade Skills [C-DATS] and C-DATS Incoming Generating Programme, Childline and National Environment Awareness Campaign [NEAC]. The Institute closely works with the GOs and the NGOs in carrying out various extension programmes effectively. The institute is providing consultancy in four year German Bank aided Water Supply and Sanitation project with a total outlay of forty seven lacs. The Government of Maharashtra has assigned to the institute the work of reviewing and restructuring the training programmes of Family and Child Welfare and Social Welfare Department officers in Yashwantrao Chavan Administration Academy. The Institute has promptly responded to the crisis situations like Bhopal gas leak tragedy and the Gujarat earthquake calamity by sending the team of volunteers to participate in relief and disaster management activities. The Institute has established effective linkages with neighbourhood and industries and networking and collaboration with NGOs in several ways.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College building is sprawled over a campus of 30 acres on hillocks. The Main building has Classrooms, Hall, Cabins for faculty members, Director's cabin and Administrative Block besides an Assembly Hall named after Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

The Library Building houses the Library, Computer Laboratory, Cabins for faculty members, store Room for Examination material and an Attic used as stack room. This building also houses the Director's quarter, a Reading Hall and MAHAPANI project office. The Mess Building has Balwadi on the ground floor and Mess/Canteen on the First Floor. The Hostel Building is meant for housing men hostelers. Having the capacity of 50 inmates, at present 19 male students are using this facility. Messing and telephone facility is also available.

Another Building called the FCC Building has the Centre for Development of Appropriate Trade Skills (C-DATS) and Research and Development Cell. The other rooms on Ground and First Floor are used as Family Counselling Centre( FCC). There is a Cabin for watchman at the gate. All the buildings have proper drinking water and toilet facilities. Another building is nearing completion which will have Conference Hall and additional classrooms. The College has a plan for building Womens hostel with UGC support and the necessary formalities have been completed to start the construction. The maintenance of the Campus is looked after by a Campus development committee and from time to time hired assistance takes care of the necessities.

The Institute adds to its resources by renting out the Hall to various organization for holding their functions. Also, a pager company has installed a tower over one of the buildings on rental basis. The premises are taken on rent by a school and a plant nursery. The rooms are also rented out to other organization to hold workshops etc. The garden is maintained by a full time gardener and care is taken to maintain pollution free atmosphere.

There is an advisory committee for Library. The institute has its plan of computersing its library in near future. The total number of books in Library are 12793 and it is open during the college working hours. During examination library opens for 12 hrs.

There are in all 14 computers installed at various locations in the Institute . The Administrative office has 3 computers, one in Directors Cabin and one for the Research and Development Cell. Various other projects like C-DATS, Childline, SETU and MAHAPANI have one computer each. The computer center has four computers. Medical care is provided to staff and students as and when required by visiting Doctors. There is facility for Indoor games and students organise cricket matches in another playground but the kit is provided by the institution. The College gives awards to students performing well in sports activities. There is a canteen in the premises which is used by staff and students.

Criterion V - Students Support and Progression
The drop out rate at PG level is about 6%. Ninety percent of the pass outs get job after completing MSW course in Government Departments, NGO's and some of them have set up their own NGOs in and around Pune and even in other parts of the country. Alumni are working as Gazzetted officers, HR Managers, Personnel Managers and Personnel officers in Industries. Some are also working in international organizations like CRY, UNICEF, OXFAM and save the Childern (Canada).

After completion of the Masters degree, some students take up M. Phil and Ph. D. courses in the same institution. Some have gone to NIMHANS Bangalore, Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health and other Universities abroad in US and Australia. The Institute boasts of a long list of alumni holding high positions.

The College publishes its' prospectus annually which gives information about the courses, eligibility Cirteria, admission policy, reservation policy, discipline rules, availability of Hostel accommodation and Hostel rules, fee schedule, grant of term rules, library, mess, scholarships, awards and prizes etc.

Apart from the State and Central Government support for reserved category students, the donors and philanthropists have instituted scholarships for needy and economically underprivileged students. There are ten such scholarships instituted by various individuals and agencies. Interest free loan is also available from the endowment fund. A panel of faculty members decide upon the grant of scholarships.

There is an Employment cell which takes care of the students desirous of seeking employment through the institute. One faculty member is entrusted the work of liasoning between students and employer approaching the institute and also preparing the students for job interviews. The College is also supportive to students, preparing them for self employment. The alumni/ alumnae contribute towards the welfare of the institute and the students. The College encourages students to participate in cultural programmes and sports activities. There is a student Forum through which some activities are organised. Students have from time to time participated in relief work during natural calamities like earth quake in Latur and Gujarat and Gas tragedy in Bhopal.

Criterion VI - Organisation and Management
The Institute is managed by Karve Samaj Seva Sanstha which has a General Body, Board of Trustees, Managing Committee and Standing Committee/Institute Committee and others. The Managing Committee is the executive body and administration is carried out by the Director under instructions from the managing committee. The Internal management of the College is carried out by various committees like Local Management Committee, Library Development Committee , Research Committee, Grievance Redressal Committee and Field Work Marks Moderation Committee of faculty members. The Institute also has Project Staff, Family Counselling Centre staff, Childline Coordinators and Balwadi teachers to look after the various facets of the institute. For office work a Registrar and one office Superintendent are there under whom the office activities and office procedures are undertaken. The Office work is done on computers. There has been a slight rise in the fee structure in past years. This institution has generated financial resources to the tune of thirteen lacs through consultancy in various projects during the last two years. There is internal audit system. Student aid fund is there but considerably less. Grievance Rederessal Cell is constituted to look after the complaints. Also a sexual Harassment complaints cell is constituted comprising of two female faculty members and female student representatives.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
Attempts to standardize the inputs and learning content of different key components of MSW programme by constant monitoring.

Feedback from students through a detail proforma and implementation of the outcome of such exercise.

Training of the office and supporting staff to match the needs of the work going on in the institute.

Remedial Supervision of students falling short of expectations in performance.

Faculty development workshops for standardization of inputs in research area.

Strict monitoring of progress of students by faculty members in small batches.

MoUs with a number of National and International agencies venturing in social work.

Collaboration with social organizations and foreign Universities by allowing workshops to be held here.

Keeping abreast with socio economical, population and general health care problems and giving feed back to governmental agencies.

Inculcating civic responsibilities in students to contribute in Aids awareness. Pulse Polio, Environmental Awareness, Child abuse anti alcoholism campaigns & participating in relief work during national calamities.

Skill laboratory caters to the needs of developing skills in communication, organizing various activities , skills of working with people and counseling skills .

The Institute has a master plan and has developed the Perspective Plan for the future growth of the Institute.

The Institute has launched its web site

Section III - Overall Analysis and Suggestions
The Peer team expresses its appreciation of the sincere efforts taken by the team leader faculty members and project workers to uphold high standard of social awareness and all the community oriented programmes. The feed back from the research activities makes an impact as the national, be it government or non-government agencies, as well as international agencies are collaborating and benefiting in the area of social and community welfare. In fact, the institute has made it a two way interaction so that the institute also undertakes research on the contemporary socially relevant subjects like water supply, sanitation, human resource development, geriatrics besides the conventional areas
The peer team will like to make some suggestions for further growth:-

Computerisation of Library may be undertaken and all processes automated.

Internet facility be procured.

Library may use the software INFLIBNET and then UGC networking scheme through INFONET may be taken up which will facilitate networking with other libraries. Addition to the library books is strongly desired.

Interaction through project workers is taken up at micro level but at macro level there are many states which have area specific social issues that may be taken up.

The two alumni associations KIPSWA and CD Forum may contribute more to the growth of the Institute.
The feed back from Agency and Field Supervisors suggested that more emphasis be given on improving research methods and documentation.

Looking to the modern job requirements the course content may encompass administrative , communicative and computing skills.

There may be regular cultural and sports activities and competitions to develop personality of the incumbents

Introduction of B.S.W. (Bachelor of Social Work) course may help provide grass root level professional social workers and may serve as a feeder to M.S.W. course

M.S.W. classes be handled as far as possible by Ph.D. degree holders.

Research and Consultancy Cell be strengthened in terms of staff and equipments.

The Institute can further strengthen the activities taken up by C-DATS (Centre for Development of Appropriate Trade Skills) and can venture into new areas of social development.

Consolidation/initiation of field action projects into newer areas of human/social development.

Arrangement of regular field work supervisors conference at the institute.

The Peer team wishes to record its' thanks for the very kind cooperation extended to them during the visit by the Principal, members of Governing Council, faculty members, students, supporting staff, parents and Alumni. The role of the coordinator has been useful in accomplishing our task within the fixed time frame.

Prof. H.M. Joshi

Dr.Mrs. Shibani Chatterjee
Member Co-ordinator


Dr Cherian P.Kurien
Karve Institute of Social Service
Karvenagar, Pune 411052.

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