Delhi School of Social Work

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Delhi School of Social Work
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Type Public
Established 1946; 70 years ago (1946)
Affiliation University of Delhi
Undergraduates NIL
Postgraduates 200
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Campus Urban

Delhi School of Social Work is one of the premier schools of social work in India and the first graduate school of social work in Asia to be recognized by a University. It is formally known as the department of social work (DSW) of University of Delhi.


DSSW was established in August 1946 as The National Y.W.C.A. School of Social Work at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and became the second school of social work in India after Tata Institute of Social Sciences. It was set up by the Y.W.C.A. of India, Burma and Ceylon (which is now known as National Y.W.C.A. of India) with substantial assistance from the Foreign division of the Y.W.C.A. of United States.[1] It started a one-year programme to give training in social work to the women who were demobilsed by the armed services, known as the Women’s Auxiliary Corps of India.[2] Ms. Nora Ventura who was then the Secretary of Religious Education Committee of the Y.W.C.A., took the directorship of the school which had two students - one from Sindh and the other from Bengal.[3] Towards the end of 1946, Elmina R. Lucke[4] of Y.W.C.A. took over as the consultant organiser of the school.

In 1948, the school was shifted to Delhi with the support of Sir Maurice Gwyer, then Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi [5] and started offering social work courses of varying duration. It functioned from the old Air Force Barracks located on the corner of the Mall Road and 3 - University Road. By March 1949, the school became an “autonomous post-graduate institution of the Faculty of Social Service of the University of Delhi”[6] and the name was changed to Delhi School of Social Work ;Dorothy Moses was appointed as the First Principal of the School. DSSW was managed by Delhi School of Social Work Society with representatives of the Y.W.C.A, the Ministries of Education and Health and the University of Delhi in its board. In 1953, Miss Moses left the school to take up an assignment on behalf of the UNESCO in Ceylon.[7] M. S. Gore[8] succeeded Miss Moses as Principal who served the institution till 1962. During the tenure of Prof. S. N. Ranade, DSSW witnessed its larger integration with University of Delhi . In April 1961 D.S.S.W was taken over by University of Delhi, with its Ph.D program and M.Phil program beginning in 1965 and 1976 respectively. In 1979 Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW) became the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi.[9]

In 2008 the Department of Social work initiated a flood relief and rehabilitation project called UDAI (University for Development Action and Integrated learning) for 2008 Bihar flood victims under the aegis of University of Delhi[10] In the same year, National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) set up its State Training and Resource Centre (STRC) at DSSW for the capacity building of partner organizations implementing Targeted Intervention projects for High Risk Groups(HRG)of HIV with Delhi State AIDS Control Society.[11]

DSSW has been ranked as the second best school of social work in India, successively for the year 2011 and 2012 by the Outlook[12]


  1. M.A in Social Work (Generic course)
  2. M.Phil in Social Work
  3. Ph.D. in Social Work

Research Projects & Centers[edit]

  • Centre for Community Development and Action (CCDA)
  • Gender Resource Centre - Suvidha Kendra
  • Centre for Child and Adolescent Well Being
  • Training, Orientation and Research Centre (TORC)
  • State Training and Resource Centre (STRC)
  • University for Development Action and Integrated Learning(UDAI)-II

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Nandita Das, an award-winning Indian film actress and director
  • Kapil Mishra, Minister for Water, Tourism, Culture, Arts & Languages and Gurudwara Elections, Delhi
  • Panduranga Hegde, environmentalist, Chipko Movement Leader
  • Usha Narayanan[13]
  • Jeeja Ghosh, Disability Rights Activist
  • Atul Srivastav, Founder-CEO, Effective People [14]
  • Neerja Bhutani, Co-Founder & Principal, Bhutani-Palmin Financial Planning LLC [15]
  • Feisal Alkazi, Theatre, Television and Film director; Founder, ANKUR(NGO)


  1. ^ Lynne M. Healy (2001). International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195124460. 
  2. ^ "W.A.C.(I) Naval or WRINS". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "About the department of Social Work". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sophia Smith Collection". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Elmina Lucke (1987-01-01). Unforgettable Memories. New Delhi: Northern Book Centre. ISBN 9788185119090. 
  6. ^ "Social work training in Asian countries". Australian Journal of Social Work. 4 (3): 7–8. 1 October 1950. doi:10.1080/03124075008522439. 
  7. ^ Admission Bulletin (PDF). New Delhi: Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. 2013. 
  8. ^ "Former JNU Chancellor M.S. Gore dies aged 89". The Hindu. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Department of Social Work". University of Delhi. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "UDAI". University of Delhi. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "State Training and Resource Centre (STRC)". NACO. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 10: Other Professional Colleges". The Outlook-MDRA 2012 Ranking. The Outlook. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Her Excellency Tin Tin". The Outlook. 2 July 1997. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Profile of Founder CEO". Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Who we are". Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Department of Social Work, University of Delhi [1]