It came into existence in 1957 and offered a diploma course in Social Science till 1963. In 1964 it became a full-fledged two-year Post-Graduate programme with the introduction of M.A Social Work, with three specialisations, which branched into five. In 1994, the specialisation titled “ Welfare of the Marginalised” was the first of its kind in the country to be introduced. The latest addition is "Human Rights" in the academic year 2003-2004. To sum up the specialisations are:
Human Resource Management
Welfare of Disadvantaged Sections
Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
The students are trained to plan and execute an extensive range of social services, social welfare activities, and work in commercial and industrial establishments, and training institutions. The curriculum has three important components-theory, fieldwork and research. It enables the students to acquire necessary knowledge of sociology, psychology, philosophy and methods of social work, and practical experience in scientific social research. To facilitate the above complex learning process, the training programme also includes independent study, lectures, seminars, research and concurrent and block fieldwork training. The department considers education as a means for social change and transformation with societal commitment.