School of Humanities

Social Work


Welcome to the Department of Social Work!

The Department of Social Work began as Loyola Institute of Social Sciences in 1954, offering Diploma in social work for about a decade. The postgraduate program was started in 1963 and since then, the department has come a long way to what it is today.

The Department has been steered by doyens in the field, beginning with Prof. WTV Adiseshiah, Fr. George Chirackal S.J, Prof. John Peter, Dr. Joachim, Dr. Udaya Mahadevan, Fr. K. C. George S.J., Dr. Joseph Xavier S.J., Dr. Lawrence Amalraj S.J, Fr. J. M. Dass S.J., Prof. Arul Raj and other eminent professors. We look back at the path tread and express our heart filled gratitude to all the professors who had been part of the department for their contributions in shaping it. In the last decade, under the leadership of Dr. Gladston Xavier and Rev. Dr. Louis Arockiaraj S.J. the department re-aligned its vision of forming young social work professionals towards a just and equitable society. The committed faculty of the department work in unison to train competent and compassionate young professionals who can understand and respond to vulnerable communities through inclusion, innovation and collaboration.

The Post Graduate and Research Department of Social Work is a flagship programme of the college, as it translates the Jesuit values to practice through professional interventions. Our 20 faculty members and 180 students work as one unit to achieve the ideals of social work. We have a fully revised and updated syllabus designed in line with current global trends and contextual relevance. For practical social work experience, we collaborate with over 80 organizations of different settings including industries, communities, Health care settings and human rights. The department offers several co-curricular and add-on programs effectively planned to build social work perspectives and professional skill-sets of our students. With the guidance of our staff, students execute efficiently activities such as child fests, seminars, conferences and guest lectures as annual events localised to the need of time. Our post graduate students, M.Phil and Ph.D scholars engage in undertaking research studies on socially relevant topics.

The department provides an ambience for holistic formation of students and trains them with adequate knowledge, skills and attitude to unleash their potentials. The students are accompanied and engaged to build a mind of appreciative inquiry and dialogic discernment through keen observation, critical thinking, reflective introspection and plurality of perspectives. The rigorous training equips them to create alternate paradigms and respond with apt interventions for social transformation. The innovativeness, interest and initiatives of our dedicated staff and students gets reflected in every sphere of our academic program and in forming men and women for others.

Let your Light Shine!!

Best Wishes,
Dr. P. Mary Jessi Rani Ph.D


Dr. P. Mary Jessy Rani

Head of the Department,
Department of Social Work,
Loyola College (Autonomous),
Chennai - 600 034.
Tel: +91 44 2817 8200 (Ext.480)