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The Department of Sociology was created in 1967 with undergraduate teaching program. Postgraduate teaching and research facilities were introduced in 1970. Sociology was a new discipline at Aligarh Muslim University, and attracted a large number of students. In the beginning it was taught only to male students, and the female students studying in Women?s College at the undergraduate level were deprived of this opportunity. The great demand for this subject by women students and their parents, and the desire to provide equal opportunity to girls, led to the introduction of Sociology at the Under Graduate level in the Women?s College in 1986.
During the 2000-2001 session, the Department also created two scholarships amounting to Rs. 250/- p.m. each to M.A. Sociology students by donating Rs. 100500/- to the University by Prof. Noor Mohammad, Organizing Secretary XXV All India Sociological Conference for the creation of an endowment.
Since the introduction of the New Educational Policy in 1986, and the subsequent recommendations of the Punnaya Committee, the need for Professional and Vocational education has grown. The UGC also desired the introduction of professional courses in order to meet market requirements and provide better employment opportunities to youth for rapid national development in the global market economy. The former Prime Minister, has also opined that in the development of our country, professional training plays a pivotal role.
Keeping this background in mind, the Department of Sociology at AMU introduced the two-year duration Master of Social Work (MSW) course in 1994-95. Admissions to this course had to be made on the basis of an all-India written test and GD/Aptitude and personality test. Seat strength of 25 was sanctioned for the MSW course.
Master of Social Work course has been design in such a way so that a student acquires sufficient Knowledge of theory and practice of Social Work profession. The theory papers include the following :
1. SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION: HISTORY AND IDEOLOGIES
2. SOCIOLOGY FOR SOCIAL WORK IN INDIA
3. HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
4. SOCIAL POLICY AND PLANNING
5. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA
6. MANAGEMENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE SERVICES
7. SOCIAL RESEARCH PRACTICE: PROJECT FORMULATION & EVALUATION
8. SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS
9. SOCIAL GROUP WORK
10. COMMUNITY ORGANISATION, COMMUNITY WORK AND SOCIAL ACTION
11. SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
12. SOCIAL JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL WELFARE IN INDIA
13. ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
14. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RELATIONS
15. SOCIAL SECURITY, LABOURE WELFARE AND RELATED LEGISLATIONS
16. RURAL ?URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
A part of the above theory papers the students are expected to devote more than fifty percent of time for there field work practicum. The details are as under:
Field work is an integral part of the Master of Social Work Programme. The training provides an opportunity for a critical appreciation of various social work practices by integrating with field work. The students are placed in different selected organizations. In the final year the students are placed to agencies which correspond to their area of specialization.
A student on an average nearly puts sixteen hours for concurrent field work in a week. The field work is closely supervised by both the faculty and agency supervisors. Every week students make seminar presentation on their field experiences. Each student has an interaction with the concerned supervisor.
The field work practicum compulsory winter camp (Rural/Urban) of 8-10 days duration at the end of first third semesters.
Further at the end of second and fourth semesters. Students are placed for 6-8 weeks Block field work/ summer training in reputed organizations. The degree is awarded after the successful completion of the Block Field Work/Summer Training and submission of Project Report personally
This professional course emphasizes theory as well as Practical (Field Work). Fifty percent theory courses and fifty percent Practical (Field Work) courses are offered by students during the course of their study.
Since the inception of MSW course, to date, eleven batches of students have graduated with MSW degrees, and almost all these students have been able to procure jobs in various governmental and non-governmental organizations. There is almost cent percent absorption of these students in the market. The names of NGO?s & Governmental Organization where the students have got their placement, may be mentioned as:
UNICEF, World Health Organization, SIFPSA, Reddy Foundation, Deptt. of Social Welfare Govt. Of Delhi, PRADAN, Tata Consultancy, ShriRam Honda Group of Industries ,Hindustan Zinc India Limited,Bharti AirtelLimited,BHEL,CAPART,etc.
The Social Work Program has become so popular that it attracted attention of the Indo-Canadian Exchange Programme. During 1999, out of a total of eight students selected by SPYM (Society for the Promotion of Youth and Masses, New Delhi) from all over India, four of the selected students were from the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Among them were Mr. Danish Umair Khan , Ms.Padma Tomar,Mr.Akhtar Sayeed,Mr.Farrukh Faheem. In 2004, Mr S.M.Shariq Abbass, Mr.Md.Shahid Raza, Mr.Shams Qamar were selected under this programme..Those who have been selected under this programme in 2005 were Mr.Sarfaraz Alam,Ms.Naheed Fatima, Md. Aminul Islam , Mr. Syed Zulfiqar Ali. In 2006 three student of this department have been selected. These students are: Ms.Rafat Aara, Ms Sanvia Danish, Mr.Shabab Ahmad.This year two students ,Ms.Sadaf Farooq and Mr.Siraj Ahmad have been selected under this programme.
The department of social work has also established a landmark in the history of this university that it has produced at least 50% of the students of the university who have qualified NET/JRF test organized by UGC. In 2001 Mr.Mohd.Shahid and Ms.Sameeksha Sharma;In 2002 Ms.Shweta Jain ;In 2003 Ms.Shazia Manzoor, Ms.Nagma Islam, Mr. Mohd.Tehseen Khan,In 2004 ;Mr.Md.Aftab Alam, Mr.Md.Shahid Raza,Ms.Qurratul Aein Ali. In 2005 Ms.Sarika Jain, Ms.Sufia Azmat.and in 2006,Mr.Nishant Gupta,
Mr. Md.Aftab Alam,Ms. Shilpy Aggarwal And Ms. Shaizy Ahmed have qualified UGC NET/JRF Test.
The Department has actively and successfully implemented variour projects like:
1. Empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institution of Aligarh District.
2. Convergence Approach for the Promotion of Reproductive and Child Health Services in Lodha Block of Aligarh District.
3. INDUS Child Labour Project in Aligarh, Moradabad and Firozabad districts.
4. Social Mobilization under Polio Eradication Programme with under served strategy.
This Department has been honored recently for the above project awarded with Jimmy Carter Foundation award for excellent contribution in Pulse Polio Programme.
Keeping in mind the market position of this course, it is proposed to strengthen it further by providing various specializations such as Family & Child Welfare, Old Age Care, and Medical & Psychiatric Social Work etc. Besides, There is no Under Graduate teaching in social work, but there is a great demand for it. It is proposed to introduce this course at the undergraduate level.
B.A. in Sociology