The 6th ISWC 2018 is being organised jointly by NAPSWI and the Department of Social work, University of Delhi, the details for which are as follows:

National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI)

NAPSWI is a non - profit, non- political, national level organization dedicated to the promotion of standards and enhancement of the status of the social work profession. NAPSWI is one of the largest associations of social work professionals in India. NAPSWI was born in 2005, following the concerns of professional social workers to cater to the need of having an organisation at the national level. Since its inception, it has been making attempts to bring professional social workers on one platform so that a collective identity of the profession could emerge. NAPSWI intends to fulfill the twin purposes of promoting the social work profession within the country together with safeguarding and protecting the interests of social work professionals.

NAPSWI has been instrumental in bringing a network of professional organisations which  received  affiliation from International Federation of Social workers (IFSW) for first time  inpast eight decades. NAPSWI has also became National member of International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW).  Its Secretariat is located at CSRD, Institute of Social Work and Research, Ahmednagar and the President’s office  is located at the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi.



Department of Social Work,
University of Delhi

The Department of Social Work (earlier known as the Delhi School of Social Work) has the distinction of being the first institution in Asia to offer a Masterís Degree in Social Work. The strength of the Department is its unwavering focus on social development specifically on the development of the marginalised communities- be it the minority communities, women, children, vulnerable and backward caste groups, elderly, persons with disability, persons affected by HIV/ AIDS, LGBT communities or those affected by disaster. The Department has been ranked number two in the list of institutions of Social Work in India by Outlook, The Week and India Today magazine. It has been ranked number one in academic excellence and in placements of its students through campus recruitment.

The Department traces its origin to the establishment of the Y.W.C.A School of Social Work in 1946 at Lucknow. It was then known as the National YWCA School of Social Work. The school was shifted to Delhi in 1947 and on its affiliation to the University of Delhi in 1948; it came to be known as Delhi School of Social Work. In May 1979, it became a Post-Graduate Department affiliated to the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Delhi. In 1994-95, the Department initiated Bachelor's Degree (Honours Course) in Social Work in two constituent colleges of the University of Delhi. The research, both at doctoral level and at the level of M. Phil adds to the knowledge base of the profession as does the research taken by the faculty in their areas of expertise.

The Department of Social Work was granted the Department of Special Assistance status (DSA) by the University Grants Commission in 1992 and was also sanctioned assistance under the ASIHSS Programme. In 2013, in recognition of the Departmentís contribution to higher academic research and research excellence, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had sanctioned the Department of social work, University of Delhi as a Center of Advanced Study (CAS) in Social Work.

The Department runs its field action programmes to demonstrate the relevance of social work interventions in dealing with social issues and problems and also to strengthen its theoretical foundation. Two of its field action projects namely; Centre for Child and Adolescent Well Being (CCAW) which was instituted in 1971 and Centre for Community Development and Action which was established in 1988 continue to provide a platform to engage with the challenges at the grass roots and are regularly being strengthened and expanded. The Department undertook relief and rehabilitation action project for earthquake affected villages in Bhuj (Kutch) under the banner, University for Development Action and Integrated Learning (UDAI) during 2001-2002. It also executed an innovative action project UDAI ĖII in the flood affected villages of Bihar starting 2008. In 2008, NACO sanctioned the establishment of a State Training and Resource Centre at the Department.

The Department is presently coordinating the Community Development Cell of the University of Delhi, as also the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan initiative under which it has identified five villages for adoption as model villages. The work of the Community Development Cell and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is being undertaken by the Department ever since its inception in five villages namely Badarpur Khadar, Chauhan Patti, Jagatpur, Mukundpur and Jharoda.

The Department of Social Work endeavors to promote a peaceful and inclusive social order through professional social work education and practice thereby its mission is to prepare students to become generalist social work professionals by enhancing their commitment to democracy, peace, human rights, peopleís empowerment, social justice, and human diversity. As part of the educational experience, the programme provides students with opportunities to develop appropriate attitudes, skills and critical perspectives for providing services in the public, corporate, non-profit development sectors and civil society.



Organising Committee:

Prof. Dr, Sanjai Bhatt,
President, NAPSWI


Organising Secretary:

Prof Neera Agnimitra
Department of Social work,
University of Delhi