* To be a leader in upholding the core values, ethics and principles of social work at national and international levels and contribute to overall development of society
* To establish Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Centre of Excellence where students are equipped to meet the emerging demands and dimensions of social work profession
* To cultivate the social work skill in understanding cultural, societal and organisational dynamics and in evaluating policies
* To train the students to help out the development needs of all sections of society
* To develop competence in resolving interpersonal conflicts
* To equip with an understanding of the tools and techniques of Social Work and Human Resource Management
* To foster a positive attitude towards the organisation and the society
* To improve skills in solving complex organisational problems
* To inculcate professional ethics so as to become enlightened and conscientious professionals in social and corporate sectors
The roots of formal education in India go back to 19th century but the real impetus to the growth of professional and vocational education including Social Work was provided by the National Policy on Education, 1986 and the recommendations of Justice Dr. K. Punnayya Committee (1992-93). The U.G.C. has also laid emphasis on the introduction and promotion of professional courses in the State and Central Universities to meet challenges posed by the rapid economic growth of the country. Quite mindful of the educational needs of the country, Aligarh Muslim University has started a number of professional courses as and when required. In the same vein, the Masters programme in Social Work (M.S.W.) was introduced way back in 1994-95 in the Department of Sociology. The course has been successful as the students have received about 100% placements in the reputed national and international organizations. As a sequel of that, a Bachelors course in Social Work (B.S.W.) was started from the session 2012-13. In view of the great and growing importance of the subject, a separate 'Department of Social Work' was carved out of the Department of Sociology in the year 2013 (vide Circular D.No. C-II-Court (109)-3/4661/AB, dated 05.01.2013)
The department after attaining an independent status has presently been offering the following courses:
(I) Doctoral Programme in Social Work
(II) Masters Programme in Social Work (MSW)
(III) Graduate Programme in Social Work (BSW)
Admission to the four semesters Post Graduate course in social work is open to graduates of any stream. The selection follows a systematic admission procedure consisting of written test, group discussion and personal interview.
Admission to the six semesters graduate course in social work is open to those students who have passed SSSC (+2)/ Intermediate from any stream. The selection procedure follows a systematic admission procedure consisting of written test, group discussion and personal interview.
The teaching methodology comprises of class room instructions, field work, seminars, group discussion and skill development workshops. The good mix of students, together with a competent and committed faculty supplemented by practitioners in the field, has given rise to lively exchanges of experiences in the seminar room. The synergy generated has made the learning experience a meaningful and exciting one.
Students come to the Department of Social Work for various reasons because they are interested in professional social work, because the course offers myriad job opportunities or because they wish to contribute to community life. Most importantly, however, they come because they know that they are getting the education of a lifetime.
The students are encouraged to analyse services in the rural and urban areas to inculcate organizational and leadership skills, generate sensitivity towards rural-urban community and provide an experience in group living.