Pioneer in Community Extension and Social Work Education:
BPHE Society’s Centre for Studies in Rural Development (CSRD), Institute of Social Work & Research, Ahmednagar is one of the earliest institutions in community extension and social work education in India. It was established in 1961 as a department of AhmednagarCollege, Ahmednagar. AhmednagarCollege being the first college in the District (1947) having a vision of ‘innovativeness’ had a social obligation to the people of this region.
CSRD, then known as the ‘Rural Life Development and Research Project’ was an attempt to revitalize education by relating it to the needs of its rural surroundings. It was also an effort to meet the ever growing demand for responsible citizenship, effective leadership, efficient and well informed personnel to undertake responsibilities in the fields of Community Development and participate in the process of nation building.
Right from the beginning, the need was felt not only to reach out to people but also to conduct research and train people for Development. Hence a Course in Community Development (Certificate Course) was started in 1961 itself, with an object of meeting the pressing demand for properly motivated and adequately equipped personnel for Community Development. Diploma Course in Social Work (University of Pune) was started in 1967 and as the higher education became imperative, this Diploma Course in Social Work was upgraded as the Master of Social Work Course (University of Pune) in 1974.
CSRD-ISWR is managed and run by Bhaskar Pandurang Hiwale Education (BPHE) Society, Ahmednagar. The Institute is affiliated to University of Pune and recognized by UGC under Section 2 (f) and 12 (b) of the UGC Act, 1956. The Institute is aided by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of Maharashtra.