Student Support and Welfare Activities
- National Service Scheme
National Service Scheme was a programme designed to involve students in extension work and inculcate in them the value of service. The Institute has an NSS unit for 100 students. The NSS unit of the Institute regularly undertakes innovative activities with students.
2. Earn and Learn Scheme
Earn and Learn Scheme of the SPPU is implemented by the Institute. The main objective of the scheme is to develop a student as a multifaceted personality with academic excellence and a commitment to an egalitarian society. India lives in her villages and to bridge the gap between rural Bharat and urban India, this scheme is basically undertaken for the benefit of students coming from rural areas, who are economically backward, intelligent, and meritorious but cannot afford higher education, needy and financially hard pressed. It inculcates in the student the idea that no work is big or small and develops a work culture with the right aptitude. This is a vision of keeping our youth gainfully employed as well as to contribute to civil society.
3. Special Guidance Scheme
Special Guidance is another Scheme of the University of Pune being implemented by the Institute. The basic objective of this scheme is to help those students who are deprived of the latest knowledge of the subject they undertake at the first year level. Secondly, to inculcate the urge to educate one self, and that education liberates one internally as well as externally; thirdly, to offer guidance to students in their career choices and the relevant subjects to be pursued by them to attain their best potential. The enrolment under this scheme is basically for students who are economically, financially backward and also to the reserved category students.
4. Personality Development Scheme (for Girls)
This is a scheme introduced by the SPPU to develop the confidence and personality of lady students who come from rural areas and are deprived sections of society. The marginalization and deprivation is double if you are a woman and from the backward or scheduled castes. The main objective of this scheme is to develop a critical mind, self-confidence and a commitment to society. The lady students are given training in health, law and social activities. They are also given training in self-employment and all possible other activities that enhance their social confidence. Funds for organizing these activities are provided by the SPPU.
5. Scholarships and Fellowships
CSRD has been implementing various scholarships and fellowships for students. Under the various schemes of central and state governments, scholarships are given to students belonging to the weaker sections, especially SCs, STs, OBCs, Minorities, etc. Besides these, there are two awards and fellowships instituted for the meritorious students.
- Rev. P.R. Gaikwad Memorial fellowship given to the Maharashtrian Christian girl securing the highest marks in first year examination.
- A.R. Munshi Best Student Award given to the student having best performance in academic and co-curricular activities. The overall performance is considered for this award.
6. Career Guidance and Placement Cell for Students:
The Institute runs a placement cell for career guidance for social work students. It functions under the faculty adviser. The office of the placement cell organizes various activities with the active involvement of students. The activities include pre-placement talks, career guidance, pre-placement preparation, campus interviews, etc. The placement brochure giving the details of curricular activities and students of second year is published and sent to prospective employer every year.
- Schedule of Work:
The Institute observes a six day work week. The office timing is 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. On a regular working day, teaching begins at 8.30 am and goes till late afternoon. Besides classroom teaching, individual/ group conferences, individual consultations with teachers and field work supervisors, project work, etc., take place on the teaching days. Wednesday and Thursday are field work days. Students are expected to put in maximum of 15 hours weekly; however, the community/ placement agencies may require students to stay beyond the minimum number of prescribed hours for work, and while the Institute may observe a holiday, presence of students in the field may be necessary to organize special events and programmes.
- Participation in Development/Relief Work:
In keeping with the tradition of the Institute, the students may be called upon to participate in development work/relief work and extension activities of the Institute, in or outside Ahmednagar, from time to time.
Examples of some of the natural, social and human crisis situations that the students have participated in are floods, earthquakes, environmental disaster, riots and extension activities such as awareness campaigns, etc. All students will be expected to participate in these activities, which emerge from the character of the Institute as it offers courses with teaching, research and extension functions and social responsibilities towards the community.
- Value added Courses:
The Institute offers short term value added courses related to the fields of social work. The courses offered are Diploma in Disaster Management (recognised by Savitribai Phule Pune University), Certificate course in Management of NGOs, Certificate course in Basics of Counselling, Certificate Course in Human Rights, etc. The students may opt for these courses as the classes are held in the evening.
- Language Proficiency Classes:
The medium of instruction for the MSW course is English. Therefore, the students are expected to have the required knowledge and skills of English. Further, the students from other states are required to know Marathi as they will be doing their field work in communities and agencies where knowledge of Marathi is essential. The students who lack this language proficiency will have to attend classes organized for equipping them with minimum required language proficiency.
- Institute Day
The Institute celebrates its annual day every year in the month of February/March. Students and faculty members actively get involved in organizing the event.
- Sports Activities
Facilities for indoor and outdoor (Volleyball only) games are available to the students in the campus. A well equipped recreation hall in memory of Late Prof. N. Simon is provided to the students. Facilities for Table Tennis, Carom and Chess are also provided to the students. Those who are interested in other outdoor games such as cricket, football and basketball are advised to play on the Ahmednagar College’s playground which is located within walking distance from the Institute.
- Special lecture/Workshop/Seminar
The Institute arranges interactive sessions with the experts, field practitioners and scholars from various areas. The special lectures, workshops and seminars are organised to expose the students to contemporary social issues, innovative methods of working and various intervention strategies.
- Medical Aid
A Sick Room is provided to students residing in Gents Hostel. Registered Medical Practitioner visits sick room twice a week. He is also available in an emergency. A hospital (Evangeline Booth Hospital) and several private medical practitioners and medical stores are situated within walking distance from CSRD-ISWR.
- Hostel Accommodation
Hostel accommodation is available to needy selected men and women. Request for hostel accommodation must be clearly indicated in the application for admission. The students requiring hostel accommodation will have to fill up separate application form for the same. While allotting hostel accommodation, preference will be given to students from outside Ahmednagar. The hostel charges are to be paid in advance at the beginning of each term as per the schedule of fees. Residents of the hostel will have to abide by the hostel rules and breach of which will result in disciplinary action. A copy of the hostel guide is available in the office.