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MSW Curriculum

  • Structure, Rules and Regulations of MSW Course:
  1. Total Semester and Courses – Total Semesters – 4. Total Courses -16 / 17.  Spread over 4 Terms, and 4 / 5 courses per semester. If research is opted 16 courses and 1 research project and if not opted then 17 courses and 1- term paper, or as per the available options offered by the recognised centres.
  2. Generic Foundation, Compulsory, Core Domain, Specialization/ Elective and Optional / Choice Based Courses: Considering the availability of faculty, expertise, strengths and resources, each affiliated  centres – Institutes/  Colleges/ Schools will have choice and full discretion of offering courses and optional courses, wherever options and or choices are available, and within the given framework and structure of the curriculum.
  • Minimum Intake for Specialization / Elective/ Optional/ Choice Based Courses: Each centre will have choice and full discretion to offer any one/ select or all Specialization/s/ Elective/ Optional/ Choice Based Courses. However, minimum intake for each Elective/ Specialization/ Optional Subject/ Choice Based Paper should be minimum 10 and for self -study/ optional papers minimum 5 students.
  • Core structure of MSW Course:


Sr. No. Courses Type of Courses Number of courses


1 Foundation Courses Generic – optional 2 – out of 3
2 Core Domain Courses Generic – compulsory 1
3 Core Domain courses Generic – optional 1 – out of 4
4 Method Courses Generic –compulsory 4
5 Elective Courses Elective -compulsory

Elective – optional

(Centre can decide courses to be offered)



6 Optional Courses Optional : offered at 3rd and 4th Semester 2 out of many and also in lieu of research
7 Optional Courses Optional : 3 Semester        1- Term paper and

1- Out of optional

Total Course 16  or 17 or 18

MSW Course Structure & Outline

No. Theory/ Filed Work


Marks Credits
1 Theory papers 4 per semester x 4 Total 16  ( 3 Credit) x 100 Marks 1600 48
2 Filed Practicum ( Filed Work)  ( Marks 150 x Semester 4)

Concurrent or Continuous Block Field Work or combined

(15 Clock Hrs per week/ and or Minimum 250Hrs per semester x 4 = 1000 Hrs.)

  600 24
3 Research Project ( Dissertation) ( to be submitted in IV)

OR Optional Subject & Term paper

  200 06
4 Viva- voce ( Semester  II and IV ) 50 marks x 2   100 02
Total Marks 2500 80
  • MSW Course Framework


No Courses Type of Courses, Choice & Option Marks Credits
Semester –  I    




Foundation Courses: ( Any Two)

G-1. Sociology for Social Work

G-2. Psychology for Social Work

G-3. Economics and Political Science for Social Work

G-FC : Generic Foundation Course

Any TWO out of Three

(GFC- 1 or 2 or 3)








4 G-4.  Social Work :History and Ideologies GC: Generic Compulsory

Core Domain Course

100 3
5 G-5. Method Course:  Working with the Individuals ( Social Case Work) GC: Generic Compulsory

Method Course

100 3
FW-1 Field Practicum ( Filed Work) Compulsory 150 6
  Total 550 18



Semester –II    
6 G- 6.Method Course : Working with Groups ( Social Group Work) GCM: Generic Compulsory Method Course 100 3
7 G- 7. Method Course : Community Organization GCM: Generic Compulsory Method Course 100 3
8 G- 8. Method Course: Research Methodology and Statistics GCM: Generic Compulsory Method Course 100 3
9 EC-1. Specialization / Elective Course – 1

( Foundation Course of each specialization (FCW- 1,  HRM- 1, MPSW-1, URCD-1, TD- 1)

EC: Elective Compulsory 100 3
FW-2 Field Practicum ( Filed Work) Compulsory 150 6
FV-2 Viva -voce examination

( End Sem.- II )

( 2 credits x 1) per sem. 50 marks

Compulsory   50 2
Total 600 20
Semester- III    
10 G-9. Personal & Professional Development for Social Work Practice GC: Generic-Compulsory 100 3
11 G-10. Administration and Management of  Development Organization GC: Generic Compulsory 100 3
12 EC- 2. Specialization Elective Course -2

(FCW- 2,  HRM- 2, MPSW-2, URCD-2, TD- 2)

EC: Elective Compulsory 100 3
13 EC- 3. Specialization Elective Course- 3

(FCW- 3,  HRM- 3, MPSW-3, URCD-3, TD- 3)

EC: Elective  Compulsory 100 3
14 Core Domain Course  (Any ONE ) 

11. Social Policy in India

12. Social Legislations for Social Work

13Community Health, Mental Health  and Environmental Hygiene

COCB: Generic  Optional / Choice Based Course

(Any ONE out of  three optional courses)

100 3
FW-3 Field Practicum ( Filed Work) Compulsory 150 6
Total 650 18



Semester – IV


15 G-14. Research Project

( 6 credits x 1)

(Research Hrs. 90 (15 Hrs. x Credit 6 = 90 Hrs.)


G-15 Optional Course


G-16  Term paper ( 1 x 3 Credits )

( 15 Hrs. x Credit 3 = Min. 45 Hrs.)

COCB: Compulsory- Optional / Choice   Based Course


















16 EC- 4. Specialization Elective Course-  4

(FCW- 4,  HRM- 4, MPSW-4, URCD-4, TD- 4)

EC: Elective Compulsory


100 3
17 EC- 5. Specialization Elective Course 5

(FCW- 5,  HRM- 5, MPSW-5, URCD-5, TD- 5)

EC: Elective Optional Courses 100


18 EC-6. Specialization Elective Course -6

(FCW- 6,  HRM- 6, MPSW-6, URCD-6, TD- 6)

EC: Elective Optional Courses 100


FW-4 Field Practicum ( Filed Work) Compulsory 150 6
FV- 4 Viva -voce examination

( End Sem.- IV)

( 2 credits x 1) per sem. 50 marks

Compulsory 50 2
Total 700 22


Total Marks 2500 80




 Specialization/ Elective-wise Compulsory, Optional and Choice based courses 

Courses  No. Elective –Compulsory  & Optional Courses Semester Credits

FCW- Family and Child Welfare

FCW -1 The Field of Family and Child Welfare Semester  -2 3
FCW  -2 Family Sociology and Family Dynamics Semester  -3 3
FCW  -3 Socialization of the Child and Child Welfare Semester  -3 3
FCW  -4 Counselling, Theory and Practice Semester  -4 3
*Elective Optional (students can choose Any Two out of these or across specialization also )
FCW  – 5 Professional Competencies for Social Work Practice Semester  -4 3
FCW  – 6 Women’s issue and Development initiatives Semester  -4 3
FCW  – 7 Youth Development Semester  -4 3
FCW  – 8 Communication for Social Work Semester  -4 3
FCW –  9 Family Life Education


Semester  -4 3

HRM- Human Resource Management

HRM – 1 Human Resource Management Semester  -2 3
HRM – 2 Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Semester  -3 3
HRM  – 3 Employee Welfare and Trade Union Semester  -3 3
HRM  -4 Organizational Behaviour Semester  -4 3
*Elective Optional (students can choose any two out of these or across specialization also)
HRM  – 5 HRD Training and Development Semester  -4 3
HRM  – 6 CSR- Corporate Social Responsibility Semester  -4 3




URCD- Urban and Rural Community Development

URCD – 1 Urban, Rural and Tribal Communities issues and Governance Semester  -2 3
URCD – 2 Development Economics Semester  -3 3
URCD – 3 Management of Community Projects Semester  -3 3
URCD – 4 Community Work Sectors  and Interventions Semester  -4 3
*Elective Optional (students can choose any two out of these or across specialization also) Semester  -4 3
URCD – 5 Environmental Issues and Climate Chang Semester  -4 3
URCD – 6 Advocacy, Human Rights and Social Justice

(*Choice of selecting any Two courses offered or across the Specialization/ Elective).


 Generic Optional Courses in lieu of Research or Elective Optional Paper


Course No. **Generic Optional Courses Semester Total Credits
G-12.1 Professional Competencies for social work practice: (Training, Supervision, Project Planning and Monitoring, documentation, Intervention strategies in  Social Work) Semester  -4 3
G-12.2 Social Development in India Semester  -4 3
G-12.3 Management of Community Projects Semester  -4 3
G-12.4 Disaster Management and Social Work Semester  -4 3
G-12.5 Dalit and Tribal Social Work Semester  -4 3
G-12.6 Family Life Education Semester  -4 3
G-12.7 Approaches in Health Care Administration &Management Semester  -4 3
G-12.8 Psycho-social Aspects and Intervention in disability, aging, sexual abuse, addiction, sexual minorities , disaster affected Semester  -4 3

(**Centre will decide and offer any one course out of courses offered)

  • Field Practicum (Field Work):
  1. In order to offer flexibility to the respective affiliated centers- Institutes/ Colleges/ Schools of Social Work can  develop  the  field  practicum  modules  according  to  available  field  of  opportunities in their region. The field work  over  4  semesters  will  include  the  following  components -concurrent or block field work or a combination of both; rural camp; study tour; final  block placement. However, rural camp and study tour may be optional, and each center can work out alternatives from amongst any of the following – field project based assignments/visits to rural/urban areas or model projects of social work intervention/social development/ industrial visits in the nearby geographical area. These would be for the entire batch as per available learning opportunities and needs of the specialization. These should be declared in advance by each center.
  2. Marks: Total marks 600, per semester 150 marks (Total 24 credits, 6 Credits per semester)


  •               Field work shall be conducted during two days a week for a minimum of 15(fifteen) clock hours a week or Continuous Block Field Work or combined, minimum 250 per Semester, and/or as per the required number of days for a particular semester. A minimum one contact session in a week (of at least ½ hour) with faculty supervisor through Individual and Group conferences is compulsory. Each center is expected to design Field Practicum (Field Work) module, field work manual, orientation components, supervision monitoring mechanisms and assessment criteria.


  1. Field work shall be conducted at a social work /welfare agency/organization/ industry/ community/ Govt. / NGO recognized by the training institution. Every student shall be supervised by an experienced /professional social worker from the agency and a faculty member/professional supervisors duly appointed by the Institute.
  2. In order to ensure and maintain quality standards in field work practicum, each center should develop standardized monitoring and evaluation criteria, rules and mechanisms. It is mandatory on  the part of students to comply with all the rules and norms designed and adopted by the respective centers. Maintaining Field work Journal, written reports/records or documents, Diary/any other prescribed document by the student is a mandatory requirement


  1. Minimum one day contact sessions, individual and group conferences in a week is must. Each centre is expected to design Field Practicum (Field Work) module, manual, orientation, components, supervision, monitoring mechanisms and assessment criteria.


  • Field  work  shall  be  conducted  at  a  social  work / welfare agency/organization/ industry/ community/ Govt. / NGO recognized by  the  training institution. Every student shall be supervised by an experienced/professional social worker from the agency and a faculty member/ professional supervisors duly appointed by the Institute.


  • A weekly individual conference of at least 30 minutes, related to field work of every student, shall be conducted by the field work supervisor.  Field work shall be evaluated internally by the assigned Field Work Supervisor.


  1. In order to ensure and maintain quality standards in filed work practicum, each centre should develop standardized, monitoring and evaluation criteria, rules and mechanisms. It is mandatory on the part of students to comply with all the rules and norms designed and adopted by the respective centres. Maintaining Field work Journal, written reports/ records or documents, Diary/ any other prescribed document by the student is mandatory requirement.


  1. Attendance: 100% attendance at Field work is compulsory.


  1. A student failing in field work at any semester will be considered as ‘Fail’, however, student who has failed in a field work may reappear for the Field Work only twice in the subsequent period, in the same or next semester (clause 8.1, 8.2, 9.3 and 10.11 shall be applicable).  In such case his credits in theory subjects will be carried forward, subject to above clause and or clearing theory papers as per passing rules and standards. In such failure and repeater case, centre may provide opportunity through concurrent or Continuous Block Field Work or in combination, whatever applicable and within the field work norms and rules of the centre)


  • Revaluation:  In  any  case,  there  is  no  provision  of  revaluation  or  moderation  of  field  work research/ term paper or internal assessment ( CA) marks  at university level.


  • Field Work Modules:  Field Work Core Components. PG centres will have internal flexibility to decide components and evaluation criteria and weightage, marks, within the given frame work.


Semester Field Work Components
Semester- I Orientation Visits
  Skill laboratory/ Workshop
  Concurrent Field Work

( Weekly or Block Field Work or Combination )

  Seminar/ Presentation
Semester- II Advance Orientation Visits
  Concurrent Field Work

( Weekly or Block Field Work or Combination)

  Rural Camp/ Study tour/ Visits

( Optional )

  Seminar/ Presentation
Semester- III Concurrent Field Work

( Weekly or Block Field Work or Combination)

  Specialization wise Workshops
  Seminar/ Presentations
  Field based tasks/ Assignments
Semester- IV Concurrent Field Work

( Weekly or Block Field Work or Combination)

  Study Tour / Visits ( Optional )
  Seminar/ Presentation


  • In Field Work, it is mandatory on the part of faculty/ professional supervisors appointed or deputed by the institute, to follow all Government, University and institute’s service rules/ norm of regular monitoring, supervision, supervisory visits, attendance or attending duty at work place. The institute, centres are expected to work out monitoring mechanism.
  • Viva Voce Examination:
  1. There shall be a Viva-Voce Examination at the end of II and IV Semester  based  on  theory knowledge, research/ term paper and field work practicum. (total marks 100 and 50 marks each at the end of Semester II and IV) (total 2 credits per viva-voce exam.)


  1. MSW- I year i.e. Second Semester Viva-Voce of 50 marks will be conducted before the Second Semester examination by the training institutes on behalf of the University, and marks obtained by the student shall be submitted to the University by the Heads of the institutions for inclusion on the University mark sheet. The minimum marks required for passing the Viva Voce are ( 50%) at each Viva Voce examination.


  1. A student failing in Viva-Voce (II semester) shall be called again for the Viva-Voce within one month of the date of declaration of the Second Semester examination results. Only Two repeat Viva Voce is permissible to be conducted during the Second semester. However, a student failing in the Second Semester Viva Voce Examination shall be eligible for admission to the MSW Third Semester.
  2. MSW –IInd  Year  i.e.  Fourth Semester Viva-Voce Examination of 50 marks shall be conducted externally by the University. Viva panel will consist one external and one internal examiner.
  3. The Viva Voce conducted in the Fourth semester shall be based on theory of IInd years, field work, research, professional development and related area of specialization.
  4. A student failing in Viva-Voce (IVth semester) shall be called again for the Viva- Voce within one month of the date of declaration of the Fourth Semester Examination results. Only Two repeat Viva Voce is permissible to be conducted during the Fourth semester.


  • Research Dissertation (200 marks, Total 06 credits) / Term paper (100 marks Total 3 credits)
  1. If opted, MSW student is required to select an appropriate topic for his/her research dissertation/ or term paper during the second semester and complete the dissertation/ term paper and submit it to the Institute before 15th February, of the fourth semester.
  2. Completion and submission of the Research Dissertation/ term paper is a pre-condition for appearing at Semester IV Examination. In any case no extension will be permissible for submission.
  3. The candidate must bring spiral or hard bound copy of desperation/ term paper in internal as well as external viva voce examination of IVth semester.
  4. There shall be only one Dissertation of 200 marks or  term paper of 100 marks at MSW –II year and it shall be submitted to the University through the Head of the Institution, recommended for submission after Certification and approval of the concerned Research / Term paper Guide/ faculty supervisor.
  5. The research dissertation/ will be assessed and recommended for submission by the Faculty Guide/ internal and external examiner. Combined passing internal, external and viva examination in research and term paper shall be (50%) out of total marks.



Assessment of Dissertation  and Term paper Dissertation Marks Term paper


Internal Guide or Examiners or Specialization wise presentation/ open defence 25 25
External Examiner – Assessment of  Dissertation/ Term paper 150 50
Viva voce by External Examiner on Research/ Term paper 25 25
Total 200 100
Aggregate/ combined Passing Marks (50%) 100 50                


  1. A candidate failing in research dissertation/ term paper will have to re-write and submit the revised dissertation/ term paper in the same / or subsequent academic session within a period of  three months after the declaration of  results.

Prescribed standard for Research Dissertation and Term Paper:

  • The topic of Research, Dissertation and Term Paper must be related to the area of Social Work. Ethical norms and concerns in research, plagiarism policy of the institute and University, must be adopted.


  • In case of dissertation/research, quantitative and qualitative research is permissible. The candidate must justify the design and follow the scientific process and methods of Social Work Research or  Social


  • In case of quantitative research minimum of 50 respondents are essential for collecting field data.


  • Term Paper: A term paper is a research paper written by the student over an academic term grade. Term papers would be intended to describe an event, a concept, or argue a point related to social work in general and particularly on his/ her area of specialization/ elective. A term paper is a written assignment and original work discussing a topic in detail, primarily based on secondary data, and/or standards, norms prescribed by the center. It is to be submitted in typed spiral or hard bound. Some common detailed standards would need to be collectively developed by the centres for assessment of research/term


  1. Block Placement (Internship):
    • Every student is required to complete his/her block placement/ internship for a period of one month after  the fourth semester


  • The MSW result shall not be declared until a certificate of successful completion of block placement / internship is submitted by the assigned block field work agency, duly attested by the Head of the institution and submitted to the University.


  • After completion of Block placement, the student must submit a report of the work to the Head of the teaching institute. This report must have been duly certified by the appropriate authority in the block placement agency. Ordinarily, no leave of absence will be permissible during block placement.


  1. Heads of passing, Standard of passing, Credit pattern and Grade points:
    • The following shall be the Independent Heads of Passing:
      • Written theory papers
      • Field work
      • Research Dissertation/Term Paper
      • Viva Voce


  • Standard of Passing Marks:                        Percentage
    • Written theory papers 40 % marks (i.e. 40 out of 100) in the combined examination of                   Continuous assessment (CA) and End of Semester Examination (ESE) with a minimum                     passing of 40 % (i.e. 20 out of 50) in CA separately.
    • Field work in every semester – 50% Marks
    • Viva Voce                               –    50% Marks
    • Research dissertation/Term Paper- 50%Marks (Combined- Internal, External and                    Viva)


  1. Conduct of the Credit System

The MSW  degree  will  be  awarded  to  students  who  complete  a  total  of  80  credits  in  a minimum of two years for completing on an average 18 to 22 credits per semester. Total 16/ 17 Courses/ papers – 10/11 Generic/ core domain courses and 6 Specialization/ Elective  courses. Student shall select any one Specialization/ Elective that covers  four / five papers  per  semester. Field work shall be compulsory and constitute an independent head of passing. Research Project (Dissertation) will be optional or as per the  scheme.

  • Credit: A ‘credit’ is generally a ‘value’ used to measure a student’s work load in terms of learning time required to complete course units, resulting in learning outcomes. Credit is used in higher education to summarize and describe an amount of


  • One (01) credit  will  be  equivalent  to  15  clock  hours  of  teacher-student  classroom   contact / learning hours in a semester. A minimum of 30/45 Hrs. per subject would be equivalent   to 2/3 Field Work per semester (Minimum 250 Hrs. 15 Clock Hrs. per week x 6)= 06 credits.


  • Credits once gained cannot be lost.
  • One credit is equivalent to 20-25 marks for evaluation purpose.
  • Among the minimum number of credits to be earned by a student to complete a Post Graduate degree program( Total 80 credits), the student will have to earn minimum 75% ( 60 credits ) credits from the parent department (subject)/ PG centre, and the remaining up to 25 % (20 credits) credits could be earned from the parent department/ PG centre (subject) or any subject/s of any faculty conducted at other PG department or PG centre, subject to  approval  and  offered  by  that  particular centre. In any case, a student will have to earn compulsory credits from the parent department/  PG



  • Examination Rules (As per UOP Manual and Rules -125)
  1. 14. University Examination of MSW course shall be conducted by the centres as per University ordinance/ rules- 125/ or applicable/ revised from time to time.
    • Field Work/ Dissertation/ Term paper/ Assignments/ CA, will be evaluated as per the evaluation criteria and standards framed by the respective training institute and the University, from time to


  • Assessment shall consist of Continuous Assessment (CA) and End of Semester Examination (ESE). Each shall have an equal weightage of 50 % e. for each 100 marks paper
  • 50 marks Continuous Assessment (CA) and 50 marks End of Semester Examination (ESE)
    • The teacher concerned shall announce at the  beginning  of  the  course  about  the  mechanisms under which CA would take place. However, the ESE shall cover the entire syllabus prescribed for that course.


  • The CA towards 50% marks will be a continuous activity, and at least two assignments
    (25 marks each)
    out of which one written test must be conducted for  a  full  course  of  3/ 4  credits, and the teacher should select a variety of mechanisms for evaluation such as:
  1. Written test (not more than one for each course as applicable); Term Paper;
  2. Journal/Lecture/Library notes;
  • Seminar presentation;
  1. Short quizzes;
  2. Assignments;
  3. Extension Work;
  • An Open Book Test (with the concerned teacher deciding which books are to be allowed for this purpose); and
  • Mini Research Project by an individual student or a group of students.

The concerned  teacher,  in  consultation  with  the Head  of  the  PG  Department/ center,  shall decide  the nature of questions for a Written Test.


  • ESE for the remaining 50% marks will be conducted by the SPPU.


  • A student has to obtain 40 % marks ( i.e. 40 out of 100) in the combined examination  of CA and ESE.


14.7          To pass the degree program, a student will have to obtain a minimum aggregate  of  40% marks (i.e. 40 out of 100)  (E and above in grade point scale) in each course, with a minimum  passing of 40 % (i.e. 20 out of 50) in CA separately.


  • If a  student  misses  an  internal  assessment  examination,  s/he  will  have  a  second   chance with  the  endorsement  of  the  Principal  in consultation  with   the   concerned   Such a second chance, however, shall not be the right of the student.



  • CA marks will not change. A student cannot repeat CA. In case s/he wants to repeat CA, then s/he can do so only by registering for the said course during the semester in which the course  is conducted and up to 4 years (2 years program) or 5 years (3 years program) as the case  may be, provided the student has failed in that course.
  • Students who have failed in a theory course and/or field practicum (Field Work) may reappear for the ESE and/or field practicum (Field work) only twice in the subsequent period. The student will be finally declared as failed if s/he does not pass in all credits within a total period of four years. After that, such students will have to seek fresh admission as per the admission rules prevailing at that time.
  • A student cannot register  for  the  third/fourth semester, if s/he fails to complete 50%  credits of the total credits expected and pass in field  practicum/  field  work  to  be  ordinarily completed within two
  • There shall be a revaluation of the answer scripts of ESE but not of CA as per the University Ordinance No.134 A & B/ and/or applicable rules.

14.12. While marks will be given for all examinations, they will be converted into grades.  The semester end grade sheets will have only grades and final grade sheets and transcripts shall have grade points average and total percentage of  marks (up to two decimal  points). The final  grade  sheet will also indicate the PG center to which the candidate belongs.

  • Assessment and Grade point average
    • The system of evaluation will be as follows: Each assignment/test will be evaluated in terms of grades. The grades   for  separate  assignments   and  the  final  (semester-end) examination  will   be  added  together  and  then  converted  into  a  grade  and  later  a     grade point average.
    • Results will be declared for each semester and the final examination will give total grades and grade point
    • After the gain of minimum number of  credits towards a completion of a PG  program, a  student will get a grade sheet with total grades earned and a grade point average.
15.4    Marks/Grade/Grade Point. (As per UGC, Government & University Standards)


Grade Points Final Grade
09.00-10.00 O
08.50-08.99   A+
07.50-08.49 A
06.50-07.49   B+
05.50-06.49 B
04.25-05.49 C
04.00-04.24 P
00.00-03.99 F




  • Final Grade Points (As per UGC, Government & University Standards)


Marks Obtained (%) Grade Grade Point
80-100 O : Outstanding 10
70-79 A+ : Excellent 9
60-69 A : Very Good 8
55-59 B+ : Good 7
50-54 B : Above Average 6
45-49 C : Average 5
40-44 P : Pass 4
0-39 F : Fail 0
Ab : Absent 0


Grade Point % of Marks   Grade Point % of Marks
4 40   8.1 61
4.2 41   8.2 62
4.4 42   8.3 63
4.6 43   8.4 64
4.8 44   8.5 65
5 45   8.6 66
5.2 46   8.7 67
5.4 47   8.8 68
5.6 48   8.9 69
5.8 49   9 70
6 50   9.1 71
6.2 51   9.2 72
6.4 52   9.3 73
6.6 53   9.4 74
6.8 54   9.5 75
7 55   9.6 76
7.2 56   9.7 77
7.4 57   9.8 78
7.6 58   9.9 79
7.8 59   10 >=80
8 60      
  • ‘B+’ Grade  is  equivalent  to  at  least  55%  and ‘B’ is equivalent to 50% of  the


  • A Ten point  grade  system will be followed as per details in 11.4 ( w.e.f. 2015-16).


  • If the (C)GPA is higher than the indicated upper limit in the three decimal digit, then higher final grade will be awarded (e.g. a student getting (C)GPA of 4.492 may be awarded ‘A’ grade).


15.9          There will be only final compilation and moderation at CGPA (Final)  level.  While  declaring the result, the existing relevant ordinances are applicable. There is also a provision for verification and revaluation. In case of verification, the existing rules will be applicable. The  revaluation result will be adopted if there is a change of at least 10 % marks and in the grade of the course.


15.10       For grade improvement a student  must  reappear for  ESE  for  a  minimum  30  credits  in  case of Science, Engineering, Technology, Management and Pharmacy, 20 credits  for  other  faculties  and 12  credits  in  case  of  one  year  degree  program. These courses will  be  from the  parent Department (subject). A student can  appear  only  once  for  the  Grade  Improvement Program only after the successful completion of PG Degree program and at the end of the next academic year after completion of  the  Degree  and  within  two  years  of  completion  of  the  Degree.


  • The formula for (C)GPA will be based on Weighted  The final CGPA will not  be printed unless a student earns minimum 100 credits, 82 credits or 64 credits, as the case may be, from the courses at PG programs.


The description for the grades is as follows:

O: Outstanding: Excellent analysis of the topic (80% and above), accurate knowledge of the primary material, wide range of reading, logical development of ideas, originality in approaching the subject, neat and systematic organization of content, elegant and lucid style;


A+ : Excellent : Excellent analysis of the topic (70 to 79%) accurate knowledge of the primary material, acquaintance with seminal publications, logical development of ideas, neat and systematic organization of content, effective and clear expression;


A: Very Good:             Good analysis and treatment of the topic (60 to 69%) almost  accurate knowledge of the primary material, acquaintance with seminar publications, logical development of ideas, fair and systematic organization of content, effective and clear expression;


B+: Good: Good analysis and treatment of the topic (55 to 59%) basic knowledge of the primary material, logical development of ideas, neat and systematic organization of content, effective and clear expression;


B: Above Average: Some important points covered (50 to 54%) basic knowledge of the primary material, logical development of ideas, neat and systematic organization of content, good language or expression;


C: Average: Some points discussed (45 to 49%) basic knowledge of the primary material, some organization, acceptable language or expression;


P: Pass: Any two of the above (40 to 44%)

F: Fail: None of the above (0 to 39%)

15.12. One credit is equivalent to 20-25 marks for evaluation purpose.

15.13. There will be an evaluation of each course by students at the end of every semester.

16. ESE Evaluation / paper pattern:
16.1 ESE: Each credit will  be  evaluated  for  a maximum  period  of  45  minutes.  The  following would be an outline for setting the question paper for ESE.
Credits Time Questions with internal choice Total 50 Marks
3 180 Min. (3 Hrs.) 1 Questions x 15 Marks ( 1 out of 2 ) 15 Marks
    2 Questions x 10 Marks ( 2 out of 4 ) 20 Marks
    3 Questions x 05 Marks ( 3 out of 6 ) 15 Marks
    Total 6 Questions ( out of 12) Total 50 Marks


16.2. The policies and procedures determined by the S. P. University of Pune from time to time will be followed for the  conduct of examinations and declaration of the result of a candidate.

12.3. In case of any incongruence, the Dean of the faculty, Mental Moral and Social Sciences or the appropriate authority of the University, if required in consultation with the BOS Chairman/Head/ Director/ Principal or University Examination Committee, may intervene to resolve such cases within the curriculum rules and frame work of  SPPU.


  • Admission procedure: The candidate must apply only on a prescribed form online or attached to the Prospectus of the Institution/ PG centers. Incomplete forms and those received after the  prescribed  date and time will not be accepted. The selected candidate must, at the time of admission, produce all original certificates (SSC, HSC, and Graduation, Caste Certificate, Domicile Certificate,  Income  Certificate,  Non-creamy  Layer  Certificate  and  other  relevant certificates  or  documents)   and   mark-lists. The candidate should come prepared to pay the full fees at the time of selection test and pay the full fees on admission,  if    Candidates  will have to obtain their transference certificate indicating  the  College  last attended  and  the  Examination last  passed.  The  candidates  who  have  passed  their  last  qualifying examination  from a university  other  than  S.P.Pune  University  must  submit  a  migration  certificate  immediately after securing admission. As per S.P. University of Pune rules, every candidate must  obtain an eligibility certificate. Application forms for eligibility will be available at the office and the dates will be announced accordingly. Applications for eligibility certificate are to be sent to the Registrar, University of Pune along with the transfer, migration  and  passing  certificates  and statement of marks. Documents must be submitted in time. A student  who  fails  to  obtain  the eligibility certificate will not be permitted to appear for the Semester IV Examination.


  • Reservation of Seats: There will be reservation of seats as per rules of S.P. University of Pune. Reservation is based on Government GR’s, rules of the University and other competent authorities,  framed  and implemented, from time to time.


  • Discipline: Students are expected to follow all rules and maintain discipline throughout the period                 of the course. Students will be made aware of all the rules and expected norms of discipline at    the beginning of the

Ragging  in  any  form,   within  or   outside  the  campus,  is  strictly  prohibited. In case a student is found violating the rules of discipline, the Director/ Principal/ Head of the Institution can initiate the  appropriate course of action and ask him/her to discontinue the course or cancel his/her admission    at any point of time, during the course.

  • Grant of terms: 100 per cent attendance is expected at the orientation programme, orientation visits, and field work. Minimum 75% attendance is expected at the class room lectures. Leave is ordinarily not granted. In very exceptional circumstances leave subject to prior permission of the Head of the Institution must be obtained. The Head of the Institution reserves the right to grant Every student will have to give an undertaking in relation to compliance of all rules and regulations of the training institution. The decision of the Head  of  the  Institution shall be final and  binding in all matters pertaining to discipline and professional behavior.


  • Theory Courses: (For course details refer MSW revised syllabus – ernet.in)

S.P. University of Pune offers five specialization courses of six papers each divided over four semesters. Currently, the following specializations are approved by S. P. Pune University.


  • Specialization/ Elective Courses: Every recognized training Center of S.P. Pune University selects its own areas of specialized training. The following Specialization Courses are offered by the three Recognized Institutions of S.P University of Pune: (Course structure Refer- 2.6,7, 8,9,10).
  1. Family and Child Welfare
  2. Human Resource Management
  3. Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  4. Urban and Rural Community Development
  5. Tribal

Field Work

A distinctive feature of the instructional programmes is the emphasis laid on fieldwork. Fieldwork enables the student to integrate and reinforce the knowledge acquired in the classroom with actual practice, under competent supervision provided by field instructors who may be members of the faculty of the Institute or staff of an agency. The content of fieldwork is planned to provide an orderly sequence of learning. The field work programme consists of the following:

a) Orientation Programme:

Orientation Programmes are organized at the beginning of the first and the third semesters. The objective of the programme is to equip students with the nature of social work education, programme of academic instruction, concurrent field work, practice skills and fields of social work. For the MSW (final) students, the orientation programme is organized with the objective to sharpen the students’ awareness and enhance their practice skills.

b) Observation visits:

As a part of the orientation programme, observation visits to development organizations, industries and communities are organized at the first and the third semester. The objective of the observation visit is to expose the students to development and welfare agencies. Students are exposed to about 20 agencies and fields of practice.

c) Concurrent Fieldwork:

This involves placement for two academic years in selected social agency settings and in communities where students work twice a week under supervision of a faculty member and concerned agency personnel. The emphasis is laid on the development aspect of work which a student may be able to visualize and undertake. In the community setting, the students learn to gain an overall understanding of the community, identify its needs, resources and problems, there by identifying the areas requiring intervention. HRM specialization students are placed in the industries. The aim is to guide the students to develop capacity and acquire the abilities to initiate and carry out the tasks in the areas of social action, change and social development.

d) Block Fieldwork:

Block fieldwork is one of the important components of fieldwork at the Institute. Students are placed in different types of organisations all over the country.  This placement is done as per the availability of NGOs and interest of students. During this period students are assigned special assignments and activities. This gives wide experience and exposure to students to work in different socio, economic, cultural and environmental context. The total duration of the block fieldwork is one month.

e) Rural Camp / Study Tour:

The Institute organizes study tours and camps in rural areas as a part of the field work programme for both the years. The rural camp provides an experience of group living and development of attitudes conducive for effective team work. The faculty members accompany the students. It provides an excellent opportunity to the students to practice and learn the use of PRA techniques, Natural Resource Management, Watershed Development, etc. Further, the students are given an opportunity to visit organization and development work within Maharashtra, and at times, outside Maharashtra.

f) Block Placement:

Block placement comprises of a four-week pre-employment training programme in various agencies. It is conducted on a full-time basis. Each student is placed in an agency/ organization of his/her choice after the final year examination during May-June. This training provides with more specific learning and intensive work within an organization.