It is a three-year undergraduate course particularly beneficial to people employed at middle and lower levels with NGOs and social and developmental agencies in both government and private sector. It is available both in English and Hindi across the country. It is useful to candidates who may like to work in social welfare sectors as it helps them acquire professional skills and knowledge to help the clients to deal with their emotional and psychological problems.
The Bachelor’s Degree Program in BSW has three major components:
The curriculum provides social work education and training based on indigenous knowledge. It helps the learner to develop required attitudes in understanding people’s problem-solving interventions.
BSW is apt for the candidates interested in providing professional assistance to people in need. It is specially meant for the ones who are aiming at improving the quality of life of the poorest of the poor and understand the growing demand for professionally trained social workers across the country.
This course helps the learner acquire professional skills and develop capacity in helping people to solve various social and economic problems. Having good observation and evaluation skills along with some prior knowledge of prevailing social issues helps in gaining excellence in the subject.
According to a report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of social work is expected to grow by 16% over the next decade, which is much higher than many other professions. Globally the salary of social workers is expected to grow by 7% with a median salary of USD 47,980.
The prospect of social work is improving in India with around 18,000 new jobs created in various NGO, Social welfare departments in India (Both State and Central Government).
Candidates meet the eligibility criteria to pursue a BSW course if they have completed their Class 12 from a recognised board with passing marks. Candidates who have a background in the field of social work, sociology, psychology, or any related field are usually preferred if they want to pursue a BSW course.
Moreover, aspirants who want to undertake BSW course need to be well aware of the social problems of the area wherein they work and also possess good communication skills.
After the successful completion of Bachelor of Social Work, students can start their careers as Social Worker, Social Welfare Officer, Researcher, NGO Officer, Project Manager for Social Services, Counselor, Community Developer, etc.