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Department of Social Work

Social Work as a Profession

Social work is a dynamic profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to solve problems. Social work education consists of theoretical courses and practical training at the field. Field practicum helps students apply social work knowledge, skills, & values within an organizational context.

About the Department

The Social Work Programme was started by the Department of Women’s Studies, Alagappa University in the academic year 2006-2007 and now a separate Department of Social work functions from the academic year 2016- 2017 with the main objective of building a new social order based on human dignity and social justice. The social work programme offers knowledge, skills, and values for a professional commitment to the students. The students will be equipped to work with diverse & vulnerable group of people, execute a range of social welfare activities, and work for their continuing professional development through inclusive practice. The curriculum includes three major components such as, Theory, Fieldwork, and Research.

Practice-based fieldwork is the heart of Social Work Education. The purpose of fieldwork in social work is to provide the student with an interface between classroom education and actual practice. The structure of the fieldwork provides students practical experience in various Non-Governmental Organisations and Institutions under the guidance of faculty.

The Department considers education as a means of social change and transformation with the academic work through integration of theory and practice. The Department collaborates with international, national, and local organisations for field action, projects, research, and training. In addition, throughout the year several workshops, seminars, and interactive programmes are designed innovatively and organized to facilitate teaching and learning.

The Department offers specialization in,

  • Community Development
  • Medical and Psychiatric Social Work
  • Human Resource Management
Aims and Objectives of the Department
  • To provide transformative and collaborative learning that embraces the values of social inclusion and promotes enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities
  • To enhance effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families and communities through its work and advocacy
  • To advocate with individuals and communities for human dignity and social inclusion by mobilizing efforts to end inequities, exploitation and violence
  • To promote the development of social work standards and practice and to advocate for social policies that advance social justice & diversity
  • To create effective, ethical and competent social workers by providing quality and diverse learning opportunities for the betterment of society
  • To contribute to building a new social order based on human dignity and social justice
  • To build a cadre of young, competent professionals having a global perspective and a strong value base of compassion, personal integrity, moderation, tolerance and self-respect
  • To enable education, research and intervention in social work towards transforming the human potential into socially sensitive change agents for sustainable development
  • To propagate values of social work and consciously apply them in practice
  • To provide opportunities for students to learn more about the values and knowledge base of the social work profession and its commitment to alleviate contemporary social problems
Vision

The Vision of the Department is to transform the human professional resources into socially sensitive catalyst for sustainable development and persistently respond to changing social realities through the development and application of social work knowledge towards creating a community-centered, gender-fair society that promotes human dignity, equality, social justice, and human rights.

Mission

The Mission of the Department is to educate, enlighten, and empower the students of social work towards self-development and professional competence to face challenges and provide need-based services to the community.

Career Prospects in Social work
  • Family counsellors in Hospitals
  • Counsellors and Field Executives in International and National Voluntary Agencies
  • NGO Management
  • Executives in Human Resource Department Sectors
  • School Social Workers
  • Medical/Psychiatric Social Workers in private and public hospitals
  • Executives in Labour Enforcement wings of the Central and State governments
  • HR Consultancies
  • Executives in Corporate Companies
  • Hospice and palliative care social workers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Correctional Probation Officers
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Hospital administrators
  • Protection Officers (Social Welfare Department)
CONTACT PERSON :

Dr. K. R. Murugan,
Professor & Head i/c,
Department of Social Work,
Alagappa University,
Karaikudi – 630 003,
Tamil Nadu, India.
E-mail : dsw.alu@gmail.com
Telephone : 04565-223 231, 94420 43095

Faculty
S.No Photo Name Designation Profile
1 Dr.K.R.Murugan Professor and Head i/c
Programmes Offered

The Department offers the following Post-Graduate, M.Phil, and Ph.D in Social Work.

  • Master of Social Work
  • M.Phil in Social Work
  • Ph.D in Social Work
  • Certificate Course in Guidance and Counseling
  • Certificate Course in NGO Management
Syllabus
Master of Social Work
Programme Fees (Rs.)
Tuition Fee including Guest Lecture Fee 1000
Computer Lab Fee -
SPL Fee 2000
Other Fee 1000
Special Lecture & Industrial Visit /Camp 500
First YearTotal Fee 4500
Second YearTotal Fee 3500
Third yearTotal Fee  
Facilities
  • Smart Class rooms
  • Social Work Lab
  • Internet with Wi-Fi Connection
  • Well Equipped Library
  • Conference Hall with LCD Projector
Research Projects
Completed Projects
S. No. Principal Investigator Project Title Period Funding Agency Amount
(in lakhs)
1. Dr.K.R.Murugan Impediments which women candidates have to encounter in general run up to the election 1996 National Commission For Women, New Delhi. 0.80
2 Dr.K.R.Murugan Impact of National Credit Scheme for women in Self-help Group of Indian Council for Child Welfare at Usilampatti 1997 Indian Council For Child Welfare, Chennai. 0.05
3 Dr.K.R.Murugan Impact of National Credit Scheme on rural women(RMK) in Tamilnadu 1997 Rastriah Mahaila Kosh, New Delhi. 3.00
4 Dr.K.R.Murugan Evaluation study of IFAD beneficiaries in Tamilnadu 1999 Agriculture Finance Corporation, Chennai. 3.00
5 Dr.K.R.Murugan Evaluation of UNICEF Girl child project in Salem district 2000 United Nations' Children's' Fund. 5.00
6 Dr.K.R.Murugan Preparation and Application of Video documentary on Income-generating small scale enterprises for the women of SHGs 2001 British Council Division, Chennai 3.00
7 Dr.K.R.Murugan Human Rights Education in Schools of Sivagangai District 2001-03 Peoples Watch, Tamil Nadu -
8 Dr.K.R.Murugan Gender Sensitization Training to the Police Higher Officials in Tamil Nadu 2001-03 Department of Police, Tamil Nadu 2.00
9 Dr.K.R.Murugan District Rural Development Administration, Ramnad 2002 Evaluation of RCRSP Scheme in Ramnad District 0.10
10 Dr.K.R.Murugan District Rural Development Administration, Ramnad 2002 Total Sanitation Campaign – IEC Ramnad District 170.00
11 Dr.K.R.Murugan UGC Major Research Project - Matching Career options and human resource with reference to women college leavers in Tamilnadu 2003 University Grants Commission, New Delhi. 4.00
12 Dr.K.R.Murugan Quick Samples Survey of Rain Water Harvesting – Installation in Municipalities / Municipal Corporations (Ramnad & Sivagangai– Coordinator) 2003 Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu & Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore. 0.05
13 Dr.K.R.Murugan Impact of Self help Group on Women Empowerment 2005 University Grants Commission, New Delhi. 0.05
14 Dr.K.R.Murugan Preparation of District Perspective Plan – NREGs Scheme 2006 District Rural Development Administration, Sivagangai 1.00
15 Dr.K.R.Murugan Project on Distressed Women            2008-09 UGC- Centre Fund 0.20
16 Dr.K.R.Murugan Social Capital and Empowerment SHG women in Sivagangai district 2008-09 UGC-Centre Fund 0.10
17 Dr.K.R.Murugan Community as a Domain for Violence Against Women 2008-09 UGC-Centre Fund 0.50
18 Dr.K.R.Murugan Social Security of  old age women 2008-09 UGC-Centre Fund 0.50
19 Dr.K.R.Murugan Women and Global Warming 2009 – 10 Peace Trust 0.05
20 Dr.K.R.Murugan Impact of Domestic Violence on Children  2009-10 University-Research Fund 0.50
21 Dr.K.R.Murugan Evaluation Study of the training programs conducted by Rural Training Centre 2010 Rural Training Centre 0.60
22 Dr.K.R.Murugan Declining Sex ratio – An Explorative Study 2010-11 University Research Fund 0.60
23 Dr.K.R.Murugan Constructing Ideal Strategies for Countering Gender Violence 2010-13 UGC-MRP - Fund 5.00
24 Dr.K.R.Murugan Knowledge Sharing among Women Faculties in Higher Educational Institutions – A Comparative Study in Tamilnadu and Malaysia 2011-12 UGC-Centre Fund 0.50
25 Dr.K.R.Murugan Intensive Campaign for school Children on Rights and Ethics 2011-12 UGC-Centre Fund 0.05
26 Dr.K.R.Murugan Orientation Programme for Women on Women Development Schemes 2011-12 UGC-Centre Fund 0.10
27 Dr.K.R.Murugan Orientation Programme for College Students on “ Gender and Development” 2011-12 UGC-Centre Fund 0.20
28 Dr.K.R.Murugan Women Administrators: Challenges and Achievements in Higher Education 2011-12 UGC-Centre Fund 1.00
29 Dr.K.R.Murugan Life Skill Education 2012-13 ICSSR 0.15
30 Dr.K.R.Murugan Nature and Impact of Cybercrime against College Girls 2013-14 UGC-Centre Fund   0.50
31 Dr.K.R.Murugan Practice of Social Networking among Girl Students 2013-14 UGC-Centre Fund 0.50
32 Dr.K.R.Murugan EDP programme under HRD Schemes of National Mission on Food Processing 2013-14 Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt of India 10.0
33 Dr.K.R.Murugan Psycho social intervention and Quality of Life of HIV Poisitve children 2014-15 UGC-Centre Fund 0.20
34 Dr.K.R.Murugan Political Participation of Women in Sivagangai District 2014-15 UGC-Centre Fund 0.10
35 Dr.K.R.Murugan Workplace Happiness Audit: With Special Reference to Women Employees at Alagappa University 2015-16 UGC-Centre Fund 0.20
36 Dr.M.Velusamy A Study on Urban Poverty Alleviation Programme 2010 AURF 0.20
Ongoing Projects
S. No. Principal Investigator Project Title Period Funding Agency
1. Dr.K.R.Murugan Entrepreneurship Development Training Since 1996 District Industries Centre, Sivagangai
2 Dr.K.R.Murugan Legal Counseling Since 1996 Legal Services Authority, TamilNadu
3 Dr.K.R.Murugan Mahalir Thittam Since 1999 Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd., Sivagangai
4 Dr.K.R.Murugan Swarna Jeyanthi Gram Swarna Yojgar (SGSY) Since 1999 District Rural Development Administration, Sivagangai
5 Dr.K.R.Murugan Orientation Training Course on Women Empowerment for Women Councilors of all Urban Local Bodies Since 2004 Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore
6 Dr.K.R.Murugan Alternative Innovative Education Since 2005 SSA – Dept. of Education, Sivaganga
7 Dr.K.R.Murugan Skill Training Programme to SHG Members Since 2005 NABARD, Sivagangai
8 Dr.K.R.Murugan Total Sanitation Campaign Since
2006
District Rural Development Administration,
Sivagangai  
9 Dr.K.R.Murugan PMEGP/UYEGP Training Programme Since 2014 Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Chennai, Govt. of Tamilnadu 
10 Dr.K.R.Murugan Intensive Girl Child Rights Campaign in Schools (Health & Hygiene, Value Education, Student Ethics, Prevention of Child Abuse) Since 2001 UGC-Centre Fund
11 Dr.K.R.Murugan Social Perception of Eldercare 2017 AURF
Alumni of Social Work
S.No Student’s Name Periods of Study Contact No Name of the Organisation / Institution Position
1 Mr.S.Anandha Murugan 2006-2008 9843575807 B.T. Assistant, Government Higher Secondary School, Tirupathur Teacher
2 Mr.Muthu 2006-2008  94438 61144 District Child Protection Unit, Sivagangai Protection Officer
3 Mr.A.Kumar 2006-2008 88836 02666 Government Arts College, Ramnad Assistant Professor,
4 Mr.Kannan 2008-2010 7667273937 Qatar Administrative officer
5 Mr.Ganesh 2008-2010 9698286148 Aasrwath Old Age Home
Chennai 
Project Co-ordinater
6 Mr.Raj Kumar 2008-2010   De. Additions centre
GNS Sivagangai
Counsellor
7 Mr.Gandhi 2009-2011   District Child Protection Unit
Sivagangai
Coordinator
8 MrS.Sonia 2009-2011   Valinthu Kaituvom project
Sivagangai
Co-Ordinator
9 Mr.Mahalingam 2009-2011 9688344263 De-Addiction Centre, GNSICA, Sivagangai Director, Project Director,
10 Mr.Thiruselvam 2010-2012 94869 599537 AC Muthiah Medical Foundation
Sivagangai
Field Officer
11 Ms.Aarthi 2010-2012 97892 11520 Feel Better Psychiatric Counselling Center
Karaikudi
Mobile Counselling
12 Mr.R.Chidhampara Kumar 2012-2014 97900 21330 CSI Trust, Vannarapet
Thirunelveli
Field Officer
13 Mr.D.Manikandan 2012-2014 044 2241 3727 Magic Bus India Foundation
Chrompets, Chennai -44
Training Cum Monitoring Officer (TMO)
14 Mr. S.Sakriyash 2012-2014 86759 04865 Magic Bus India Foundation
Chrompet, Chennai -44
Training Cum Monitoring Officer (TMO)
15 Mr. R. Arunkumar 2012-2014 84890 50703 Seaman Logistics Pvt. Ltd.
Peelamedu, Coimbatore.
H.R Assistant
16 Mr.N.Balasankar 2012-2014 98943 35342 Parthasarathi Trust,
Muhavur, Rajapalayam,
Field Worker
17 Mr.P.Marichamy 2012-2014 81247 02580 Ujjiven Trust,
Periyakulam,
Theni Dist.
Family Counsellor
18 Ms.K.Sivasangary 2013-2015 96553 39009 Kauvery Medical Centre,
Karaikudi -1
Psychiatric Social Worker
19 Ms.K.Baby 2013-2015 876000 8835 Sri Kumar Hospital,
Peon’s Colony,
Kavundapalayam,
Coimbatore
Counsellor
20 Ms.S.Christin Mishpa 2013-2015 7708071185 CARD Hospital,
Samathuva Puram,
Thirumayam Taluk,
Pudukkottai Dist.
Counsellor
21 Ms.Dhanalakshmi 2013-2015 97887 65761 Association of Integrated Rural Development, 
Ramanathapuram.
Counsellor
22 Ms.S.Naga Jothi 2013-2015 99436 28831 Five Star Business Credits Limited, Karaikudi Office Assistant and Cashier
23 Mr.Veera Manikandan 2013-2015 77089 29855 HDFC Bank, Karaikudi Collection Executive
24 Mr.P.Mahendran 2013-2015 75029 71273 TVS, Sundaram, Fasteners Ltd, Autolec – Division, Plant 2, Gummidipoondi – 01, Chennai H.R. Assistant
25 Ms.M.Manimekalai 2013-2015 73730 93660 Solamalai Wheels (Force Motors), Karaikudi Branch, Koviloor, Sivagangai District Sale Department
26 Ms.R.Jenifer 2014-2016 809821 7828 Bala Saranya Rehabilitation Centre, Tharuvai, Thidiyoor Road, Thirunelveli Female Psychiatric Social Worker
27 Ms.Niraziyaneme Agathe 2014-2016 9597724639 Chettinad Public School
Managiri
Karaikudi
Teacher
28 Mr.Erika 2014-2016 8754284558   Madurai Teacher
Association
International Level Association
  • School of Social Sciences , Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • James Cook University, Australia
  • James Cook University, Singapore
  • Multi Media University, Malysia
  • Central European University, Hungary
National Level Association
  • Agriculture Finance Corporation, Chennai
  • UNICEF, Chennai
  • Tamil Nadu Women Development Corporation, Chennai
  • District Administration Office, Ramanathapuram
  • District Administration Office, Sivaganga
  • NGOs
  • Nationalized Service Banks
  • NABARD
  • Rural Training Centre
  • Tamil Nadu Police Department
  • All Women Police Station
  • Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board
  • Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies, Coimbatore
  • British Council, Chennai
  • Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi
  • Service Clubs/Institutions
  • State Resources Centre, Chennai
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi
  • National Commission for Women, New Delhi
  • Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women
  • Tamil Nadu Adi Dravida Housing and Development Corporation
  • Directorate of Employment & Training, Chennai
  • Tamil Nadu Legal Services Authority, Chennai
  • Department of Social Defense, Chennai
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Madurai
  • District Rural Development Agency , Sivaganga
  • District Industries Centre, Sivaganga
  • District Rural Development Agency, Ramnad
  • District Health Services
  • M.S.Chellamuthu Trust for the Mentally disabled, Madurai
  • People’s Watch ( Human Rights organization ), Madurai
  • SOCO Trust ( Legal Rights ), Madurai
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
  • State Mission of Food Processing : Department of Agricultural Marketing and Business
  • Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Tanjore
  • Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Madurai
  • Central Food Technological Research Institute(CFTRI), Mysore
  • Dry land Agriculture Research Station, Chettinadu
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kundrakudi.
  • World Vision India,
PLACEMENT
Student Achievements
S.No Student’s Name Periods of Study Contact No Name of the Organisation / Institution Position
1 Mr.S.Anandha Murugan 2006-2008 9843575807 B.T. Assistant, Government Higher Secondary School, Tirupathur Teacher
2 Mr.Muthu 2006-2008  94438 61144 District Child Protection Unit, Sivagangai Protection Officer
3 Mr.A.Kumar 2006-2008 88836 02666 Government Arts College, Ramnad Assistant Professor,
4 Mr.Kannan 2008-2010 7667273937 Qatar Administrative officer
5 Mr.Ganesh 2008-2010 9698286148 Aasrwath Old Age Home
Chennai 
Project Co-ordinater
6 Mr.Raj Kumar 2008-2010   De. Additions centre
GNS Sivagangai
Counsellor
7 Mr.Gandhi 2009-2011   District Child Protection Unit
Sivagangai
Coordinator
8 MrS.Sonia 2009-2011   Valinthu Kaituvom project
Sivagangai
Co-Ordinator
9 Mr.Mahalingam 2009-2011 9688344263 De-Addiction Centre, GNSICA, Sivagangai Director, Project Director,
10 Mr.Thiruselvam 2010-2012 94869 599537 AC Muthiah Medical Foundation
Sivagangai
Field Officer
11 Ms.Aarthi 2010-2012 97892 11520 Feel Better Psychiatric Counselling Center
Karaikudi
Mobile Counselling
12 Mr.R.Chidhampara Kumar 2012-2014 97900 21330 CSI Trust, Vannarapet
Thirunelveli
Field Officer
13 Mr.D.Manikandan 2012-2014 044 2241 3727 Magic Bus India Foundation
Chrompets, Chennai -44
Training Cum Monitoring Officer (TMO)
14 Mr. S.Sakriyash 2012-2014 86759 04865 Magic Bus India Foundation
Chrompet, Chennai -44
Training Cum Monitoring Officer (TMO)
15 Mr. R. Arunkumar 2012-2014 84890 50703 Seaman Logistics Pvt. Ltd.
Peelamedu, Coimbatore.
H.R Assistant
16 Mr.N.Balasankar 2012-2014 98943 35342 Parthasarathi Trust,
Muhavur, Rajapalayam,
Field Worker
17 Mr.P.Marichamy 2012-2014 81247 02580 Ujjiven Trust,
Periyakulam,
Theni Dist.
Family Counsellor
18 Ms.K.Sivasangary 2013-2015 96553 39009 Kauvery Medical Centre,
Karaikudi -1
Psychiatric Social Worker
19 Ms.K.Baby 2013-2015 876000 8835 Sri Kumar Hospital,
Peon’s Colony,
Kavundapalayam,
Coimbatore
Counsellor
20 Ms.S.Christin Mishpa 2013-2015 7708071185 CARD Hospital,
Samathuva Puram,
Thirumayam Taluk,
Pudukkottai Dist.
Counsellor
21 Ms.Dhanalakshmi 2013-2015 97887 65761 Association of Integrated Rural Development, 
Ramanathapuram.
Counsellor
22 Ms.S.Naga Jothi 2013-2015 99436 28831 Five Star Business Credits Limited, Karaikudi Office Assistant and Cashier
23 Mr.Veera Manikandan 2013-2015 77089 29855 HDFC Bank, Karaikudi Collection Executive
24 Mr.P.Mahendran 2013-2015 75029 71273 TVS, Sundaram, Fasteners Ltd, Autolec – Division, Plant 2, Gummidipoondi – 01, Chennai H.R. Assistant
25 Ms.M.Manimekalai 2013-2015 73730 93660 Solamalai Wheels (Force Motors), Karaikudi Branch, Koviloor, Sivagangai District Sale Department
26 Ms.R.Jenifer 2014-2016 809821 7828 Bala Saranya Rehabilitation Centre, Tharuvai, Thidiyoor Road, Thirunelveli Female Psychiatric Social Worker
27 Ms.Niraziyaneme Agathe 2014-2016 9597724639 Chettinad Public School
Managiri
Karaikudi
Teacher
28 Mr.Erika 2014-2016 8754284558   Madurai Teacher
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