Tirpude College of Social work, a pioneer institute imparting Social work education in central India has been conferred ‘Autonomous College’ status by the University Grants Commission from the academic year 2019-20. The UGC has requested RTM Nagpur University to issue necessary notification in this regard. This autonomous status is granted for ten years.
Permanently affiliated to RTM Nagpur University, it is noteworthy that the college was accredited with ‘A grade’ in the first two cycles by NAAC, Banglore and with ‘A+’ in the third cycle. Tirpude College of Social Work is a University recognized center for Higher Learning and Research where scholars are pursuing doctoral degree. Tirpude College of Social work has also been recognized as the college with Potential for Excellence by University Grants Commission. The college has been empanelled for evaluation of Govt. Schemes of Maharashtra. It also has Memorandum of Understanding with Fire and Security Association of India.
With a special liberty to introduce useful diploma /Certificate programmes in the field of social work and related subjects being provided with the autonomy, the college intends to start such courses from the forth coming session. Similarly need based syllabus with introduction of restructured academic schedule is also intended to be implemented from the coming year. This academic liberty will also help college to reach desired quality of education which can stand parallel with the international standard of education.
Tirpude College of Social Work was established by former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Nashikrao Tirpude with an aim to impart quality education in the field of social work for the welfare of the weaker section of the society is recognized by Ministry of Social Justice, Govt. of Maharashtra and University Grant Commission, New Delhi. Initially offering Certificate course in Social Work and BSW degree course, the college had started diploma in Social Work which was converted into Master of Social Work.
The college in its long journey of 52 years, has organized several international and national seminars sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), University Grant Commission (UGC) and through self funding as well as in collaboration with other social and academic organizations on various social issues such as Farmer Suicides, Disaster Management, Scheduled caste, Scheduled Tribes, Ageing, Sustainable Developmental Goals, Water Security, Pre Marriage Counseling and Adolescent Infatuation out of which six proceeding books have been published.
Working in the field of research, the college has to its credit many major and minor research projects sponsored by ICSSR and UGC on various social issues. The opinion polls were conducted on various prevailing contemporary issues such as compulsory use of helmets, capital punishment, participation of criminals in politics demonetization, electricity load shedding, violence against women, hike in petrol prices imposition of LBT and credibility of EVM.
In extension activities, the college governs Child Guidance and Student Counseling Centre, Progamme for Extension Education and Continuous Education (PEACE) project, N.S.S. Unit of 150 students, Women Development Centre, and conducts programmes on National and International Days, Birth and Death anniversaries of social reformers.
The college has adopted Institutional Social Responsibilities such as Environmental Services, Water Warrior Training of Trainers (TOT) By Dr. Rajendra Singh, Disaster Management Training of Trainers, Minimum use of Plastic and Waste Management. It is the only college having trained two batches of 20 students for disaster management and water management.
College is a lead college identified by NAAC and previously it had formed ‘Sahyog Cluster’ of 10 Social Work Colleges from RTM Nagpur University. Many academic and cultural activities have been undertaken though this.
Eminent personalities who have visited the college includes Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis, Maharashtra State Social activists like Anna Hajare, Medha Patkar and Devaji Tofa. Waterman of India Dr. Rajendra Singh, Yoga and Meditation Expert from Japan, Nagbodhi etc.
The college gives the credit of this autonomous status and other successful ventures to all the stakeholders such as the Management, Teachers, administrative staff, students, parents and related agencies for their cooperation all through these years.