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The Department of Social Science is actively involved in providing evidence-based, quality oriented social work education through most advanced and emerging domains of practice, research and field interventions. It has also engaged itself in strengthening social work practice, research, and field projects. The Social Work program at Amrita is characterized by its holistic and distinctive approach. It combines academic and experiential learning providing a comprehensive education for aspiring social workers.
The Department of Social Sciences, affiliated to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Amritapuri campus is situated in Kollam, Kerala.

Our Vision

To instill the core value of compassion and nurture the culture of altruistic service to society in social work students and social scientists through evidence-based methods.

Our Mission

To advance excellence in education and applied research towards transformative change in the role of social workers and social scientists by leveraging the principle of sustainable development.

The Amrita Edge

  • Qualified and experienced faculty and mentors.
  • World-class research centers – CWEGE and AMMACHI Labs.
  • Ready access to the field for research and experimentation.
  • Unparalleled learning experience through multi-disciplinary field work projects.
  • Combines technology with research to find solutions to social problems
  • Specializations and collaborations with national and international universities in doing world class research.
  • Opportunity for international dual degree / certificate programs and international Ph.D. fellowships and internships.
  • Exciting projects funded by the UN, the Government of India, and other endowment bodies.
  • Bag placements and internships with NGOs and iNGOs of high repute.
  • Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Arizona

Students Testimonials

Dr. Rajamanikandan
Post doctoral Researcher
The University of Limerick Ireland. (Current)
PhD – National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience, Bangalore
M Phil- National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience, Bangalore
2013-15 Batch MSW Alumni,Amritapuri Campus

“The credit for my achievements goes to the mentorship and opportunities extended by my teachers, particularly the faculty of the School of Social Work at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Amritapuri, Kollam. Their unwavering support in areas such as concurrent fieldwork, fieldwork, report writing, and field surveys, as well as their involvement in additional capacities like research workshops and innovative teaching methods for research skills, has been instrumental in shaping my academic journey. Their encouragement to participate in or observe their various initiatives in international programs, multiple field actions, and take on coordination roles further fuelled my aspiration to pursue higher education. I am sincerely grateful for their consistent support and guidance.”

Dr. Supriya Rajappan
PhD graduate, University of Otago, New Zealand(2023)
Registered Social Worker, Dunedin public hospital( current)
Independent Researcher, Migrant Insights
Master of Social Work 2012-2014 Alumni,Amritapuri Campus

“My deep sense of gratitude to Amrita which has been instrumental in sculpting my academic and professional journey. The seeds of research were sown in me through the social work program I undertook at this esteemed university. The dedication and expertise of my faculty members, their continuous encouragement, and guidance have been the cornerstone of my career. I vividly remember the countless hours spent in the library, the engaging classroom discussions, and the challenging assignments that pushed me to expand my horizons. It was this robust foundation that enabled me to confidently crack the UGC NET JRF exams, a feat I consider one of my most significant achievements to date. Earning my place at the University of Otago in New Zealand for my PhD was a dream come true, and I owe a huge part of this accomplishment to the unparalleled education I received at Amrita. The social work and research skills imparted during my time there have been invaluable, allowing me to navigate my career journey with competence and grace.”

Emmanuel J. Cyriac
Registered Social Worker (Ont.)(Alb.)
Ethereal Health Care Centre Ontario

‘I am proud to share my journey as a graduate of Amrita University, Amritapuri, Kollam. The enriching experience and comprehensive education I received during my time at Amrita have been instrumental in shaping my professional career as a social worker. The MSW program provided me with a robust foundation in social work principles, ethical practices, and hands-on experience that I continue to apply daily in my role as a Registered Social Worker in Toronto. The faculty at Amrita University demonstrated unparalleled dedication and expertise, fostering an environment of learning and growth. Their guidance and mentorship equipped me with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of social work practice, empowering me to make meaningful contributions to the communities I serve. As Emmanuel J. Cyriac MSW, RSW, I am grateful for the holistic education I received at Amrita University, which instilled in me a deep sense of empathy, compassion, and commitment to social justice. I am honored to carry forward the values and teachings of Amrita as I strive to advocate for positive change and uplift the lives of individuals and families in need. Thank you, Amrita University, for nurturing my passion for social work and preparing me to make a difference in the world’.

Jessica John
Quality Assurance Manager
Somerian Health Abu Dhabi UAE

‘Studying at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham for my Masters in Social Work has been an enriching journey that has profoundly shaped my career in healthcare administration. The rigorous academic curriculum coupled with practical experiences through internships has equipped me with invaluable skills and knowledge essential for making a meaningful impact in the field of social work and healthcare. During my time at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, I had the opportunity to engage in diverse internships across various facilities, which provided me with hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the realm of social work. These experiences not only honed my practical skills but also instilled in me a deep sense of empathy and compassion towards those in need. Following the completion of my degree, I embarked on a remarkable journey as a healthcare administrator in the United Arab Emirates. Over the past nine years, I have had the privilege of serving in a dynamic and multicultural environment, where I have played a pivotal role in enhancing healthcare services and ensuring the well-being of patients and communities alike. I have collaborated with diverse teams and stakeholders to implement strategic initiatives aimed at improving healthcare delivery and promoting holistic wellness across various settings. The foundational principles and ethical values instilled in me during my time at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham continue to guide my professional endeavors, empowering me to navigate complex challenges with integrity and compassion. As I reflect on my academic and professional journey, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude for the transformative experiences that have shaped my trajectory. I am deeply grateful for the unwavering support and mentorship I received from the faculty and staff, who nurtured my passion for social work and encouraged me to strive for excellence.’

Niranjanaa S

“ During my fieldwork in Kanti village, I actively participated in a health and nutrition awareness program. Collaborating with fellow trainees, we organized an event to educate approximately 30 women on balanced diets and personal hygiene. The program included activities such as BMI calculation, data collection, and a comprehensive session on the significance of good nutrition. Witnessing the positive response and increased awareness among the women was truly rewarding. It highlighted the practical impact of community engagement and reinforced my belief in the transformative power of education and awareness in promoting healthier lifestyles. This experience emphasized the vital role social work plays in fostering positive change at the grassroots level”.

Swathi Lekshmi A S and Krishnaveni M

“ Our MSW fieldwork journey led us to the quaint village of Brahmanipal in Odisha, where the embrace of tradition greeted us with open arms. As we stepped foot into the village, the air was filled with the sweet fragrance of flowers and the gentle rustle of rice grains, a symbolic gesture of their warm welcome. The villagers, adorned in vibrant attire, enveloped us in their hospitality, inviting us into their homes where the essence of authenticity permeated every corner. Their traditional drinks and meals became a gateway to understanding their culture and way of life. It was a moment of pure connection, where laughter and stories intertwined, bridging the gap between strangers and friends. Embarking on a tour of their village, we witnessed the heart of community life – from the bustling school where children’s laughter echoed through the corridors to the Amrita Wadi project, a beacon of hope and empowerment. Every household opened its doors to us, sharing not just their space but their stories, dreams, and aspirations. As the time to bid farewell approached, an overwhelming sense of sadness engulfed the village, and hugs became a silent testament to the bonds forged in mere days. In that moment, leaving Brahmanipal felt like leaving a piece of our hearts behind, forever intertwined with the warmth and generosity of its people ”

Gayathri Srinivasan

“As a budding social worker who did a lot of field visits and this latest rural camp at Vattavada I was more aware and had a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional social worker. I was able to apply more of my theoretical knowledge on the field. The most inspiring aspects of the camp was witnessing the resilience and community cohesion among villagers despite facing numerous adversities.”

Aiswarya Ravi

“In the heart of Coimbatore lies the quaint village of Ettimadai, where the essence of beauty is not just in its landscapes but also in the hearts of its people, brimming with love and warmth. As I wandered through its winding streets, I couldn’t help but admire the diligence of its residents. From the youngest lad in a humble abode to the most seasoned elder, every soul was devoted to toil. What struck me most was the profound sense of unity that bound the community together. Despite their diverse backgrounds and walks of life, they stood shoulder to shoulder, united in their endeavors. Their commitment to preserving their culture and traditions was unwavering, woven into the very fabric of their daily lives. In Ettimadai, the rhythm of hard work harmonized with the melody of tradition, creating a symphony of resilience and unity that echoed through the ages ”.

Contact us

For more information, contact

Department of Social Sciences
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Amritapuri, Clappana P.O.
Kerala, India – 690 525.

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