Abstract-4 (April 2021) Sayantani Guin


International Refereed/ Peer Reviewed Journal of Education

Vol. 7 (2) April 2021, pp. 30-37, E-ISSN: 2395-7344, P-ISSN: 2320-9526


Title: Open Education Practices in Social Work Discipline: An Effort towards Skill Development

Sayantani Guin, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India. Email: sayantaniguin@ignou.ac.in

Article DOI: 10.46704/pol.2021.v07i02.004


The article highlights the methodology adopted by IGNOU in imparting the Social Work degree programmes at IGNOU in the context of skill development. The first University to offer Social Work Education in the open and distance learning (ODL) mode in India is the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The University strives to promote inclusive education by reaching the unreached.  The School of Social Work (SOSW) at IGNOU aims to provide quality education in the areas of social work, family studies and tribal studies. The School is currently offering eight programmes of study in Social Work leading to various certificate, diploma and degree programmes. On an average, over 30,000 students currently pursue these programmes from within India and twelve countries from India’s neighbourhood and the African continent. The School is the first to take social work education to all the States and Union Territories in the country. It is the first school to have developed high-quality Self-Instructional Material (SIM) indigenously. It started with offering Bachelor Degree in Social Work in 2004. Currently MSW and MSW (Counselling) courses are also offered through ODL. Social work education aims to develop several skills of working with people, viz. listening, observation, etc. The paper will discuss the scope of social work education in developing skills through open and distance learning mode.

Keywords: Social Work Programmes, ODL, IGNOU, Skill Development, Social Work Education.