‘The Matru Sewa Sangh (MSS) was founded in 1921 by two child widows – Padmashree Kamalatai Hospet & Venutai Nene. MSS is an all-women organization which has been actively involved in a variety of developmental activities ranging from maternity homes, homes for elderly care, schools for mentally and physically challenged, nursing training, and social work education. Dr. Satyabala Tayal established the Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work which is the first college of social work in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, in October, 1958. To strengthen the academic programmes the Institute pioneered field action projects in hospital and community settings for rural people, abandoned children, women in distress, low-income families in slum localities and drug addicts. In the last decade the Institute has been offering its expertise in the areas of monitoring, evaluation, and research to governmental and non-governmental organizations. The Government of Maharashtra honoured Dr Satyabala Tayal with the Savitribai Phule Award in 1990. Nourished by the liberal tradition and social reform orientation of the MSS, The Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work continues to grow contributing its efforts in the making of a modern India. The Institute which is considered as the premier social work training facility in Central India is affiliated to the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University and conducts social work courses at the BSW, MSW and Ph.D levels for both men and women. At the MSW level it offers specializations in the following fields of social work: i) Human Resource Management, ii) Family & Child Studies, iii) Rural, Urban & Tribal Community Development, iv) Medical & Psychiatric Social Work and Criminology and Correctional Administration. The Institute has recognized PhD Guides in Social work, Library & Information Science and English.
The Institute which has highly qualified and experienced faculty members receives grant-in-aid from the Department of Higher Education of the Government of Maharashtra. It also receives financial support from the University Grants Commission for various development activities. It is centrally located in its own spacious and well-designed campus, which also houses a women’s hostel. The well-equipped specialized social work Library of the Institute is one its kind in the region and caters to the needs of students and scholars. It offers hostel facilities for women students. Admissions to all the courses - BSW, MSW and PhD- are open to students from all over India. The superior quality of social work education offered by the Institute was recognized by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, which re-accredited (third cycle) the Institute with an “A” Grade.
Students of the Institute of Social Work are placed in different social work organizations, industries, municipal schools and ICDS Centers for their concurrent field work during the course of their study. They also carry out micro level social work research on different social problems. The Field Action Projects are an integral part of the Institute. Some field action project started by the Institute are 1. Nodal agency for Childline-1098 (National emergency day night phone helpline service for the children in need of care and protection-Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, 2. Family Counseling Centre – FCC (A project for the women/men victim of the domestic violence- Sponsored by Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi), 3. CAFÉ (Community Action For Environment- Institute’s Self Finance Project working in the field of environment protection and Cleanliness Drive) and 4. Lifeline- A self-financed field action project of the Institute for the promotion of Organ Donation.
Institute has done research projects with Government of Maharashtra, Government of Gujarat, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, DWCD, UNICEF Maharashtra and Jharkhand. Institute is associated with Tribal Research and Training Institute, Pune in their Tribal Benchmark Survey being done in the state of Maharashtra. Institute is also associated with TRI, Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India and recognised as a Centre of Excellence (CoE). Being a Social Work training Institute our students do research projects in nearby tribal area and based on which we work with tribal & other people affected by Protected Areas (PAs).
Institute has been recognized as the Best NSS Unit Award at University level (2014-15) and State Level (2015-16) and NSS Programme Officer Dr Keshav Walke has also been conferred with Best NSS Programme Officer Award at both University and Maharashtra State level.