IGNOU Launched New Master's Programme in Social Work (Counselling)

Jun 7, 2014 11:43 IST

The School of Social Work (SOSW) of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched recently a new yet innovative programme in the domain of counselling. The new course -- Master of Social Work (Counselling) will provide academic learning as well as professional education and training in counselling. The programmes would not be restricted to just theoretical knowledge.

The Course Duration is minimum two years and maximum five years. Everyone who has bachelor’s degree from a recognised university is eligibility for this programme. The medium of instruction would be English.

Interested students can get the handbook and prospectus from any regional centres/ study centres of the university by paying for Rs. 200. The last date for application to the programme is 20 June 2014 and with late fee of Rs. 300, the last date is 31 July 2014.

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The Course has been designed to suit the needs of counselors working for the wide range of organizational and community milieu as well as for individuals in a family. The Master of Social Work (Counselling) has been formulated keeping in mind the a growing demand for counsellors in schools, corporate sector, healthcare setting, social and welfare sectors, correctional settings etc.

This programme is expected to provide potential for employment in government as well as NGO sectors. In India, there’s an urgent need for specially-trained counsellors to handle the stress of employees working with call centres, corporate sectors, families, family courts, correctional settings, schools, universities and educational institutions, rehabilitation centres, refugee camps, institutions for the differently-abled, aged, child care and adoption centres, family planning, voluntary counselling and testing centres, rural sectors especially where farmers are driven to commit suicide, de-addiction centres, etc.