Late Shri Mr. Kirtibhai Patel had a flair for rural life and an inclination for the development of people in rural vicinity. He wanted a course in medium where scientific knowledge with touch of humanistic values, blended along with values, cultures and traditions lid a pathway for the development of rural society. He along with the vice chancellor (1997) of our university, the topmost personnel of Sardar Patel University made an imprint of the mission through the social worth by laying down the foundation of the Department on 5thSeptember 1997.
The Department has adopted villages on continuous basis for collaborating with NGO‟s and industries for community development and social development at large. The focus of the department has been on strengthening Social Work Research and Community extension Work. The Department of Social Work had started with an initial strength of twenty students, four faculties, two visiting faculties and two office staff. It now proudly announces the inclusion of two hundred and eighty students with nine teaching staff. The department of social work had earlier started with a degree course in Social work but it has now expanded its horizons and started with three additional courses: Masters in Human Resource Management since 2007, Masters in Philosophy in Social Work since 2009 & Doctorate in Social Work since 2006. It has always tried to enhance the zeal & competence of the faculty by encouraging them to undergo training, attend workshop, and publish good research work at national and international level. Besides, it has incorporated innovative teaching and learning practices (pedagogic) along with improving the didactic classroom teaching, in the form of supplementary field visits, guest lectures, conclaves, summit, seminars, workshop & symposium, where by stalwarts in social science and field practitioners have been invited to interact.