The Amrita MSW program has an excellent team of committed faculty who inculcate social work skills and values to students in a systematic manner. They are committed to the students' development in all aspects of their being: intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, creativity, service and community-orientation.
All of the faculty have advanced degrees and national experience. Many of them have international experience. They have published books and journal articles, and presented research papers at national and international forums. Some of their books are being used as MSW textbooks at US universities.
The Amrita faculty synthesize the best of what the West has to offer from Social Work with the timeless values of Indian spirituality and culture.
Full Time Faculty
Dr. Rajeev M. M.
Lecturer and Chairperson
Research Interests: Disaster Risk Reduction, Psycho Social Interventions in Disasters, Sustainable Livelihood, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Care, Care for Children in Difficult Circumstances
Teaching Expertise: Introduction to Disasters, Hazards, Risk and Vulnerability Reduction, Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Standards and Approaches in Disaster Relief and Recovery, Psychosocial Care and Counselling, Guiding Principles in Social Work Practice, Understanding Human Behaviour and Social Work Practice in Physical Health Setting
Research Interests: Rural and Tribal Development, Decentralisation, Transparency and Accountability in Governance
Teaching Expertise: Rural and Tribal Development, Governance
V. S. Kochkrishna Kurup
Research Interests: Human Resource Management, Geriatry, School Counselling
Teaching Expertise: Human Resource, Project Management, Social Work Research, Human Growth and Development, Labour Welfare
Research Interests: Rural and Urban Community Development, Spirituality and Social Work, Sustainable Livelihood
Teaching Expertise: Guiding Principles in Social Work Practice, Social Policy, Programs and Welfare Administration, Rural Development and Urban Development
Research Interests: Life Skills Education and Alcoholism among Adolescence
Teaching Expertise: Physical and Mental Health Knowledge for Social Work Practice, Social Change and Social Development
Field Work Co-ordinator
Research Interests: Child Rights and Child Development, Urban Community Development, Labour Issues
Teaching Expertise: Rural and Urban Community Development, Social Change and Development, Human Resource Management, Child Welfare, Social Welfare Administration, Social Case Work
Dr. Paranjothi Ramalingam J.
Professor and Chairperson
Research Interests: Health & Mental Health, Women Empowerment, Adolescence, Substantial Social Problems and General Social Work Practice
Teaching Expertise: Human Behavior, Social Work Research and Social Work Macro Practice
Dr. Priya K. R.
Research Interests: Social Organization and Cultural Change and Tribal Communities and Gender Studies
Teaching Expertise: Theories in Sociology, History and Philosophy of Social Work, Research Methodology, Social Policies and Administration, Disaster Management and Social Change
Dr. Rangasami P.
Research Interests: NGO Management, Child Protection Child Rights, Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS and Migration
Teaching Expertise: Social Work Practice - Generalist Perspective, Disaster Management & Crisis Intervention, Human Resource Management, Social Work Research
Research Interests: PRI, Community Participation, Trafficking, Sustainable Development
Teaching Expertise: History and Philosophy of Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Micro Social Work Practice, Social Work Ethics, Values & Culture and Community Development
Uma Maheswari K.
Research Interests: Youth Empowerment, Rural Mental Health, Reproductive Health and Sex Education, Child Welfare
Teaching Expertise: Human Behaviour (Micro), Human Behaviour (Macro), Social Work Research (Consumerism), Health /Mental Health and Public Health
Visiting Social Work Practitioners
Dr. R. K. Hebsur
Former Deputy Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Qualification: Ph. D. Political Science (USA), M. A. Political Science (University of Mumbai), M. A. Political Science (USA)
Areas of Concentration: Modernization and Inequalities, Political Violence, Backward Class Movements, Reservations in Jobs and Educational Seats, Power Structure and Social Research Methodology, and Philosophy of Science.
Mr. Pravin Patkar
Founder and Chairman, PRERANA, Mumbai
(Rtd. Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)
Mrs. Priti Patkar
Founder Director,'Prerana', Mumbai
Awards and Recognitions: Young Achiever Award - Indo American Society 2000, 'IIM Lucknow - Laxmipat Singhania National Award for Community Service 2010', STAR Impact Award - Child Protection Category 2009, Ahilya Holkar Award Govt. of Maharashtra 2010 etc.