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Institute of Social Work and Research
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Genesis of CSRD


Centre for Studies in Rural Development (CSRD), Institute of Social Work & Research, Ahmednagar is one of the pioneer institutions in community extension and social work education in India. It was established in 1961. It is managed and run by Bhaskar Pandurang Hiwale Education (BPHE) Society, Ahmednagar. The Institute is affiliated to University of Pune and recognized by UGC under Section 2 (f) and 12 (b) or the UGC Act, 1956. The Institute is aided by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of Maharashtra.

The Visionary

      Dr. B.P. Hivale an eminent Professor of Philosophy at Wilson College, a Ph.D from Harvard, founded the Ahmednagar College in 1947. It was a pioneering effort to open learning opportunities for the poor students of Ahmednagar. The founder Principal Dr. Hivale and subsequent Principal Dr. T. Barnabas were great dreamers and laid strong foundation for education.

Dr. Bhaskar Pandurang Hivale
Founder, Ahmednagar College (1947)

(1889 - 1961) 


Bhaskar Pandurang Hiwale Education (BPHE) Society

Bhaskar Pandurang Hiwale Education (BPHE) Society is registered under Societies Registration Act and Public Trusts Act in the year 1969. The object of the Society is to promote education, knowledge and culture among people irrespective of race, class, caste, creed or sex.

BPHE Society is the pioneer in several programmes and initiatives in the field of education, research and extension. Some of the prominent initiatives are rural service, the National Service Scheme, Drug Chemistry and Environment Management. Ahmednagar College, established in 1947, is the first rural college in the country.

  Dr. T. Barnabas
(Founder Secretary of BPHE Society and Ex Principal  of Ahmednagar College)
Rev. Prof. J. Barnabas
(Ex Secretary of BPHE Society and Ex Principal of Ahmednagar College) 

BPHE Society stands for excellence and believes not in things but men. According to Dr. T. Barnabas, the former Principal of Ahmednagar College, the vision of yesteryears may be kept as beacon for the generations to come.

BPHE Society believes in shaping the human beings in such a way that they shoulder the responsibilities in changing world. It believes in training the people to become the institutions themselves.

In the words of Rev. Joseph Barnabas, former Secretary, BPHE Society, 'If there is no vision for tomorrow, money alone can not bring concrete results. For tomorrow, there has to be a master plan with human face. Finances can be made available to implement these plans'.

Ahmednagar College was founded on 20th June 1947 by Dr. BP Hivale with the support and cooperation of the American Marathi Mission, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission, Boston, Minnepolis, Minnesota and a number of individuals and groups. In the 6 decades of its existence the strength of students has grown from 300 to 8000. The BPHE Society was established in 1969.Today the Society runs three prominent educational institutions namely, Ahmednagar College, Centre for Studies in Rural Development - Institute of Social Work and Research, and Institute of Management Studies and Career Development Research in the state of Maharashtra. The BPHE Society is extending its services to the people with innovative educational programmes under the leadership of Mr. Philip Barnabas, the present Secretary.


  Mr. Philip Barnabas
(Secretary, BPHE Society)

Centre for Studies in Rural Development (CSRD)
Institute of Social Work & Research (ISWR)



The History

CSRD was established in 1961 as an extension wing of Ahmednagar College. It was started as an initiative of Dr. T Barnabas, then Principal of Ahmednagar College, with the involvement of faculty and student volunteers in rural development. With their initial experiments, Rural Life Development Programme (RLDP) was introduced in 1961. Dr. S.K. Hulbe an Economics Professor and Ph.D from U.S. helped Ahmednagar College to structurise and implement this programme.  The RLDP was an attempt to revitalize education by relating it to the needs of its rural surroundings. It was to create a cadre of well informed personnel to undertake responsibilities for rural community development. This project evolved into a Certificate course in Community Development. Subsequently, the RLDP was renamed as Centre for Studies in Rural Development (CSRD).


A new campus for CSRD was constructed in 1967 in the northern campus of Ahmednagar College with the support of Christian Neighbourhood. Independent residential facilities (gents' hostel) were also in the campus for the students and staff. The Department of Social Work began functioning from CSRD building since 1967. The certificate course was upgraded  to one year post graduate course in social work (DSW) in 1969 and eventually to two year Master of Social Work in 1974. Later in 1990 the Department of Social Work became the Institute of Social Work & Research as a full-fledged Institute with a full-time Director. Prof. Dr. SK Hulbe was the first director of CSRD. It has now been recognised as a research centre for Social Work by UGC. It is also eligible to receive central government assistance.  

Prof. Dr. S.K. Hulbe
(First Director, CSRD)



  • To train professional social workers

  • To train professional NGO and corporate sections to deal with problems and challenges of Human Resource Management.

  • To share with and learn from both urban and rural community by way field work involving faculty and students.

  • To conduct research in the field of community development.

CSRD-ISWR focuses on teaching, research and extension activities in Rural Development. In the year 2010-11 the institute is celebrating the golden jubilee. During these 50 years the institute has passed through various stages. The institute has contributed remarkably in the field of social work education, community work and rural development. IGNOU study centre has been launched at CSRD.


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