M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts in Social Work (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship)_MGAHD), Chuchuyimlang (Nagaland)

Location: Nagaland

Intake: 30




Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development (MGAHD),
Chuchuyimlang (Nagaland).


Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Nagaland Gandhi Ashram (NGA) have established the Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development (MGAHD) in Chuchuyimlang (Nagaland). The Academy was formally inaugurated on 2 October 2015 by the Union Minister for Human Resources Development and the Chief Minister of Nagaland.

MGAHD is launching a Master of Arts Social Work in Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship, which is a two years full time program with an integrated 3 months of internship in a field setting. The students would gain an in-depth understanding on knowledge, logic, methods and skills of livelihood regeneration and development, market linkages and entrepreneurship development to create livelihoods and enhance wellbeing for the people.


About Programme:-

The poor and marginalised groups and communities face several struggles while interfacing with diverse ac- tors for scarce and competitive resources. Further, with the advent of globalisation and more powerful market forces acting on them, they are at risk of being pushed further to the margins. Mainstream development ap- proaches aimed at enhancing livelihoods or eradicat- ing poverty often fails to recognise the daily struggles of poor people or the structural determinants of their deprivation. There is thus a tremendous need to work through social and political structures in developing al- ternative livelihood approaches.

The Master of Arts in Social Work (Livelihoods and Social Entre-preneurship) aims at strengthening theoretical under- standing of the complexities and dynamics of poor peoples’ life worlds and livelihoods and innovate practices and institutions in enabling the poor and marginalised sections of the population to access im- proved livelihood opportunities and resources. Apart from critically examining present-day livelihood ap- proaches, the programme strives towards innovating and incubating alternative models of livelihood pro- motion, ensuring resource access and resource justice for the poor and marginalised, social equity, empow- erment and social value creation. A key strategy for the same is to equip students to work with vulnerable groups and marginalised communities to develop and strengthen their livelihoods through meaningful so- cial enterprises, collectives etc. The vision and mission of the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation (CLSI) ofering the said M.A programme is grounded on the understanding that livelihood promotion, so- cial innovation and social entrepreneurship develop- ment takes place in the institutional context of co- production, which implies that social workers not only interface with volunteers, individuals and community groups, but also with policy makers, civil servants and corporates.

The programme aims to impart adequate knowledge, de- velop competent skills and provide students an exposure to appropriate attitudinal perspectives so as to prepare them to occupy positions in Government programmes like the National Rural Livelihood Missions, NGOs, social

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Year Detail Credits
First Foundation Courses 6
Philosophy of Research 1
Core Social Work Courses 16
Programme Courses 4/6*
Fieldwork 12
Second Programme Courses 16/18*
Research Project 6
Choice Based Credit Courses 8
Fieldwork 12
Total Credits 83


*The number of credits over the year may vary across programmes due to difference in placement of programme specific courses.

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester Course Code Course Credits
I       FC Foundation Course 6
  Philosophy of Research 1
SW 01  History and Perspectives ofSocial Case Work 2
SW 02 Social Case Work 2
SW 03 Social Group Work 2
SW 05 Research Methods I 3
LSE 01 Introduction to Human Economy 2
II          EF Elective Foundation Course (CBCS) 2
OE Open Elective Course (CBCS) 2
SW 04 Community Organisation 2
SW 5 Social Welfare Administration 2
SW 07 Critical Perspective on Social work: Introduction to Socail Theories 2
SW 08 Research Methods II 2
LSE 2 Development, Marginalities and Sustainable Livelihoods 2
LSE 3 Livelihood Uncertainties, Vulnerability and Adaptation 2
FW Field Work 12
 Total credits in first year & second year 42
III        SW 09 Social Policy and Planning 2
LSE 5 Business Plan Development for Social Sector 2
LSE 6 Livelihoods Innovation Lab - I 2
LSE 7 Social Action and Livelihoods Transformation 2

Participatory Livelihoods Assessment and Planning (PLAP)

Methodologies and tools for People Centered Innovation

LSE 11

Project Planning Tools for livelihood Promotion


Disciplinary Elective Course ( CBCS)

IV     LSE 9

Livelihood Impact Assessment and Evaluation

LSE 10

Livelihoods Innovation Lab - II


Research Project


Field Work


Disciplinary Elective Course (CBCS)




Fee Structure:


Components Master of Arts in Social Work in (Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship)
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
CHARGES Field Work Charges 5000 5000 5000 5000
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0 0 0
  Total Course Fee 39,200 27,300 20,800 21,300
*Details under School        
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Some Schools will organise Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, expenses for these are not shown in the above table. These expenses will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.