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Title The Indian Journal of Social Work
Document Type Journal
Language English


Founded in 1940, The Indian Journal of Social Work was a quarterly journal devoted to ‘the promotion of professional social work, scientific interpretation of social problems and advancement of social research’. The journal was published in the months of June, September, December and March, by the Bureau of Research and Publications, Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work, Bombay, which later became the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The journal’s Editorial Board comprised J.M. Kumarappa, the Editor, and other members such as Behram Mehta, M.V. Moorthy and K.R. Masani.


The journal published articles, notes, comments and book reviews. The subjects included law, women, public health and medicine, education, educational and scientific institutions, social work, child welfare, and rural affairs. Published articles included P.M. Titus’ ‘From Charity to Social Work’; J.M. Kumarappa’s ‘The Family in Child Welfare’; Katayun H. Cama’s ‘Some Recent Approaches to Speech Pathology and Speech Rehabilitation’; Clifford Manshardt’s ‘Co-operation and Rural Reconstruction’; Om Prakash Goel’s ‘After-care of Released Prisoners’; J.C. Mariatia’s ‘Bedwetting – Its Causes and Treatment’; J.P. Gupta’s ‘History and Development of the Juvenile Court’; Rhoma Ghate’s ‘Women and Beveridge Plan’; Kewal Motwani’s ‘The Indian Academy of Social Sciences: A Plea’; and B.H. Mehta’s ‘A Plan for a National Institute of Adult Education’.


The journal also brought about special numbers for occasions such as the Indian Conference of Social Work held in Delhi in December 1949. The Indian Journal of Social Work published the proceedings and presented papers of the conference in its special number of June 1950 (Vol. XI, No. 1). The section ‘Notes and Comments’ contained brief notes, comments and reports on various aspects and activities of the School/Institute as well as general information about social work and related legal matters.

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