NISWASS is an institution of higher education, social research, and training that believes in positive change by reducing inequalities and building inclusive and sustainable societies. As the first post-graduate school of Social Work and Social Communication in eastern India with a distinctive curriculum, NISWASS is pro-actively solution focused with an empowering and bottom-up approach.

Currently, NISWASS has four Departments: Social Work, Social Communication, Rural Management along Gandhian principles and the only Department of Buddhist Studies in Odisha. These disciplines are organically linked, making education, training, and research at NISWASS highly interdisciplinary and holistic. NISWASS has centres that specialize in Social Research, Multimedia Education and Research, Vocational Education and Training, Sustainable Agricultural Systems and Community Health, Centre for Continual Learning, Training and Career Solutions, Centre for Hospitality, Wellness and Happiness; and Centre for Digital Design and Production. These centres provide customized training and research consultancy services to a diverse range of corporate, government and non-government institutions and individuals. They also conduct professional development programmes for those working in the development sector and the academia.

With a long history of education, research and action programmes, NISWASS exists in a dynamic environment that demands continual reflection and readjustment in its approach and activities. Being a learning institution, it shall strive to provide contextually relevant and digitally enabled education of the highest quality to students of diverse identities, regions, and disparities.

In the future, NISWASS aims to engage in multidisciplinary, social action research that co-constructs knowledge with the poor and the vulnerable groups towards their emancipation and development. NISWASS looks forward to broadening its collaborations with other educational institutions, businesses, government, and non-government institutions to deliver its mission of affecting positive social transformation towards a more equitable, just and sustainable society.

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  • I give credit to NISWASS for my current self-confidence and personality. Professors at NISWASS are most encouraging. They have sharpened my knowledge and understanding of communities, their cultural traditions, and lifestyles ::¬†Sangeeta Daimary
  • NISWASS has given me the platform and support to showcase my talents in many ways. At NISWASS , I get opportunities to organize events, visit places and meet people. My teachers at NISWASS¬† encourages me to look beyond the classroom for real lessons of life :: Rumi Kalita