Work is Worship

With the enactment of the Factories Act 1948 & keeping in view its provisions relating to health, safety and welfare, appointment of Welfare Officer became mandatory on the part of the employer. The department was started to provide specialized education and training to the students who were to seek jobs in the areas of industrial relations, labour welfare, Govt. labour departments of states and the entire other welfare agencies and careers in trade unions. It was the collective foresights of Sir C.P.N. Sinha, the then Vice-Chancellor of Patna University, Dr. Gorakh Nath Sinha, the then Head of Economics department and above all Late Sri Jagjivan Ram, the then Union Minister of Labour which brought the department as an academic specialized centre in 1948. The part time faculties included Dr. V.K.N. Menon, the then Head of Political Science, Dr. B.R. Mishra, the then Head of Applied Economics & Commerce, Dr. H.P. Maiti, the then Director of Psychological Research Institute, Dr. Ramola Nandi, Principal of M.M. College. The other set included the names of Prof. B. Gopal, Prof. A.D. Singh, Prof. Durganand Sinha, Prof. Diwakar Jha, Dr. M.Z. Abidin, Dr. D.N. Lal and Dr. Namdeshwar Prasad of Sociology Department. Dr. G.P. Sinha was the founder Head of the Department. The subsequent heads were Prof. A.D. Singh, Dr. P.R.N. Sinha, Dr. S.M. Raza, Dr. B.N. Shukla, Dr. K.P. Singh, Dr. Geeta Sinha, Prof. Prabhakar Jha, Dr. Sharad Prawal, and now Dr. Sunita Roy. The eminent other faculties were Dr. B.B. Verma, Dr. R.K. Singh, Dr. R.P. Verma, Late Prof. M. Lal, Dr. B.N. Singh and Late Dr. K.C. Singh. All the teachers of the department had great academic capability and genuine research interests. The other teachers in the academic galaxy of the department are Dr. Sanjay Paswan, Dr. Govind Kumar and Dr. K. Pandit.

The academic capability and research calibre of the teachers of the department are constantly being manifested in various researches, publications, workshop, seminars and conduction of conferences of national and international repute. All the faculties retired and serving the Alma metre are really the pride of the university duly known in and outside the country.

In the year 2006, the nomenclature of the Department was duly changed from Labour and Social Welfare to Personnel Management and Industrial Relations keeping in view the requirements of the job markets and changed character of the course. Since 1984 the department started two self financed courses namely Rural Management & Welfare Administration and Industrial Safety Management of the Diploma character due to increasing demand from the various sections. In 2000, the Rural Welfare Administration was converted into two years M.A. Course duly approved and recognized by the UGC and other agency. Its ordinance & the regulations are approved by the Honerable Chancellor of Patna University. The two courses are virtually taken care by the competent specialized guest faculties, practicenors of the agencies and the officials of the labour department of the State Govt. and Chief Inspectors of factories. The guest lectures, workshops and seminars are periodically organised by the department in which the representatives of public and private sector organisations, Govt. and Non-Govt. Officials as well as trade union leaders/members participate. The department has a rich library of books, journals periodicals duly updated by the department. It has a computer centre with thirteen computers with data processor and the programmers as per the requirement of the courses in PM&IR, Rural Studies (RMD) and Diploma Course in Industrial Safety Management. A number of project publications, papers of academic standards, books are main testimonials where teachers have shown their metals duly appreciated in India and abroad. All of them are life members of national & international academic bodies with a view to contribute with updated knowledge and genuine specialization.

Vision of the Department (Work is Worship) :

The department directs its efforts to support the mission of the university and dedicates itself to promote an academic culture that provides opportunities to obtain the skill, knowledge and behaviour for empowering our students to be productive citizens. Our efforts focuses to broaden their understanding of themselves and the world they live in, by developing strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, lifelong learning skills, profound social skills, appreciation for healthy environment and life styles and commitment to society, nation and humanity. We thrive to advance the frontiers of economic knowledge for fostering innovative research that addresses significant global and regional issues.

Mission of the Department :

The mission of the department is to provide and sustain a modern and respectful environment that ensures our students as well as the faculty members attain a high level of personal and academic achievement as determined by local, state, national and international standards. We commit to a comprehensive system of support including all stakeholders.

Objectives :

  • i. The main objective of the department is to develop skilled manpower.
  • ii. To broaden our students understanding of themselves and the world they live in, by developing strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • iii. To prepare our students to understand and make suggestions to solve socio-economic problems of the society and the nation.
  • iv. To make our students innovative and information technology friendly.
  • v. To provide value based education to our students and give community of learners to the society.
  • vi. The other objectives are to provide background knowledge of social work.
  • vii. To increase quantitative ability of our students.
  • viii. To develop capability of our students.
  • ix. To make our students globally competitive in the changing global scenario.
  • x. To increase the productivity through Human Resource Development to contribute in nations development goals.