The School of Social Work, managed by the Institute of Social Service Mangalore of Karnataka State, was established in 1960 in Mangalore by the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary, an International Catholic Religious Society, founded in France in 1790 during the French Revolution. It is the pioneer Post Graduate Centre for Social Work Education in Karnataka, listed as a ‘Minority’ Institution. It believes in the dictum – “Small is Beautiful”. It is situated on a six acre campus wherein, besides the college, there are service centres such as Kindergarten, Family Service Agency, Family Counselling Centre and CHILDLINE.
Education in this College is inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. From the gospel it draws high ideals of life and service based on the values of respect, freedom and equality. It seeks to contribute to the vision of a humane, just and harmonious society.
The Institute has adopted as its motto, the words of Tagore – “LOVE IS MADE FRUITFUL IN SERVICE”- Serving God by serving humans is the principle that guides its action. The ambiance of the Institute nurtures a homely atmosphere – a healthy teacher-pupil relationship of respect and understanding based on freedom with responsibility.