The Faculty of Social Work, Baroda owes its origin to the progressive outlook and vision of the first Vice Chancellor of M. S. University, Smt. Hansa Mehta. Though, chronologically it was the third institution imparting social work education in India, it happens to be the very first institute to have gained a faculty status. Established on March 15, 1950, the Faculty made a modest beginning as the Baroda School of Social Work (in 1951, elevated to the faculty status) in the White Pavilion building in Sayajibaug. Following which, it was moved to the seminar building of the Baroda College to occupy its present premises in 1960. The faculty was privileged to have Dr. Perin Vakharia as the founder Dean and faculty members of national and international repute who joined together to build a strong foundation.

To emerge as a leading institute in quality and excellence in Social Work and Human Resource Management. The Faculty addresses the new challenges and work demands of the changing scenario with unique diagnostic, interventive and managerial skills to reach the vulnerable groups of clients. The Faculty endorses its sustainable initiative with thrust areas of Human Resource Management, Poverty alleviation and Social Development with emphasis on working with vulnerable groups viz Women and Children, People belonging to SC/ST, Geriatrirc population. Specially Challenged and others.
The Faculty commits itself towards establishing strategic networks for University-Industry-Community Interface for better exposure and meaningful education. The Faculty with its generic base offers a unique model of Social Work & Human Resource Management Practices. The Faculty provides leadership and guidance in Social Work and Human Resource Management through its extensive Research, Consultancy, Field Work and Extension Work and join hands wherever necessary with Campus Agencies.

To emerge as a leading institute in quality and excellence in Social Work and Human Resource Management by imparting professional body of knowledge, code of conduct and ethics, attitude and skills in Social Work and Human Resource Management. Providing multi-faceted learning opportunities to equip the professionals through sound research and extension projects.
Providing students with knowledge, competencies and tool set par excellence to meet the expectations of the socio-economic environment. To enhance academic and research contribution at micro and macro level through policy initiatives, interventions and breakthroughs in social services and human resource development. To build strategic alliances with the government, NGO's and Corporate etc. for continuous improvement and organizational learning contributed through field experimentation, theory building and research expertise. To consistently pursue initiatives through research, training and consultancy for advancement of the profession. To align social work and human resource objectives with national priorities and fundamental problems in a developmental context.

To provide theory, practice and research exposure to students in Social Work and Human Resource Management and other allied courses offered in the faculty. To provide opportunities for individual growth and development, to equip the students to assume leadership in civic life and evolve into socially aware and responsible citizens themselves. To equip students to take up challenging jobs in various fields of social work and human resource management and other respective fields.and to create a Federation of Social Work and Social Service Agencies.

The institute focuses equally on Theory ,Action Research and Fieldwork. It is one of the few institutes, which has a strong blend of theory and concurrent extensive fieldwork to groom professionals to benefit themselves in dynamic socio-economic milieus and social environment.