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Hyderabad Campus

Introduction

 

Converging Excellence with Relevance”

At the invitation of the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP), TISS agreed to set up a campus in Hyderabad. TISS is in the process of setting up a 100 acres campus, scheduled to be ready by mid 2015. The institute’s plans for developing the campus on 100 acres land in Kothur Mandal, Mahbubnagar reflect the values of the Institute through an effort to ensure that it has a warm and welcoming environment for young people. Its construction is planned such that considerations of ecologically sustainability, energy use, green cover, water use and reuse and disability access is taken into consideration. Plans are underway to get the new campus to commence from June 2015.

TISS is currently operating out of two campuses, one in AMR-APARD, Rajendra Nagar, and the other in Roda Mistry College of Social Work, Gachibowli. The campuses are located close to one another and are both equipped to offer academic programmes till the TISS Hyderabad campus in Kothur Mandal is constructed.

Students have been accommodated in well equipped hostels in and around the APARD and Roda Mistry campuses. All services for students such as internet access through wi-fi enabled hostels, class rooms and campus, canteen, visiting doctor, English language communication, academic writing skills, play and group work spaces have been created.

Vison

TISS Hyderabad is envisioned as an institute of global standards, committed to fostering high quality education, research and outreach that can contribute to building just, peaceful and secure societies.

In keeping with the vision of TISS, the institute at Hyderabad nurtures excellence in knowledge production and sharing that explores fresh ground in defining social sciences and its relevance in building human service professionals on the one hand and strengthening people’s knowledge, right to education and ecologically sustainable livelihoods on the other.

TISS-Hyderabad has a key idea of converging excellence with relevance.

Mission

The Hyderabad campus is working towards its vision by

  • Creating an institution of excellence in higher education in social sciences that offers a high quality learning environment for national and international students and scholars

  • Building new knowledge with strong basic and grounded research and practice

  • Strengthening research and practice skills in planning, policy making and programme management at all levels of governance structures

Objective

  • Create an institution of global excellence in higher education in social sciences with a learning environment friendly to local communities, national and international students and scholars.

  • Facilitate knowledge generation in applied and trans-disciplinary social sciences in a pluralistic learning environment with students and scholars, particularly from the South Asian region as well as global South and North.

  • Generate knowledge that respects people’s living wisdom and experiential knowledge, particularly rural women, youth and marginalised groups; and builds their capacities through knowledge hubs.

  • Generate critical knowledge on decentralised governance and citizenship rights and entitlements; inclusive growth and entrepreneurship among marginalised people; rapid expansion of welfare and development; and mitigation of conflicts.

  • Demonstrate innovative programmes realising right to education, ecologically sustainable livelihoods and entrepreneurship models; and

  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues on policy, enabling informed debate and decisive action for inclusive growth, social justice, resource conflicts and other emerging areas of critical importance.

Organisation Structure

TISS Hyderabad came into being with the approval of the Academic Council and the Governing Board of the TISS. Hence the governance and functioning of the campus abides by the Institute’s philosophy, mission and values set out under the guidance of the Governing Board and Academic Council. The registration under Societies’ Registration Act and Public Trust Act of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences are valid for TISS Hyderabad as well. TISS, Mumbai provides oversight to matters of admission, instruction, and evaluation of TISS Hyderabad programmes and confers TISS degrees.

The Director of TISS, whose position is equivalent to that of the Vice-Chancellor of a University, is the academic and administrative head of all the institutes of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. A Senior Professor holding the position of the Deputy Director, equivalent to a Pro-Vice Chancellor of a University, heads TISS Hyderabad.

The Governing Board is the highest authority of the Institute. Its members include the nominees of the Central Government, State Government, the University of Mumbai, the UGC, and representatives from the TISS faculty. The Chairperson of the Governing Board has functions similar to that of the Chancellor of a conventional university. The statutory bodies like the Governing Board, Academic Council, Research Council, Finance Committee and Building Committee are the same for TISS Hyderabad.

TISS Hyderabad is recognized by the University Grants Commission as an off-campus of TISS Mumbai, through due notification.

Current Collaborations & Activities

  • TISS has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Academy of Rural Development, Hyderabad, to offer courses and undertake collaborative work in 2009. A 3-month Certificate course in ‘Rural Development and Decentralised Planning (RD & DP)’, carrying 24 credits (360 hours) has been designed and has been delivered since 2009 to four batches of predominantly government functionaries from the Rural Development, Panchayat Raj departments; functionaries from the NGO sector and young graduates interested to work in the rural sector.

  • TISS has entered into a MoU with Osmania University in 2010 to strengthen social sciences education and carry out collaborative research.

  • TISS has entered into a MoU with Azim Premji Foundation in 2011 to facilitate the promotion of initiatives in the field of Education, Research and Technical interchange in all areas of institutional activities. The Azim Premji School of Education has been set up with financial support from the Foundation. Faculty recruitment and commencement of academic work in preparation for the new academic programmes began from mid June 2011.

  • TISS has a collaboration with Keele University, UK. TISS Hyderabad and Keele University are recipients of the UKIERI grants (2012-2014) for Student Mobility and Innovations in International Outreach Social and Legal Methodologies in Research and Education.

Academic Programmes

TISS Hyderabad offers a number of teaching programmes at the Bachelors, Masters and M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels that are located at inter-disciplinary areas that integrate cutting-edge conceptual, theoretical and knowledge base as well as application and problem-solving abilities.

TISS Hyderabad has been offering the following academic programmes:

1. Masters in Rural Development and Governance

2. Master’s in Education

3. Masters in Public Policy and Governance

4. Integrated Programme in Social Sciences (with BA & MA degrees)

5. Integrated M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

6. Integrated M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Education

7. Ph.D. in Social Sciences

8. Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

In the academic year 2014-15, TISS Hyderabad will offer 5 Masters programmes through the Common Entrance Test (CET):

1. Master in Rural Development and Governance

2. Master in Public Policy and Governance

3. Master in Development Studies

4. Masters in Women’s Studies and

5. Masters in Education

Schools and Centres

The Institute currently has the following Schools that have commenced work

  1. Azim Premji School of Education

  2. School of Livelihoods

  3. School of Policy and Governance

Library & E-Resources

The effort to establish a well-equipped library at TISS, Hyderabad has already begun. More than 4000 books are available and many more books are being procured. The availability of the books is linked to the teaching programmes that the Institute is introducing. As a result the library collection includes books pertaining to the areas of History, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Education, Women’s Studies, Mathematics, Science, Language, Literature and Development. Additionally, the library houses books and back volumes of journals donated by individuals and institutions.

Together with the effort to set up a full library on its premises, the Institute has also initiated the process of setting up collaborative arrangements that will enable students of TISS Hyderabad to access the library resources of other Universities and institutes in the city. Access to the e-resources of the TISS Mumbai library is also available to all students. The library has reading area as well as computer browsing facilities at the APARD and Roda Mistry campuses.

ACADEMIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES OFFERED FROM HYDERABAD

Duration of the Degree Programmes

The Master’s degree programmes being offered from Hyderabad are full time programmes. The duration of these programmes is for four semesters spread over two academic years. If students are unable to complete the programme in two years due to health or any other personal or professional reasons their registration will be valid subject to TISS official rules, for five years from the date of admission.

 

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English. Teaching Associates and Faculty are available to support students who have difficulties with English.

Cornerstone of the Programmes

All academic programmes follow the methods of teaching, which involve classroom lectures, seminars, presentations, field exposure, carrying out research, conducting data analysis, engaging in group discussions and role-plays. The programmes are specifically designed keeping the following key foundational ideas:

 

Focus on the Individual:

The programmes aspire to create an environment of team spirit and professional integrity. Efforts are directed towards developing leadership in these fields. Hence, throughout the programme, opportunities will be provided that will help students to expand their understanding of the subject matter, the broader debates in the field, critical analysis of the same, potential to contribute through learning and self-reflection. Personal interaction with faculty members is an important feature of training at TISS. Faculty members are always available for personal consultations, guidance and mentoring.

Readings, Discussions & Assignments:

All courses within programmes follow readings based mode of classroom engagement mediated by the Faculty and often led by students. This learning is complemented by lectures by Faculty members, Visiting Resource Persons from Government, Industry, other national and international Universities, NGOs, community based organisations; social movements, artists, filmmakers and activists. Preparing for the classes and submissions of term papers and assignments facilitate the building of community and camaraderie among students at a personal level. The exposure to situations outside the classroom provides opportunities to students to engage with a wide range of experiences in formal and informal ways. The students learn to communicate effectively and work in group situations.

Comprehensive Learning:

TISS Masters programmes are specially crafted to make learning far effective through an engagement with the field either within the semester or at the end of each semester. The components of the programmes have been designed to enhance the student’s ability to understand social realities through critical concepts and theories on the one hand, and attempt to measure or test their relevance on the other. The curriculum is designed to develop confidence among students to grapple with theoretical propositions, quantitative and qualitative data sets and their analysis, research, social mobilization and advocacy.

Exposure to Field Realities:

Academic programmes in TISS are known for their unique focus on exposing students to field realities and building their ability to learn through observation and openness to learning from individuals with different levels of formal learning. The students are placed in community settings, non-governmental organisations and government organisations as part of learning or conducting research or developing an intervention strategy (the objectives vary with each programme).

 

Student Support :

Student’s Affairs Office

The Students’ Affairs Office takes care of all the student requirements on the campus. There is a Students Committee with representatives from each programme and each hostel and representative for Literary, Cultural and sports activities.

Hostel and Dining Facilities

Students are provided shared accommodation in hostels close to the campus. Transportation facilities are provided for the students to commute to and from the campus. Students are provided all their meals if they pay fees as hostellers.

Health Care Facility

A visiting Doctor to the APARD campus is available for consultation during working hours. After working hours in case of any emergency students are treated at the hospitals that are covered through the Health insurance scheme. Counselling Services are also available.

Sports and Recreation Facilities

The campus does not have designated recreation facilities yet, but students are provided opportunities for learning Yoga and exercise in a gymnasium.

Location , Access and Communication

Address : Tata Institute of Social Sciences,

II Floor, S.N.Sankaran Block, AMR-APARD Campus,

Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030, INDIA.

Phone Nos. : 91 40 24017701/2/3

Cell No : 08096867071

Email : tisshyd@tiss.edu