The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work to meet the emerging need for trained human service professionals. TISS was one of the earliest institutions to be recognised as an institution Deemed to be University in 1964 to further teaching and research in the inter-disciplinary areas of Social Sciences. TISS is a centrally funded public university with the entire plan and non-plan grants provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India (GoI) since 1964.
TISS has consistently worked for the promotion of sustainable and participatory development and creation of a just and equitable society. TISS has been engaged in research, policy support, programme development and evaluation, training, and advice on development interventions with the ministries and autonomous bodies of GoI; State Governments; bi-lateral and multi-lateral organisations; universities and institutions across the world; the non-government sector, industry, businesses at the national and international levels; and peoples’ groups and networks.
A high degree of freedom and autonomy shape the positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute facilitating strong linkages between education, research, field action and knowledge dissemination. TISS was awarded a 5-Star rating by NAAC in 2002. In 2009, the NAAC re-accredited TISS and placed it in Grade ‘A’ with a score of 3.88 out of 4—the second highest amongst all universities accredited by NAAC until now.
TISS Mumbai hosts 9 Schools, 5 Independent Centres, and 3 Resource Centres as indicated below:
School of Social Work has 11 Centres - Community Organisation and Development Practice; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Disability Studies and Action; Equity for Women, Children and Families; Health and Mental Health; Social Justice and Governance; Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship; Incubation of Social Work Initiatives; South Asia Centre for Studies in Conflict Peace and Human Security; and Learning and Teaching Support Network for Enhancement of Social Work Education and Practice.
School of Development Studies has 6 Centres - Study of Developing Economies; Public Policy, Habitat and Human Development; Study of Developing Societies; Population, Health and Development; Nutrition, Research Facility and Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies.
School of Management and Labour Studies has 6 Centres - Human Resources Management and Labour Relations; Labour Studies; Social Entrepreneurship; Public Policy and Governance; Labour Market and Research Facility and Incubation Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
School of Health Systems Studies has 6 Centres - Health and Social Sciences; Health Policy Planning and Management; Hospital Management; Public Health; India Health Observatory and Social Science Research Facility on HIV /AIDS.
School of Habitat Studies has 7 Centres - Urban Policy, Planning and Governance; Science Technology and Society; Water Policy and Governance; Climate Change and Sustainability; Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management; Geoinformatics Laboratory; and Urban India Research Facility.
School for Media and Cultural Studies has 3 Centres - Critical Media Praxis; Study of Contemporary Culture; and Media Archive and Resource Centre.
School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance has 2 Centres - Law and Society; and Nodal Centre for Excellence in Human Rights Education.
School for Vocational Education which will implement training programmes in different trades through partnerships with various industrial and service sectors.
School of Education has 2 Centres - Centre for Education, Centre for Higher Education and Research and Development of Indian Languages in Higher Education”
Centre for Lifelong Learning
Centre for Human Ecology
Centre for Research Methodology
Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education
Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies
Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library
Student’s Support Services
Students’ Affairs Office
The Students’ Affairs Office is the fundamental link between students, faculty and the administration of TISS. Headed by the Dean (Students’ Affairs). The purpose of the Office is to create a climate which promotes personal and academic development of students by offering them both support and challenges. Support is provided by assisting students directly or through referrals. The Office seeks to provide challenge by holding students accountable for their actions and by assisting them in developing problem-solving skills. The Office, thus, strives to help students in their adjustment to TISS life and help them to take full advantage of the academic or social environment here.
Towards this, the Students’ Affairs Office looks into the physical and mental well-being of students through services such as counselling, extra-curricular activities such and yoga and gymming, as well as promoting cultural activities.
Maintaining tolerance and respect for cultural diversity and plurality is an essential cornerstone of student life at TISS. Students at TISS are welcomed regardless of religion, caste, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation or physical status. Several well-established committees for Student Aid, Gender Amity, Support Facilities for Students, Medical Health Services, and also a team of professional counsellors and male and female wardens — all coordinated by the faculty at TISS — form the backbone of this Office.
The Institute expects that all student members of its community assume responsibility for their conduct. However, when they infringe on the rights of others, the Institute may intervene through the laid down established procedures.
The Institute has a healthy tradition of electing a Students’ Union by secret ballot. Returning Officers are appointed to oversee the process. Office bearers of the Union have been responsible students who have contributed to student life through their leadership. During critical periods, such as disasters and relief work, they have been at the forefront of volunteering for tasks as well as mobilising their colleagues.
Admission to the hostels is restricted to full-time, bonafide, Master’s degree students. Hostel admission is not guaranteed. Deputed candidates, holding government accommodation in Mumbai (general category or SC/ST), will not be allotted hostel accommodation. Due to limited seats in the hostel, accommodation is not available for students who ordinarily reside in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Out-of-town students, who have close relatives in Mumbai, will also not be given hostel accommodation.
The Dining Hall serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. It is managed by the DH Committee with student representatives as members and with a member of the Faculty as its Chairperson. It is open for all the Master’s degree students, M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars, Institute staff, participants of all the short-term courses and seminars held at the Institute. The Dining Hall will be closed by 11.00 p.m. Default in the payment of dining hall charges will result in penalties and cancellation of dining hall membership and even hostel residence. Re-admission may be considered on payments of all dues as a fresh candidate. The Institute is currently working with the students to encourage them to take greater control of the management of the DHs.
Students on campus also enjoy a canteen facility which was initiated in June 2006. In keeping with the overall ethos of the Institute, management of the canteen has been given to an NGO devoted to women’s empowerment. The canteen is run by a self-help group of woman rag-pickers.
Two Medical Officers visit the Institute — one on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., and the other on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. The Institute provides free medical consultation service only. The medical officers also provide referrals as and when required. The programme is coordinated by the Coordinator (Medical and Counselling), who is a faculty member of the Institute.
Trained professionals provide counselling services from Monday to Saturday for 3 hours every day. The counsellors help the students in their day-to-day concerns and also enhance their overall functioning. A senior faculty member from TISS coordinates the Medical and Counselling services.
Workshops on topics relevant to increasing the capacities of the students are regularly conducted by the counsellors. ‘Time Management’, ‘Stress Management’, ‘Building Emotional Resilience’, and ‘Enhancing Inter-personal Relationships’. The Counselling Centre also has an established Peer-support Programme and provides training to student volunteers.
The counsellors also maintain a notice board where posters, charts and cartoons pertaining to various issues are exhibited. The E-mail is yet another medium of communication for the students and the counsellors wherein the students can write to the counsellors for appointments or asking for help. The counsellors use E-mails to communicate information about workshops, send articles, and even for follow-up with students needing frequent attention. This has evoked a positive response from the students.
The Institute has a Group Mediclaim and Group Personal Accident Insurance Policy for students, the details of which are hosted on wwww.tiss.edu/insurance. The premium for the same is to be paid at the time of paying the first semester and third semester tuition fees.
Sports and Recreation
The M.K. Tata Memorial Gymkhana and Recreation Centre includes facilities such as gym, yoga, table tennis, carrom, badminton, etc.. An aerobics programme is being introduced from this academic year to encourage physical fitness activities amongst students.
The Gym is located on the first floor of the Gymkhana and is well equipped with the latest equipment. Gym training is conducted under the supervision of trained instructors (6.00 to 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 to 8.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
Yoga programme is conducted every morning (7.00 to 8.00 a.m.) and evening (6.00 to 7.00 p.m.) from Monday to Saturday, at the ground floor of the M.K. Tata Memorial Gymkhana.
The Students’ Union organises friendly sporting events (both outdoor and indoor), and the Annual Sports day is a much awaited day in the sports calendar for students, staff and faculty alike.
Cultural activities such as celebration of national holidays, the Spic-Macay music festival, food festivals, and the three-day ‘TISS Cultural Fest — Quintessence’ (fondly referred to as Quinty) — form some of the cultural highlights of life on the campus.
Location, Access and Communication
The two Mumbai Campuses of TISS — the Main Campus and the Malti and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe — are both located in Deonar in the North-East Section of Greater Mumbai. The Main Campus is situated opposite to the Deonar Bus Depot on V.N. Purav Marg (also earlier known as the Sion–Trombay Road). The Main Campus houses most of the Schools, Centres and the Administration. The Naoroji Campus is situated off V.N. Purav Marg on Deonar Farms Road.
The nearest local railway station is ‘Govandi’. State Transport (ST) buses from Kolhapur, Solapur, Goa, Pune, and other cities pass by the Institute and the nearest ST bus stop is ‘Maitri Park’. The BEST bus stop near to TISS is ‘Deonar Bus Depot’.
Location Bus Routes
From Dadar Station : 92, 93, 504, 506, 521 (all Ltd.)
From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST): 6
From Bandra Station 352, 358, 505 (all Ltd.) and 371
From Kurla Station 362 and 501 Ltd.
Taxi Fares (Approximate)
Dadar to TISS : Rs. 140/-
CST to TISS : Rs. 220/-
Bombay Central to TISS : Rs. 175/-
Bandra to TISS : Rs. 100/-
Kurla to TISS : Rs. 60/-
Postal Address : V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai - 400 088
Fax : 91-22-2552 5050
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org