MPhil PhD Admissions

Ph. D. in Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning)

Location: Mumbai

Centre: Centre for Lifelong Learning

Intake: 5


Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard.

Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

  • Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the M.Phil. & Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.

  • Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

  • Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Ph.D. programmes. In case of the M.Phil. Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.

  • Research Proposal:

    Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the M.Phil and Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.

  • Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a PhD




It has been now well established that Universities will be required to play a larger leadership role both nationally and to satisfy community learning requirements within the larger concept of lifelong education. The UGC also recognises this role , which is clearly articulated in the 'Guidelines on Lifelong Learning and Extension – during the XI Plan Period (2011-2017). The document states, with the beginning of the Eleventh Five Year Plan the UGC would accord maximum priority to Lifelong Learning with a view to meeting the demands of emerging knowledge society and facilitate the process of developing a learning society.

The TISS had recognised this role with the formation of Unit for Extra Mural Studies in 1978, later called Department of Extra Mural Sturdies since 1984, and then the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) since 2006 (as mandated by the UGC). The CLL offers Diploma and Certificate programmes for adult learners, and custom made training programmes as per the requirement of Civil Society Organisations and Government agencies. Over the years, the CLL has developed expertise in the training of adult learners, and also engaged in committees and policy making bodies related to lifelong learning, youth and the elderly.


Focus on senior citizens and youth: Though lifelong learning is seen as a process which begins at birth and continues throughout one's lifespan the CLL has decided to focus on two age related populations, i.e., senior citizens and youth. These are two stages of life when learning processes are significant – youthhood and elderly. Senior citizens are at a stage where major adjustments to lifestyle are required, and, hence, relearning is imperative for positive aging. Youth are at a stage where productivity is expected to be high, and , in today's context, the need for regular upgrading of skills for competencies at work, and also lifeskills for management of personal choices and lifestyles, is crucial. The complex decisions of life and the novel problems faced by the youth and the elderly calls for skills and capacities that the lifelong learner now wishes is readily available.


The programme will offer the degree in Social Sciences, and will follow the norms and procedures of the TISS for the same. This includes procedures for Admission; Duration of the programme and structure;Methodology; Examination and assessment.


In addition to the requirements as already specified in the PhD degree as offered in Social Sciences, CLL will also offer a basic 2 credit course in Adult Education and Learning to strengthen the Scholar's base in this discipline. Further, bearing in mind that Scholars may be coming after a long gap in their studies, additional inputs in Research Methodology will be planned for them.


Guides in the CLL for PhD Guidance

  1. Prof. Nasreen Rustomfram

  2. Dr. Sabiha Vasi


Guides who have the thematic expertise of the CLL could also be invited from other Schools and Centres.


The following is a list of researchable topics to help Scholars. It is not exhaustive.


Lifelong Learning


  • Role of Lifelong Learning in the promotion of Life Skills (across the lifespan/specific groups)

  • Factors influencing Lifelong Learning.

  • Experiential Pedagogoy and its significance in training

  • Curriculum development for adult learners

  • Adult Education : teaching and learning processes

  • Lifelong Learning and Psychological well being



  • Situational Analysis Elderly in India

  • Issues Related to Positive Ageing

  • Contexual factors influencing Positive Ageing

  • Interventionas for Positive Ageing

  • Active Ageing and its determinats in the process of Lifelong Learning.

  • Older Adult Volunteerism in the promotion of Active Ageing

 Adolescents and Youth

  • Situational Analysis of Adolscents and Youth

  • Engaging Young People in Lifelong Learning : Status and Challenges

  • Evaluation of Youth Policies and Programmes

  • Systems influencing Youth : Family, Education, Crime, Work, Politics

  • Education and Life skills for Marginalised Youth

 Mental Health

  • Counseling across the Lifespan

  • Psychological well-being and Quality of Life.

  • Impact of Lifelong Learning in enhancing social inclusion

  • Evaluation of Life Skills training.

  • Systems approach to Socio-Psychological problems.

 Nursing Care (Non-Medical Aspects)


  • Job satisfaction of Nursing Personnel.

  • Quality of work Life and work Enviornment

  • Professionalism amongst Nursing Personnel.

  • Quality of Nursing care.

  • Nursing Efficiency in Patient Care.

Fee Structure:

Fee Structure for M.Phil and Ph.D Programme

(Prices in INR and subject to revision)

The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.

Fee Component








Per Semester




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Identity Card







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Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium



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Development Fund



For M.Phil per Semester

For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

Medical Examination Fees




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Student Union Fee



Per semester






Thesis submission



Payable three months before submission

Thesis resubmission




Degree certificate replacement




Issue of duplicate Identity Card




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Hostel Charges:




Dining Hall



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Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)



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*subject to revision