Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (STP) Admissions

Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster and Livelihood Recovery

Location: Mumbai

School: Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

Centre: Centre for Disaster Management

Intake: 15


Medium of Instruction: English


This program is being offered to students only from the SAARC region. The final selection will be made through written exams and personal interviews.

Preference will be given to candidates from disaster affected communities or candidates working with organisation working in disaster affected communities. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree of minimum three years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university, in Arts/ Commerce/ Medicine/ Law / Nursing/ Sciences/ Engineering with a minimum average of 50 percent of marks. (40 percent for Scheduled Castes [SCs] and Scheduled Tribes [STs]).


Mode of conducting:

The Diploma Programme is spread over 2 semesters i.e from June to April. Of this the students will initially spend 2 weeks (after orientation by faculty over skype) with a pre-designated organization as part of Fieldwork I, followed by 8 weeks of course work in TISS,Mumbai. After 8 weeks of course work, students will go back to their respective organisation to work on 6 weeks of Internship I and 12 weeks of internship II.  

The above modality is designed to specially facilitate professionals working with disaster affected communities to participate in the programme. Working professionals can continue to work while working on their internship I and II and thus would need only to take a 8-9 weeks break from their organization to complete the course work in Mumbai.

Students are encouraged to seek partial or full sponsorship from in-country organizations/ employers and thus continue working in the community with which the organisation is already engaging with. Similarly, organisations can also nominate and sponsor individuals  to apply for this course.





Academic Calendar 2018-19

Last Date for Receipt of Completed Form at the Institute by Post and in PersonFebruary 28, 2018
Personal Interview

Will announce soon

Announcement of Selection on TISS Website

March 15, 2018

Fee Payment Till

April 13, 2018

Orientation to the programme (via skype)

May 1, 2018

Commencement of Academic Session 2018-2019 (Field Work in own country)

May 21 to June 3, 2018

Commencement of Academic Session at TISS, Mumbai
June 4, 2018
Classroom Sessions at TISS, Mumbai
June 7 to August 10, 2018
Internship I with respective organisation August 13 to October 5, 2018
Vacation October 6 to November 11, 2018
Internship II with respective organization November 12, 2018 to March 18, 2019
End of course March 30, 2019


**Note: Deputed candidates working in the field of disaster management could choose to be placed for internship in their parent organization.



Application Form for International Candidates

Application Form Fee Challan for International Candidates

Description of the Programme:


The emerging discipline of disaster studies is largely shaped by perspectives and debates in the humanitarian sector including both practice and research. Though the focus has been gradually shifting from relief and response to long term recovery and disaster risk reduction, very few academic programmes address the long term recovery dimensions extensively. Thus there is a dearth of trained professional who could examine, conceptualize and deliver the key recovery interventions that is comprehensive and context specific. Economic, Housing and Livelihood recovery are key component of disaster recovery among others and are among the upcoming sectors in the context of disasters, where lots remain unexplored and untouched.

The current diploma programme emerges from the above identified gap.  A diploma programme which equips young graduates, from  disaster hit communities, with appropriate inputs to be able to examine, conceptualize and  deliver on Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship initiatives among the disaster affected  communities locally and internationally.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Courses Credits
Core Courses 13
Fieldwork / Internship 21
Term Paper 2
Total 36

* 1 credit = 15 hours of contact classes/37 hours of field work/internship

Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse TitleCredits
I DDLR 1: (MDM2) Disasters, Vulnerability and Risk 2
  DDLR 2: (LSE 3) Livelihood Uncertainties, Vulnerability and Adaptation 2
  DDLR 3: (LSE7) Social Action and Livelihood Transformation 2
  DDLR 4: (SWCB09) Livelihoods Promotion and Social Entrepreneurship Development 2
  DDLR 5: (LSE5) Business Plan Development for the Social Sector 2
  DDLR 6: (MDM17) Project Management in Disaster Context 2
  Field Based Courses  
I DDLR 7: Disaster Recovery and Social Innovation Lab 3
  DDLR 8: Internship I 6
II DDLR 9: Internship II 12

Research and Research Based Writing Courses

I DDLR 10: Appreciating Research, Data and Analysis 1
II DDLR 11: Term paper 2
  Total Credits 36


Note: *The course structure and content under revision.

Fee Structure:

For Students from India


Semester I

Semester II


Tuition Fee 12,000 12,000 24000
Examinatioin 800 800 1600
Sub Total 12800 12800 25600
Field Work Fees (Non-reimbursable) 10,000 10,000 20,000
Identity Card 300 - 300
Library 1,000 - 1,000
Library Deposit (Refundable) 1,000 - 1,000
Convocation Charges - 2,000 2,000
Development Fund 4,000 4,000 8,000
Computer Infrastructure Use 1,000 1,000 2,000
Students Medical Insurance Premium 2,000 - 2,000
Medical Examination Fee 100 - 100
Students' Union Fund 500 500 1,000
Caution (Refundable) 5,000 - 5,000
SUB TOTAL 24,900 17,500 42,400
TOTAL 37,700 30,300 68,000


*Insurance will be subject to different norms for working students
* Excluding the charges for the hostel facilities, if available and availed of.

Total of First Semester Fees and Deposits = Rs. 37,700/-

Total of Second Semester Fees = Rs. 30,300/-


For students from SAARC region (excluding India)

FEES AND DEPOSITS (In Rupees) Semester
Admission processing fee (250$ for International students) 16,250 - -
Tuition Fee 15,600 15,600 31,200
Examination Fees 1040 1040 2080
Sub Total 32,890 16,640 49,530
Field Work Fees (Non-reimbursable) 13,000 13,000 26,000
Identity Card 400 - 400
Library 1,300 - 1,300
Library Deposit (Refundable) 1,000 - 1,000
Convocation Charges - 2,600 2,600
Development Fund 5,200 5,200 10,400
Computer Infrastructure Use 1,300 1,300 2,600
Students Medical Insurance Premium 2,600 - 2,600
Medical Examination Fee 150 - 150
Students' Union Fund 650 650 1,300
Caution (Refundable) 5,000 - 5,000
Sub Total 30,600 22,750 53,350
TOTAL 63,490 39,390 1,02,880
*Insurance will be subject to different norms for working students
* Excluding the charges for the hostel facilities, if available and availed of.

Total of First Semester Fees and Deposits = Rs. 63,490/-

Total of Second Semester Fees = Rs. 39,390/-

Note: Due to unavoidable circumstances, the institute reserves rights to suspend and amend/change/alter the program structure at short notice.


*The Fees Structure of programme is under revision.