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INTRODUCTION

About TISS

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. At the height of economic depression in the 1930s, the trustees of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust willed to create an institution to train human service professionals to address acute poverty, destitution, unemployment, and other social and economic problems. The Trust invited Prof. Clifford Manshardt of Chicago University to establish the School of Social Work. In the subsequent decades, TISS influenced the direction of social work education and social research in India and Asia. In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. In 1964, University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India (GoI) recognised the Institute as a Deemed University under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 , and fully funds its maintenance. TISS had celebrated it Platinum Jubilee in the year 2012.

Vision of TISS

The vision of TISS i s to be an institution of excellence in higher education and continually respond to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.

TISS works towards its vision through:

(a)  Expansion of socially relevant professional education and enhance access to quality education to a larger number of students across the country

(b)  Facilitation of autonomous research in basic and applied research in a range of issues in the social, economic, environmental, political sectors and contribute to knowledge generation, evidence-based policy and programme development

(c)  Strategic extension, field action and policy advocacy through training and capacity building programmes

(d)  Enhancing knowledge development capacities of its Schools and Centres by continuously reviewing and repositioning the curriculum of i ts teaching programmes, faculty capacity building, and student scholarships

(e)  Development of publications and knowledge technology infrastructure by developing e-learning and web-based knowledge dissemination strategies, expanding publications capabilities, upgrading technological capacities and communications technology infrastructure development.


The learning environment at the institute is characterized by academic freedom leading to a positive work ethos and creativity, strong linkages among education, research, field action and dissemination, and the social commitment and responsiveness to varying social needs.

Over 160 faculty members along with doctoral students and research staff are engaged intaking forward the research agenda of the Institute to scale up capacity for knowledge generation.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded a 5-Star rating to TISS in 2002 and re-accredited the Institute in 2010 as a Grade A institution with a score of 3.88 out of 4.

Research

The role of academic institutions like TISS in conducting pioneering research rooted in the context of societal realties, and aimed at influencing policy and practice for positive social change, is widely acknowledged.The ongoing researches at the Institute are in various areas, including children and youth; climate change; community development; corporate social responsibility; dalits and tribals; disaster management; education; food security; governance; human rights; labour and migration; mental health; natural resources management; rural development; urban issues; and women and gender.


Extension and Field Action

As a part of i ts extension activities, the TISS has been undertaking innovative Field Action Projects (FAPs) since the 1930s. These FAPs focus on the empowerment of marginalised groups, testing new approaches and strategies in response to changing social realities, facilitating development of field-based knowledge and practice–theory continuum, among others. They have played an integral role in the curriculum of social work education. Many important institutional innovations - such as Child Guidance Clinics, social workers/ counsellors in hospitals and Family Cour ts, Special Cell s for Violence against Women in Police Stations, Childline - which began as FAPs of TISS are national and international models for action now.


TISS Community

The Institute has over 160 faculty members, who are consistently involved in teaching, research, policy making and institution building. They are supported by technical and administrative staff members and reach out to more than 1,800 postgraduate and 600 doctoral students. The TISS community encompasses an extensive network of partners, former faculty, researchers, activists, and alumni across the development community worldwide.


Social Protection Office

The Social Protection Office (SPO) was established at the Institute as per Government of India and UGC directives with the honorary position of the Dean and Associate Dean occupied by senior faculty members. The SPO facilitates the overall welfare of the students, staff and faculty belonging to SC, ST, OBC (Non-creamy Layer), minority and PWD communities. There are campus specific Social Protection offices, which organizes post-admission Orientation Programme for new admitted students at the beginning of the academic session (July 2017) and provide support services to students from the reserved categories.


TISSCampuses and Programmes

TISS Mumbai conducts several Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes. TISS currently hosts 11 Schools in the Mumbai campus (each having several centres), 4 independent Cent res, and a world class l ibrary. TISS Mumbai does not offer Under-graduate programmes.

 

KEY POSIT IONS:

DIRECTOR

Prof. S. Parasuraman
M.Sc. (Pune), C.P.S. (IIPS), D.P.D. (ISS, The Hague), Ph.D. (Mumbai)

DEPUTY DIRECTORS

Prof. Virginus Xaxa (Guwahati)
M.A (Pune), Ph.D. (IIT Kanpur)

Prof. Lakshmi Lingam ( Hyderabad)
M.A. (Andhra University), Ph.D. (IIT Bombay)

Prof. Abdul Shaban ( Tuljapur)
M.A (JNU), Ph.D. ( IIT Bombay)


REGISTRAR

Mr. C. P. Mohan Kumar
M.Com (Univ of Madras)
Diploma in Fin. Management (ICFAI, Hyd)