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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 since then fully funds its maintenance.

Vision of TISS

The vision of TISS is 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:  

  1. Expansion of socially relevant professional education and enhance access to quality education to a larger number of students across the country
  2. Facilitation of autonomous research in a variety of areas in applied social sciences and contribute to knowledge generation, evidence-based policy and programme development.
  3. Strategic extension, field action and policy advocacy through training and capacity building programmes.
  4. Enhancing knowledge development by continuously reviewing and repositioning the curriculum of its teaching programmes, capacity enhancement of its faculty members, and promoting active student engagements.

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

In the 3rd cycle of assessment held in February 2016, The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rated TISS with a score of 3.89 out of 4, the second highest score among universities accredited thus far. In earlier rounds, NAAC had awarded a 5-star rating to the Institute in 2002, and re-accredited the Institute with ‘A’ Grade in 2010. In April 2018, the UGC awarded TISS with a ‘Grade One’ Deemed to be University Status.


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 and access to justice; climate change and sustainability; labour and migration; mental health; natural resources management; rural development; urban issues; women and gender etc.  

Extension and Field Action

As a part of its outreach and 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 Courts, 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 280 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 its learners spread across more than 2800 postgraduate, 1200 doctoral, 500 under graduate and 400 executive students. The TISS community encompasses an extensive network of partners, former faculty, researchers, field and industry practitioners, and alumni across the development community worldwide.

SC/ST and Equal Opportunity Cell ( SC/ST & EO Cell): 

Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe Cell & Equal Opportunity Cell (SC/ST & EO Cell):

The SC/ST & EO Cell was established at the Institute as per Government of India and UGC directives with senior faculty members holding the honorary positions of the Liaison Officers for both the units supported by single administrative unit. These cells 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 SC/ST & EO Cells, which organizes post-admission Orientation Programme for newly admitted students at the beginning of the academic session (July 2019) and provide support services to students from the reserved categories.

TISS Campuses 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 Centres, and a world class library. Under graduate programmes are currently being offered from Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Campuses. However fresh admissions to Under graduate programmes for the academic year 2020 – 2021 is being held for Tuljapur and Guwahati Campuses only.


Sr.No TISS Campus BA Programmes Intake in BA in Sciences Programme
1 Guwahati Off-campus BA Programme in Social Sciences * 60
2 Tuljapur Off-campus BA Programme in Social Sciences * 30
3 Tuljapur Off-campus BA (Hons) in Socail Work in Rural Development 30




Prof. Shalini Bharat, M.A., D.Phil,( Allahabad)


Prof. Surinder Jaswal, M.A. (TISS), Ph.D (London)



Prof. P.K. Shajahan, MSW (Mahatma Gandhi), Ph.D (Delhi)



Mr. M.P. Balamurugan, M.A. in Social Work (Madurai Kamraj)

Deputy Registrar (Personnel Administration)



Mr. Mustafa Momin, M.Com (Shivaji), M.A. (Madhurai Kamaraj)



Tuljapur - Campus In-charge

Prof. Ramesh Jare, M.A.(TISS), Ph.D. (YCMOU, Nasik)


Guwahati – Acting Deputy Director

Prof. Kalpana Sarathy, M.A.(Madras), M.Phil.(Banglore), Ph.D. ( JNU)

Hyderabad – Acting Deputy Director

Prof. Vindhya Undurti (Hyderabad), M.A. in Psychology (Andhra), Ph.D. in Psychology (Andhra)


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