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Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a premier social sciences institute based in Deonar, Mumbai, India.

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History

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. The first school of social work in India, TISS was a pioneering effort with the objective of Social Welfare through academic excellence, a characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). Its establishment was the result of the decision of the Trustees of the SDTT to accept Dr. Clifford Manshardt’s vision of a post-graduate school of social work of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and problems and impart education in social work to meet the emerging need for trained human power. This subsequently influenced the direction of social work education and social research in India.

In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognised as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.

Introduction

Since then, the TISS has been expanding continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure. While responding to the changing needs of the social and educational system in the country, the Institute has gone far beyond the initial concern of social work education. Thus, what started as a small institution offering a post-graduate diploma in Social Work, grew into a Deemed University and, as a result, diversified its activities.

Since its inception in 1936, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has never limited itself to the mandate of a conventional university; rather, it has worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice through:

  • Value-based professional education for social work and other human service professions;
  • Social research and dissemination of socially relevant knowledge;
  • Social intervention through training and field action projects;
  • Contribution to social and welfare policy and programme formulation at state,
    national and international levels; and
  • Professional response to national calamities, through relief, rehabilitation
    and disaster management.

Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrusts, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development, in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations. In all cases, the focus has been on the disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society, such as organised and unorganised labour, women, children, Dalits, and tribals.

Today, the TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international. This is due to the academic freedom leading to a positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute, strong linkages among education, research, field action and dissemination and the social commitment and responsiveness to varying social needs.

During its seven decades of existence, the TISS has carved out a niche for itself in the field of human service professional education and applied social science research. It has simultaneously influenced social policy and social work practice through pioneering innovations and interdisciplinary / inter-professional interactions. It has proven itself to be a centre of excellence, contributing relevant education and research, towards the national agenda of sustainable, pcarticipatory and equitable development.

As of 2006, the TISS has restructured its existing departments and units into schools and independent centres. Its five schools comprise: Health Systems Studies, Management and Labour Studies, Rural Development, Social Sciences and Social Work. Its four independent centres focus on Disaster Management, Lifelong Learning, Media and Cultural Studies and Research Methodology.

Vision

To be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred and ecologically sustainable society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all, with special emphasis on marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Guiding principles

Deriving from the vision, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences is guided by the following principles:

  • Appreciation of and respect for freedom of expression and cultural, ideological
    and intellectual diversity;
  • Equal opportunities for all and non-discrimination on grounds of caste, class, gender,
    sexual preference, religion, and disability;
  • Accountability and transparency in all work matters;
  • Decision-making in management and organisational processes, which is collective,
    participatory and non-hierarchical;
  • Pedagogy which is participatory and experiential, fostering dialogue, mutual learning
    and critical reflection;
  • Emphasis on rigour, creativity and innovation in academic activities;
  • Recognition of the synergy resulting from teamwork, including multi-disciplinary
    perspectives and trans-disciplinary collaborations;
  • Creation of an enabling environment that fosters teamwork, cooperation
    and mutual support;
  • Development of interlinkages across teaching, research and extension;
  • Fostering of a spirit of self-reflection and critical appreciation.

Mission

In pursuance of its vision and guiding principles, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences organises teaching programmes to facilitate the development of competent and committed professionals for practice, research and teaching; undertakes research; develops and disseminates knowledge; and reaches out to the larger community through extension, at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Objectivess

In pursuit of its vision and mission the Tata Institute of Social Sciences will:

  • Organise teaching in the areas of social work, social sciences, human resources management,
    health systems and allied fields;
  • Conduct research to promote the development of knowledge in the areas of study at the Institute
    and to contribute to legislation, policies and programmes;
  • Develop and disseminate knowledge through print, audio-visual and electronic media and various
    indigenous forms;
  • Conduct training programmes for continuing education;
  • Undertake innovative field action projects in relevant areas, to develop new approaches
    and strategies;
  • Engage in relief, rehabilitation and development initiatives to address human suffering
    caused by natural and human-made disasters;
  • Network with state and non-state agencies and other academic institutions, people's groups
    and movements; and
  • Undertake advocacy and consultancy on relevant issues.

Milestones

1936 : The beginning of social work education in India. The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust establishes the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work with 20 students. Dr. Clifford Manshardt is its first Director.

1937 : The Child Guidance Clinic, the Institute's first Field Action Project, is launched. This project continues even today, under the name of Muskaan: Centre for Child and Adolescent Guidance.

1940 : The first issue of The Indian Journal of Social Work is published by TISS. It is the first journal of social work in South Asia.

1944 : The Institute's name changes to the 'Tata Institute of Social Sciences'. The late forties also mark a shift from a generic social work programme to specialized courses of study, equipping students to work with specific groups, sectors and settings.

1948 : In the aftermath of the Partition, the Institute sends a relief team of students and faculty to work in the refugee camps. The tradition of responding to human needs and natural disasters by sending relief teams continues even today.

1954 : The Institute shifts to its new campus at Deonar, Mumbai. With its distinctive architecture, the campus is in consonance with the landscape, gradually transformed by intensive greening efforts.

1964 : The Institute is recognised as a Deemed University, primarily funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This new status has facilitated infrastructure expansion necessary for promoting inter-disciplinary and applied research.

1967 : In response to the increasingly complex and specialised needs of industry, the social work specialisation in Labour Welfare and Industrial Relations develops into an independent Master's Degree programme in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

1969 : The first research unit of the Institute, the Unit for Child and Youth Research, is set up with support from the UNICEF. Subsequently, several other research units are set up, in relevant areas, between 1970 and 1984.

1980 : For the first time, evening programmes are initiated with two certificate programmes: (i) Hospital Administration and (ii) Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. These programmes later develop into Diploma Programmes.

1986 : As part of the Golden Jubilee initiatives towards holistic and sustainable development, the idea of a Rural Campus is conceived. The Government of Maharashtra donates 100 acres of barren land in Sindphal village, Tuljapur Taluka, Osmanabad District, for this purpose. In the first phase, commencing in 1988, community action projects are initiated and linkages built with rural organisations.

In the same year, the Institute is designated as a Curriculum Development Centre for Social Work Education by the UGC and submits a curriculum for under-graduate and post-graduate social work education in the country.

1993 : Master's degree programmes in Health Administration and in Hospital Administration are initiated.

1999 : The Mumbai campus expands with the inauguration of the Malati and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe, also at Deonar, Mumbai.

2002 : The National Assessment and Accreditation Council awards the Institute a 5-Star rating. This is for a period of 5 years.

2004 : The Bachelor's Degree programme in Social Work commences at the Institute's Rural Campus in Tuljapur.

2005 : Diploma Programmes in Sustainable Development commence in Ladakh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

2006 : A landmark year for TISS. Academic restructuring of existing Departments and Units into 5 Schools and 4 Independent Centres is operationalised.

Two new M.A. programmes are introduced: Development Studies and Education (Elementary)

The M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations is renamed as M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations with significance changes in curriculum

A revamped M.Phil.- Ph.D. programme is introduced.

The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management is inaugurated.

2007 : Three new post-graduate programmes are initiated: Disaster Management, Globalisation and Labour, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Diploma programme in Media and Cultural Studies commences.

Centre for Studies in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies innaugurated

2008 : Full time post graduate programme in Media and Culture Studies introduced.

2009 : Full time course in Habitat Studies & Women Studies Introduced

Organizational structure

The Director of TISS is the head of the Institute, whose position is equivalent to that of the Vice-Chancellor of a conventional university.

Academic Structure

The academic structure of the Institute consists of 5 Schools and 4 independent Centres. The 3 resource centres provide support to teaching, research, field action and dissemination activities.

Administrative Structure

The administrative structure is designed around 9 sections: Academic, Accounts, Dining Hall, Hostels and Guest House, Maintenance, Meetings, Personnel, Planning and Development, and Purchase and Stores. These 9 sections are located under 4 broad divisions: (i) Academic, (ii) Finance Accounts and Audit, (iii) Personnel and Administration, and (iv) Infrastructure Development and Support. The Registrar of TISS is the Administrative Head of the Institute.

Governance

The Governing Board is the highest authority of the Institute. It consists of 15 members, including nominees of the Central Government, State Government, the University of Mumbai, the UGC, and representatives from the TISS faculty. The Chairperson of the Governing Board has functions similar to that of the Chancellor of a conventional university.

The Academic Council of the Institute decides on matters of academic nature. Three external experts, along with the faculty of TISS, constitute the Academic Council of the Institute.

Programs of study

Graduate :

B.A. IN SOCIAL WORK (Hons.)

Post-Graduate :

  • Master of Arts in Development Studies
  • Master of Arts in Disability Rehabilitation
  • Master of Arts / Science in Disaster Management
  • Master of Arts in Education (Elementary)
  • Master of Arts in Globalisation and Labour
  • Master of Arts in Habitat Policy and Practice
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Hospital Administration
  • Master of Arts in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Master of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Public Health
  • Master of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Arts in Social Work

Certificate

  • Certificate in Social Work
  • Certificate in Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Social Welfare Administration
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Welfare Administration

Diploma

  • Diploma in Hospital Administration
  • Diploma in Personnel Management
  • Diploma in Sustainable Development
  • Diploma in Gerontology
  • Diploma in Psychosocial Care and Support in Disaster Management
  • Diploma in Media and Cultural Studies

In 2008, TISS confirmed its link with Keele University (UK), which sees both establishments sending students across the world to partake in a module of their respective postgraduate degree. This link has originally been agreed to last for the following 4 years.

Renamed programmes, revamped PhD

TISS's M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations has been renamed as M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations. Recently, two new M.A. programmes have also been introduced: Development Studies and Education (Elementary). A revamped M.Phil.-Ph.D programme has been introduced. The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management has also been inaugurated. The newest program introduced is M.A. in Counseling.

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a premier social sciences institute based in Deonar, Mumbai, India.

Contents

History

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. The first school of social work in India, TISS was a pioneering effort with the objective of Social Welfare through academic excellence, a characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). Its establishment was the result of the decision of the Trustees of the SDTT to accept Dr. Clifford Manshardt’s vision of a post-graduate school of social work of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and problems and impart education in social work to meet the emerging need for trained human power. This subsequently influenced the direction of social work education and social research in India.

In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognised as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.

Introduction

Since then, the TISS has been expanding continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure. While responding to the changing needs of the social and educational system in the country, the Institute has gone far beyond the initial concern of social work education. Thus, what started as a small institution offering a post-graduate diploma in Social Work, grew into a Deemed University and, as a result, diversified its activities.

Since its inception in 1936, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has never limited itself to the mandate of a conventional university; rather, it has worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice through:

  • Value-based professional education for social work and other human service professions;
  • Social research and dissemination of socially relevant knowledge;
  • Social intervention through training and field action projects;
  • Contribution to social and welfare policy and programme formulation at state,
    national and international levels; and
  • Professional response to national calamities, through relief, rehabilitation
    and disaster management.

Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrusts, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development, in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations. In all cases, the focus has been on the disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society, such as organised and unorganised labour, women, children, Dalits, and tribals.

Today, the TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international. This is due to the academic freedom leading to a positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute, strong linkages among education, research, field action and dissemination and the social commitment and responsiveness to varying social needs.

During its seven decades of existence, the TISS has carved out a niche for itself in the field of human service professional education and applied social science research. It has simultaneously influenced social policy and social work practice through pioneering innovations and interdisciplinary / inter-professional interactions. It has proven itself to be a centre of excellence, contributing relevant education and research, towards the national agenda of sustainable, pcarticipatory and equitable development.

As of 2006, the TISS has restructured its existing departments and units into schools and independent centres. Its six schools comprise: Health Systems Studies, Management and Labour Studies, Rural Development, Social Sciences and Social Work, Habitat studies. Its four independent centres focus on Disaster Management, Lifelong Learning, Media and Cultural Studies and Research Methodology.

Vision

To be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred and ecologically sustainable society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all, with special emphasis on marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Guiding principles

Deriving from the vision, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences is guided by the following principles:

  • Appreciation of and respect for freedom of expression and cultural, ideological
    and intellectual diversity;
  • Equal opportunities for all and non-discrimination on grounds of caste, class, gender,
    sexual preference, religion, and disability;
  • Accountability and transparency in all work matters;
  • Decision-making in management and organisational processes, which is collective,
    participatory and non-hierarchical;
  • Pedagogy which is participatory and experiential, fostering dialogue, mutual learning
    and critical reflection;
  • Emphasis on rigour, creativity and innovation in academic activities;
  • Recognition of the synergy resulting from teamwork, including multi-disciplinary
    perspectives and trans-disciplinary collaborations;
  • Creation of an enabling environment that fosters teamwork, cooperation
    and mutual support;
  • Development of interlinkages across teaching, research and extension;
  • Fostering of a spirit of self-reflection and critical appreciation.

Mission

In pursuance of its vision and guiding principles, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences organises teaching programmes to facilitate the development of competent and committed professionals for practice, research and teaching; undertakes research; develops and disseminates knowledge; and reaches out to the larger community through extension, at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Objectivess

In pursuit of its vision and mission the Tata Institute of Social Sciences will:

  • Organise teaching in the areas of social work, social sciences, human resources management,
    health systems and allied fields;
  • Conduct research to promote the development of knowledge in the areas of study at the Institute
    and to contribute to legislation, policies and programmes;
  • Develop and disseminate knowledge through print, audio-visual and electronic media and various
    indigenous forms;
  • Conduct training programmes for continuing education;
  • Undertake innovative field action projects in relevant areas, to develop new approaches
    and strategies;
  • Engage in relief, rehabilitation and development initiatives to address human suffering
    caused by natural and human-made disasters;
  • Network with state and non-state agencies and other academic institutions, people's groups
    and movements; and
  • Undertake advocacy and consultancy on relevant issues.

Milestones

1936 : The beginning of social work education in India. The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust establishes the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work with 20 students. Dr. Clifford Manshardt is its first Director.

1937 : The Child Guidance Clinic, the Institute's first Field Action Project, is launched. This project continues even today, under the name of Muskaan: Centre for Child and Adolescent Guidance.

1940 : The first issue of The Indian Journal of Social Work is published by TISS. It is the first journal of social work in South Asia.

1944 : The Institute's name changes to the 'Tata Institute of Social Sciences'. The late forties also mark a shift from a generic social work programme to specialized courses of study, equipping students to work with specific groups, sectors and settings.

1948 : In the aftermath of the Partition, the Institute sends a relief team of students and faculty to work in the refugee camps. The tradition of responding to human needs and natural disasters by sending relief teams continues even today.

1954 : The Institute shifts to its new campus at Deonar, Mumbai. With its distinctive architecture, the campus is in consonance with the landscape, gradually transformed by intensive greening efforts.

1964 : The Institute is recognised as a Deemed University, primarily funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This new status has facilitated infrastructure expansion necessary for promoting inter-disciplinary and applied research.

1967 : In response to the increasingly complex and specialised needs of industry, the social work specialisation in Labour Welfare and Industrial Relations develops into an independent Master's Degree programme in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

1969 : The first research unit of the Institute, the Unit for Child and Youth Research, is set up with support from the UNICEF. Subsequently, several other research units are set up, in relevant areas, between 1970 and 1984.

1980 : For the first time, evening programmes are initiated with two certificate programmes: (i) Hospital Administration and (ii) Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. These programmes later develop into Diploma Programmes.

1986 : As part of the Golden Jubilee initiatives towards holistic and sustainable development, the idea of a Rural Campus is conceived. The Government of Maharashtra donates 100 acres of barren land in Sindphal village, Tuljapur Taluka, Osmanabad District, for this purpose. In the first phase, commencing in 1988, community action projects are initiated and linkages built with rural organisations.

In the same year, the Institute is designated as a Curriculum Development Centre for Social Work Education by the UGC and submits a curriculum for under-graduate and post-graduate social work education in the country.

1993 : Master's degree programmes in Health Administration and in Hospital Administration are initiated.

1999 : The Mumbai campus expands with the inauguration of the Malati and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe, also at Deonar, Mumbai.

2002 : The National Assessment and Accreditation Council awards the Institute a 5-Star rating. This is for a period of 5 years.

2004 : The Bachelor's Degree programme in Social Work commences at the Institute's Rural Campus in Tuljapur.

2005 : Diploma Programmes in Sustainable Development commence in Ladakh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

2006 : A landmark year for TISS. Academic restructuring of existing Departments and Units into 5 Schools and 4 Independent Centres is operationalised.

Two new M.A. programmes are introduced: Development Studies and Education (Elementary)

The M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations is renamed as M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations with significance changes in curriculum

A revamped M.Phil.- Ph.D. programme is introduced.

The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management is inaugurated.

2007 : Three new post-graduate programmes are initiated: Disaster Management, Globalisation and Labour, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Diploma programme in Media and Cultural Studies commences.

Centre for Studies in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies innaugurated

2008 : Full time post graduate programme in Media and Culture Studies introduced.

2009 : Full time course in Habitat Studies & Women Studies Introduced

2010 : 'A' grade by NAAC, with a percentile of 3.88, highest to any institution in India. A new course M.A.Social services in Rural Developmet started in School of Rural Development, in Rural campus Tuljapur, Maharashtra.

Organizational structure

The Director of TISS is the head of the Institute, whose position is equivalent to that of the Vice-Chancellor of a conventional university.

Academic Structure

The academic structure of the Institute consists of 5 Schools and 4 independent Centres. The 3 resource centres provide support to teaching, research, field action and dissemination activities.

Administrative Structure

The administrative structure is designed around 9 sections: Academic, Accounts, Dining Hall, Hostels and Guest House, Maintenance, Meetings, Personnel, Planning and Development, and Purchase and Stores. These 9 sections are located under 4 broad divisions: (i) Academic, (ii) Finance Accounts and Audit, (iii) Personnel and Administration, and (iv) Infrastructure Development and Support. The Registrar of TISS is the Administrative Head of the Institute.

Governance

The Governing Board is the highest authority of the Institute. It consists of 15 members, including nominees of the Central Government, State Government, the University of Mumbai, the UGC, and representatives from the TISS faculty. The Chairperson of the Governing Board has functions similar to that of the Chancellor of a conventional university.

The Academic Council of the Institute decides on matters of academic nature. Three external experts, along with the faculty of TISS, constitute the Academic Council of the Institute.

Programs of study

Graduate :

B.A. IN SOCIAL WORK (Hons.)

Post-Graduate :

  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Development Studies
  • Master of Arts in Disability Rehabilitation
  • Master of Arts / Science in Disaster Management
  • Master of Arts in Education (Elementary)
  • Master of Arts in Globalisation and Labour
  • Master of Arts in Habitat Policy and Practice
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Hospital Administration
  • Master of Arts in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Master of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Public Health
  • Master of Arts / Science in Habitat Policy and Practice
  • Master of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Arts in Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Women's Studies
  • Master of Social Services in Rural Development.

Certificate

  • Certificate in Social Work
  • Certificate in Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Social Welfare Administration
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Welfare Administration

Diploma

  • Diploma in Hospital Administration
  • Diploma in Personnel Management
  • Diploma in Sustainable Development
  • Diploma in Gerontology
  • Diploma in Psychosocial Care and Support in Disaster Management
  • Diploma in Media and Cultural Studies

In 2008, TISS confirmed its link with Keele University (UK), which sees both establishments sending students across the world to partake in a module of their respective postgraduate degree. This link has originally been agreed to last for the following 4 years.

Renamed programmes, revamped PhD

TISS's M.A. in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations has been renamed as M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations. Recently, two new M.A. programmes have also been introduced: Development Studies and Education (Elementary). A revamped M.Phil.-Ph.D programme has been introduced. The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management has also been inaugurated. The newest program introduced is M.A. in Counseling.

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