Tata Institute of Social Sciences

tata-institute-of-social-sciences-logoTata Institute of Social Sciences
V.N. Purav Marg
Deonar, Mumbai-400088

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it 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 declared Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956.

Since its inception, the Vision of the TISS has been to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to 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 Mumbai notifies MPhil and PhD Admissions for 2017 session:
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai invites applications for admission to Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D and Direct PhD Programmes (academic year 2017) with the various Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Tuljapur Campuses.

Course Offered:

  • Habitat Studies
  • Public Health
  • Health Systems Management
  • Management and Labour Studies
  • Social Work
  • Disaster Studies
  • Education
  • Women’s Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Inclusive Development and Social Justice
  • Clinical Psychology

Over the years, through its research in social work, social sciences, human resources management, health systems and allied fields, the TISS has made consistent contributions to civil society and the development sector and helped shape planning, policy and programme formulation, foster critical rethinking and development of people-centred interventions. The role of academic institutions like TISS in conducting pioneering research and extension activities rooted in the context of societal realities, and aimed at influencing policy and practice for positive social change, is widely acknowledged.

Over the years, the research work carried out at the TISS has been increasingly used for capacity building, field action, academics and policy advocacy on a spectrum of social, economic and environmental issues. During 2014–2015, there were a total of 218 ongoing research and documentation projects at the Institute. Of these, 12 research projects were in multi-disciplinary areas, while the remaining were anchored in various Schools/Centres. The continuing areas of research include 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.

Research studies conducted at the Institute also result in numerous reports, publications and books. These publications become public domain documents that are easily accessible and widely disseminated and used by a cross-section of people and agencies for research purposes or policy advocacy. In 2014–2015, the TISS faculty published 303 publications as peer reviewed journal articles in some of the most renowned journals; chapters in books; authored/edited volumes published by reputed publishers and other writings that include book reviews, articles in newspapers, magazines and reports.

Medical Services:
The Health Centre on Campus is a two story facility where the Doctors on Campus utilize 2 rooms for daily consultations. The Health centre also provides space for the Student Counselors and a special provision is made under ‘Women’s Infrastructure’ where 2 rooms have been allotted for women as restrooms.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes: All students of TISS are members of the Group Health Insurance Scheme. Indicated below are hospitals and nursing homes located near the institute for use in case of illness and emergency. The students should, preferably approach the Institute Doctors for a referral; or through Dean, Students- Affairs/Hostel Wardens or In-charge (Hostels). The names and address of the Institute doctors are given below along with their days of visit and consultation hours at TISS.

Counselling Centre:
The Counselling services at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, began in mid-90’s and are a part of Student Support Services. The Counselling Centre has been providing services like individual counselling and developmental group activities for TISS students and staff. It is open six days a week and its hours are adapted to students needs. The Counsellors help the students in their day-to-day concerns and also enhance their overall functioning. Workshops on topics relevant to increasing the capacities of the students are regularly conducted by the Counsellors.

Dining Hall:
The Dining Hall (DH) serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. It is managed by the Institute ona no profit no loss basis. The DH Committee, which comprises students representatives, looks after the DH matters under the Chairpersonship of a faculty member. Packed Lunch is available on Field Work Days for students on request. Section Officer: Ms. Nirmala Momin Extension Number : 5215

TISS campus hosts Six hostels, four on the Main campus and two in Malti and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe. The hostels can accommodate approximately 500 students. Students of full time Master MPhil and PhD degree programmes can avail of the hostel facility. But regrettably due to limited capacity, hostel admission is dependent on the availability of seats. The hostel fees are paid at the time of the admission to the Central Bank of India, Deonar Branch, which is situated right next to the TISS main campus. Students are usually not allowed to stay in the campus during vacation, but in certain circumstances with prior permission they are allowed to do so.

The Gymkahana of TISS, located in the main campus, is a two storey building and has space for a well equipped Gymnasium and space for Yoga. There is a full fledged indoor badminton court, two very popular table tennis boards and other indoor games like carrom. Mr. Abhijit Tandel, the Gym Instructor is with TISS from July 2008. The Gym is equipped with three electronic and one manual treadmill, two cycles, dumbbells and plates, Leg Extension & Leg Curl Machine, Latt Pull Down Machine, Low Pulley & High Rows Pulley, Chest Press Machine and Pack Deck. It is open from Monday to Saturday and the Instructor is available from 6.00 to 9.00 in the morning and 5.00 to 8.00 in the evening.

All teaching programmes conducted by TISS are socially relevant, contributing to building a just and equitable society. The TISS has a 100% placement record across all programmes. This commitment is strengthened by way of taking the following initiatives / steps in this direction:

  • Periodic curricular review through School Boards and other committees that have been constituted for this purpose. The School Board is empowered to review the curriculum at the end of every academic year.
  • Enhancing links with both the profit and not-for-profit sectors to develop ongoing interface mechanisms that ensure that continuous feedback on teaching and training helps the Institute keep pace with external trends in the field.
  • Promoting events and forums such as seminars, conferences and meetings that bring together students and teachers with practitioners in the field to exchange ideas and information that can strengthen relevance.
  • Creating a vibrant and active alumni network that can enable TISS to link with alumni in the field and create spaces and opportunities for them to strengthen teaching and research at TISS through regular feedback. The TISS has started to intensify its interface with its alumni, through an Alumni Meet held on February 10-11, 2007. This will become an annual event making it possible for strengthening consultation with alumni on curriculum, employment opportunities for the graduates, etc.
  • Strengthen the field work component in all programmes that will enable students to gain valuable exposure to field realities and develop relevant skills.
  • Enhance field action projects that will strengthen faculty teaching and research through their continuous field engagement.
  • Strengthen and promote strategic student placement and campus recruitment programmes.
  • Strengthen library resources by bringing in the latest and quality publications in relevant subjects.
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