• learn at easyhometutor.com education times
  • internship open at education times of easyhometutor.com for students with opportunity to become author
  • Indian Spiritual & Religious Website
  • Free Wedding Vendor Registration
MAHARASHTRA Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (Deemed University)

{tab=About University}

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Established in Year: 1964

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.

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.


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. The TISS works towards its vision through:

  • Creation and provision of socially relevant and high quality professional education in a wide range of inter-disciplinary areas of Social Sciences to a larger number of students from all sections of the society in the country.
  • Facilitation of autonomous research and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Support knowledge creation through strong M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes and Post-Doctoral scholars.
  • Strategic extension, field action and advocacy through training and capacity building of State and non-State institutions and personnel.
  • Initiate field action and advocacy to demonstrate and facilitate creation of policies and programmes.
  • Professional response to natural and human-made disasters, through participation in relief and rehabilitation activities.


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.

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.

{tab=Courses Offered}

M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes

  • Development Studies
  • Disaster Management
  • Education
  • Habitat Studies
  • Health Systems Studies
  • Management and Labour Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Women’s Studies
  • Media and Cultural Studies

Master’s Degree Programmes

  • School of Social Work
    • Social Work with Children and Families
    • Social Work in Criminology and Justice
    • Social Work with Community Organisation and Development Practice
    • Social Work in Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action
    • Social Work in Disability Studies and Action
    • Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship
    • Social Work in Mental Health
    • Social Work in Public Health
    • Social Work in Women-Centred Practice
  • School of Management and Labour Studies
    • Globalisation and Labour
    • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
    • Social Entrepreneurship
  • School of Health Systems Studies
    • Health Administration
    • Hospital Administration
    • Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance
    • Public Health in Social Epidemiology
  • School of Development Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Women’s Studies
  • School of Education
    • Education (Elementary)
  • School of Media and Cultural Studies
    • Media and Cultural Studies
  • School of Habitat Studies
    • Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
    • Disaster Management
    • Urban Policy and Governance (Formerly known as M.A./M.Sc. Habitat Policy and Practice)
    • Regulatory Governance
    • Water Policy and Governance
  • Centre for Human Ecology
    • Counselling Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library
    • Master of Library and Information Science
  • TISS Tuljapur
    • Social Work in Rural Development
  • TISS Hyderabad
    • Rural Development and Governance
    • Education
  • TISS Guwahati
    • Social Work
    • Social Work in Community Organisation & Development Practices
    • Social Work in Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship
    • Social Work in Counseling
    • Social Work in Public Health
    • Social Work in Labour Studies and Social Security
    • Environment, Ecology, and Sustainable Development

Bachelor’s Degree Programme

  • Social Work (Hons.) with specialisation in Rural Development

Diploma Programmes

  • Hospital Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • Gerontology
  • Counselling
  • Community Organisation and Development Practice
  • Psychosocial Care in Disaster Situations
  • Development, Vulnerability and Disaster Response
  • Financial Management and Accountability
  • Microfinance Management
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Certificate Programmes

  • Social Work
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Social Welfare Administration
  • Decentralised Planning and Rural Development
  • Child Protection
  • Child Rights
  • District Facilitators Development Programme

{tab=Photo Gallery}


{tab=Contact Details}


Postal Address: V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400088
Telephone Nos.: 91-22-2552 5000
Fax: 91-22-2552 5050

TISS Tuljapur

Postal Address: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, School of Rural Development Tuljapur-413 601, District-Osmanabad, Maharashtra, India.
Telephone Nos.: 9270105222
Fax: 02471-242061

TISS Guwahati

Postal Address: 14-A, Bhuban Road, Uzanbazar, Guwahati 781 001
Telephone Nos.: 0361-2510342, 2736526
Telefax: 0361-2510423
Mobile: 91-9401828194
Email: tissguwahati (a) tiss.edu

TISS Hyderabad

Postal Address: SR Sankaran Block, AMR–AP Academy of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500 030.
Telephone No.: 91-40-24017701
Fax: 91-40-24019713
Email: tisshyd (a) tiss.edu

{tab=Official Website}

{modal url=http://www.tiss.edu}Click here{/modal} to visit official website of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai



© 2011-16 My Higher Education. All rights reserved and are of their respective owners.