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Motto in English
Re-Imagining Futures


022 2552 5000

Total enrollment
4,023 (2015)

S. Parsuraman


J. R. D. Tata

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Urban, 21 acres (0.085 km) (Main Campus and Naoroji Campus)

V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400088

भविष्य की पुनर्कल्पना (Re-Imagining Futures)

Notable alumni
Purnima Mane, Medha Patkar, Gursimran Khamba, Anu Aga, Akash Khurana

International Institute for Population Sciences, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


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The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a social sciences institute with its main campus based in Mumbai, India. Since its establishment in 1936, it has been one of the premier institutes in India in social sciences, human development, Public policy and economics. The institute is a part of an elite group of research and higher learning institutes with early support from the Tata Trusts in India. Other institutes in this group include Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).


The Tata Institute of Social Sciences was ranked in top Indian universities, colleges and institutes in Social, Demography and Economics research by a Stanford University study. The master's degree programme in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations (erstwhile Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) offered at the TISS Mumbai campus is one of the most prestigious programs in the field of HR in India.

TISS also has campuses in Hyderabad, Guwahati and Tuljapur.

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TISS was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of social work, the first school of social work in India. It was renamed to its current name in 1944. It was recognised as a deemed university in 1964 by the University Grants Commission of India. TISS started out as a small institute offering a post-graduate diploma in Social Work, but has since expanded continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure (see list of programs). The first director of the institute was Clifford Manshardt, who aimed to establish a post-graduate social work school of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and create meaningful interventions.

Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrusts, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development. It has done so in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations. TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international.

Academic collaborations

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences has a history of collaboration with institutions in India. The institute also has academic and research collaborations with other institutes and universities including University of Chicago, London School of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sciences Po, and 12 universities under the Erasmus Mundus program.

London School of Economics and Political Science research collaboration, was launched at LSE in June 2007. The programme is undertaken in two streams, namely, Social Sciences and Health. The research themes developed in Social Sciences have been in various Centres and Departments at LSE together with TISS such as Business Model Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid, Civil Society and Global Governance, Colonialism and Welfare: Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy, Democracy and Development, Governance and the Governed, Population and Development, Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change, and Urban Planning & Development.


There are four campuses of TISS, located at Mumbai, Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati.


TISS Mumbai hosts the following 12 Schools:

  • School of Development Studies conducts courses in Development Studies and Women's Studies
  • School of Education conducts master's level courses in Elementary Education
  • School of Habitat Studies conducts master's level courses in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Urban Policy, Regulatory Governance, and Water Policy and Governance
  • School of Health Systems Studies conducts master's level courses in Health Administration, Hospital Administration, Social Epidemiology and Health Policy
  • School of Human Ecology conducts master's level courses in Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology.
  • School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance conducts L.L.M. in Access to Justice
  • School of Media and Cultural Studies conducts master's level courses in Media and Cultural Studies
  • School of Management and Labour Studies conducts master's level courses in Human Resource Management, Labour Relations, Social Entrepreneurship, Globalisation and Labour, 14 month Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Organisation Development and Change (EPGDODC) from Mumbai,Delhi and Bangalore.
  • School of Social Work conducts master's level courses in Social Work with Children & Families, Criminology & Justice, Community Organisation & Development Practice, Dalit & Tribal Studies and Action, Disability Studies & Action, Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, Public Health, Women-Centred Practice
  • School for Vocational Education which will implement vocational training programmes in different trades through partnerships with various industries and organisations.
  • School of Research Methodology
  • In addition to the 9 schools, there are 6 Independent Centres, and 3 Resource Centres as indicated below:

    Independent Centres
  • Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research
  • Centre for Excellence on Adolescents and Youth
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education
  • Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies
  • Centre for Library and Information Management & SDTM Library
  • Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management

    Resource Centres
  • Computer Centre
  • Publications Unit
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library

    TISS Library was established along with the institute in 1936, is one of the leading social science libraries in the country. The library was named as "Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library" on 3 May 2002 in the memory of late Sir Dorabjii Tata. Indian Library Association conferred the library with L. M. Padhya Best University Library Award in 2008.

    Currently, the library about 123,000 books and 10,298 journals in principle domains of social sciences. The library also operates centre with assistive technologies "M K Tata Centre for the Visually Challenged and a cyber library which provides computers and internet to the students from economically weaker sections. The library has established national and international collaborations including London School Of Economics Library, Mahasarakham University, International Federation of Library Association..

    Major Ongoing Field Action Projects
  • M-Ward transformation programme
  • Koshish
  • Prayaas
  • Towards Advocacy Networking and Developmental Action (TANDA)
  • RCI-VAW: The Resource Centre for Interventions on Violence against Women
  • Tarasha: A community-based project for rehabilitation of women recovering from mental illness
  • iCALL: Initiating Concern for All
  • Urban India Research Facility'
  • Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice (RCJJ)
  • Tuljapur

    TISS Tuljapur in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra was set up with support from the Government of Maharashtra in 1986. The campus houses the School of Rural Development with several centres. It is a 100-acre campus located in the outskirts of Tuljapur. The campus has commenced offering the Five Year Integrated Masters programme since 2012. It has a computer centre, library, gymnasium, girls and boys hostels, guest house, faculty and staff quarters.

    The initial focus of the Institute on rural development projects and field action has widened to include academic activities with grass root level involvement both by faculty and students in the last 7 years.

    TISS Tuljapur offers bachelor's(one of the few in the country to offer a liberal arts course) and master's level courses in Social Sciences, Social Work Rural Development, Development Policy, Planning & Practices, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management And Governance.


    TISS Hyderabad came into being with the approval of Academic Council and Governing Board of TISS. The Registrations under Societies Registrations Act and Public Trust Act of the TISS Mumbai are valid for TISS Hyderabad as well. TISS Mumbai provides oversight to matters of admission, instruction, evaluation of TISS Hyderabad and confers TISS degrees. Currently, it operates from two campuses: one in AMR-APARD in Rajendranagar, and the other in Roda Mistry School of Social Work in Gachibowli.

    TISS Hyderabad offers courses at master level in Human Resource Management, Natural Resources and Governance, Rural Development and Governance, Education, Public Policy and Governance, Women's Studies, Development Studies. It also offices an integrated (bachelor and masters) program Social Sciences and doctorate level studies in Women's Studies and Education, and Social Sciences.

    TISS Hyderabad hosts the following schools.

    1. Azim Premji School of Education
    2. School of Livelihoods
    3. School of Management And Labour Studies
    4. School of Policy and Governance
    5. School of Public Health
    6. School of Social Entrepreneurship

    At the invitation of the Government of Telangana, TISS is in the process of setting up a 100 acres campus in Kothur Mandal, Mahabubnagar district.


    TISS Guwahati has been set up at the behest of the government of Assam and the Ministry of Department of North East Region, Government of India. TISS Guwahati has been contributing to the development sector in the North East through a well-conceived Diploma Programme in Community Organisation and Development Practice since June 2009. Currently, TISS Guwahati is operating out of an interim campus in the heart of the city in Guwahati.

    TISS Guwahati has commenced offering the Five Year Integrated Masters programme since 2012 along with two years master's degree programme in Social Work and Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development. Several new academic programmes are being offered beyond the existing programmes from the academic year 2014–15.

    The campus space is equipped with a cyber library, conference hall, and classrooms with provisions for video conferencing. Student hostels separately for men and women are available. These are managed and maintained by TISS. A full-fledged campus is being established on 15 acres of land located within the Assam Engineering College campus.


    The institute has a governing board nominated by the Government of India, Government of Maharashta, the University of Mumbai and the University Grants Commission along with representatives from the institute faculty. S. Ramadorai, vice chairman, TCS and Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, is the current honorary chairperson of TISS. The chairperson of the governing board has functions similar to that of the chancellor of a conventional university. The academic council decides matters of academic nature and comprises faculty drawn from the institute's 4 campuses and as well as 6 external experts.


    The director of the institute acts as both the academic and administrative head. This position is similar to that of the vice-chancellor of any university. The current director of the institute is S. Parasuraman. He has authored books and more than 50 research articles on various aspects of the development sector.

    Deputy Directors

    The Deputy Director (equivalent to post of pro-vice-chancellor) is the Academic Head of the Institute.

  • TISS Mumbai Academics is headed by Deputy Director Prof Shalini Bharat and Research Wing is headed by Deputy Director Prof Surinder Jaswal.
  • TISS Hyderabad is headed by Deputy Director Prof S. Siva Raju.
  • TISS Guwahati is headed by Deputy Director Prof D.K. Srivastava.
  • TISS Tuljapur is headed by Deputy Director Abdul Shaban.
  • Faculty and past faculty

  • J M Kumarappa, director of the institute and Rajya Sabha member.
  • A R Wadia, An educationist-philanthropist, a Padma Bhusan awardee and Rajya Sabha member.
  • Madhav Sadashiv Gore, responsible for the development of social science research and consolidation of TISS.
  • Behram H. Mehta, taught community organisation and public welfare, and conducted post-partition relief work.
  • Gauri Rani Banerji, first head of the department of medical and psychiatric social work.
  • N F Kaikobad, taught community organisation, head of the department of urban and rural welfare.
  • J J Panakkal, The first head of the department of criminology and correctional administration, one of the first Indian criminologists.
  • Alumni

  • Medha Patkar, social activist
  • Anu Aga, former chairman, Thermax
  • Purnima Mane, president and CEO, Pathfinder International
  • Subhash Mendhapurkar, social activist, Himachal Pradesh
  • Gursimran Khamba, Stand-up comedian and writer, he is the co-founder of All India Bakchod.
  • References

    Tata Institute of Social Sciences Wikipedia

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