Tata Institute of Social Sciences
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, and fully funds its maintenance. 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.
Repositioned TISS works towards its vision through:
(a) Expansion of socially relevant professional education and enhance access to quality education to a larger number of students across the country
(b) Facilitation of autonomous research in basic and applied research in a range of issues in the social, economic, environmental, political sectors and contribute to knowledge generation, evidence-based policy and programme development
(c) Strategic extension, field action and policy advocacy through training and capacity building programmes
(d) Enhancing knowledge development capacities of its Schools and Centres by continuously reviewing and repositioning the curriculum of its teaching programmes, faculty capacity building, and student scholarships
(e) Development of publications and knowledge technology infrastructure by developing e-learning and web-based knowledge dissemination strategies, expanding publications capabilities, upgrading technological capacities and communications technology infrastructure development. The learning environment at the institute is characterised 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 160 faculty members along with doctoral students and research staff are engaged in taking forward the research agenda of the Institute and individual researchers to scale up capacity for knowledge generation. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded a 5-Star rating to TISS in 2002 and reaccredited the Institute in 2010 as a Grade A institution with a score of 3.88 out of 4.
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