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, a post-graduate school of  social work of national importance to meet the  emerging need for trained human service  professionals. It was recognized as a deemed university in 1964, and has been funded by the University Grants Commission since then.

Since its inception, TISS has consistently worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice. It has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India (GoI), State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations and the non-government sector, both national and international. A high degree of freedom and autonomy shape the positive work, ethos and creativity in the Institute facilitating strong linkages between education, research, field action and dissemination. In recognition of its social contribution and academic excellence, it was awarded a 5 Star rating by NAAC in 2002. Continuing further, TISS re-accreditation assessment outcome in 2009 is a Grade A with a Score of 3.88 out of 4 (Under the new grading system of NAAC) , the highest score by any institution in the country.


One of the most significant initiatives undertaken by TISS during the Xth Plan period was the comprehensive restructuring of the academic structure and programmes. The restructuring process was started in September 2004 and the Institute moved to a new academic structure in February 2006. It currently hosts 6 schools, 4 Independent Centers, and 3 Resource Centers as indicated below:


Independent Centres

Resource Centres

  • Computer Centre
  • Publication Unit
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library


TISS offers 35 Master’s Degree Programmes in Social Sciences and Social Work; Disability Studies and Action; Development Studies; Education (Elementary); Counselling; Women’s Studies; Human Resource Management and Labour Relations, Social Entrepreneurship; Globalization and Labour; Public Health in Social in Social Epidemiology; Health Administration, Hospital Administration; Habitat Policy and Practice; Disaster Management; and Media and Cultural Studies; and a Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Work, with specialization in Rural Development; and an integrated M.Phil  Ph.D Programme in Social Work, Social Sciences, Health Systems Studies, and Management and Labour Studies. Additionally, it offers Diploma and Certificate programmes in various fields of study like the Post Graduate Diploma in Child Rights (PGDCR). From the academic year 2010-2011, the Institute will be offering a new Master’s Degree Program in ‘Master of public Health in Health Policy, Economic and Finance’.


The role of academic institutions like TISS in conducting pioneering research rooted in the context of societal realities, and aimed at influencing policy and practice for positive social change, is widely acknowledged. During 2008-09, a total of 132 research projects were ongoing at the institute funded by Central Ministries & State Governments; NGOs and Trusts; national and international organization and industry. Of these, 32 research projects were in multi-disciplinary areas while the remaining were anchored in various schools/ centers. The ongoing research at the Institute are in the areas of child, youth, women and gender, community development; dalit, tribal and minority issues; education; health; HIV/AIDS; disaster management; rural and urban issues; government; natural resource management ; livelihood; agriculture; non-formal sector; human resource management and allied issues.

For detailed information, please visit website http://www.tiss.edu/



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