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. Therefore, The institute is a part of an elite group of research and higher learning institutes with early support from the Tata Trusts in India. Consequently, Other institutes in this group include such as 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. In addition, TISS has campuses in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Tuljapur and an extension campus at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM), Chennai.
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Most of all, 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 recognized 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. 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. Seems like, It has done so in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations. Consequently, 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.