The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a multi-campus public funded research university located in Mumbai, India. TISS is Asia’s eldest institute for professional social work education and was founded in 1936 in the Bombay Presidency of British India as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. In 1944, the institute was formally renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and in 1964, the Government of India declared TISS as Deemed University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956.
In 1954 TISS transferred to a permanent campus in Deonar, Mumbai of 10 acres now known as the Main Campus, from the earlier campuses in Nagpada and then Andheri. In 2001, the Deonar campus was expanded to cover the Malti Jal and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe, now commonly called as the New Campus. TISS in 1986 set up a rural campus in Tuljapur, Maharashtra and two off-campuses in Guwahati and Hyderabad in 2011. Additionally these campuses, TISS provides teaching and training, research and development support from centers established across India covering in Leh-Ladakh and Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences has a history of collaboration with institutions in India. The institute also has academic and research collaborations with different institutes and universities covering the 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 established at LSE in June 2007. The project is undertaken in two streams, namely, Social Sciences and Health. The research themes developed in Social Sciences have been in several centers 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.
The institute has a governing board selected by the Government of India, Government of Maharashtra, 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 present 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 issues of academic nature and consisting faculty drawn from the institute’s 4 campuses and as well as 6 external experts.
The director of the institute serves as both the academic and administrative head. This position is similar to that of the vice-chancellor of any university. S. Parasuraman retired as director. As of February 2018, Dr. Shalini Bharat acts as Acting Director.
- The Deputy Director (equivalent to the post of pro-vice-chancellor) is the Academic Head of the Institute.
- TISS Mumbai Academics is headed by Acting Director Prof Shalini Bharat and Research Wing is guided 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 Prof Abdul Shaban.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Tata Institute of Social Sciences 49 overall in India and 32 among universities in India in 2018