The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, originally as the 'Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work'. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, as the Government of India recognized TISS as a Deemed University.

As an institution of excellence in higher education, TISS has consistently devoted its research and teaching activities to the development of a people-centred and ecologically sustainable society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences was formed with the objective of enabling social development through academic excellence, and was the first of its kind in India. Over the years and through a continuous process of responding to the changing needs of the country, the Institute has diversified its activities beyond its initial mandate of social work education.

In doing so, TISS has made consistent contributions to civil society and the development sector through its teaching programmes that facilitate the development of competent and committed practitioners and academic professionals; through its engagement in research and dissemination of knowledge, policy support, and programme development and evaluation; as well as by reaching out to the larger community through strategic extension work, field action and advocacy at the local, national, regional and international levels. As part of its wide-ranging engagement, the Institute also participates in disaster relief and rehabilitation.

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 knowledge dissemination.

Emphasising inter-disciplinarity in teaching and research, TISS programmes range from certificate and diploma through to Bachelor, Master’s, M.Phil and PhD degree courses in a wide range of disciplines: Inclusive Development and Social Justice, Development Studies, Dalit and Tribal Studies, Public Health, Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship, Women’s Studies, Urban Policy and Governance, Disaster Management, Applied Psychology, Media and Cultural Studies, Social Work in Rural Development,  among others.

There are 2900 students and 210 full-time faculty at TISS. The Institute ensures equal opportunities for all and practices strict non-discrimination on the grounds of caste, class, gender, sexual preference, religion, and disability.

TISS has four campuses at Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati, and Hyderabad. Academic collaboration and networking with other institutions, both in India and overseas, is a clear priority area of the Institute. 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar
400088 Mumbai

Phone: 0091 22 2552 5000
Fax: 0091 22 2552 5050


S. Parasuraman
Prof. Dr., Director
Madhushree Sekher
Prof. Dr., Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Director
Phone: 0091 (0) 22- 25525353