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Welcome to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences

A Government Deemed University

Approved by UGC, AICTE and Ministry of HR

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work.
The first school of social work in India.

TISS was a pioneering effort with the objective of Social Welfare through academic excellence, a characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT).


In 1944,the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the “Tata Institute of Social Sciences”.


The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognized as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India and incorporated by the government of India as a "Central Government Deemed University".


In 1964 on December 2011, under the aegis of UGC and AICTE, TISS set up the School of vocational Education (SVE) to provide and improve the skill levels of millions of youth, through appropriate Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma, Certificate Courses and Work-shops.


The approach adopted by TISS-SVE is called the ‘Work Integrated Training Programme’ (WITP). This Vocational Educational Programme is being implemented for the first time in India by TISS. TISS is a National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM) training agency. This model also allows for design of the programme with an ‘Earn while you Learn ‘feature. This feature enables the trainee to earn a stipend during on-the-job duration of the course of training to support their simultaneous vocational education, although, this is not mandatory for any institution.


Since then, TISS has been expanding continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure.


Today, the TISS is a Government of India Institution and has earned recognition as an Institution of Repute from different Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international.


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