TISS Tuljapur in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra was set up with support from the Government of Maharashtra in 1986. It is a 100-acre campus on a vast plateau on the outskirts of the temple town of Tuljapur. The tuljapur campus has commenced offering the Five Year Integrated Masters programme since 2012 and also offers MA in Rural Development. It has a full-fledged computer centre, library, gymnasium, boys hostel, girls hostels, guest-house, faculty and staff quarters.
The initial focus of the Institute on rural development projects and field action has widened to include academic activities with grass root level involvement both by faculty and students in the last 7 years.
The Tuljapur Campus was established following a review undertaken by the Institute in its Golden Jubilee year 1987. The campus was established with the goals of promoting initiatives for sustainable, eco-friendly and equitable socio-economic development of rural communities, with a focus on gender and social justice. Through its programs, the School of Rural Development (SRD) seeks to contribute to the revival of the rural Economy, Society and polity by promoting alternatives in development. In order to achieve this, SRD evolved a four-dimensional program comprising teaching, training, field action and research & documentation. It has built a strong team of multidisciplinary faculty drawn from Social work, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Agriculture, and other related disciplines. It conducts a three year Bachelors degree (Hons.) in Social Work (BASW) and a two year Masters degree in Social Work (MASW) with specialization in rural development. Currently, it has started an interdisciplinary 5 year integrated BA-MA in Social Sciences programme.
The synergy between teaching, research, field action and extension has enabled the TISS to continue to shape planning, policy and programme formulation, foster critical rethinking, and development of people-centred interventions.
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