Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Mumbai | Tuljapur | Guwahati | Hyderabad
SINCE
1936
 
Connected Learning for STEM (CL4STEM)
The project seeks to build capacities of middle and secondary school newly qualified teachers (NQT) in science and mathematics for fostering inclusive higher-order learning in their classrooms. It aims to pilot the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx, https://clix.tiss.edu) innovation, developed and scaled in India, to new contexts in Bhutan, Nigeria, and Tanzania, through a South-South collaboration, and research its effectiveness and potential for scaling. CL4STEM is funded by the IDRC under the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (GPE-KIX) and is one of the ten awardees of the reputed global KIX awards.
CLIx 3.0 - Mizoram - Support Unit for Integration of Technology in Education MZ-SUITE)
CLIx 3.0 MZ-SUITE focuses on Mizoram, a hilly border state with 94.43% of its population belonging to Scheduled Tribes. Despite its 91.58% literacy rate, the exposure to technology in education has been minimal, impacting its youth’s ability to participate in the 21st century digital knowledge economy. CLIx 3.0 MZ-SUITE, builds on the learnings of our ongoing engagement in Mizoram since 2015. Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) an award-winning field action research project was funded by Tata Trusts and led by Tata Institute to Social Sciences, India and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. It focused on developing and deploying OERs that work offline (available freely at https://clixoer.tiss.edu) for government high school students in underserved communities, in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana (see https://clix.tiss.edu). Developed along the three guiding principles of creating a safe space for learning from mistakes, leveraging peer collaboration by facilitating the social aspect of learning and creating opportunities for authentic and relevant holistic learning that go beyond scholastic learning outcomes and focus on 21st century skills focused upon now in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, CLIx won the prestigious UNESCO 2017 King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of Education and the Open Collaboration Award for Excellence 2019 awarded by the Open Education Consortium. The state is trying to catch up to the need for a thrust on EdTech and has begun work on creating resources, training teachers and improving infrastructure available, especially in the pandemic era. MZ-SUITE aims to collaborate with existing state institutions and support their work and enhance skills and advocating at policy level, will enable us to truly impact student learning
Chhattisgarh: Accelerated Learning for Knowledge Economy - Teacher Professional Development (CHALK-TPD)
Chhattisgarh: Accelerated Learning for Knowledge Economy - Teacher Professional Development (CHALK-TPD)
Delhi SCERT - Capacity Building
TISS will engage with SCERT Delhi to create and implement relevant learning and professional development programs, workshops and engagements for the SCERT team and all those who come under the SCERT purview.
District Level Support on Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for Telangana State
District Level Support on Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for Telangana State
Mission ANKUR: Madhya Pradesh NIPUN Professionals (MPNP)
The Madhya Pradesh NIPUN Professionals Program aims to strengthen the implementation of Mission Ankur by enlisting 52 young and dynamic professionals to work with the district administration. They will serve as catalysts for driving mission implementation and resolving complex challenges in the education system. The program is a collaboration between GoMP and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. It provides a unique two-year, full-time, paid experiential opportunity to lead large-scale systemic reforms and achieve foundational learning goals in Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government, as part of the NIPUN Bharat mission, aims to ensure that all children in the state achieve foundational learning goals by 2026-27. As part of the program, the NIPUN Professionals, in the age group of 22-32, will be deployed across 52 districts in the state and will act as a change catalyst in bringing long-term, efficient reforms within the system. These fellows will play an instrumental and transformational role in achieving the goals set by the government, with the government. Tata Institute of Social Sciences supports the process of hiring the above mentioned fellows, build capacity for their intended role and mentor them through the programme period.
TISS-BALAJI Foundation Fellowship Program (Criminal Justice Fellowship Program)
A field action project started in June 2022 “TISS- Balaji Foundation Fellowship Program” anchored by the Centre for Criminology and Justice, School of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai, to encourage and nurture TISS Social Work alumni to explore fresh ideas in the field of Criminal Justice anywhere in India. It is a two-year intervention-based Fellowship. The idea behind the Fellowships is to encourage social work alumni to engage in the field of criminal justice, with a focus on vulnerable/marginalised populations towards protection of their legal rights and/or rehabilitation.
Telangana IFP OER Curation Project
The Telangana IFP OER Curation project aims to leverage pedagogical affordances of Interactive Flat Panel(IFP) devices in the classrooms to enhance the quality of interactions, inclusivity and overall pedagogy in the schools. To achieve this, digital Open Educational Resources (OER) are to be curated for all the subjects in the grades 8th, 9th and 10th mapped to the textbook. The project aims to curate more than 500 OER across seven subjects for the grades 8th, 9th and 10th. These OERs will be integrated in classroom teaching in more than 4000 secondary schools across Telangana state. As a collaborative project between State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Govt. of Telangana and TISS, the curation process involves experts from TISS, SCERT and external subject matter experts (SMEs) and vetted by a quality control (QC) panel.
Technology Based School Interventions in Assam (CLIx English, Assam)
CLIx English focuses on Platform-based Learning, Blended Learning, and Peer Learning. Students learn different methods to connect with peers and experts. The course design allows them to provide positive feedback in peer reviews and receive immediate feedback through digital tools. The highlight of the CLIx English module is that the students themselves lead the way in communication, collaboration and determining the pace of their lessons. The proposed English modules for the State of Assam, CLIx program in Assam, is a two-course module- ‘English Beginner’ (EBU00 and EBU01) and ‘English Elementary’ (EEU01 and EEU02), with a community of practice (CoP-English) for teachers of the 100 schools this intervention touches. Tata Trusts grant will be released to its Associate organization, Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML), Guwahati. CML shall implement the program. TISS is the technical partner, providing technical support for implementing the CLIx program, as part of the larger program.
A Multimodal Approach to Teacher Professional Development in low resource settings.
This project will implement elements of two innovative approaches on Teacher Professional Development (TPD) developed by the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education(CETE), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). It is designed for under-resourced and developing contexts where it will be collaboratively adapted to suit the national contexts of the participating countries in South Asia. It will entail the usage of diverse technologies and modalities for TPD that are context-appropriate, combined with action research and social learning through the formation of Professional Learning Communities while building on the communities of practice that exist or get developed through mobile-based chat groups.
Connected Learning and Research on Inclusive Education (CLeaR on IE)
The CLeaR project is a research study on human resource development in inclusive education with a fundamental aim to ensure a more sustainable means of contributing substantially to the knowledge and practice of inclusive education, with a special focus on the education of children with disabilities. The study is intended to go beyond ascertaining challenges and bottle-necks in teacher preparation and focus on specific areas and needs to inform teacher education, both at the systemic level and in the classroom contexts.
Connected Learning Initiative 2.0 (CLIx 2.0)
The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), is a collaborative project working to strengthen the ecosystem for quality in education in India. CLIx is a multi-state, multi-partner initiative seeded by the Tata Trusts, and led in phase 1(2015-2020) by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, INDIA (TISS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA (MIT). CLIx is now in phase 2 of its journey and the Tata Trusts continue to be our anchor partner in this new phase. CLIx aims to improve teaching, teacher professional development and student learning through the use of ICT-enabled Open Education Resources (OER), and thoughtful use of interactive technologies. Driven by the Tata Trusts’ commitment to serving disadvantaged communities in India, CLIx draws on MIT’s leadership in platform-based, blended-learning and interactive technologies in education, and TISS’ experience of impactful field action programs for underserved and marginalized communities in school and teacher education to ensure equitable access to educational technology and opportunities to improve learning outcomes. CLIx won the prestigious 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education for its outstanding contribution to the theme “Use of ICT to Increase Access to Quality Education’’. In 2019, CLIx was awarded the Open Education Consortium’s OER Collaboration Award for Excellence.
State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW)
TISS’s off-campus, Hyderabad is the knowledge partner of the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) with the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Telangana to set up under the scheme of the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW).
Study of the functioning of Observation Homes in Telangana
Rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with law is a crucial objective of the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice Act provides that the Children in Conflict with Law be sent to Observation Homes once they are apprehended by the police and the CCLs remain there until they get a bail or are allowed to leave by the JJB. The CCLs are hence provided institutional care at the Observation Homes instead of being sent to regular jails so as to adhere to the objective of providing child friendly space and environment to the CCLs. In furtherance of this objective, reformative and rehabilitative services are provided by the Observation Homes for effective reintegration of the child into the society. The skills inculcated and the environment provided by these homes have a significant impact on the lives of these children. The objectives of this study are (a) to explore the functioning of the Observation Homes, (b) identify the unmet needs of the children, (c) understand the challenges faced by the Observation Home staff and (d) suggest appropriate recommendations.
Study on the Effectiveness of Child Sponsorship in the Lives of Sponsored Children
Millions of households in wealthy countries support non-profit organizations whose aim is to alleviate poverty in the developing world. International child sponsorship is one of the most popular approaches taken by ordinary households in wealthy countries to help impoverished children overseas. Child sponsorship organizations use these funds to provide school uniforms, tuition, nutritious meals, and programming that directly benefits sponsored children. They also pool funds to invest in programming and infrastructure that benefits children in the community more broadly. Donors are drawn to child sponsorship because of the personalization of the relationship between sponsor and child but child sponsorship in India actually benefits sponsored children has not been studied. This research was undertaken with the following objectives: (a)To study the extent of inclusion of sponsored children in the sponsorship programming; (b) To study the effectiveness of sponsorship programming in the lives of sponsored children; and (c) To study the effectiveness of sponsorship communication in the lives of sponsored children.
Conditional Cash Transfers and Child Marriages in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: An Exploratory Study
Conditional cash transfer schemes (CCTs) are a recently-introduced measure by the state to curb the persistent and widespread social phenomenon of child marriage in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Early marriage of girls, that is, below the legal requirement of 18 years of age, or child marriage, as the issue has been historically and widely known, continues to be a widely- prevalent and persistent social problem. In recent times, state interventions such as conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in order to delay the age at marriage have been a popular measure to address the issue. Focusing on the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, this study aimed to explore whether the CCTs have the potential to delay the age at marriage and thereby serve as a welfare measure to address the systemic discrimination and gender inequality inherent in the practice. The research sites chosen on the basis of recorded rates of high prevalence of child marriage were the districts of Jogulamba Gadwal in Telangana and Anantapur and Krishna in Andhra Pradesh, corresponding to the three distinct agro-economic and socio-cultural regions of Telangana, coastal Andhra, and Rayalaseema in the erstwhile united state of Andhra Pradesh. The specific objectives were as follows: (a) To understand the perceptions of key stakeholders such as government functionaries regarding the conceptualization of the CCT schemes, the perceived benefits accrued from the schemes in delaying/preventing child marriage, and the difficulties and challenges in implementation of the schemes; (b) To understand the perceptions and experiences of families who have availed the benefits of the schemes; (c) To document and delineate the process of implementation of the CCT schemes in the two states; (d)To understand the reasons for the widely-persistent phenomenon of child marriage from the perspective of front-line workers such as the Anganwadi workers.
Perceptions about Child Abuse: An Exploratory Study in Two Districts of Andhra Pradesh (2018)
Child Abuse is an act that destroys the happiness, love, innocence of childhood as well as deals a grievous blow to the trust reposed by children in the adults around them. Beyond death, physical injury and disability, it can lead to stress that is associated with delayed cognitive development, mental health problems and suicide attempts. This study (a) documented the perceptions of children about ‘child abuse’ and ‘safety’, (b) documented the perceptions of adults about ‘child abuse’ and ‘safety’ and (c) recommended appropriate strategies and programme interventions for the prevention and reporting of child abuse. The research design was Qualitative Perception Research and, hence, not macro trends but varied perceptions in varied life contexts were explored.
Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP)
a three week leadership development training programme (2 weeks domestic and one week foreign training)
Sakhi One Stop Centre (OSC), Telangana
Sakhi One Stop Center is centrally sponsored scheme intended to provide rescue and referral services to the women affected by violence in private and public spaces, within the family, community and at the workplace. One Stop Centre (OSC) is an Initiative of the Government of India, Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, and at State level the Department of Women and Child Development Government of Telangana is responsible for overall support, supervision, direction and implementation of the scheme. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad campus as the knowledge partner entrusted with the overall responsibility of training, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation of the Sakhi One Stop Center Project implementing in 33 Districts of Telangana.
Early Literacy Initiative
The Early Literacy Initiative is a university-based initiative that performs a nodal function in terms of domain building by coordinating a range of systematic and well considered initiatives in early literacy in different parts of the country. The span of the project is three years.
Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx)
To offer scalable and sustainable quality teaching and learning experiences for English, mathematics and science with values and hands on learning, enabled through technology, to strengthen the foundational competencies and confidence of students and teachers, critical to their success in the 21st century.
Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management
To develop higher education leadership training content framework for central and state universities and institutes of national importance
Higher Education Leadership Academy (HELA)
To build capacities of existing higher education leaders and administrators and to draw fresh talent into the management of higher education systems, it is proposed to administer training programs for Higher Education (HE) leaders through a leadership academy
Mahatma Gandhi Academy for Human Development (MGAHD)
a joint initiative of the Institute and Nagaland Gandhi Ashram financially supported by The Hans Foundation, New Delhi
National University Students' Skill Development Programme
Develop skills, competency and knowledge of students to intervene in an equal and sustainable manner in the social and economic development of people. Foster socially conscientious students grounded in respect for people and concerned about the welfare of others. Gain a Certificate/Diploma in a specific career oriented domain in addition to receiving a Degree in the field of study.
iCALL Psychosocial Helpline
iCALL - Initiating Concern for All, is a pioneering and an empowering mental health project which was started in 2012 by School of Human Ecology, TISS - Mumbai. iCALL endeavours to provide professional and free counseling via telephone, email and chat to anyone in need of emotional support, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation or race, and transcending geographical distances while ensuring confidentiality.
Engagement with Rasthriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)
an overarching scheme, operated in mission mode for funding the state universities and colleges in order to achieve the aims of equity, access and excellence
Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellowship Programme (PMRDFS)
The focus of the programme is on reduction of poverty and improving the lives of people in rural India.
All India Services Officers' Training
A week long in-service training programmes for Mid-career AIS (All India Services) officers
Saksham, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Saksham has two major grants in the area of TB counselling, Capacity Building and HIV evaluations
National Higher Education Resource Center (NHERC)
NHERC is crafting systematic evidence-based research studies engendering knowledge and insights to inform higher education policy.
GYURJA'S TISS-LAHDC Development Support Programme
aims at reconstructing public infrastructure in Taru Village and in coping with the consequences of the disaster
Labour Market Research Facility (LMRF)
A think tank that specialises in macro and micro labour market, household sample surveys, working and living condition surveys and macro labour market analysis
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