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The School of Social Work promotes education in social work that is democratic, emancipatory, and egalitarian and one that develops a critical perspective in students. It offers dynamic and relevant programmes at the Doctoral, Master’s and Certificate levels. It also identifies new areas for social work practice and evolves innovative strategies through practice-based research and field action projects. Other thrust areas of the School are research, networking and liaisoning with governmental and non-governmental organisations for capacity building, policy and programme development, and extension.
Our School has a proud legacy of leadership and innovation in pioneering Social Work Education in India and South Asia.We are the first School of Social Work to be established in South Asia in the year 1936.Our approach to social work education strives towards inculcating democratic, emancipatory, and egalitarian values among students.We have the nation’s best post-graduate and doctoral programme in Social Work.Our pedagogy is innovative, experiential and praxis oriented, rich with fieldwork and research experiences, giving the learner and the social work educator equal chances to evolve as professional social workers.We have contributed to the society immensely in terms of our field action projects, research, networking and liaisoning with state, civil society and socially responsible businesses.
Historical Time Line
1936: And if you say to yourselves: What can 20 students do in the face of India’s problems? I would remind you that you are 20, but the beginning. Year by year, the number will increase…and the time will come when trained social workers will be at work in every important centre in India. -- Dr. Clifford Manschardt, Inaugural Speech, 1936
A new profession is born…the first institution in South Asia for professional Social Work education.
Proposed to the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust by Dr. Clifford Manschardt, an American Missionary - this is the first venture of the trust.
TISS starts its journey as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work from Nagpada Neighbourhood House, Byculla.
1948: TISS reaches out to work in the Kurukshetra refugee camp in the aftermath of Partition.
“I want to send you a few lines to record my admiration of contribution which the Tata Institute of Social Sciences has made to the solution of the refugee problem….I shall not easily forget the hours that I was privileged to spend with your social work students at Kurukshetra, their initiatives, keenness and powers of organisation. They knew what they were doing, what wanted to be done, and how to do it.”
-- Evert Berger(Special Representative, UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, on TISS Partition Relief Work, February 1948.)
1986: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi inaugurates the Golden Jubilee celebrations
Launch of Integrated Rural Health and Development Project (IRHDP), a field action project
1990: Launch of Prayas, a field action project
2005: Launch of Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice, a field action project
2006: Institute level Academic Structuring: New Centres came into existence under the School of Social Work.
Major changes in the social work curriculum- M. A. Social Work with thematic concentrations.
Launch of Koshish, a field action project
2008: Launched the M.A. Social Work in Disability Studies and Action.
Launch of RCI-VAW Resource Centre for Interventions on Violence Against Women, a field action project
2011: Launch of Towards Advocacy Networking and Developmental Action (TANDA), a field action project
Launch of Tarasha, a field action project
2012: Establishment of three new Centre namely Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families; Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation; and Centre for Women-centred Social Work.
Launched the M.A. Social Work with nine thematic programmes
2013: Launch of the ‘I Access’ Rights Mission, a field action project
Launch of the iCBR Project (Inclusive Community Based Rehabilitation Project), a field action project
2015: Launch of the Criminal Justice Fellowship Programme, a field action project
Our Illustrious Alumni
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