Office of Dean (Research & Development)


One of the most significant steps as a part of restructuring of TISS has been the creation of the Office of the Dean of Research and Development. The need to achieve a strategic focus in terms of current research as well as developing an agenda for future knowledge development is the primary mandate of this Office.

The Research Development Cell's (RDC) primary role is to help facilitate strengthening of the Institute's research capabilities; proactively promote basic research and monitor quality of research work done. The RDC will be a mechanism through which the reorganised Board of Studies could design and promote quality, cutting-edge research work. The BRS through the RDC will work with the Schools to identify areas / issues for focused research and proactively work to realise publication possibilities. Centre and school specific flagship publication opportunities will be particularly prioritised and realised. The RDC will work with the Schools to address the issue of mainstreaming M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars in research and teaching programmes.

A Research Committee headed by a Dean has developed framework for up-scaling and enhancing the research activities at the Institute. It includes some of the following strategies:

  • As part of linkages being established with institutions and universities in India and outside, identify and develop opportunities for the faculty to engage in research and teaching with them. Modalities to free up faculty members from all other responsibilities for a period of time to build on and consolidate their research and field action related work. Based on clearly defined criteria for eligibility, a few faculty members could avail this opportunity each year. Propose Roundtables, Conferences and Working Groups on a series of thematic areas central to the work of the institute faculty to enable discussions, publication of papers and reports. Develop framework to link with Economic and Political Weekly and other publications to bring out quality publications and reports from Roundtables, Conferences and Working Groups, etc.

  • Modalities of accepting, reviewing, benchmarking, refereeing and publishing working papers etc.

  • Secure resources to provide visiting fellowships to cholars from within and outside India to join teaching and research work at the institute;

  • Secure scholarships to facilitate recruitment of high quality research scholars to our M. Phil. and Ph. D. programmes. This is a critical and priority for enhancing the TISS doctoral programme.

  • Create substantial reserve of Research Fund to facilitate research work around core thematic areas of centres. This is to enable the faculty to apply for resources to the TISS Research Fund for basic research and reduce dependence on sponsored research on agenda different from ours. 

Presently, to strengthen research activities in the Institute on all fronts, the Office of the Dean of Research and Development

  • Convenes the activities of Institutional bodies such as the Research Council (RC) and the Institute Research Board (1RB)

  • Provides support towards dissemination of research work undertaken by faculty and research scholars in the form of working papers, manuscripts, books etc.

  • Collaborates with other universities, research centers on projects and financial assistance for PhD students to increase research networks in various disciplines of social science research.

  • Oversees the activities of the Doctoral Students Office (DSO) that provides administrative support to research scholars.

  • Facilitates the provision of necessary research, academic, administrative, and financial support to research scholars (M.Phil/PhD students)

RC Proposals

The Office of the Dean, Research and Development welcomes faculty members to submit proposals to the Research Council for funding. An important strategy to facilitate Research and development activities was the creation of a substantial reserve of Research Fund to facilitate research work around core thematic areas across schools and independent centres. This fund enables faculty to apply for resources to the Research Council by submitting a research proposal so as to reduce dependence on sponsored research.

Each research proposal received by the centre is sent for a blind review to a referee (a panel of senior and experienced researchers in the relevant field) who comments on the clarity and focus including rationale of the proposed study, logical flow of ideas, methodology, feasibility, originality and contribution to knowledge. The reviewer’s comments are shared with the researcher to help strengthen the proposal. The updated proposal, post verification (incorporation of reviewers comments and budget scrutiny), is sanctioned by the Dean, R & D. The maximum funding per annum for a proposal is three lakhs which includes financial support towards expenditure on research personnel, travel for field work, stationary and communication expenditure is provided for.

RC Proposals – Guidelines for Submission [ Download ]

RC Proposals – Guidelines for Reviewers [ Download

Working Paper Series

In 2013, the Office of the Dean, Research and Development initiated support towards publication of bibliographies, working papers, manuscripts and books. A TISS Working Paper (WP) series was launched in this regard in 2013. The aim of the series is provide a platform to students and young faculty to present recent work (at all stages of research) which has not been published so far.

WP Series-Notes to Contributors [ Download ]

RC Working Papers : Guidelines for Reviewers [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 1 Online [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 2 Online [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 3 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 4 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 5 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 6 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 7 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 8 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 9 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 10 [ Download ]

TISS Working Paper 11 [ Download ]

Useful Templates for Faculty

IRB Status Report [ Download ] updated on July 11, 2018

IRB Approval: Key Documents

  • Application Procedures and Checklist [ Download ]
  • Template 1: Facesheet [ Download ] updated on 11th Feb, 2020
  • Template 2: TISS Research Ethics Framework [ Download ]
  • Template 3: Participant Information Sheet [ Download ]
  • Template 4: Informed Consent Form [ Download ]

M.Phil./Ph.D. Guideship [ Download ]

Ph.D. Scholars on Roll [ Download List ]

Support for M.Phil. - Ph.D. Students

    • M.Phil./Ph.D. Programme: Key Documents
      • Progress Report Template [ Download ]
      • Key Milestones - M.Phil. Programme [ Download ]
      • Key Milestones - Direct Ph.D. Programme [ Download ]
      • Handbook for M.Phil-Ph.D. Scholars, 2015 - 2016 [ Download ]
    • Schedule of Coursework for Direct PhD Students, 2014-15
  • Workshops 2016
    1. Workshop on ATLAS ti by Dr. Manas Pradhan on April 26, 2016
      (write to afsha.dokadia[at]tiss[dot]edu)
    2. Workshop on Research Ethics for Social Science and Public Health Research for the faculty and doctoral students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences on April 18th and 20th, 2016 in Guest House, Room No. 602, 6th Floor
    3. Data Management Workshop for Qualitative Research by Prof. M.V. Padmini on April 07, 2016
    4. Workshop on Qualitative Analysis by Dr. Mahuya Bandyopadhyay on March 31, 2016
    5. Workshop on "Social Theory and Research in Contemporary India: Contexts, Ideas, Problems" by Mr. Parthasarathi Mondal on March 28 & 29, 2016
    6. Workshop on Proposal Writing by Dr. Subharati Ghosh on March 22, 2016
    7. Workshop on Qualitative Analysis by Dr. Mahuya Bandyopadhyay march 7, 2016
    8. Workshop on Sampling Techniques by Prof. T. Rajaretnam March 4, 2016
    9. Workshop on Academic Writing by Prof. N. Jayaram March 2-3, 2016
    10. Workshop on Meta Qualitative Analysis by Prof. N. Jayaram March 1, 2016
    11. Workshop on Quantitative Data Analysis by Prof. Jacquleen Joseph and Dr. Josephine Anthony February 8-9, 2016
    12. Workshop on Qualitative Analysis by Dr. Mahuya Bandyopadhyay February 1, 2016
    13. Talk on Methodology Challenges in Buddhist Philosophy Studies by Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul January 27, 2016
    14. Workshop-Using Indian Language resources in Social Sciences Research (for M.Phil. 2nd year students and Ph.D. scholars) by Ms. Sohnee Harshey January 16, 2016
    15. Talk on Mix Methods in Social Science Research by Dr. Deborah Padgett January 7, 2016
    16. Support for Research Writing (ongoing - contact dso[at]tiss[dot]edu for more details)
    17. Language skills workshop - ongoing (every Thursday 2- 4 p.m)
  • Workshops (2014-15) 
    1. ATLAS.ti workshop (20, 21 April 2015)
    2. Indian Language Inputs in Doctoral  Training: A workshop for Research students (February 26, 2015)
    3. Computer Skills and Advanced Excel Workshop (January 13-16, 2015)
    4. Technology inputs for Data Collection and Thesis Preparation: Referencing, transcription softwares  and usage of library resources ( January 7 and 8, 2015)
    5. Public Lecture on ' Strategic co-option' ? Indian feminists, the State and legal activism on domestic violence (16 December, 2014)
    6. Literature Review And Academic Writing Skills Workshop (December 1, 2, 3 and 22, 2014)
    7. Computer Skills Workshop (September 25-26, 2014)
    8. Academic Writing Workshop (July 21-25, 2014) [ Download Workshop Summary ]