The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work in Mumbai, aimed to create human service professionals to address the issues of unemployment and poverty in the context of the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was renamed ‘Tata Institute of Social Sciences’ in 1944, and in 1964 the Government of India (GoI) declared TISS as ‘Deemed to be a University’ under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.
The Institute’s vision is to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centered, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rating- 3.89 out of 4.00, the second-highest score among universities accredited thus far.
A Category One University - Gazette notification (dated February 12, 2018)
2020 NIRF Rank - 57 (overall)/ 34 (All University)
School of Vocational Education (SVE) - December 2011
The School of Vocational Education (SVE) was set up to impart skill education to millions of Indian youth through appropriately designed vocational education programs.
The focus is on developing job-specific skills rather than providing only a broad knowledge-based education.
The approach adopted is called the Internship Embedded Skill Training Programme during which many students may also earn a modest stipend in select skill knowledge sectors. The aim of this ‘Earn while you learn’ model is to enable the students to learn the skill by engaging in an internship on the real shop floor of the industry/company along with theory training in the classroom. Although stipend is not mandatory for the Skill Knowledge Providers, TISS-SVE strongly encourages Skill Knowledge Providers (SKPs) to adopt this practice
Bachelor of Vocational Education
TISS-SVE currently offers 37 B.Voc. programmes conforming to UGC norms. Arranged levelwise the 3-year degree programs begin with a Diploma course leading to a Bachelor of Vocational Degree [B.Voc.] in the 3rd year. Every individual level/year is a stand-alone certification recognized and awarded by TISS. These programmes allow the students who are 12th passed or SSC 2 Years of ITI, to join directly at The National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) Level 5, based on their academic achievements. The undergraduate courses of the B.Voc. programme incorporate specific job roles and their equivalent National Occupational Standards (NOSs) along with broad-based general education. The Graduates of the program are equipped to meaningfully participate in accelerating India’s economy by gaining appropriate employment, or becoming entrepreneurs. The flexibility and progression of the B.Voc education programs is illustrated below:
Student Eligibility for B.Voc
- HSC / equivalent OR
- SSC 2years of ITI