Tata Institute of Social Sciences
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2011)|
|Tata Institute of Social Sciences|
|टाटा सामाजिक विज्ञान संस्थान|
|Location||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Hindi: टाटा सामाजिक विज्ञान संस्थान; TISS) is a social sciences institute with its main campus based in Deonar, Mumbai, India. TISS also operates out of campuses in Hyderabad, Guwahati and Tuljapur (in Osmanabad district, Maharashtra).
TISS was established in 1936, as the Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work, the first school of social work in India. It was renamed to its current name in 1944. It was recognized as a Deemed University in 1964  by the University Grants Commission of India.
TISS started out as a small institute offering a post-graduate diploma in Social Work, but has since expanded continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure (see list of programs). The first director of the institute was Dr Clifford Manshardt, who aimed to establish a post-graduate social work school of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and create meaningful interventions.
Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrusts, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development. It has done so in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations.
TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international.
List of Schools and Campuses 
- Mumbai campus:
- School of Social Work
- School of Management and Labour Studies
- School of Health Systems Studies
- School of Development Studies
- School of Education
- School of Habitat Studies
- Centre for Human Ecology
- School for Media and Cultural Studies
- Centre for Digital Library and Information Sciences
- Tuljapur Campus
- Hyderabad Campus
- Guwahati Campus
Library & research centers 
The TISS library was renamed the Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial library in 2002.
Major Ongoing Field Action Projects (2012) 
- M-Ward transformation programme
- Towards Advocacy Networking and Developmental Action (TANDA)
- RCI-VAW: The Resource Centre for Interventions on Violence against Women
- Tarasha: A community based project for rehabilitation of women recovering from mental illness
- iCALL: Initiating Concern for All
- Urban India Research Facility
The institute has the Governing Board which acts is the supreme authority in governing the Institute. The Governing Board has members nominated by the Central Government, State Government, the University of Mumbai and the University Grants Commission along with representatives from the institute's faculty. The Chairperson of the Governing Board has functions similar to that of the Chancellor of a conventional university. The Academic Council decides matters of academic nature and comprises faculty drawn from the institute's 4 campuses and as well as 6 external experts.
The Director of the Institute acts as both the academic and administrative head. This position is similar like that of the Vice-Chacellor of any Indian University. The current Director of the institute is Prof. S.Parasuraman who has extensive experience in the Development Sector. He has authored three books and more than 50 research articles on various aspects of Development Sector.
Notable past faculty 
- Dr J. M Kumarappa, Succeeded Dr. Clifford Manshardt as Director of the School of Social Work. A scholar with an M.S and Ph.D. from Harvard and Columbia University, he was later an elected member of the Rajya Sabha.
- Prof. A. R Wadia, An educationist-philanthropist, he was the Director for nine years. Later, a recipient of the Padma Bhusan, he served as a Rajya Sabha member for twelve years
- Prof. M. S Gore, The Director for 20 years, he was responsible for the development of social science research and consolidation of TISS as a deemed University.
- Dr. Behram H. Mehta, A popular and unconventional teacher, he taught Community Organisation and Public Welfare Administration. He took the students to Kurukshetra for post-Partition relief work.
- Dr. Gauri Rani Banerji, The first Head of the Department of Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, with an M.A from Chicago and D. Phil from Allahabad.
- Prof. N. F Kaikobad, A teacher of Community Organisation, he was the first Head of the Department of Urban and Rural Welfare.
- Prof. J. J Panakkal, The first Head of the Department of Criminology and Correctional Administration, he studied criminology in US and was one of the first Indian criminologists.
Notable alumni 
- Medha Patkar, social activist
- Anu Aga, former Chairman, Thermax
- Purnima Mane, President and CEO, Pathfinder International
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- "Organisational Structure — Tata Institute of Social Sciences". Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "Profile of Prof. S. Parasuraman". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
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- "Harmony Org". harmonyindia.org. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
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