The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was declared Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956. Since its inception, the vision of the TISS has been 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-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.

Within TISS, the School of Management and Labour Studies has a mission to provide quality human service professionals for a variety of stakeholder groups in the development process. The School has diversified to develop innovative teaching and research programmes that address wider social issues and realities with a special emphasis on the marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Core Competence: Social science, local communities, socio-economic studies 

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Name of the main contact: Dr. Unmesh Patnaik

Position of the main contact: Associate Professor, School of Management & Labour Studies, TISS Mumbai

Contact [mail]: unmesh.patnaik(at)