The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work to create human service professionals to address the issues of unemployment and poverty in the context of the Great Depression of the 1930s. In 1944, it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and in 1964 the Government of India (GoI) declared TISS as Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grant Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.

Since its inception, the Vision of 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-centered, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.

In pursuance of its vision and guiding principles, Tata Institute of Social Sciences organises programmes to facilitate the development of competent and committed professionals for practice, research and teaching; and reaches out to the larger community through extension, at the local, national, regional and international levels. In February 2016, The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rated TISS with a score of 3.89 out of 4.00, the second highest score among universities accredited thus far.

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