School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Projects & Initiatives


Koshish


Koshish Objectives: Koshish was started as TISS Field Action Project in August 2006 with the primary objective of repealing the draconian beggary prevention law, which fails to recognize the circumstances that force people towards destitution and criminalizes poverty and acknowledge the historical and contextual realities like resistance and exclusion faced by de-notified communities, transgender community, persons with mental illness, those affected by leprosy, etc. Koshish aims to humanise existing institutions under the beggary prevention law and work towards the rehabilitation of custodialised populations living in beggars’ homes. It also works towards creation of policies and programmes for homeless populations and ...

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TANDA (Towards Advocacy, Networking and Developmental Action)


Towards Advocacy Networking and Developmetal Action (TANDA) started as a field action project (FAP) in year 2011. This FAP is based on nearly two years of student fieldwork with the Pardhi community in Mumbai through the Centre for Criminology and Justice, School of Social Work, and contribution from seniour activists Mr. Simpreet Singh from the Ghar Bacaho Ghar Banao Andolan (GBGBA). In 2010 May, Tata Institute of Social Sciences gave Fellowships to Mr. Mayank Sinha and Ms. Paankhi Agrawal (alumni of TISS) to work with the Pardhi community in Mumbai. Mr. Sinha had done one year of fieldwork with the ...

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Prayas


Prayas Team Prayas is a social work demonstration project of the Center for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, established in 1990. Prayas focus is on service delivery, networking, training, research and documentation, and policy change with respect to the custodial/institutional rights and rehabilitation of socio-economically vulnerable individuals and groups. To this end, permission to visit criminal justice or custodial institutions and interact with persons detained or confined in police stations, prisons and government residential institutions in Maharashtra and Gujarat has been obtained from the Departments of Prisons and Women and Child Development Mission: To contribute knowledge and ...

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Integrated Rural Health and Development Project


Integrated Rural health and development project (IRHDP) has been functional since 1986 in the village of Aghai , situated in Shahapur Taluk. Till date this project has taken various steps at various levels for the development of the ‘Adhivasis’ or the Tribal people. The main tribal populations that cover these regions are the Konkana, Katkari and Varli tribes. Context: Aghai is one of the Village in Shahapur Taluk in Thane District in Maharashtra State situated to the Westside of the Sahyadri Ghats. It is located14.9 km distance from its Taluk Main Town Shahapur. Aghai is 47.9 km far from its ...

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Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice (RCJJ)


  Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice (R.C.J.J) is a Field Action Project (FAP) with the Centre for Criminology and Justice (CCJ), School of Social Work (SSW), TISS (TISS). R.C.J.J was conceptualized in 2005, with the objective of working on issues relating with children with a special focus on Juveniles in Conflict with Law (JCL), and contextualizing them within the child protection arena. Focus on JCL’s was due to the fact that JCL’s over the years were pushed to the fringes within the larger arena of child welfare, development, protection, and legal sector. R.C.J.J hence took up the challenge of mainstreaming ...

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Criminal Justice Fellowship Programme


As an Institute that holds the legacy of many firsts and a strong belief in working with the marginalized and vulnerable sections, it is only fitting that we encourage our students to work on issues that involve taking the road less travelled. Apart from the Institute granting fellowships to its alumni, the School of Social Work (SSW) had also initiated Fellowships as a joint initiative of the School with NGOs, whereby six fellowships were granted between 2007-2010 in the areas of education, health and gender. Our experience with fellowships has shown that they are an effective way to nurture talent ...

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Tarasha


    “Recovery is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges. It is not a perfectly linear process.  At times our course is erratic and we falter, slide back,  regroup and start again . . . . The need is to meet the challenge of the disability  and to re-establish a new and valued sense of integrity  and purpose within and beyond the limits of the disability; the aspiration is to live, work, and love in a community in which one makes a significant contribution.”- Patricia Deegan (1988) Tarasha is a field ...

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Muskaan -⁠ Child and Adolescent Guidance Centre


The Child Guidance Clinic of TISS, (now known as Muskaan) was established in 1937 to offer clinical services to children with emotional and behavioural problems. Over the years, Muskaan has evolved into an inclusive space shifting from the concept of a 'clinic' to reach out to children to promote their mental health and well-being. Vision Mental health is an integral aspect of a child’s overall well-being and a right of every child. Muskaan will work towards ensuring that every child and adolescent has access to mental health services, within a sensitive and conducive environment with full participation of the various ...

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iCBR Project- Inclusive Community Rehabilitation Project


Social inequalities and disparities are complex and multidimensional phenomenon and require a multidisciplinary approach taking into account the cultural, economic, geographical, political and social factors that are specific to the rural context. Based on the needs of such a context a multi-pronged and inclusive rights based CBR approach has been chosen for strategic interventions in collaboration and assistance with Government and Non-Governmental Organisations in order to provide livelihood support, education, health care and rehabilitation services to the disabled population within their own community for a sustained period. The Inclusive Community Rehabilitation Project was instituted in Karjat as an innovative experiment ...

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Mumbai Education Research Innovation and Training (MERIT) Society


The project was established in 2016 with the objective of Support underprivileged children and youth in education and employment through creating support network, training and capacity building. The main programmes are done under this project are: Creating local networks of support teams at different locations, Employability enhancement programmes, Career guidance cell, Madrassa Science Lab Project in two locations, Fun with Science Project in Municipal School in Govandi and Science Demonstration Programme at Aadarsh Vidyalaya, Chembur.

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GAP Lab@TISS


GAP Lab: Memorandum of Understanding; 2016 The project was established in 2016 with the objectives to be a hub for sharing existing knowledge on poverty and poverty action, and generate new knowledge by conducting primary research as well as experience of the change makers, Create a network of connected Labs across various academic institutions in the world and function as a network system of “co-created knowledge hub”, Foster close collaboration across multiple disciplines to come up with innovative solutions to eradicate poverty with Change makers as active partners and Resolve change maker’s problems and challenges through research, experiments, field action ...

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TISS-Tata Motors Fellowship for Development Practice


The project was established in 2015 to facilitate field interventions in challenging contexts by mentoring and supporting young social work professionals. The project is implemented in Dantewada, Kushinagar, Sanand, and Mumbai. The main programs under the project are: Facilitating access to school education for children from marginalized communities and in conflict contexts Developing and strengthening Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through field engagement with communities and working closely with the company CSR teams to develop, monitor, and implement field action programmes.

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