TISS establishes the Chair of the UNCRC Policy Centre: Prof. (Dr.) Asha Bajpai

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TISS establishes the Chair of the UNCRC Policy Centre: Prof. (Dr.) Asha Bajpai

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, establishes the Chair of the UNCRC Policy Center

Director-General Mr. Joseph Varughese has selected Prof. (Dr.) Asha Bajpai, from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, for holding the Chair of UNCRC Policy Center. The Chair is designed for Universities and Research Centers’ work towards the protection and promotion of children’s rights. It is initiated by “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center, a Humanitarian institution based in Nicosia, Cyprus whose mission is to advocate and to protect children’s rights based on the standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union Law.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a premier social science institute in Asia with a pan India presence across four networked campuses. It is a deemed University and has a legacy of 77 years of transformative education for addressing critical social issues. TISS has dedicated schools and centers for various disciplines of the development sector. The schools foster a transdisciplinary approach in their teaching methodologies. In addition, centers and field action projects are interlinked with various schools. It currently offers 45 Masters degree programmes which includes integrated M.Phil.- Ph.D. and direct Ph.D. programmes in a variety of subject areas TISS has been involved in promoting child rights in its teaching, research, field action projects and advocacy through its various schools and centres. The UNCRC Chair holder, Prof. Asha Bajpai is located in the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, Center for law and Society, which was set up at the Mumbai Campus. in June 2012 The Centre for Law and Society is conducting a LL.M. course in Access to Justice for the marginalized and underprivileged. The course includes a module on legal strategies for empowerment and legislative reform in support of vulnerable groups including children. It has a field action project called the Chunauti (means the Challenge) which is involved in rehabilitating and reintegrating mentally challenged orphan children who were abused. The Centre for Law and Society also runs a Legal Services Clinic to provide legal aid and mediation services to the underprivileged and marginalized . It is involved in teaching and research relating to laws and rights of the vulnerable sections of society like children, women, disabled and HIV/AIDS affected, and unorganized labour. The centre is also involved in legislative reform, drafting rules and policies relating to children and assisting in Public Interest litigation relating to children.

The Chair will act as an agent of knowledge on children’s rights within the academic community through policy and practice, by teaching, conducting research and providing services to the community, such as specialized courses and training for professionals.

The establishment of the Chair of the UNCRC Policy Center seeks to nurture cooperation and collaborative action between organizations and agencies around the world. This is in the hope and expectation that working together will enable the more effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the enjoyment of children’s rights to the fullest extent.