Office of Students' Affairs

The Office of Students' Affairs (OSA) was established in 2006. During the six years of its existence, the OSA has consolidated its activities by streamlining various processes like financial aid disbursement, medical insurance, orientation for junior students, etc. The issues and activities of the OSA have increased considerably with the expansion of teaching and research programmes in Mumbai and other campuses.

The Students’ Affairs Office is the fundamental link between students, faculty and the administration of TISS. Headed by the Dean (Students’ Affairs), the purpose of the Office is to create a climate which promotes personal and academic development of students by offering them both support and challenges. Support is provided by assisting students directly or through referrals. The Office seeks to provide challenge by holding students accountable for their actions and by assisting them in developing problemsolving skills. The Office, thus, strives to help students in their adjustment to TISS life and help them to take full advantage of the academic and social environment here.

Students’ Union elections were organised by the OSA this year as there was initially no Students’ Union in place. A Grievance Redressal Cell and Committee of Returning officers were selected as per the recommendations of Lyngdoh Committee. An Independent Observer was also invited to observe the election process during the elections. The process was successfully conducted, which resulted in the election of a 7-member executive committee of the Students’ Union for the year 2012–2013.

The financial aid committee headed by the Dean, (OSA) disbursed approximately Rs. 20 lakhs amongst the neediest students to support their various requirements. Needy students who were staying outside the campus on rental basis were also taken care of. The Centres / Schools, which were earlier disbursing financial aid independently, were also brought under the umbrella of the Students’ Financial Aid Committee this year.

The OSA supported the students in organising QuinTISSence and various other cultural/literary events like SPICMACAY programmes, panel discussions, seminars, etc.

The OSA liaises with the other campuses of the Institute and has regular interactions with the authorities on issues related to medical insurance, financial aid, etc. The Dean, Students’ Affairs keeps visiting these campuses to provide support to the local authorities on student related issues.

The Office of Students Affairs (OSA):

Prof. P. K. Shajahan
Dean, Students Affairs

Mr. Gaurishankar Kamble
Programme, Manager Students Affairs