Tata Institute of Social Sciences – School of Vocational Education

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.

Today, the TISS is a Government of India institution and has earned recognition as an Institution of Repute from different Ministries of the Government of India, various State Governments, international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international. This is due to the academic freedom leading to a positive work ethos and creativity in the Institute, strong linkages among education, research, field action and dissemination and the social commitment and responsiveness to varying social needs.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

  • Is a Government of India Institution which has earned recognition as an ‘Institution of Repute’
  • Has been ranked Number One continuously since 2009 in the list of the country’s best professional institutions, as per the Outlook-MRDA ranking report.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences – School of Vocational Education

In December 2011, Tata Institute of Social Sciences set up the School of Vocational Education (SVE) to provide immediate and definite interventions to improve the skill levels of millions of youth, through appropriate vocational training programmes. The target beneficiaries include organized and unorganized workforce across the industries and SVE aims to cover every individual who needs to develop employable skills. A vision of creating an ecosystem that would bring back the dignity of labour to all professions and occupations to create sustainable sources of income for the blue collar workforce and youth in the country.

MODEL: The approach adopted by TISS-SVE is called the Work Integrated Training Programme (WITP). The Vocational Educational Programme is being implemented for the first time in India with a focus on job-specific skills rather than providing only a broad knowledge based education.


MISSION: Offer equal opportunities to ALL thereby enabling the youth to unleash their latent potential.

VISION: To facilitate the youth, especially the first generation learners to take up industry relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood, thereby consequently enhancing the economy of the nation.

AIM: The aim is ‘Earn while you learn’. The model enables the students to learn the skills by engaging in on-the-job training at real shop floor of the industry/company along with theory training in the classroom. Through the model, the trainee may also earn a modest stipend during on-the-job training of the course. Although, this is not mandatory for any institution, TISS-SVE strongly encourages its Skill Knowledge Providers (SKPs) to adopt this practice.

Bachelor of Vocational Education:

TISS-SVE currently offers several programmes beginning with a Diploma course and leading to Bachelor of Vocational Degree [B. Voc] in three years. Every individual level / year is a stand-alone certification recognised and awarded by TISS as deemed to be a university.

These programmes allow the students after their 12th standard or equivalent; to join directly at NSQF Level 5, based on their academic achievements.

Target Audience:

The target group for these programmes are largely marginalized youth who are seeking non-formal educational methods to enhance earning capabilities and thereby improve their livelihood conditions. B. Voc. programmes follow flexibility and progression in education, as elaborated: