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The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. The first school of social work in India, the TISS was a pioneering effort, characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. This subsequently influenced the direction of social work education and social research in India.

In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work 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 recognised as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.

Since then, the TISS has been expanding continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure. While responding to the changing needs of the social and educational system in the country, the Institute has gone far beyond the initial concern of social work education. Thus, what started as a small institution offering a post-graduate Certificate Course in Social Work, grew into a Deemed University and, as a result, diversified its activities.

During its nearly seven decades of existence, the TISS has carved out a niche for itself in the field of human service professional education and applied social science research. It has simultaneously influenced social policy and social work practice through pioneering innovations and interdisciplinary/inter-professional interactions. It has proven itself to be a centre of excellence, contributing relevant education and research, towards the national agenda of sustainable, participatory and equitable development. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council awarded a 5 Star rating to TISS in 2002

Established in the year 1936, the erstwhile Department of Criminology and Correctional Administration (CCA) was concerned with the application of Social Work in the field of Criminal Justice and Correctional Administration. In 2006, the CCA Department felt the need to broaden its focus from corrections to include access to justice, social exclusion and the re-entry of marginalised groups and thus renamed itself the Centre for Criminology and Justice (CCJ). The re-structured programme offered three Concentrations in M.A. in Social Work programme in the area of Criminology and Justice, spread across the third and the fourth semesters.

The Centre offers intensive specialized class instructions, practical training in all phases of correctional work with adults, juveniles and children both within and outside institutions. The objective is to impart a comprehensive understanding of justice system (adult and juvenile) and correctional work to the students of this specialization. The Centre has been placing students for field work in agencies such as children’s institutions, prisons and other institutions for adults, police stations, courts, probation and aftercare and civil society organizations interfacing with the system mentioned above

Extension activities denote the social responsibility of teaching institutes towards the problems and the emerging needs of society and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has initiated and promoted several kinds of extension activities since its inception in 1936. The Institute has played a major role in piloting or pioneering new services and in initiating time-bound social work programmes within well-established organisations/systems, or outside them, with the objective of demonstrating to the public, the need for such services. Medical social work in hospitals, social work in schools, the child guidance clinic, and social work in family courts, to name a few, were started as demonstration projects of the TISS. Termed as Field Action Projects (FAPs) in TISS, they have always played an integral role in the curriculum of social work education.

Many of our FAPs have become the flagship programs of the Ministry like CHILDLINE, similarly Special Cell for Women have become an integral program of Several State Governments.

Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice (RCJJ) is a Field Action Project with the Centre for Criminology and Justice, School of Social Work, TISS. RCJJ was conceptualized in 2005, with the objective of working on issues relating with children with a special focus on JCL. Focus on JCL’s was due to the fact that over the years these children were pushed to the fringes within the larger arena of child welfare, development, protection, and legal sector. RCJJ hence took up the challenge of mainstreaming the issue of Juvenile Justice at large and with respect to JCL’s in particular by highlighting work on both the social and legal issues. Thereby, attempting to contextualize them within the child protection arena.

RCJJ operates from TISS with field based interventions in six districts of Maharashtra namely, Thane, Mumbai City, Mumbai Suburban, Pune, Amravati and Yavatmal.

  • To engage with the Juvenile Justice System (JJS) and work towards a child friendly implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act (with special focus on JCL)
  • To work on issues related to rehabilitation and social integration of children into society.
  • To build capacities of Juvenile Justice System functionaries towards their effective functioning in the system.
  • To generate knowledge and information on various aspects related to children in the Juvenile Justice System.

The RCJJ team is comprised of an energetic and passionate group of 17 individuals coming from backgrounds of social work and law. It is headed Dr Asha Mukundan, Assistant Professor, Centre for Criminology and Justice and Dr Ruchi Sinha, Associate Processor, Centre for Criminology and Justice.

From left to right Sooraj , Jyoti , Vijay, Vibhavri, Devendra, Down left: Asha Mukundan, Madhu

Down Right-Ruchi Sinha Project Director

HELP DESK Team- from left to right: Anuradha, Deepali, Prashant, Kalpana, Santosh, Jyotsna, Mangesh, Sameer, Akhlaque, Anshit, Umaima, Natasha.