The B.A. (Hons.) in Social Work, with Specialization in Rural Development, program aims to build commitment and competency in facilitating participatory change and transformation in rural areas at the level of individuals, groups and communities; in government and non-government organizations (NGOs); and in law and policy. The program is expected to shape personnel competent to develop and implement rural development programs independently.

Keeping this objective in mind, the main areas identified for learning are:

Program and process skills through integrated practice
Understanding of the rural context (ecological, economic, social, cultural and political)
Orientation to development; government policies and programs; the voluntary sector
Skills in communication; working with individuals, families and groups; community organization and action; project/ program planning, baseline assessment, evaluation and administration; research, advocacy and networking
Orientation to macro-micro development linkages.

Seats and Reservation:
The intake of this program is 20 students. The TISS is an equal opportunity institution and there is no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age or physical disability. As per Government of India directives, there is reservation for the following groups.

15% for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
3% of seats are reserved for the persons with disability of which 1% each is reserved each for (a) Low Vision/Blindness, (b) Hearing impairment, and (c) Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy.
Government of India norms will be applicable for Kashmiri Migrants and OBCs.
15% supernumerary seats for international students.

Duration of the Degree Program:
The duration of this Bachelor’s Degree Program is for 3 academic years. However, students may complete the formal requirements of credit hours over 6 years from the date of admission to the program.

Medium of Instruction:
The medium of instruction is Hindi and English. The students may write their assignments and examination in any of these 2 languages, that is English and Hindi.

Teaching Method:
We believe that learning by doing is an extremely crucial aspect of the teaching-learning practice of adult learners. Therefore, the methods of training are participatory in nature and learner-centered. Our teaching methods involve classroom teaching, lecture method, fieldwork exposure, group discussions, social work laboratory sessions, and role-plays.
Course Framework: The program is spread over 6 semesters. The distribution of credit hours and details of the courses taught are as follows:

The applicants who have passed the Higher Secondary Examination, 10+2 or its equivalent (HSC/PUC/Pre-Degree) course with minimum aggregate marks of 50% (40% for SCs/STs) are eligible to apply to the Bachelor’s Degree Programme. The candidates should produce all the relevant documents in original at the time of admission preliminaries. The applicants who have appeared in their Higher Secondary Examination, 10+2 or its equivalent (HSC/PUC/ Pre-Degree) and are awaiting their results will also be eligible to apply. In such cases, admission to the Bachelor’s Degree Programme of the SRD shall be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student fails in the Higher Secondary Examination, 10+2 or its equivalent (HSC/PUC/Pre-Degree) course or secures less than required marks, as mentioned above, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

Selection Procedure:
Those satisfying the eligibility requirements will be assessed for selection through a Written Test (100 marks), Group Discussion (40 marks), and Personal Interview (50 marks). General candidates should obtain a minimum of 45% marks and SC and ST candidates 35% marks in the Written Test to qualify for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Final selection will be based strictly on merit using the criterion of highest marks obtained out of total 200 marks. However, General Candidates should obtain a minimum of 45% marks and candidates applying under reserved seats 35% marks out of total 200 marks to qualify for the final selection.

Career Opportunities:
The TISS Social Work students are valued in the voluntary and inter-governmental organisations and the government organisations. The B.A. (Hons.) in Social Work with Specialisation in Rural Development graduates have good employment opportunities with the government and voluntary sector, at the district and sub-district levels, and local self-governing bodies. The programme is expected to shape students’ competence to develop and implement rural development programmes independently.

Contact Details
P.O. Box 09,
Tuljapur, Dist.,
Osmanabad 413 601.
Telephone: +91-2471-242061/560 Fax: +91-2471-244325


Applications for MA programmes are available by the end of September and entrance exams are held in the second week of December. Interviews are held around March and the admission process is completed by mid May. Application forms can be downloaded online or obtained by post.

For further information, please contact or write to :

DR Academic
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
VN Purav Marg
Mumbai 400 088

– Admission to the integrated M.Phil./Ph.D. programme is made once every academic year (in June/July), and direct admission to the Ph.D. programme will be made twice a year (in June/July and January/February).

– Application for admission must be made in the prescribed form supplied with this Prospectus or downloaded from the Institute’s website ( Applications must be complete in all respects, and attested copies of certificates must be enclosed. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

– An Application Fee of Rs. 750/- must be remitted along with the application by Demand Draft drawn in favour of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, payable at Mumbai. The fee may also be paid in cash at the cash counter of the Institute. The Application Fee is not refundable.

– Eligible applicants will be required to appear for an interview on a pre-notified date.

– Outstation SC and ST applicants called for the interview will be reimbursed ordinary Second Class return railway fare between the place of their residence and Mumbai by the shortest route on production of valid railway receipt/ticket. No TA/DA is, however, admissible for joining the programme.

– The applicant is encouraged to contact a prospective guide at the Institute, either personally or through correspondence, for preparing the research proposal that is to be submitted along with the application form. However, scholars will be assigned guides after they areadmitted to the M.Phil. programme or at the time of admission to the Ph.D. programme, as the case may be.

School of Rural Development:

School of Rural Development is situated in the rural campus of the Institute in Tuljapur in Osmanabad District of Maharashtra (Approximately 450 K.M. from Mumbai). Scholars who would be registering for M.Phil./Ph.D. in Social Sciences or Social Work and interested in working in the area of rural development are encouraged to register with the guides in the School of Rural Development. The scholars have to be in the Mumbai campus for clearing the research methodology courses and move to the rural campus. The School provides residential and library facilities for the scholars. The scholars will have good access to computers and internet services in the rural campus.

The research proposal (about 1,000 words) to be submitted by the applicant may focus on:

Specification of the broad field of study,
Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study,
The rationale for and the significance of the study,
The methodology to be followed; and.
The candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.

For further information, please contact or write to :

DR Academic
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
VN Purav Marg
Mumbai 400 088

The duration of the M.Phil. program is for two academic years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

Programme Structure:

The M.Phil. Programme, which carries a total of 64 Credits, has five components:

(i) Basic Courses (BC) (24 Credits): The six courses provide the knowledge base in the theory and practice of research. (ii) Auxiliary Courses (AC) (4 Credits): The two courses provide/enhance the skills in the use of scholarly writing and computer applications respectively. (iii) Optional Courses (OC) (4 Credits): The two courses, to be chosen by a student from the list of current offerings in the Schools/Centres will help extend or update his/her knowledge in the (sub) discipline that he/she has chosen to do research in. (iv) Survey of Literature (SL) (8 Credits): As a prelude to embarking on the study proper, the student is helped to familiarise with the literature available on the problem chosen for study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses. (v) Dissertation (DI) (24 Credits): Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. Embodying the outcome of the practise or process of research, the dissertation constitutes the product of research.

A scholar who is unable to complete all the requirements of the M.Phil. programme within a period of five years from the date of admission shall be deregistered automatically.

In order to successfully complete the programme, a scholar will have to obtain the prescribed minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.05 on a 7-Point Scale for each course (including Survey of Literature and Dissertation) separately. A scholar failing in any course will have to repeat that course. The GPA obtained by a successful scholar and the appraisal reports received from the course teachers and the dissertation supervisor will determine whether the scholar is eligible for registration for the Ph.D. programme or not.

Mid-Stream Option:

Research scholars obtaining GPA 4.5 after completion of first year course work are offered an option to move directly to Ph.D. programme after an assessment by a Panel, that eaxamines the preparedness of the scholar, without completing the M.Phil. dissertation. However, those who desire to complete the M.Phil. Programme can go ahead with M.Phil. dissertation work.

The core faculty for the programme will be drawn from the Centre for Research Methodology. This will be supplemented by the vast pool of talent and expertise in social research available in the Institute. Experts from outside the Institute will also be invited to deliver guest lectures or conduct practical sessions.

Specialisation in Research Methodology:

Scholars enrolling for the M.Phil. Programme are generally expected to do research in a specialised branch of substantive knowledge. Therefore, one would expect them to interact with the faculty in the Institute, and particularly those of the Schools/Centres in which the student intends doing research. The process of this exploration will begin right after Semester I and will culminate in the assignment of dissertation supervisors for the students by the end of Semester II. With ‘Research Methodology’ emerging as a body of specialised knowledge, it is necessary that it is offered as a subject of specialisation for students interested in pursuing it. To enable to meet the OC Credits of such scholars, the Centre will introduce a number of 2-Credit Courses such as (a) Ethnography, (b) Sociology of Knowledge, (c) Aggregate Data Analysis, (d) Ontology of Human Sciences, (e) Network Analysis, (f) Project Evaluation, (g) Classical Methodologist (that is, the study of one major contributor to social science methodology like Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Popper, E.H. Carr, S.F. Nadel, Paul F. Lazarsfeld, etc.).


Programme Structure:

– A scholar selected for admission to the Ph.D. programme will work under the supervision of a guide, or a guide and a co-guide. A Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) will be constituted to monitor progress made.

– The scholar shall choose the area of his/her research in consultation with the guide (and co-guide and Doctoral Advisory Committee). The research proposal prepared by the candidate shall be presented at a seminar.

– The scholar shall submit through his/her guide the report of progress in his/her research work. These reports shall be submitted in the months of January and July. If in two consecutive reports the progress of a scholar’s research work is found to be unsatisfactory, he/she shall be automatically deregistered from the programme.

– The scholar shall submit three copies of the thesis embodying the results of his/her research work, not later than three years from the date of registration for the Ph.D. programme. However, on the recommendation of the guide and Research Council, an extension of one year may be granted. Scholars who do not submit their thesis within four years of their registration will be automatically deregistered. However, if they wish to continue for the programme, they will have to register afresh for the programme. Ordinarily, no scholar shall submit his/her thesis before two years from the date of his/her registration. This condition may, however, be waived on the recommendation of the Research Council of the Institute.

– The research scholar should submit, through his/her guide, three copies of the final title and synopsis (in about 1,500 words) of the thesis and make a seminar presentation, at least three months before submission of the thesis.

– The scholars are encouraged to publish various aspects of their work during the course of study. Each scholar must publish at least one paper in peer reviewed journals.

Examination of the Ph.D. Thesis:

– The thesis shall be adjudicated by two examiners from outside the Institute. These examiners shall be appointed by the Director from a panel of examiners proposed by the guide (and co-guide, if any).

– If both the examiners appointed to adjudicate the thesis unanimously recommend that the thesis be accepted for the award of the degree, the scholar may be asked to defend his/her thesis at an open viva voce examination. It will be conducted by the examiners who have adjudicated the thesis. If both these examiners are unable to conduct the viva voce examination, the Director may appoint another examiner from the panel. On the successful defence of his/her thesis, the scholar will be recommended for the award of the Ph.D. Degree.

– If both the examiners reject the thesis, the scholar will be deemed to have failed and will be deregistered from the programme.

– If any examiner recommends revision of the thesis, the Research Council shall review the report of that examiner and advise the scholar to revise the thesis and resubmit it not earlier than six months. In case the thesis is revised and resubmitted, it shall be referred to the examiner who had recommended the revision, and only after he/she approves the thesis, the viva voce examination will be conducted.

– If one examiner recommends the award of the degree and the other rejects it, the thesis shall be referred to a third examiner, whose verdict will be final. The third examiner shall be appointed by the Director from the panel.