About Tata Institute of Social Sciences
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is a multi-campus public funded research university in Mumbai, India. TISS is Asia’s oldest institute for professional social work education and was founded in 1936 in then Bombay Presidency of British India as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. In 1944, the institute was officially renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and in 1964, the Government of India declared TISS as Deemed university under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956.
School of Vocational Education
In December 2011, Tata Institute of Social Sciences set up the School of Vocational Education (SVE). It aims to provide immediate and definite interventions to improve the lives of the disadvantaged and marginalized youth, especially those who are excluded by the formal school education system, through appropriate vocational training programmes. The training programs are inclusive in nature and structured in a way to facilitate vertical movement of the organized and unorganized labor. It facilitates the participation of women, children, the PWD and other vulnerable groups. Therefore, SVE has been set up with a vision of creating an ecosystem that would bring back the dignity of labor for blue collar streams of work and create sustainable sources of income for the marginalized youth in the country.
The project has been initiated under the aegis of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Ministry of HRD, Government of India. TISS-SVE has received seed grant from AICTE for incubating National Vocational University.
The approach adopted by TISS-SVE is called the Work Integrated Training Programme (WIPT). This 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 based education. The aim is to enable the student to learn the skill by engaging in on job-training at real shop floor of the industry/company along with classroom theoretical training.
About Work Integrated Training Programs
Work Integrated Training Programme (WITP) is where students learn the skill by engaging in on-the-job training at real shop floor of the industry/company. For effective delivery of this model, we will be leveraging on the expertise of a partner that will provide classroom-based training and will be known as a Hub. Furthermore, there will be an execution partner who provide on the job training. They are called Skill Knowledge Partners (SKPs) and could include hospitals/industries/companies. Hence, with the Hub and Spoke model, students will be placed in the SKPs for on-the-job training while classroom theoretical training is given by the hub partner.
The aim of our WITP is to provide the student the opportunity to enhance their skills and gain workplace-based industry experience as a part of their program. For the student, the experience is valuable as training is built around the context of work, enabling them to learn by working and observing.
This model also allows for design of the programme with an ‘Earn while you Learn’feature. This feature enables the student to earn a stipend/salary during on-the-job/job duration of the course of training to support their simultaneous program.
TISS-SVE, through its training partners, will provide the requisite structured classroom sessions while inducting them into the work settings. The WIT programme would further enable students to perform better in the highly technically advanced world by providing them with a platform to learn the duties and responsibilities of various employees while they are student-trainees at the facility.
To be an institute of national excellence providing competency development and gainful employability to 5% of India’s aggregate demand for skilled manpower and another 15% through catalyzing and ‘spread’ effects.