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TISS sets campus date in 2015

- Once ready, premier social science hub to offer an array of courses to 1500 students every year

IIT, AIIMS, IRMA and now TISS — the list seems to be endless for the state on the national education map.

Known to be a premier campus, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, is all set to make its debut in Bihar with the academic session starting next year.

In just a couple of years, students from Bihar would have a wide range of opportunities in higher education as recently the government has decided to have its own rural management institute — Development Management Institute (DMI) — modelled on Institute of Rural Management Anand (Irma), with academic session starting this July-August. Verghese Kurien, best known as the “Father of the White Revolution”, set up Irma with a vision to inject professionalism into the management of organisations working for rural development.

TISS aims at high quality professional education in a wide range of inter-disciplinary areas of social sciences.

Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said: “The state government has agreed to open a TISS campus in Bihar and they have also given their consent to start the academic session from July 2015.”

TISS, established in 1936 in Mumbai, has its campuses in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Tuljapur (Solapur) at present. It was set up as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Over the years, the institute has made consistent contributions to civil society and the development sector through its education, research, field action and extension.

The TISS campus in Bihar would be set up in the Mithapur area, which is developed as the new education hub in Patna, but in its initial phase it would run from Chajjubagh from where Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, (CIMP) is functioning at present. This year, the management institute is being shifted to its permanent campus at Mithapur.

TISS would offer courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Though the course content is not finalised yet stress would be given on inter-disciplinary studies.

About the idea to set up a campus in Bihar, Pushpendra Kumar, professor of social work in TISS and also associated with the TISS-Patna plan, told The Telegraph from Mumbai: “The Bihar government has approached the TISS to set up a campus in the state and it has been decided that academic session would start from July 2015.”

The intake in each course has not been finalised but by 2020 it has been targeted to have the capacity of 1,500 students in different courses. The capacity in undergraduate courses would be 400, another 400 for postgraduate courses, 150 for doctoral courses, 50 for postdoctoral degree and 500 students would be inducted through various distance education programmes and correspondence courses.

As the stress would be on launching inter-disciplinary subjects, courses such as rural development, disaster management, public policy, social work, public health, public governance would be started.

An education department official on condition of anonymity said: “We have approached TISS to open its campus in Bihar and launching such courses which stress on human development which commensurate the state government’s Mission Manav Vikash.”

Under the Mission Manav Vikash, 18 departments, including agriculture, health and education, are interconnected with a stress on development of human work force.

IIT-Patna was founded in 2008 while the New Delhi-based AIIMS has set up its campus in the city in 2012.


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