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TISS gets nod for opening campuses in Assam, Andhra

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences has earned the human resource development ministry’s “in principle” nod to open campuses in Guwahati and Hyderabad, in the 74-year-old pioneer institute’s biggest ever expansion move till date.

delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2010 01:10 IST
Charu Sudan Kasturi

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences has earned the human resource development ministry’s “in principle” nod to open campuses in Guwahati and Hyderabad, in the 74-year-old pioneer institute’s biggest ever expansion move till date.

Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal approved the proposal for the expansion by TISS after a meeting with institute officials on Monday, top government sources told Hindustan Times.

The proposal — aimed at better catering to students from the north-east and south of the country — will need to be approved by Cabinet before it can be implemented.

TISS is India’s oldest school of modern social work, and was started in Mumbai in 1936, expanding in recent years to a campus in Tuljapur — also in Maharashtra.

The Guwahati campus, under the proposal, will reserve 70 per cent seats for students from the north-east and will be funded by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), the sources said.

“We expect this to provide a massive boost in access to top class social science education in the north-east,” a source said.

The Assam government has already allocated 15 acres of land for the project, within the campus of the Assam Engineering College, Guwahati.

The Hyderabad campus is, however, likely to prove trickier for TISS to start.

The HRD ministry in understood to be unsure about central funding for this campus.

“Hyderabad is already home to several major social science institutions – unlike the north-east, which needs greater attention from the government's perspective,” a source said.

TISS may seek funding from the Andhra Pradesh government for the Hyderabad campus. The state government has sanctioned 65 acres of land for this campus.

The HRD ministry’s nod is critical because TISS is a deemed university completely funded by the University Grants Commisison.

The proposed new campuses also represent a test for the UGC and the HRD — to enforce tough new regulations to monitor the functioning and expansion of deemed universities.