Starting November 26, no classes will be held at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Deonar for nine days.
During that period, more than 1,700 students, 150 professors and staff members along with the director of TISS will collect data for a socio-economic survey in the slum pockets of M (East) ward, which includes Chembur, Mahul, Trombay, Govandi and Mankhurd.
In its platinum jubilee year, the institute has decided to adopt the M (East) ward for a planning and advocacy exercise that could influence the development of amenities in the area. The M (East) ward has been identified as one with the lowest human development measure (-0.05) among all administrative wards in the city, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s human development report of 2009.
“In the year 2011 too, 85% of more than one million population of the ward lives in slums and survives in subhuman conditions. We believe it is possible to change the situation,” said S Parasuraman, director, TISS. “We have reduced the Diwali vacations for our students. All the students will come in a week earlier for the socio-economic survey. Our students are working in M-ward with 20 of them doing their dissertation on it.”
The team from TISS will profile more than 230 communities in the area and list the number of hospitals and educational institutes in the area using the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. “Our aim is to make a difference in the living conditions of the ward where the disparities are huge,” said Leena Joshi, project in-charge. A proposal for transformation of the ward has been discussed with chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan.