TISS CONVOCATION 2000 Director's Annual Report: 1999-2000 JACOB AIKARA ...
TISS CONVOCATION 2000
Director's Annual Report: 1999-2000
JACOB AIKARA
Chairman Shri B.G. Deshmukh, Honourable Chief Guest Dr. Man-
mohan Singh, Distinguished Guests, Students, Staff and Faculty
INTRODUCTION
This is the sixtieth convocation in the history of the Institute and the
first convocation of the Institute in the new millennium. Convocation
is the last event in the academic year of the Institute. Today, the
Institute is presenting to the world outside a group of persons who have
gone through the professional training and studies offered by the
Institute. They are receiving their degrees in recognition of the suc-
cessful completion of their education at the Institute.
We are singularly fortunate to have Dr. Manmohan Singh as the
Chief Guest on this occasion. It is indeed a privilege to have a person
of his stature, who embodies a rare combination of erudite statesman-
ship and eminent scholarship, in order to grace this august function.
We are thankful to him for agreeing to be with us today.
Sixty-four years ago, the Institute was established for providing
professional training in social work and to produce professionals who
would be engaged in human service for the betterment of the society.
With a modest beginning in the year 1936, the Institute has grown in
size and expanded its activities to become adeemed university. Today,
the Institute has acquired the recognition of a centre of training in social
work and similar human service professions, and research on social
issues and development. In pursuit of its objectives, the Institute has
been undertaking various kinds of activities year after year.
The Institute has successfully completed another year culminating
in this event of convocation. Apart from the usual programmes of
professional training and other academic activities, the year is charac-
terised by certain special events. As we hold the 60th convocation of

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the Institute this year, we also celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of The
Indian Journal Social Work,
published by the Institute. Sixty years
ago, the Institute launched this journal as part of its mission of
professionalisation of social work. Today, it has become an interna-
tionally recognised publication in the field of social work. It is a
creditable record that the Institute has been able to bring out this journal
uninterrupted during the last six decades.
The Institute has had the tradition of intervening in situations of
disasters and calamities in order to render service to the affected
people. Consistent with this tradition, the students, staff and faculty of
the Institute participated in relief work in the cyclone affected areas of
Orissa. In all, 137 student, staff and faculty volunteers went to Orissa
for the relief work. The Institute is very happy that their work with the
cyclone affected people has been quite satisfying and fruitful. The
Institute is grateful to the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for providing us the
financial support for the relief work.
The Third Review Committee of the Institute, appointed by the
Governing Board, completed its work and submitted the report to the
Governing Board. It was a quarter of a century ago that the Second
Review Committee of the Institute did the exercise of reviewing the
Institute. The report of the Third Review Committee has provided the
Institute the opportunity to have the much needed self-introspection
so as to enable it to perform its mission in the new millennium. We are
thankful to the members of the Committee for undertaking this impor-
tant and delicate task.
IN MEMORIUM
The Institute would like to remember four persons, who had rendered
their services to the Institute in the past and left us for ever during this
year. We deeply mourn their loss.
Mr. G.K. Chandiramani, who had served the Institute as a member
of the Governing Board for over 25 years from February 1974, passed
away on December 31, 1999. Mrs. M. Ramachandran, who retired
from the Institute as Section Officer on November 2, 1994, after 39
years of service, passed away on May 11, 1999. Mrs. G. Narayanan,
who retired from the Institute as Assistant in the Publications Unit on
December 13,1988, after 25 years of service, passed away on Decem-
ber 3, 1999. Mr. A.D. Datar, who joined the Institute on July 7, 1975,
and was working as Senior Library Assistant, met with an accident and
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While paying tribute to their memories, we acknowledge their
contribution to the Institute.
ACTIVITIES DURING THE YEAR
During this year, the Institute has undertaken several activities consis-
tent with the objectives, and in pursuit of the mission of the Institute.
They include teaching of degree/diploma/certificate courses, research
projects, other programmes of knowledge dissemination and activities
outside the Institute. In presenting the annual report, let me briefly
highlight the activities of the Institute during this year.
Teaching
The Institute offers degree programmes of Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Social
Sciences and Social Work, M.A. in Social Work, Personnel Manage-
ment and Industrial Relations, and Master of Hospital/Health Admini-
stration. The diploma programmes offered by the Institute are in
Hospital Administration and Personnel Management. The certificate
programmes of the Institute are in Rehabilitation Counselling, Re-
search Methodology, Social Work and Social Welfare Administration.
During the academic year 1999-2000, the Institute had students
from all over the country for the degree, diploma and certificate
programmes. They represented 20 States and two Union Territories.
Field Work
Field work is an important component of the programme of profes-
sional training at the Institute. It provides the students with the real
field setting wherein they learn by doing. Students of all the Master's
programmes are placed for field work in various agencies. To meet the
various needs of field work, new agencies are selected for field
placement. The students of the different Master's degree programmes
were placed for their field work in a total of 164 agencies during this
year.
Rural Camp and Study Tour
The rural camp is an integral component of the M.A. programme in
Social Work for the first year students. It is designed to help students
understand rural realities and interventions for rural development. This
year, the students were divided into five groups and each group visited
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While the first year students of M.A. in Social Work were engaged
in the activity of rural camp, the second year students undertook the
study tour. Students of each specialisation selected places of their own
special field of interest for the study tour. They visited institutions and
organisations engaged in social intervention, communities or sites
under developmental programmes, and projects of development.
Research
Social research has been one of the major activities of the Institute. No
educational institution of the status of a university can fulfil its objec-
tive without a strong research programme for generating knowledge.
Over the years, the Institute has developed itself into an acknowledged
centre of research. This is evident from the increasing number of
requests received by the Institute from the national and international
agencies for undertaking research projects.
Nature of Research
In keeping with the mission and thrust of the Institute, research at the
Institute has been largely based on social issues or related to pro-
grammes of social development. A number of research projects under-
taken at the Institute have policy implications. Some others are
evaluations of developmental programmes.
Units and Departments
The important place research has acquired at the Institute is evident
from the existence of the research units, which have been set up
primarily for conducting research. There are eight research units at the
Institute. They are for: Child and Youth Research, Research in Soci-
ology of Education, Urban Studies, Social Policy and Social Welfare
Administration, Rural Studies, Labour Studies, Women's Studies and
Family Studies. These units have been primarily engaged in social
research and related professional activities in their respective fields.
However, research activity is not confined to the research units.
Faculty members of the teaching departments, which are primarily
engaged in teaching, do undertake research in their respective fields
of professional interest. Similarly, many of the faculty members of the
research units participate in the teaching programmes of the depart-
ments. This organisational set up of teaching departments and research
units, with mutual professional interaction, is unique to the Institute.

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Funding of Research
The Institute gets the funding for the research projects from various
sources. They include the Institute's own research funds (administered
by the Board of Research Studies), Central and State Governments,
international agencies, and other organisations such as industries.
Research Projects
The faculty members of the Institute have been engaged in a number
of research projects during the year. They include the projects that were
carried on from the previous year and fresh projects undertaken during
this year. The Institute was engaged in 85 research projects in 1999-
2000, of which 30 projects commenced this year.
Knowledge Dissemination
The Institute has been continuously engaged in disseminating knowl-
edge and exchange of ideas in the fields of social theory and practice.
This is done through the seminars, conferences and training pro-
grammes held at the Institute, publications and video productions.
Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Training Programmes
The faculty members of the different Departments and Units regularly
conduct seminars, conferences, workshops and training programmes
with participants drawn from various sections of the society.
The usual programmes of the Institute include the courses con-
ducted for the IPS, IAS and IFS officers for exposing them to certain
values and ideas that are part of the goals of social development and
nation building in the country. A regular training programme of the
Institute is the Orientation and Refresher Courses, conducted by the
National Service Scheme Unit of the Institute for the NSS Programme
Officers in the colleges of Maharashtra.
Publications
The Institute's activity of publication includes books and articles,
brought out by the Publications Unit of the Institute and those of the
individual faculty members, published elsewhere.
As part of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of The Indian
Journal of Social Work, the Publications Unit of the Institute brought
out the April 2000 issue of the journal as a special issue on 'Social
Work Education' in felicitation of Prof. Armaity S. Desai.

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Video Production
The Unit for Media and Communications at the Institute has been
regularly producing videos on themes of social issues, such as domes-
tic violence and forest management. The videos produced at the
institute have been selected for screening in various national and
international film and video festivals, and are being utilised exten-
sively by the faculty, students and researchers.
Activities Outside the Institute
External activities of the Institute include field action projects, partici-
pation of the faculty members in seminars, conferences and work-
shops, and functions performed by the faculty on the executive
committees of professional bodies.
Field Action Projects
Field action projects have been one of the extension activities of the
Institute. They are generally interventions for community develop-
ment or improvement of the situation of the disadvantaged and back-
ward sections of the society. This year, the Institute has been
conducting 24 field action projects.
Library
The Library of the Institute has a stock of about 93,300 volumes. They
have been acquired in consideration of the needs of the various
teaching, research and training programmes of the Institute. The
Library subscribes to over 430 professional journals, in addition to a
few magazines of general interest, and has about 1,600 titles of
audio-visual material. The Library has been covered under the IN-
F L I B N E T programme of the UGC.
Computer Centre
The Computer Centre of the Institute is equipped with the hardware
and software necessary for the activities of the Institute. It is recognised
as one of the nine centres in India, sponsored by Indian Council of
Social Science Research, for giving free guidance and consultancy
services to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars from various other univer-
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Students' Union
As usual the Students' Union has been engaged in several activities at
the Institute. They include cultural activities of celebrating India's
Independence Day and Republic Day at the Institute, screening of
documentaries and movies, the drama circle, programmes in collabo-
ration with SPIC-MACAY, and the QUINTISSENCE. The Annual
Sports Day was organised by the Union on January 18, 2000, at the
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre grounds with the enthusiastic partici-
pation from all the students.
Several other useful activities were conducted by the Students'
Union, such as the talk on 'Good Governance' before the Lok Sabha
and State Assembly Elections, the Wall Quiz Competition to update
the general knowledge of the students, the Book Donation Camp at the
Nair Hospital and the setting up of the Student Mutual-Aid Fund for
medical emergencies.
Personnel
Long Service
The Institute has a long-standing practice of honouring the employees
who have served the Institute for 20 years. This year, 13 employees,
who completed 20 years of service at the Institute, were felicitated on
the Institute Day.
Retirement and New Appointments
This year six employees, including Prof. P.N. Mukherji, the Director,
retired from the Institute. While they have left the Institute, five faculty
members and two administrative staff have joined the Institute in
1999-2000.
Campus Development
This year, the Institute has been fortunate to receive an additional
special grant from the University Grants Commission for some of the
major basic maintenance works that were pending for several years for
want of funds. With this grant, we have been able to undertake certain
major repairs of the Institute's infrastructure and give a relatively
better look to the campus. The Institute is grateful to the University
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Malti Jal and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe
The work on the construction of an institutional building and a hostel
is in progress at the Malti Jal and Jal A.D. Naoroji Campus Annexe.
They are expected to be ready for occupation in the coming academic
year. Plans have been finalised for the construction of residential units
for the employees at the new campus annexe and the work is to start
shortly.
Rural Campus
The Rural Campus was established in June 1988 in Tuljapur in order
to conduct rural based programmes for rural development. Over the
last one year, efforts have been made to consolidate the work done in
the previous 10 years and reorient the activities to strengthen interven-
tion in six core sectors of community service, namely, land and water,
agriculture, credit, health, education and local self-government.
The development of curricula for training of front-line workers at
the grassroots has been a priority during this period. With this specific
objective, a workshop was organised for enhancing the training skills
of the team members of the Rural Campus.
Steps have been initiated to develop the Rural Campus library as a
resource centre for the region. This would support and complement
village level resource centres, which have been initiated for two
sectors, namely agriculture and health, so far.
CONCLUDING REMARKS
With the convocation today, another year in the academic life of the
Institute is coming to an end. We are thankful to the University Grants
Commission for the continued financial support. In particular, we
would like to record our gratitude for the additional funds released by
the Commission during the year for the major maintenance works at
the Institute.
The Tata Trusts have always been helpful to the Institute in some
of its schemes and activities. Their assistance for construction, schol-
arships, field action projects, conferences and intervention in crisis
situations is very much appreciated. We sincerely thank them for their
continued support to the Institute.
The Institute has benefited from its association with various na-
tional, international, governmental and non-governmental agencies. In
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research projects undertaken by the Institute. We are grateful to all of
them in helping the Institute in its mission.
A number of outside agencies are closely involved in the pro-
grammes of the Institute. They provide the students the real field
setting for their field work, an important component of the professional
training at the Institute. We are thankful to our field work agencies and
supervisors for their contribution to the educational programmes of the
Institute.
Today 123 graduates are receiving their Master's degree—93 of
them in Social Work and 30 in Personnel Management and Industrial
Relations — after successfully completing the two year programme of
professional training at the Institute. In addition, five scholars are being
awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy and four scholars, the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy at this convocation.
Hundreds of alumni of this Institute are already in the field of social
work, personnel management and related professions all over the
country and even abroad. Today the Institute is offering to the nation
another batch of professionals to be in the service of the country. Those
of you who have had the benefit of acquiring the knowledge and skills
in the human service professions and applied social sciences through
the two Master's programmes and research degree programmes of the
Institute are indeed fortunate. You are now ready to carry out the
mission for which the Institute has equipped you. I am sure that you
will be able to make a significant contribution to the country in general
and to the relatively disadvantaged sections of the society in particular.
I would like to congratulate all of you who have been successful in
your studies at the Institute and are being awarded the degrees at this
convocation. Let me also congratulate specially those of you who have
earned for yourselves the merit awards and prizes in the different
subject areas. I wish all of you excellent career opportunities and
success in your endeavours.
Jayati Jayati Vidya Sansthan
May 6, 2000
Jacob Aikara
Director (Officiating)
THE INDIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, Volume 61, Issue 3, July 2000