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1936
A new profession is born. The first institution in South Asia for professional social work education.

Proposed to the Sir Doarbji Tata Trust by Dr. Clifford Manshardt, an American missionary, this is the first venture of the Trust.

Dorabji Trust Papers

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TISS starts its journey as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work from Nagpada Neighbourhood House, Byculla
Nagpada Campus

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1937
The institute's first field action project was the Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) for child and adolescent guidance.
Child Guidance Clinic Child Guidance Clinic

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child care child care

View Documents Articles promoting the need for trained services in the field of child care.

1938
Clifford Marshardts
Dr. Clifford Manshardt Inaugural Speech
"And if you say to yourselves: What can 20 students do in the face of India's problems? I would remind you that you are 20 but the beginning. Year by year, your number will increase and the time will come when trained social workers will be at work in every important centre in India Dr. Clifford Manshardt, Inaugural Speech, 1936

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First Batch of Students passed out this year
Child Guidance Clinic Child Guidance Clinic

View Documents Memorabilia from the First Convocation Ceremony

1940
The Indian Journal of Social Work begins publication and is published without interruption till the present
Announcement of the first IJSW

Announcement of the first IJSW

1944
The name changes to Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Tata Institute of Social Sciences 
1948
TISS reaches out to work in the Kurukshetra refugee camps in the aftermath of Partition. This practice of responding to disasters with relevant social interventions continues.
Post Independence Post Independence

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