Life at TISS Mumbai - In 1936, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, the institute was renamed to TISS Mumbai. Since its establishment, TISS Mumbai strives to be an institution that responds to changing social realities through expansion and implementation of knowledge, towards creating an ecologically sustainable, people-centered and a just environment. This was done in order to encourage and protect equality, dignity, human rights and social justice for all. TISS Mumbai is a dream destination for many bachelors, masters and doctoral aspirants in interdisciplinary areas. This institute is known to offer off-beat programmes that are generally not available in a B-school- a reason for many to pick TISS Mumbai over others.
But what else, why should you consider TISS Mumbai as your next destination? A lot has been said and written about the campus life at TISS Mumbai. Let us explore into the life at TISS Mumbai and understand what makes B-school life at TISS Mumbai special.
Congratulations on making it to TISS Mumbai. You may think the struggle is over, you have made it to one of the best institutes in Mumbai and that your life is set. Sorry to burst your bubble, the real deal is about to start. The first semester at TISS Mumbai is meant to test your mettle, grit and determination. You will be spending over 13-14 hours each day on the TISS Mumbai campus attending lectures, all sort of events, discussions, guest lectures, solving case studies and filling application forms for the internship programs. You will learn how to survive on caffeine and mere two-hours of sleep, you will forget the weekends and spend whatever time you have in hand either sleeping or eating a fulfilling proper meal in a day.
Sounds daunting? It is, but trust me you will love the adrenalin rush and will miss it when this is all over. Your life at TISS Mumbai will be one of a hell ride; some of the toughest months of your life and some of the best with the learning you are going to take away from this institute.
If you successfully complete the first semester at TISS Mumbai, you can handle any level/ amount of pressure that you may encounter in future. The curriculum at TISS focuses on learning and leadership rather than grades. During your campus life at TISS Mumbai, you will be assigned some of the most amusing assignments, for instance, you may be asked to watch the movie ‘Frozen’ and critically analyze characters and their decisions. Isn’t that great? You get to watch an animation movie for assignment instead of filling up pages after pages. In some other assignment, you may be asked to travel anywhere in Mumbai in a group and prepare a written reflection of what you saw and experienced. The term ‘Reflection’ will be a common word that you will hear as you start embracing campus life at TISS Mumbai.
TISS Mumbai is best known for its minimal batch of maximum 60 students; all from 20 different states with different educational, social and professional backgrounds. Life at TISS Mumbai is diverse, not only you will rub shoulders with people from various parts of the country; you will also interact with people who are pursuing different course from yours. You will come across people pursuing psychology, development studies, social work, disaster management and gender studies. The benefit of such a diverse batch is the nature of conversations that are deep, relevant and intuitive. These eventually help you develop a wide perspective, empathize with students who are unlike you and make you sensitive to issues that you didn’t know existed.
Life at TISS Mumbai is not all about work and no play. You will be surprised to witness the liveliness and fun that the campus life at TISS Mumbai has to offer. TISS Mumbai is known for its fresher’s and summers parties and not to miss the house parties that you will attend once you find the time. Most of you won’t make it to the hostel accommodation, therefore renting an apartment/ flat will be feasible and more fun and freedom involved. Only in Mumbai, you can make a random plan to visit Marine Drive in the wee hours and grab a bite from vast food joint round the corner.
All said and done, if you are reading this article to know how your life is going to be at TISS Mumbai, let me tell you no matter how much is written or spoken about the campus life at TISS Mumbai, it is only you who can judge the experience once you become a part of the institute.
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