In Conversation with Dr D K Srivastava, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
"TISS is not competing with any other institute, either in India or abroad..
. However, TISS has been rated as one of the pioneering institutes in South Asia for its programmes in Social Sciences, Social Work, Human Resource Management, and Health & Hospital Management," says Dr. D. K. Srivastava, Professor, TISS-Mumbai, quoting TISS's vision.
CoolAvenues.com, in its endeavor to bring most relevant information to MBA aspirants as well as corporate recruiters, keeps on posting details about new as well those Indian B-schools which have long-established and impressive track-record in the field of management education.
One such institute of long-established repute is Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based at Mumbai. We present a close téte-à-téte with the Professor & Chairperson, Center for Human Resource Management & Labour Relations, Dr. D. K. Srivastava.
Dr. Srivastava has M.Com. & D.Phil. from Allahabad University, and has attended Faculty Development Program at IIM Ahmedabad. He is an expert in the area of Industrial Relations & Negotiation Management. He has done extensive research in the area of Trade Unionism, Industrial Democracy & Corporate Social Responsibility. He features consistently in the Indian Journal of Industrial Relations and Indian Journal of Labor Economics. He has worked as Consultant with various public and private enterprises such as Hero Honda, Britannia, etc. He is also a visiting faculty with Cairo University under the UGC Cultural Exchange Program.
Here are the excerpts of his interview with CoolAvenues' Team...
Q. Sir, can you tell us something about TISS, Mumbai in general?
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Scoial Work. Its establishment was the result of the decision of the Trustees of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) to accept Dr. Clifford Manshardt's vision of a post-graduate school of social work of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and problems, and impart education in social work to meet the emerging need for trained human resources.
In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognized as a Deemed University by the Government of India (GOI). Today, TISS is a NAAC - 5 Star-rated COE (Center of Excellence). TISS's faculty members occupy positions of eminence in many GOI and UNO Committees.
Q. Over the years, TISS, Mumbai has established itself as an authority on education in HRM & LR. What is the roadmap for it in coming five years?
TISS is not competing with any other institute, either in India or abroad; it is committed to its vision and mission. However, TISS has been rated by the society and industry as one of the pioneering institutes in South Asia for its programmes in Social Sciences, Social Work, Human Resource Management, and Health & Hospital Management. In the next five years, TISS would place itself as an institute which facilitates the development of competent and committed professionals for practice, research and teaching. We wish to preserve and expand our reputation for the same.
Q. Apart from M.A. in HRM & LR, what are the other management-related programmes offered by TISS, Mumbai? Are there any other management-related courses being planned for launch in future?
The School of Management & Labour Studies of TISS is currently offering three masters programmes, i.e., Human Resource Management & Labour Relations, Globalization & Labour, and Social Entrepreneurship.
The Globalization & Labour Programme is a part of Global Labour University and similar other programmes are offered by its counterparts in Germany, Brazil and South Africa.
The Social Entrepreneurship Programme has its collaboration with Oxford University and James Madison University, New York.
The school would like to strengthen and consolidate its all three programmes in near future. At the institute level, TISS is currently offering 12 teaching programmes at master's level and 1 teaching programme in social work at under-graduate level.
Q. Does TISS, Mumbai offer specific programmes related to any particular sector, or is it catering to any particular group?
TISS is primarily an institution associated with the teaching programmes that respond to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centered and ecologically-sustainable society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice, and human rights for all with special emphasis on marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Q. Are Management Development Programmes (MDPs) planned for the academic year 2008-09?
The Management Development Programmes organized by the Centre for Social & Organizational Leadership of School of Management & Labour Studies are mostly customized as per the requirements of the companies.
However, the centre plans to roll out its Training Calendar from the Academic Year 2009-10.
Q. What are the advantages that TISS, Mumbai offers over other management institutions of the country where HRM education is concerned?
The curriculum of TISS includes a two-days compulsory field-work training to the students who are attached with different organizations during their academic schedule. This attachment provides hands-on exposure to the students about different systems of companies, and subsequently, links it with class-room teaching. NGO Placements at the end of 4th semester give an exposure to the social set-up and challenges. The field-work exposure is the USP of TISS. Of course, the placements reflect the quality of teaching and students.
Q. How do you envisage the future of HR professionals in coming years?
Globalization and its aftermath have given golden opportunity to Human Resource professionals to prove their worth for the business. This has been now realized that HR is not simply back-office function or support function, rather it is a strategic function as well. With the expanding scope of manufacturing as well as services / IT sector in India and abroad, Human Resource professionals are ready to take on the challenges being posed by the industry.
On M.A. in HRM & LR
Q. Can you tell us something about the Two-Year full-Time M.A. in HRM & LR Programme at TISS, Mumbai, and what kind of career options it opens up for those who join the course?
HRM & LR Programme of the Institute is designed to develop students into professionally-competent and socially-sensitive management graduates, fully-equipped to take on the challenges of the corporate world. This programme presents an outstanding prospect to explore the critical areas of contemporary human resources management, in concert with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key functions of management and business.
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