Ratan Tata saved 115 TISS jobs amid layoff crisis, took a great step

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which recently laid off 115 employees on June 28, has now decided to put on hold the dismissal of 55 faculty members and 60 non-teaching staff. This decision was taken after the Tata Education Trust (TET), led by former Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata, agreed to provide additional financial grants.

TISS said that ongoing discussions with Tata Education Trust have strengthened their commitment to resolve the issue. TET has committed to release funds for the project, programme faculty and salaries of non-teaching staff.

The institute requested the employees to continue their work and assured them that salaries will be paid once the TET assistance grant is received. Earlier, TISS had laid off employees citing a reduction in the grant for salaries from the Tata Education Trust. The administration said that they were actively trying to continue funding from the Tata Education Trust for the last six months but were facing challenges in maintaining operations due to the delay in disbursement of funds.

The staff who were laid off earlier were employed in roles funded by the trust for various projects. In contrast, faculty members holding permanent positions at TISS campuses receive remuneration through funds provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Originally established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work, TISS was renamed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1944.

A watershed moment came in the year 1964 when it was granted the status of a Deemed University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956. Since its inception, TISS has been striving relentlessly to achieve excellence in higher education. The Institute has earned accolades for its extensive research efforts in developmental studies, with special emphasis on advancing equity, promoting social justice and advocating human rights.

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