Welcome to Mumbai, India

Information about TISS

 

TISS was established in 1936, as the Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work, the first school of social work in India. It was renamed to its current name in 1944. It was recognized as a Deemed University in 1964 by the University Grants Commission of India.

TISS started out as a small institute offering a post-graduate diploma in Social Work, but has since expanded continuously in terms of educational programmes and infrastructure. The first director of the institute was Dr Clifford Manshardt, who aimed to establish a post-graduate social work school of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and create meaningful interventions.

Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrusts, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development. It has done so in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations.

TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as international agencies such as the United Nations, and the non-government sector, both national and international.


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Time Zone

India and Sri Lanka share the same Time Zone - Indian Standard Time (IST):
UTC+05:30 and does not observer Daylight Saving Time (DST).

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Climate

Mumbai, for most part of the year is warm (20-30ºC). The temperatures in summer are around 30 °C and in winter, around 18 °C.

The monsoon season in Mumbai lasts from June-September. Since most of the GLU-ICDD events will be held at the end of September, the weather will be hot and humid. We therefore recommend that you carry suitable clothing for this period. In these months, you will have to take care as mosquitoes abound in this period. Mosquito repellents are readily available in local stores.


Money and Currency

The currency used in India is called the Indian Rupee (INR). Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 and coins are available in values of 1, 2, 5 and 10.

1 INR = 100 Paise

The current exchange rate can be viewed here

Where can I exchange my money?

It is a good idea to change your money right before you leave the airport. However, if you wish to change it outside, there are authorized foreign exchange dealers in most big cities and banks where you can change your currency at fair rates. You could also use the ubiquitous ATMs for cash withdrawals, which could involve paying some bank charges.

The average daily limit for withdrawal of money from an ATM is INR 10,000. Do note that unlike some countries where you leave your card in when using an ATM, in most ATMs in India, insert your card and then take it out. You will be then asked to enter your pin and carry on with your transaction. Although, there are some older ATM machines in which you will have to insert your card and keep it in until the end of the transaction. 

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are usually accepted in tourist hotels and many other shops. Debit cards are also widely accepted

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Languages and religion

Hindi is the national language. English and Hindi are widely used in Mumbai, even though Marathi is the regional language of the state. Different languages are spoken in different parts of India. There are 22 recognised languages and thousands of dialects spoken all over the country.

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Commercial and business hours

Official business hours are 9:30am to 17:30pm Monday to Friday.

Most banks are open Monday-Friday from l0am to 17:00pm (with a lunch break from 13:00-14:00pm). On Saturdays, banks are open from 9am to 1pm. Second and fourth Saturdays are official holidays in all government offices and public sector banks.

In the state capitals, the main post office is generally open from l0:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays and on Saturday morning.

Shop hours vary regionally, but most tend to open from around l0:00am to around 9:00pm daily, except Sunday.

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Communicatios

There are plenty of local stores that provide local sim-cards (prepaid) of various telecom companies for your mobile/ cell phones. Usually, one photocopy of an identity proof is sufficient for getting a sim card.

 The Country Code for India is: 91

The main mobile networks operating in India are:

    • Airtel
    • Aircel
    • Loop
    • Vodafone
    • Reliance
    • Tata
    • BSNL
    • MTNL
    • Idea.

    Emergency

    Number

    Police

    100

    Fire Service

    101

    Ambulance

    102

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    Medical issues

    Please mention any previous medical condition / problems / disabilities that you think we must know about. Medicines are available at local drug stores, but if you are supposed to be on some specific medication, please carry an adequate supply of those for the entire period of your stay.

    Food

    Indian food contains a lot of spices, and therefore can be difficult for some non-Indians who are not used to such food. You may indicate to us if you would like the dining hall of TISS to cook according to your special dietary needs.

    Computer and internet facilities

    TISS opened a cyber library in 2009 to facilitate students’ access to over 4500 journals and other data on the internet. It is equipped with over ninety Pentium-100 workstations and remains open 24x7. With the installation of wireless access points all over campus, TISS campus is entirely wi-fi enabled. You may go to the Computer Centre which is located above the library in the main campus; to get your laptop configured to TISS IP address for free internet access.

    Getting around (Public Transport System)

    Mumbai is a well-connected city and public transport is very cheap too.

    Train

    The most efficient mode of traveling is the local train.

    There are three lines: 

    • Western,
    • Central
    • Harbour.

    The closest train station near TISS is Govandi, which falls on the Harbour line.

    Buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis

    Buses too are good for short as well as long distances. The local auto-rickshaws and taxis are affordable options for traveling in areas around TISS.

    From the Airport to TISS

    Airport pickup service is not provided. There are prepaid taxis available at the airport, which are affordable. If you are concerned about safety, there are special taxis for women by women (see http://viiracabs.com).

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    Electricity

    Voltage

    Electricity in India is 240 volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 240 Volts at 50 hertz. The plug adaptor is the same as ones used in Europe.

    Outlets in India generally accept the following types of plug

    • Two round pins
    • Three round pins arranged in a triangle

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