MoA Between TISS Mumbai And IISER Pune On Developing Joint Programmes In Science And Math Education

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Pune, 12 December 2022: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to partner and develop a joint programme in science and mathematics education. The proposed programme will enable students entering IISER Pune to select and specialise in science teaching. Bringing together IISER Pune’s expertise in science and TISS’s expertise in teacher education, this joint programme has been planned in order to prepare expert science teachers and realise the NEP 2020s vision of multidisciplinarity and bringing excellence into the teaching profession. During the course of the proposed joint programme, students will be exposed to cutting edge teaching and research from both institutions.


This MoA was signed on December 9, 2022, in the presence of Prof. Shalini Bharat, Director, TISS, Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar, Director, IISER Pune and Prof. Bino Paul, Deputy Director, TISS. In attendance were also Prof. Padma Sarangapani, Chairperson, Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE), TISS; Prof. Bhas Bapat (Professor in Physics and Chairperson, Coordination Committee for Department of Science Education, IISER Pune); Mr. Narendra Mishra, Acting & Deputy Registrar, TISS; and Col. G. Raja Sekhar (Retd.), Registrar, IISER Pune.


Prof. Shalini Bharat, Director, TISS, discussing this MoA said, “TISS has always addressed national development needs. This collaboration with IISER Pune enables us to work together to offer a game-changing multidisciplinary programme to students, in alignment with the vision of NEP 2020. The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) at TISS since its inception has been making inroads in teacher education in India and the global South. I am certain that the proposed joint programme will create a new generation of science educators and scholars.”


Prof. Udgaonkar echoed these sentiments when he said, “TISS and IISER Pune are entering into an agreement to develop joint programmes in teacher education in Science and Mathematics. The Agreement will help strengthen the quality of science education in India through collaboration in teaching and research. With this the two institutes will be able to pool together expertise in very diverse areas — social sciences and the natural sciences — which are complementary for teacher education. The envisioned joint programme aligns with the NEP 2020 recommendations concerning the importance of interdisciplinary education. The joint programme will aim to provide students concomitant exposure to teaching as well as research in the natural sciences and science education.”


Prof. Padma Sarangapani discussed the relevance of this MoA for budding science educators and opined, “One of the goals of the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education is to raise standards of teacher education in the country. This new joint programme is a step in that direction. Our collaboration with IISER Pune shows how institutions can come together to complement each other’s strengths.”


About CETE

The Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) is an independent centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, with TATA TRUSTS as founding partner. Envisioned as a centre to catalyse transformation in Teacher Education, CETE’s teaching, research and advocacy is built on the premise that professional, qualified teachers are central to achieving quality in education. The Centre works through collaborations with state governments and through partnerships and building networks for advocacy (


About IISER Pune

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune is a teaching and research institute set up in 2006 by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, with the primary goal of integrating high-quality research with undergraduate teaching. IISER Pune offers academic programmes at the undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD levels. IISER Pune is ranked 26 under Overall Category and ranked 17 under Research Category in the 2022 India Rankings of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). On the 2022 Nature Index Tables, IISER Pune is listed 7th in India, 123rd at the Asia-Pacific level, and 369th globally for research output. (


About TISS

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, it 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 declared Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956. Since its inception, the vision of the TISS has been to be an institution of excellence in higher education that continually responds to changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge, towards creating a people-centred, ecologically sustainable and just society that promotes and protects dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.



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