System & Process (Guidelines)


The Empanelment process is modelled on a convergence approach where the C.S.R. training component, network of Prime Ministers Rural Development Fellows Scheme (PMRDF) Fellows, TISS Faculty members and other sectoral specialists can converge for ensuring a vision mission alignment of the empanelment process at the Development Labs — Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The Empanelment process aims to provide the corporate sector and various government institutions with a list of reliable and credible organizations as partners for development projects and research purposes.

  • The organizations may apply to be empanelled throughout the year.
  • Note that all empanelment are provisional in nature, depending on the field visit scrutiny and PSU response. All organisations are empanelled for a period of THREE financial years, thereafter to be reviewed and renewed subject to satisfactory performance.
  • All applications that are non-empanelled, can re-apply after TWO years.

The Empanelment Process is a robust process with three levels of scrutiny:

Our scrutiny process
After the application is received at the Hub, the application is checked to see if the relevant documents are furnished and complete. If all the relevant documents are not in order/not available, the appropriate rejection letter is communicated or a request to send additional details within a stipulated period of time is communicated. If the relevant documents are in place and furnished, the applications are selected for evaluation with a date of receipt and the completed application is forwarded to the Empanelment Committee.
The Finance Team of the Empanelment Committee scrutinizes the balance sheets, audit reports and other relevant financial documents. Financial scrutiny also includes checking if the organization is in compliance with the relevant legal norms and procedures. The Finance Team then returns the documents to the Empanelment Committee with Approval, if the documents are in order and the financials of the organization are sound. If financial scrutiny reveals the organization unfit for financial approval, the Finance Team then returns the application to the Empanelment Committee along with reasons for financial rejection.
Programmatic Scrutiny involves analysing the organizations vision, mission, past and current operations, and their governance and organization structure, key areas of intervention and social innovation. The Programmatic Scrutiny is an exhaustive, detailed and multi-layered scrutiny process. The aim of this process is to gauge the organizations credibility and quality of work done.

After the Financial and Programmatic Scrutiny are completed and there is a disparity in their decisions, the application is then sent to the Empanelment Core Committee that takes the final call on whether to reject or approve the application. The decision of the Empanelment Core Committee is final and binding.
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