Frequently Asked Questions

Empanelment is an accreditation process by which an independent agency, in this case, the Development Labs — Centre for Public Policy and Governance at TISS verifies a Not for Profit’s credibility, competency, sectoral understanding, methodology of work,  and nature of intervention in a particular thematic area(s) using a robust evaluation framework that goes beyond financial due diligence

The Development Labs — Centre for Public Policy and Governance, TISS empanels the Not for Profits. TISS is a multi-campus publicly funded deemed university with over eight decades of credibility in the social sciences and development sector. TISS has received consistently high appreciation for academic excellence and is counted among the best universities in the country. In the first cycle of assessment in 2002, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded a 5 star rating to TISS. The Institute got re-accredited in 2010 with an A grade and a cumulative grade point of 3.88 out of 4.00. In the third cycle of the assessment NAAC rated TISS with a score of 3.89 out of 4.00 which was the second highest score among all universities accredited by NAAC thus far.

  • Once Not for Profit’s are empanelled with the Development Labs — Centre for Public Policy and Governance, they are better placed to receive funding through CSR policy from Public Sector Enterprises and Private Sector Companies.
  • Empanelment is a certification of good governance, financial systems and capacities, program management. The empanelment status gives the Not for Profit an acknowledgement of transparency, integrity and credibility.

No, Empanelment is not mandatory and the choice of getting empanelled or not lies completely with the Not for Profit. The process begins once the Not for Profit applies for Empanelment with the Development Labs — Centre for Public Policy and Governance. However, Empanelment would be beneficial to the Not for Profit, both in terms of improving organizational capabilities as well as being better placed to receive CSR funding.

A Not for Profit which fulfils the basic norms mentioned on the website can apply for empanelment. The Empanelment forms are available on the website. Not for Profit’s must go through the instructions carefully before filling in their applications.

The Not for Profit’s have been divided into two broad categories- Handicrafts organization and General Organizations. The Not for Profit’s must choose the appropriate category with respect to their core area of work.

The process of empanelment will be carried out in a systematic, organized and just manner.  Once the process of empanelment is initiated by the Not for Profit, there are 3 stages of scrutiny- administrative, financial and programmatic. The applications go through intensive, multi-layered and detailed evaluation by the Empanelment Committee.

The process of empanelment is estimated to take two to three months from the receipt of the application and if the relevant supporting documents are in order.

A nominal processing fee for a General Application is INR 500/-.

The empanelment process is a one-time process once the Not for Profit is empanelled. If the Not for Profit gets rejected, they may reapply after a period of TWO years. Once the Not for Profit is empanelled they may apply for a renewal of their status after a period of THREE years from the date of empanelment.

The empanelment is valid for a period of THREE years from the date of empanelment. The Not for Profit may apply for a renewal after the completion of THREE years from the date of empanelment.

The Empanelment process comprises of 2 main levels of scrutiny: Financial and Programmatic. In case of any disparity in decision after the Financial and Programmatic scrutiny, the Core Committee constituting the chairperson of Financial and Programmatic committee along with TISS faculty members take the final decision on whether to reject or approve the application. The decision of the core committee is final and binding.

A certificate mentioning the Not for Profit’s empanelment status is communicated to the Not for Profit at the end of the evaluation process.

Yes, The Not for Profit can announce its Empanelment status in public.

The Development Labs — Centre for Public Policy and Governance Empanelment Process is beyond due diligence. The Empanelment process focuses on financial due diligence as well as programmatic evaluation and capacity building for Not for Profits. The Empanelment process is a just, inclusive and robust process of evaluation that primarily aims to promote grassroots level organizations.

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