University partnerships

The Tata group of companies has a long history of support for education and educational institutions

 
The Tata group of companies has a long history of support for education and educational institutions. Through the years, the group has endeavored to strengthen the fabric of Indian education in multiple ways. A crucial component of the Tata idea of nation-building was, and remains, the creation and sustaining of exceptional institutions of learning, research, knowledge and intellectual capital. In the United States, Tata companies have sustained that tradition through a variety of programs designed to support American academic interest in India and to foster greater interaction between Indian and American institutions.
 
A sampler of the many ways in which Tata companies work with American universities  follows:
 
Tata Study Grants
In 2009, the Tata Sons office in Washington DC inaugurated the Tata Study Grants program at several prominent US universities: Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), University of California, Berkeley, and University of Wisconsin, Madison.
 
The grants are designed to facilitate scholarly excellence among undergraduate and/or graduate students interested in pursuing research on contemporary Indian issues. Grant recipients, known as Tata Fellows, are selected by committees formed within each university, and have the opportunity to travel to India during the 2009–2010 academic year to carry out their research.
 
Students at the universities can obtain additional information about the Tata study grants from their respective South Asia departments:
  • Center for South Asia, The University of Wisconsin, Madison: indiainitiative.wisc.edu/tata/index.htm
  • Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at the University of California, Berkeley: southasia.berkeley.edu
  • South Asia Studies at the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University 
Additionally, in May 2008, prior to the launch of the Tata Study Grants program, 30 undergraduate and graduate students of Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts, were presented with Tata study grants to pursue academic projects by traveling to India and neighboring countries. 
 
Tata Social Internship
Tata Social Internship (formerly known as Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme) has enabled students from the University of California, Berkeley, US, and the University of Cambridge, UK, to visit India and participate in Tata companies’ community projects and, more importantly, take away unique experiences and an understanding of how the developmental sector operates.
 
This past year, eleven students worked with six Tata companies — Tata Chemicals, Tata Steel, Tata Power, Tata Motors, Indian Hotels and Tata Consultancy Services — in diverse areas ranging from water management to reproductive and child health, to Tsunami relief. The projects benefited from the students’ sharing of knowledge, new perspectives, data collection and useful recommendations.
 
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Involvement with leading business schools
Tata companies have maintained interactive relationships with some of the leading business schools on American campuses. These interactions have included recruitment of summer interns from the Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania; and participation in India-focused business conferences at HBS, Chicago-Booth, Wharton, Yale School of Management, Columbia Business School, Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Tata has played a major sponsorship role in several of these conferences, extending its support to student-led efforts to expand commercial engagement between the US and India. Read more
 
Research
In October 2008, the Tata Education and Development Trust created a $50 million endowment at Cornell University. One half of the endowment will establish the Tata-Cornell Initiative in Agriculture and Nutrition, the goal of which is to improve the productivity, sustainability and profitability of India’s food system, with the aim of reducing poverty and malnutrition. Additionally, the endowment will be used toward the Tata Scholarship Fund for Students from India, to help attract more of the best and brightest Indian students to Cornell. Read more
 
Tata companies are also involved in industry-liaison programs with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University and the University of California, Berkeley, through which collaborative research, funded studies and exchange of expertise between professors, students, and Tata executives takes place. Internships have been created to host university students at Tata companies both in the US and in India.
 
In addition, several Tata companies have an ongoing relationship with research programs located on campuses throughout the country. Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University are just a few of the academic institutions hosting projects supported by Tata companies.