The Founder of the Tata group, Jamsetji Tata, was a true nationalist who foresaw the significance of the industrial revolution for India. He desired to catapult India among the leading industrial nations of the world. Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited, the three hydro companies and the four textile mills which resulted from his vision are considered prime examples of India's industrial development.
Jamsetji launched various schemes such as free medical help, crèches and primary classes for children of women mill workers. He also introduced gratuitous pension fund, provident fund, maternity benefit allowance and a compensation fund for accidents for all employees. These were considered path-breaking at that time, and even today these long-established business practices are regarded as a benchmark of corporate governance in India.
|Jamsetji Tata and family|
Both Dorab Tata and Ratan Tata were knighted by King George V in 1910 and 1916 respectively. Extremely kind hearted and generous, they were always willing to lend a helping hand to any individual or institution in distress. Charity for Dorab Tata and Ratan Tata meant making the effort to identify a cause they deeply cared about, and then devoting time as well as effort and money.
During their lifetime, they identified several causes, which bear testimony to their munificence. A glance at donations and endowments made, as listed below, typifies their concern for various deserving causes, and is an insightful antecedent to the Trusts’ present day efforts to enhance the quality of life of communities.
|Sir Ratan Tata and Gopal Krishna Gokhale|
|Sir Ratan Tata's letter to Gopal Krishna Gokhale|
|The University of London|
|Ashoka’s palace at Pataliputra in Patna|
Tata Trusts has pioneered and supported several leading institutions. The centres of excellence have made significant contributions to several fields, particularly medicine, science and education.
One of India's most sought-after centres for research and postgraduate education in science and engineering, and home to many of India’s Nobel laureates and top scientists.
A pioneer in the field of social work education in the Asia-Pacific region, the institute is well known for its work in social policy and planning.
A global benchmark for cancer research and treatment, where a majority of patients seeking primary care are treated free of charge.
The birthplace of India's first digital computer and the nation's atomic energy endeavour, TIFR was set up to strengthen the nation's science infrastructure.
NIAS explores the intersections between the fields of science and technology, philosophy, leadership and social issues.
The flag bearer of the ecotechnology movement in India, JRDTEC is part of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, and works to encourage sustainable development.
A state-of-the-art centre set up with the objective of making quality cancer care available to the population of North East India and Bangladesh; half the beds are reserved for the underprivileged.
The Tata Center was founded in 2012 and supports the work of MIT faculty and graduate students whose research aligns with the Center’s mission. Numerous disciplines, including mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, architecture, business administration, urban planning, and more, are represented in the Center’s diverse portfolio of subjects.
The Hall is part of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education portfolio, and a centre for residential education.
A research initiative that looks at innovative interventions that link agriculture, food systems, human nutrition and poverty in India.
Established in 2014 with support from the Trusts, Tata Centre for Technology and Design at IIT-B closely works with its sister institute at the MIT-Tata Center, USA, and with other partner organisations and stakeholders across India. The Centre acts as a virtual centre for research and academic activities, and draws faculty members and graduate students from various academic units across IIT-B.
The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago is a development accelerator that combines implementation, research and training to support ambitious interventions, evaluate new solutions, and transmit insights to key decision-makers who can translate research findings and lessons from pilots into action for wider impact. This unique, integrated approach builds on the University of Chicago’s rich legacy of bringing multi-disciplinary expertise to bear on global issues.
A research project focused on three key areas: rural livelihood creation (emphasis on the handicrafts and handloom sectors); educational, social and economic empowerment of women; and science and technology-based interventions for poverty alleviation.
Tata Trusts and the University of California San Diego are together establishing Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS) for a collaborative partnership between the university and research in India. The goal of the institute is to push the boundaries of bioscience in support of human needs and society, and to build scientific capacity in India. The institute will advance global science and technology research to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, ranging from healthcare to agriculture. The initiative’s inaugural basic research enterprise — A Thrust in Active Genetics — will focus on applications of ‘active genetics’ to improve human health and agriculture.
A state-of-the-art, multi-specialty veterinary hospital and emergency clinic coming up in 2019, which will become a centre of excellence in the treatment of animals and training of veterinary specialists.