Tata group firms such as Tata Sons, TCS and JLR have signed agreements with the world’s leading academic institutions, including Harvard University to fund research and development opportunities.

Tata Chemicals, Tata Communications and Tata Steel are the other firms that have forged similar collaborations with Yale University (US), the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and the Royal Society (UK).

  • Tata Sons, Tata Communications, Tata Steel and JLR have established a six-year research alliance with Harvard University on soft robotics, advanced materials and sensor technologies as some of the interest areas.
  • The five-year alliance with Yale by Tata Sons, TCS and Tata Chemicals deals in network sciences, consumer behaviour and other research opportunities.
  • Tata Steel has engaged with IIT-M in advanced materials.  The collaboration with the Royal Society, UK, announced in June 2016, is a fellowship funding with participation from Tata Sons, JLR and TCS.

The first Royal Society Tata University Research Fellows are due to be appointed in October 2016, the release said.  These partnerships are part of a global university collaboration programme of Tata companies for strategic outreach to academia across the world.

It is aimed at supporting faculty and students through funded research programmes, sabbaticals, fellowships, and engagements with university leadership as well as studying long-term research outcomes related to key market needs, the group said.

Source: The Indian Express