Mumbai: Tata Chemicals today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.
The MOU envisages scientific and academic personnel exchange and visits, and cooperative research in areas of academic and scientific interest. The MOU will be for a duration of five years and will encourage and support well-integrated collaborative industry focused research through the development of specific cooperative projects and programs.
Says Prasad Menon, MD, Tata Chemicals, “We are pleased to enter into this alliance. Close linkages between the industry and academia ensure that intellectual capital and emerging technologies are brought together in ways that promote economic growth and an improved quality of life. It helps in creating an environment that is conducive to innovation and learning.”
"India has the potential to become the core growth center for value added processing in agriculture,” said Ronnie Coffman, professor of plant breeding and director of international programmes in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. "This collaborative effort brings together Cornell's premier research and education capacity with the formidable business strength of Tata in India. We expect this will be a truly productive relationship for both organisations."
Established in 1939, Tata Chemicals is one of India's leading manufacturers of inorganic chemicals and fertilisers. Part of the US$ 11 billion Tata Group, the company owns and operates the largest and most integrated inorganic chemicals complex in the country at Mithapur, Gujarat. The fertiliser complex in Babrala, Uttar Pradesh is known for its world-class energy efficiency standards, and has won several awards in the fields of environmental conservation, community development and safety. Tata Chemicals is today widely acknowledged as a leader in the chemicals and fertiliser industries. The company has a turnover of over Rs 1700 crore and employs around 3000 personnel.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in Cornell ranks as the best college of agriculture and related sciences in USA. Its faculty, staff and teaching and research facilities are among the finest, and the college's educational programmes are carefully designed to ensure that every student's education is geared to contemporary, real-world issues. Through teaching, research, and extension, CALS strives to improve food supply and maintain its safety; to enhance the environment; and to help people improve their lives. CALS Cornell is engaged in many proactive initiatives in India supported by resources from Sathguru Management Consultants.