The Tata founders bequeathed most of their personal wealth to the many trusts they created for the greater good of India and its people. Today, the Tata Trusts controls 66 percent of the shares of Tata Sons, the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. The wealth that accrues from this asset supports an assortment of causes, institutions and individuals in a wide variety of areas
Since 2002, Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) has supported a total of 23 community-managed watershed projects which comprise soil and water conservation works, household and irrigation water supply works, fodder development and agricultural demonstrations, and also introduce farmers to the Systems of Rice Intensification method of paddy cultivation.
The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has supported the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) in its attempt to implement an innovative pilot project to combat land degradation
The Communication Deall (Communication Developmental Eclectic Approach to Language Learning) Trust conducts a unique, indigenously-developed programme for children with developmental language disorders
With a little support from the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, villages in the Ghed region in coastal Gujarat learn to deal with high salinity of water and find sustainable solutions to health, hygiene and water scarcity
The recently opened Tata Medical Center in Kolkata will go a long way in offering care and succour to cancer sufferers and their kin, but this state-of-the-art hospital requires continuous support to spread the canvas of care it provides
In the blighted Vidarbha region of central India, the Tata trusts are supporting organisations involved with easing the many burdens farmers face and, in the process, seeding hope for a better tomorrow
An art conservation project supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust is enabling the protection of India's cultural heritage, while reviving indigenous preservation practices and encouraging restoration
Under the aegis of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts, the JN Tata Endowment loan scholarship offers monetary assistance to students. The scholarship enabled a beneficiary, Dr Ajay Nair, to fulfill his dream course and use the knowledge and the experience he acquired to start a first-of-its kind health initiative in India
The Mewar Manuscript Pilot Conservation Project, supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, digitally restores a fragmented, illustrated 17th century manuscript of the Hindu epic Ramayana, and provides connoisseurs of art online access to a rare, beautiful artefact
Ignored by lawmakers, harassed by law-enforcers and viewed with suspicion by law-abiding citizens, migrant workers and their families live on the fringes of society in urban areas. Aajeevika Bureau and Prayas, supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts, are part of a group of NGOs that provide support and an identity for migrants
Rainwater harvesting and the support of the Tata Trusts and partners have made it possible for farmers in the arid Vidarbha region in India to have protective irrigation for first crops and enough water for second and, sometimes, third crops
To address the problems faced by India's mental healthcare sector, Tata Trusts are working with several nonprofits in setting up collaborative community-based care models and tertiary care institutions to extend timely medical care
Enhancing the quality of life in India's urban spaces and sprawls - that's the objective behind the blend of initiatives being supported by the Tata Trusts in spheres such as education, health, livelihoods, culture and conservation
Banyan’s unstinting efforts, is putting a smile on the faces of several Nirmalas, giving them a life beyond the confines of mental illness, and ensuring that society accepts them once again as normal women
In keeping with its promise to the people of Nagapattinam, devastated by the killer tsunami that hit the Tamil Nadu coast in 2004, the Tata Group has helped rebuild not only their homes but also their lives
The belief that the business of business is to create wealth for the progress of the nation and the well being of the community is the fundamental principle on which the Tata Group has been built. It is this lodestar that has guided the Group’s social development
A substantial part of the profits of Tata Sons, the parent company of the Tata Group, goes to the Tata trusts, which in turn have established national institutions of research and learning, and financed a host of projects. RM Lala profiles the personalities behind some of these trusts
The Tata Defence Welfare Corpus, set up in the wake of the Kargil war, helps Indian soldiers maimed in combat rebuild their lives, thus repaying, in some small measure, the debt of gratitude we owe our fighting men
Community forestry has proven to be a powerful tool in the preservation and regeneration of India's fast-diminishing forest tracts. Thanks to backing from the Dorabji Tata Trust, this concept now has an improved chance of succeeding
The Tata Agricultural and Rural Training Centre for the Blind does much more than provide vocational training to sightless students. It heals their spirit and instills in them the vision to take on the world
The water warriors of the Tata Water Policy Research Programme, a partnership involving the International Water Management Institute and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, are fighting to avert a water catastrophe in India
Of the initiatives sustained by the Tata Relief Committee in tsunami-hit Tamil Nadu, what is indeed commendable is the way in which different Tata enterprises have pooled disparate skills to actualise a common aim
Volunteers worked overtime to help in the distribution of relief material in the tsunami-hit districts of Tamil Nadu. According to Capt Rao, "The Tata Group is the only corporate house that is still working in the region."
Permanent rehabilitation of those devastated by the tsunami was the biggest challenge, which meant not just undoing the damage done, but improving the quality of life of the affected. The Tata Relief Committee clearly understood this imperative
The Tata initiative to help India's tsunami victims was directed through the Tata Relief Committee — the vehicle through which the collective resources of the Group are used to organise relief in the wake of natural disasters
The degeneration of their natural environment has caused the people of the western Himalayas great hardship. The Himmothan Pariyojana, a partnership between the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and a number of committed grassroots organisations, is an important attempt to revitalise these communities through a multidisciplinary effort
Funded by Tata Trusts, the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions is recording, examining and reviving traditional medicinal practices, to preserve and systematise India's indigenous medical knowledge systems
By weaving new designs and corporate learnings into an age-old tradition, Dastkar Andhra has successfully infused new life into weavers' communities and empowered them to have a stronger standing in modern markets
The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations in India, celebrates 75 years of dedication to nation-building activities. The trustees of the SDTT have always maintained that the real heroes are the people who work on the field, with the community, for the community, at the grassroots
Pathbreaking work by TISS is dramatically altering one area of Maharashtra's rural landscape. Both faculty and students of the TISS School of Rural Development have initiated a series of measures that could change life in the villages forever
Strong beliefs on sharing of wealth led the founders of the Tata group to endow a number of philanthropic trusts that support premier academic institutions, social and community causes, and programmes for the uplift of the under-privileged.
The JN Tata Endowment was set up in 1892 by the founder of the Tata group, Jamsetji Tata, to encourage young people to take up higher studies at some of the best universities in the world. Every year the endowment selects around 120 scholars.