Tata's endeavour to strengthen the fabric of India has manifested itself 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
IISc has produced Nobel laureates, trained many of India's greatest scientists and helped nurture some of the country's finest scientific institutions. Housed in a 375-acre campus in Bengaluru, this trailblazing institution has 40 departments and centres pursuing R&D and teaching in all departments of science, engineering and technology. www.iisc.ernet.in
The flag bearer of the ecotechnology movement in India, JRDTEC is part of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai. Established in 1996, it is devoted to seeding and encouraging sustainable development, one that protects the environment while also benefiting the people who depend on it. www.mssrf.org
The need to improve India's scientific temper and strengthen the nation's science infrastructure were the objectives that drove scientist Homi J Bhabha and JRD Tata, the late chairman of the Tata group, to pursue their vision of establishing TIFR in Bombay [now Mumbai] back in 1945. www.tifr.res.in
Set up in 1936, TISS is a pioneer in the field of social-work education in the Asia-Pacific region. The Institute, which offers postgraduate and doctoral programmes, has made significant contributions in the domains of social policy and planning, intervention strategies and human resource development. www.tiss.edu
The Tata Memorial Centre is a comprehensive centre for cancer research and treatment. It is a landmark on the global health map where about 60 per cent of patients seeking primary care are treated free of charge.