TOP HONOUR FOR MR. RATAN TATA
Ratan Tata is conferred the rank of Knight Commander of the British Empire. Ratan Tata was given the honour for his "services to UK-India relations, inward investment to the UK and philanthropy". The former chairman of Tata group – under whose leadership the group's revenues grew exponentially - and who retired on December 2012 after a 50-year run at the helm. Cyrus Mistry has taken over as the new-chairman of Tata group.
Queen Elizabeth ll conferred the rank of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) on former chairman of the Tata group, Ratan Tata.
The KBE is one of the highest honours given by the Queen to civilians. It is commonly given to the Diplomatic Service and the overseas list but is also given to Britons based abroad or in an honorary capacity to foreign nationals. The Foreign and Commonwealth office confirmed that the British Title was awarded to Ratan Tata.
Tata Group in the UK
The Tata group is highly popular in the UK emerging as one of the largest employers in Britain including those at Tata Steel (previously British Steel). The British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover became part of the Tata group in 2008. This company alone employs over 16,000 people at its manufacturing facilities in the UK, including 3,500 engineers at its two product development centres. Around 80% of Land Rovers are exported to 169 countries while Jaguar exports 70% of its products to 63 countries around the world, earning vast sums of foreign exchange for the exchequer.
60,000 strong workforce spread across Europe
Tata Limited was established in London in 1907 to be Tata group's representative in Europe. Tata companies have operations and a 60,000 strong workforce spread across Europe. Tata's association with the UK academies also dates back to the establishment of the Sir Ratan J Tata Department at the London School of Economics.
Subsequently called the Department of Social Sciences, it was set up to research the causes of poverty, its first lecturer, Clement Attlee, went on to become the British Prime Minister who gave India its independence and also set up the British National Health Service.
Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme
Tata has maintained close links with the London School of Economics through research collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. In 1920, the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge moved to its current Trumpington Street site thanks to a donation from Sir Dorabji Tata, an alumnus of the institution.
Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (ISES) began in 2008 as a two-month social internship programme for international students from the University of California, Berkeley, USA and the University of Cambridge, UK.
In 2010, the London School of Economics joined hands with Tata ISES to enable its students to be part of the programme. The students are selected for an eight-week summer internship at different Tata community initiatives in India.