The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is to develop its highly regarded relationship with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai to establish a major research programme on gender equality.
LSE's relationship with TISS, established in 2007, has been supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, which has provided £1.8 million to fund joint research projects and the exchange of faculty members and PhD students between TISS and LSE's India Observatory. LSE and TISS are working towards building on this collaboration with a focus on women's issues.
The Tata Trust is keen to support a joint programme of research, advocacy and action to create a safe and enabling environment towards achieving gender equality in India. This programme involves an action research initiative that would input to strengthening existing public institutions and policy to respond to gender issues. This will involve further exchanges of research students, alongside the clear input into policy.
Speaking in Mumbai, Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: "No country is more important than India as the LSE works to make social science truly global. No issue is more important than gender equality as we work to bring research-based knowledge to major social challenges. We are delighted to continue our partnership with TISS and the Tata Trust."
Lord Nicholas Stern, I.G Patel Professor of Economics and Economics and Government, said: "The relationship with TISS and the Tata Trust has already produced outstanding research work and facilitated numerous exchanges of research students. It is enabled by LSE's association with the Tata family and Trust, which now dates back a century."
Professor Parasuraman, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, said: "This is an exciting development that promises to shed light on a vital area of social policy in India. The partnership between LSE and TISS has already proved fruitful and it is encouraging that it can now be developed further."
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Tata Sons: LSE's association with the Tata family dates back to research funds obtained through assiduous pursuit by the founders Sidney and Beatrice Webb in 1912. The gift by the Sir Ratan Tata Foundation made the development of applied social policy studies possible. The bequest was renewed in 1996 to create the Sir Ratan Tata Annual Fellowship at LSE and to date 16 South Asian early career faculty have benefited from the support. The Sir Ratan Tata Trust also supported five Master's scholarships for Indian students at LSE in 2007-08 and two in 2008-09.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a Deemed University under the University Grants Commission. TISS works for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice through its teaching, research, policy advocacy, field action and extension work. TISS has nearly 150 faculty members who work closely with government bodies, academic institutions, NGOs and activist groups, bilateral and multilateral agencies, media and communities in various initiatives. TISS offers academic programmes in social work, human resources management, hospital and health administration, rural development, women's studies and social sciences from its campuses in Mumbai, Tulajapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad.
Professor Sir Nicholas Stern re-joined LSE in June 2007 as the first holder of the IG Patel Chair, heading the new India Observatory within the Asia Research Centre.
The India Observatory plays a key role in progressing academic partnerships with India, to foster Indian academic talent, to promote a vibrant intellectual engagement between the UK, Europe and India, and to participate in wider international research networks with partners in Asia and beyond, as well as facilitating research training and graduate exchange.
19 February 2013