Tata funds five fellowships linking South Carolina, India

Known as India’s “father of modern industry,” Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Trusts and honorary Clemson University degree holder, has arranged to fund five fellowships for Indian technology students to enroll in Clemson this fall.

Having received Clemson’s first honorary automotive engineering Ph.D. in 2015, Tata arranged for funding through Tata Trusts, his nonprofit charity.

Five students from India’s PSG College of Technology will arrive in time for fall classes. With the help of a $26,500 stipend for tuition, books and housing expenses, each will work toward a master’s or doctorate degree in the field of automotive engineering.

“Investing in education is … an important part of our philosophy,” Tata said. “This partnership with Clemson University promises to benefit both our countries and prepare professionals who are passionate about automotive engineering to offer their expertise to Indian industry.”

In close alignment with the fellowships, PSG College of Technology’s Subramanyan Neelakrishnan recently visited Clemson’s automotive research facility to develop an official collaboration with the University.

Clemson University President James Clements conveyed that the connection will enrich the economic relationship between the Palmetto State and India, the world’s seventh-largest nation by gross domestic product (GDP).

“Through the fellowships, we’re leveraging personal relationships to expand the portal that connects South Carolina to India,” Clements said. “India has a young population and is a fast-growing global and regional power. As a top public university, we want to engage in the most meaningful research and offer a highly relevant educational experience. Much of the 21st century growth will be in India and other fast-rising nations. This collaboration and others that stem from it will make students in both nations more competitive.”

Clemson’s automotive engineering department chair Zoran Filipi also looks forward to the teamwork.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the automotive engineering departments at both institutions to expand their global footprints,” Filipi said. “We look forward to a long, fruitful collaboration.”


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