TCS new program to encourage quality academic research for good faculty talent

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a
leading global IT services, business solutions and outsourcing firm,
today announced a new program to encourage quality academic research
and thereby increase the available faculty talent pool in India.

The company will fund 200 doctoral candidates over a period of five
years to take up Phd programs in reputable academic institutions across
the country. The “TCS Research Fellows” will pursue original research
in various aspects of computer science. 40 doctoral or Phd candidates
will be chosen as TCS Research Scholars every year from a number of
reputable academic institutes through a process of selection conducted
by TCS and the academic institutes.

Announcing the TCS Research Scholar Program on the sidelines of
Sangam, TCS’ annual academic conclave, N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD
said, “At a time, when the introduction of new technologies are
changing business models rapidly, there is an urgent need for more
focused research to stay ahead of the learning curve. The TCS Research
Scholars program will help enlarge the R&D agenda and encourage
exploration of new ideas by funding candidates in doctorate programs”.

“TCS works with our academic partners through the year to examine
ways of deepening our relationship. The TCS Research Scholars Program
is a new initiative to take this engagement with academia to the next
level, said Ajoy Mukherjee, Head Global HR. “By inducting 200 new Phd
scholars into the academic eco-system over a period of five years, this
initiative will also significantly enhance the pipeline of high quality
faculty for colleges, apart from generating new ideas and honing
research talent in the country.”

The new program will supplement existing TCS programs like the
Academic Interface Program, which is a holistic initiative to enhance
the quality of the emerging workforce across the globe by supporting
students, faculty, institutes and government. The program engaged with
499 academic institutes in India and over 85 overseas during FY2009,
conducting over 130 faculty development programs benefiting over 4,000
instructors and 400 workshops for over 52,000 students globally. Over
1300 students benefited from TCS internships and awards.


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