June 10, 2010

Students selected for entrepreneurial internships in India

London School of Economics becomes a new partner with Tata’s International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme

London: A handful of students from British universities have been selected for Tata’s social entrepreneurship intern programme, which will run in India for two months. This year, London School of Economics (LSE) has also joined the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (Tata ISES) adding to the scheme’s successful affiliations with Cambridge University (Cambridge) and the University of California, Berkeley (Berkley) in the US.

Tata ISES provides students from leading universities with an opportunity to work on the community initiative projects of Tata companies in India, providing them grassroots exposure to India, while bringing international perspectives and practices to their projects.

This year’s programme will see 13 students from these universities undertaking summer internships with six Tata companies — Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels, Tata Power, Tata Motors and Tata Teleservicesto gain firsthand knowledge of social and community development issues. Six of the interns are from Cambridge, four from Berkley and three from LSE.

Anwar Hasan, managing director, Tata Ltd said: "In its third year now, the Tata ISES continues to provide an insight, and experience, to students from across the world. We are building a strong and genuine commitment to sustainability and development among outstanding international students.

"In today’s economic climate, chances for such insights are few and far between and it becomes increasingly important to give tomorrow’s leaders new and challenging opportunities.

"We are delighted that the London School of Economics has joined the programme this year and will open this opportunity to more students in UK universities."

Fiona Sandford, director, LSE careers service, said: "This is an ideal opportunity for LSE students to meet with other scholars from across the globe and engage in social entrepreneurship projects through Tata. This engagement will help students develop skills and attributes highly valued by employers and will also make a real difference to people’s lives."

"Social entrepreneurship is of increasing interest to our students and there is much we can learn from India about their experiences of running social entrepreneurship initiatives. The Tata International internship programme offers our students the opportunity to put their academic learning and skills into practice on a range of interesting and challenging projects."

The visiting interns, selected by their educational institutions along with Tata representatives, are standout scholars and they come from diverse academic backgrounds such as psychology, anthropology, public administration and management.

The Tata ISES programme will cover subjects such as agriculture, health, environment, women, self-help groups, livelihoods and community engagement initiatives. The programme was initiated in January 2008, when Tata Sons had signed agreements with Berkeley and Cambridge to provide opportunities for students from these institutions to intern at the community development projects of Tata companies. The internships have proved to be an enlightening exercise for the interns and an enriching experience for the Tata companies involved.

Universities Tata ISES – 2010 project topics Company and locations
University of Cambridge (Cambridge) Identify community engagement programmes around Taj Safaris that 1) could be implemented in the future and 2) documentation through social media tools to connect tourism and the neighbouring community for brand building initiatives. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces; (Delhi and Madhya Pradesh)
Cambridge Sustainable assessment of Parivar Kalyan Kendra and its future direction. Tata Chemicals;
Babrala (Uttar Pradesh)
London School of Economics (LSE) Sustainable assessment of self-help group and its future direction.
Cambridge Sustainable livelihood through agriculture intervention in Gunnor tehsil
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) Agriculture growth — to make a road map for growth of tomorrow's agriculture for Okhamandal keeping in mind environment and economic impacts. Tata Chemicals;
Mithapur (Gujarat)
UC Berkeley Livelihood creation — diagnostic study of livelihood programmes.
Cambridge Education — to make a road map for educational intervention in area exploring possibility of linkages with other agencies (government and non-government).
Cambridge Coordination of biodiversity mapping Tata Power; Mumbai (Maharashtra)
UC Berkeley Reach of various health services of corporate sustainability services division in the area of operation. Tata Steel;
Mumbai (Maharashtra)
LSE Approach of corporate sustainability services division towards youth development.
LSE Developing community engagement programmes for division. Tata Steel;
Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Cambridge Benchmarking Tata Motors’ CSR programmes and impact assessment technique. Tata Motors; Mumbai (Maharashtra)
UC Berkeley To explore avenues to reduce the company’s carbon footprint (direct and indirect) by further building on its existing initiatives. Tata Teleservices; Delhi