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  • July 26, 2005 – A day the city of Mumbai will never forget. Widespread destruction and havoc was caused that day due to a record downpour that lashed the metropolis, leading to unprecedented floods and bringing untold misery to the citizens.

    It was left to the never-say-die spirit of the Mumbaikar that eventually saved the day, as countless ordinary citizens donned the role of saviors, helping those trapped in the swirling waters from a watery grave. After the flood abated, it was left to these survivors to get on with their lives. The Trust reached out to help, in its own small way, with the Mumbai Flood Relief Programme….

    SIR RATAN TATA TRUST Annual Report 2005-2006

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    VII

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    His thoughts, in 1913, on the manner in which the Trust’s funds could be used:

    “… for the advancement of Education, Learning and Industry in all its branches, including education in economy, sanitary services and art, or for the relief of human suffering or for other works of public utility….

    “To engage qualified and competent persons to investigate into matters that pertain to the social, economic or political welfare of the Indian community, the object being to design schemes of a practical nature calculated to promote the welfare of the said community, care being taken that such work is not undertaken from the stereotyped point of view

    but from the point of view of fresh light that is thrown from day to day by the advance of science and philosophy on problems of human well-being…

    Further, he also directed that:

    “No experiment and no venture should be aided or undertaken unless the scheme thereof is carefully prepared…”

    “No institution or organisation should be aided of which the accounts are not subject to periodic audits and are not regularly issued and which would not be open to inspection and examination…”

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    Board of Trustees

    Mr. Ratan N. Tata (Chairperson)

    Mr. H. N. Sethna

    Mr. N. A. Soonawala

    Mr. J. N. Tata

    Mr. K. B. Dadiseth

    Mr. R. K. Krishna Kumar

    Ms. S. K. Bharucha

    Secretary & Chief Accountant Mr. Hoshang D. Malesra

    Institutional Grants

    Programmes Manager Mr. Arun Pandhi

    Programme Officer (Education) Ms. Amrita Patwardhan

    Programme Officer (Health) Dr. Sudeep Singh Gadok

    Individual Grants

    Programme Officer Ms. Nandini Janardhanan

    The Trust is grateful to the following for their valuable contributions during the year.

    Bankers American Express Bank, Mumbai State Bank of India, Main, Mumbai ICICI Bank, Fort, Mumbai Standard Chartered Bank, Fort, Mumbai Bank of Baroda, Fort, Mumbai

    Statutory Auditors M/s Jayantilal Thakkar & Co. Chartered Accountants

    Internal Auditors M/s C. C. Chokshi & Co. Chartered Accountants

    Solicitor Mr. Jehangir N. Mistry, Partner M/s Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe

    Trust Management Team

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    which, several scholars and students of the University of London and the LSE carried out research

    work on the conditions of labour in different trades and their findings were brought out in different

    publications.

    Over 60 years later, in May 1994, the launching of the new Centre for Asian Economy, Politics and

    Society at the LSE by Dr. Manmohan Singh presented the Tata Group with an excellent opportunity

    to re-establish ties with this august institution, keeping in mind the present day context and needs.

    Consequently, in 1996, the Sir Ratan Tata Foundation was revived at LSE, in the form of a fellowship

    programme with an endowment grant of Rs. 10 million (£ 185,538) from the Trust. Taking into

    account the fall in interest rates, in 2003, the Trust enhanced its endowment by a sum of Rs. 3 million

    (£ 39,113.43).

    The Trust recommends its nominee on the Fellowship Committee for the Sir Ratan Tata Fellowships

    at the LSE, which, in recent years has included the late Dr. I. G. Patel who was the Governor of the

    Reserve Bank of India (December 1977 - September 1982), eminent economist Professor Lord

    Meghnad Desai and the Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen. Its current nominee is Professor Sudhir

    Anand, Professor of Economics at the Oxford University. Presently, the Sir Ratan Tata Foundation

    awards the “Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship” to a post-doctoral scholar in a social science discipline,

    with experience of research on India. The Fellowship is for a six to eight months period at the Asia

    Research Centre at LSE. It is designed to focus on contemporary social and economic concerns of

    South Asia. Identified research themes relate to Poverty, Inequality, Human Development & Social

    Exclusion; Quality of Public Life; Regional Disparities; Identities – Gender, Ethnicity & Language; and

    Economy & Environment.

    The Fellowship Committee meets annually and over the past few years, has been selective in awarding

    fellowships, consequently ensuring high standards of output published by the Fellows. Upto 2006,

    nine scholars have been awarded these fellowships. Topics undertaken for research have been

    diverse, ranging from “Consumer Food Subsidies: What Needs to be done in India” to “Socioeconomic

    Implications of Emission Reduction Credit Projects on the Rural Economy of India” and “Identity and

    the Political Role of Religion: Research Project in India with a case study of Jharkhand”.

    The Trust wishes to thank the Tata Central Archives and the London School of Economics (LSE) for their inputs.

    VII

    Reflections

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    VIII

    An Overview: 2005 - 2006 ............................................................................................... 1

    Institutional Grants

    Programme Grants

    Rural Livelihoods and Communities ................................... 11

    Education ............................................................................ 45

    Health .................................................................................. 59

    Enhancing Civil Society and Governance .......................... 69

    Arts and Culture .................................................................. 78

    Endowment Grants ..............................................................................................82

    Small Grant Programme ..............................................................................................85

    Individual Grants ........................................................................................... 106

    Financial Highlights ........................................................................................... 112

    Guidelines for grant applicants ........................................................................................... 115

    Contents

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    Overview 2005 - 2006

    The following are some of the key achievements and areas of engagement during 2005-06.

    • The financial year 2005-06 marked the fourth year of activities under Strategic Plan 2006, which

    is the Trust’s five year guiding document. Whilst implementing the recommendations of the

    same, the Trust has made concerted efforts towards up-scaling various initiatives, resulting in

    the highest quantum of disbursals ever achieved. 63% of the total disbursals were made within

    the thematic area of Rural Livelihoods and Communities (RLC), where the Central India Initiative

    (CInI), which focuses on enhancing livelihoods of poor tribals in central India and Himmothan

    Pariyojana, which is the Trust’s Himalayan rural development initiative, accounted for 32% and

    29% of RLC disbursals respectively.

    • In July 2005, the Trust operationalised the CInI Cell, with a view to take CInI to a higher realm,

    whilst taking the learnings to a wider orbit of government and donor agencies. During the year,

    under CInI, four new livelihood projects in tribal areas with Indian Grameen Services (IGS) in

    Jharkhand, Naandi Foundation in Andhra Pradesh and N. M. Sadguru Water & Developm