The FINANCIAL -- 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. As the London School of Economics and Political Science said, 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."