Sir Ratan Tata can be called the gem of philanthropy in the Tata group. He was the younger son of Jamsetji Tata and the father of Naval Tata, the current chairman of the Tata group, Ratan Naval Tata. Today is the birth anniversary of Ratanji, who left the world at a young age. He did a lot of philanthropy in his short life and left his legacy in the Tata group.
He is considered to be one of the ‘four great’ men who set up the Tata group, three others being Jamsetji Tata, Dorabji Tata and Ratanji Dadabhai Tata. Sir Ratan Tata was popularly known as ‘Ratanji’. Ratanji Tata was born on 20 January 1871.
The Tata group started thinking about the nation long before the country’s independence.
That is why Jamsetji Tata had drawn the Indian Institute of Science in the year 1898, with the aim of arranging the state-of-the-art education of science. For this, Jamshedji had donated half of his personal property at that time, which had 14 buildings and four land properties in Mumbai. Later the Raja of Mysore also joined it and he gave 300 acres of land in Bengaluru.
Then the Indian Institute of Science, which was formed in 1911, was joined by legends like Visvesaraya, CV Raman and Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha. Such an institution was not even in England at that time. CV Raman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 while working in the same institute. This shows what kind of research facilities will be there.
Homi Jehangir Bhabha dreamed of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research while working in it and that too was realized by the Tata group. This institute opened the door to research in the nuclear sector in India.