- Jamsetji Tata was born on March 3, 1839 in Navsari
- Jamsetji Tata formulated a plan for the ironworks which later appeared in Jamshedpur
- He died on May 19, 1904 at the age of 65.
Jamsetji Tata 183rd birthday: Jamsetji Tata was born on March 3, 1839 in Navsari, a small town in southern Gujarat. He is often known as the father of Indian industry.
By 1892 he knew that another kind of technology was the need of the hour and with a lack of world-class technical education, India’s socio-economic progress would definitely fail.
On His 183rd Birthday, Let’s Read How He Became the ‘Father of Indian Industry’
With a vision inspiring the steel and power industries in India, Jamsetji has laid the foundation for technical education and has also helped the country in many advanced ways.
Jamsetji Tata founded the Tata Group. He started his work as a cotton and iron merchant, but he is mainly known for his contribution in establishing Tata Iron and Steel Works in Jamshedpur (a city in Jharkhand). He died on May 19, 1904 at the age of 65.
He was a true patriot and humanist whose ideals and vision shaped an outstanding business conglomerate. Jamsetji’s philanthropic principles were rooted in the belief that for India to rise out of poverty, its best minds had to be harnessed.
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Charity and donations were not his way, so he established the JN Tata Endowment in 1892, the first Tata benevolence in the field of education.
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the founder of the Tata Group, invested in Indian youth – and the future of a colonized nation – when he established the JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians.
The first of the Tata family’s philanthropic initiatives, the endowment enabled Indian students, regardless of caste or creed, to pursue higher education outside the country. To say the investment paid off would be an understatement – since its inception in 1892, the JN Tata Endowment has nurtured generation after generation of promising minds in the country.
With a staggering infant mortality rate (nearly 60% of children born would die), India’s future generations were being wiped out before they could become productive citizens. What Jamsetji Tata realized that women would avoid the discomfort of going to male doctors, even at huge cost to their health.
Perhaps that is why the first recruit he gave the scholarship to was Freany Cama to study “Midwifery and Diseases of Women and Children”. He then chose to ignore the majority quota reserved for Parsi women and signed an agreement to sponsor Krishnabai Kelavkar who would be trained in Dublin.
Ultimately, the Kelavkar Medical Center established by her would operate until her death in 1969. Today, infant mortality in India stands at around 5% of its pre-independence peak. It would have been even more difficult to achieve without what the JN Tata scholarships made possible.
His hometown Jamshedpur is set to celebrate his 183rd birthday today.
This year’s celebration is based on the theme “[email protected] – Build the future you deserve”.
How Jamsetji Tata Founded the Tata Group
Jamsetji Tata was the founder of the Tata Group, which currently operates a total of 31 companies across ten industries globally.
From 1880 until his death in 1904, he focused on three life missions: to establish a steel company, to produce hydroelectric power, and to create a world-class educational institution that would enrich Indian minds in the field of science.
Although none of his dreams were fully realized during his lifetime, the seeds were sown and the path paved for his successors to pick up, bear fruit and give glorious expression to each of his dreams.
He formulated the plan for the ironworks which later appeared in Jamshedpur.
Jamsetji Tata began his entrepreneurial journey with a textile factory in the 1870s. His vision inspired India’s steel and power industries, laid the foundation for technical education and helped the country rise to the ranks of industrialized nations.
Former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called it a “one-man planning commission” in the industry world.
Jamsetji Tata was more than the entrepreneur who helped India take its place in the league of industrialized nations.
He established the JN Tata Endowment in 1892, Tata’s first educational benevolence, and perhaps the first of its kind in the world. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the founder of the Tata Group, invested in India’s youth – and the future of a colonized nation – when he established the JN Tata Endowment for Indian Higher Education.
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