New Delhi: Tata Trusts and University of California San Diego has partnered to establish Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society (TIAGS), which will undertake research to address some of the most pressing issues, ranging from healthcare to agriculture.
Research efforts spearheaded by TIAGS will require and foster partnerships with scientific colleagues and government agencies in both India and the United States. A complimentary unit will also support a collaborative research enterprise in India (TIAGS-India), Tata Trusts said in a statement.
“UC San Diego’s mission to advance society and drive economic impact aligns with our goals, as a country, to build a skilled scientific workforce and to grow the impact and scope of our research enterprise," Tata Trusts chairman Ratan N Tata said. “Together, we will promote bioscience research, discoveries and education that will benefit populations around the globe," Tata added.
The initiative’s inaugural basic research enterprise—a thrust in Active Genetics—will be focused on applications of ‘active genetics’ to improve human health and agriculture.
In addition to a thrust in active genetics, the institute will also include a parallel thrust in society and ethics, and link Indian experts with larger research and education initiatives to effect societal progress, the statement added.
“This international collaboration to establish the Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society will spark new scientific research and discoveries that will ultimately help us tackle some of the biggest challenges that face humankind in a socially conscious and ethical manner," UC San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said.
The University of California San Diego, which is ranked among the top 15 universities in the world, will create 10 endowed chairs, designed to attract and retain top scientists and faculty focused on research that aligns with the Institute’s goals.