Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, business solutions and outsourcing firm, announced the first batch of research scholars for the TCS Research Fellowship program. By sponsoring the research of Phd. candidates for four years, the TCS Research Fellowship Program is designed to promote quality academic research in India. The goal is to enlarge academic faculty talent pool in India by nurturing academic research across institutes in the field of computing sciences. 'We need to continuously invest to upgrade our education system as well as increase our academic scale. Nurturing research is therefore critical to expand the pool of academic faculty as well strengthen scholastic research in the country,' said N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD, Tata Consultancy Services. 'This is an important need and we are committed to help academia bridge this gap by providing research scholars an attractive environment to undertake research in Computing Sciences using real-world solution-creation experiences that TCS can offer,' Chandrasekaran added.
Twenty-two candidates have been chosen from across India and an additional 18 will be named by February 2011. TCS plans to fund 200 doctoral candidates over a period of five years to take up Phd programs in reputable academic institutions across the country. Key elements for the selection of candidates include the candidate's and institute's credentials, the selected field of study and the Academic Research Guide's credentials. In addition to research support, TCS Research Fellowships will be paid a stipend, sponsored for academic conferences and will have access to resources and experts from TCS Innovation Labs and the company's Co-Innovation network. Doctoral candidates selected for the TCS Research Fellowship will be able to avail the opportunity of visits to TCS Innovation Laboratories and interactions with researchers at TCS, depending upon their project requirements.