Tata Trusts, as part of its intensive micro-planning initiative called DELTA, has set up over 300 data-points across select districts of Andhara, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Jharkhand. Under the initiative, the Trusts also launched data- dashboards for MPs and gram panchayats to strengthen the village development plans in Balasore after Vijayawada, Chandrapur and West Singhbhum. A statement from the Trusts, which is celebrating the 125th anniversary this year, claimed that its data driven governance has impacted 17 lakh people in 1,248 villages so far and that the data has been collected for Aadhar enrollment, LPG connection, water, electricity, education, healthcare etc. These initiaitives are its flagship project called Data, Evaluation, Learning, Technology and Analysis (DELTA). --------------------------- Wadhawan group offers $1.5-m endowment to Rochester University Mumbai: The Wadhawan group that owns the third largest pureplay home finance firm DHFL, today established a USD 1.5 million endowment fund at the Simon Business of School of the University of Rochester in the US to run a family chair. 'The Rajesh Wadhawan professorship for development economics' will be funded by the group holding company Wadhawan Global Capital and is being done to honour the group's founder.
The endowment fund is pegged at USD 1.5 million. Set up in 1850 in New York state, the university had endowments worth USD 2.12 billion in 2016. The Simon Business School is one of the world's top graduate B-schools. The professorship will focus on shaping research and studies in development economics that will be supported by exchange programmes and internships at the WGC group companies. Simon Business School dean Andrew Ainslie said the Rajesh Wadhawan professorship will strengthen the school's academic and research focus on development economics. Group chairman Kapil Wadhawan said the professorship is a tribute to group founder's legacy of doing business with a purpose as development economics was very close to his heart so that he empowers the deprived with credit.
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