By: Shubham Ghosh
The governor-general of Australia has decided to appoint noted Indian industrialist Ratan Tata to the Order of Australia for his service to the bilateral relation between the two nations, particularly in trade, investment and philanthropy, The Australia Today reported.
Tata, the 85-year-old former chairman of India’s Tata Group, is also known to be one of the world’s most reputed philanthropists.
The veteran has always been an advocate for deeper ties between the two democracies and backed their economic cooperation and trade agreement, which was finalised last year. He has also been involved in disaster relief work and supported organisations that provide aid to the needy, such as the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai in which two Australian nationals were killed.
Also, Indian students have received opportunities to study Down Under through scholarships offered under the Tata family trust. He has been credited for boosting people-to-people contact and economic ties between the two nations.
The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of India’s information technology (IT) behemoths, has been based in Australia since 1998, and employs the largest number of Australians by any Indian company, the report added.
The TCS also contributes to the Australian community through a pro bono programme that offers complimentary IT services to six not-for-profit Australian bodies in health and Indigenous leadership.