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November 20, 2009 Issue 6

JLR President Gary Temple with First-GradersTata Sons and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) joined with NGO, First Book, to donate 1,000 new books to children at Jackson Avenue Elementary School in Hackensack, New Jersey. A reading party hosted by the school in October kick-started a Tata Sons/JLR donation of 10,000 books throughout New Jersey. 100 first-graders were treated to personal tours of two Jaguars and two Range Rovers brought on-site for them to climb on and explore. The children also enjoyed being read to by JLR North America President Gary Temple and Tata Sons North America Chief Representative David Good, as well as participating in activities with several JLR and Tata employees. Each child was given two books to bring home to start their own personal libraries.

Through their partnership with First Book, since 2007, the Tata group of companies have donated over 75,000 books throughout the United States. Read more here.
Other News
Pierre ReOpening Gala Save-the-DateThe Pierre Hotel - refreshed by $100 million worth of renovations - returned in style on November 19 when over 400 guests filled the Grand Ballroom and Cotillion Room to welcome back a landmark of the New York City skyline. The U.S. flagship of India's Taj Hotels and Palaces sparkled like the jewel it has always been since it first opened its doors in 1930.  New York's glitterati, including Michael Douglas, Tina Brown and Julia Ormond, mingled with travel and leisure professionals, longtime residents, and new fans of the hotel to enjoy the legendary hospitality and graciousness offered by Taj Hotels CEO Raymond Bickson and Pierre General Manager Heiko Kunstle.
Tata Study Grant AnnouncementFour institutions of higher learning - the University of California - Berkeley, Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) - have been selected as the first host institutions for the newly created Tata Study Grants program. The grants are designed to facilitate scholarly excellence among undergraduate and/or graduate students interested in pursuing research on contemporary Indian issues. Grant recipients, who will be known as Tata Fellows, will be selected by committees formed within each university, and will have the opportunity to travel to India during the next year. Since its inception, the Tata group of companies has forged relationships with academic institutions and has funded hundreds of scholarships, research projects and scholarly programs in India and abroad. Students at the four universities interested in applying for the Tata Study Grants can find more information at their respective departments and study abroad offices.