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AAP alumnus Ratan Tata '59, B.Arch '62, chairman of India's Tata Group, delivered the 2009 Olin Lecture June 5 in the form of a dialogue with Cornell President David Skorton. Skorton and Tata discussed the social responsibilities of corporations.

The Tata Group's many philanthropic trusts make it the largest grant-making organization in India, with aid to such areas as agriculture, water conservation, literacy and education. This year, the Tata Education and Development Trust committed $50 million to Cornell to establish the Tata Scholarship Fund for Students from India and the Tata-Cornell Initiative in Agriculture and Nutrition.