Tata recalled his first weeks on the Harvard campus as he attended a dedication ceremony of Tata Hall at Harvard Business School (HBS) in Boston recently.
Named in the honor of the iconic Indian industrialist, Tata Hall is a seven-story, glass-and-limestone 163,000 square foot building, which will include residential and learning space for the HBS’s executive education program.
Tata was joined by HBS’s India-born dean Nitin Nohria and Harvard University President Drew Faust for the dedication ceremony during which he recounted that his first weeks on the Harvard campus were ‘confusing’ and he felt ‘humiliated’...
“As I look back, those 13 weeks were probably the most important 13 weeks of my life. They transformed me and my perspective,” the former Chairman of Tata Sons said. The business tycoon said, “Harvard Business School is the pre-eminent place to be exposed to the world’s best thinking on management and leadership, and we are pleased that this gift will support the School’s educational mission to mould the next generation of global business leaders”.
Tata, a 1975 graduate of the advanced management program at HBS and himself an architect, had presented the design firm behind Tata Hall with two design challenges of making the building warm and welcoming to visitors and as open and transparent as possible. “Can the building touch the ground lightly?” architect William Rawn recalled of Tata’s charge, to explain the walls of glass. Tata Companies, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, and the Tata Education and Development Trust, which are philanthropic arms of the Tata Group, had donated $50 million to the HBS in 2010.