Indian Industrialist and Philanthropist Ratan Tata has been nominated for the prestigious 'Gandhi Mandela Award', to be held later this year, alongside other distinguished persons/organizations. He has been the Chairman of Tata Sons. He has been honoured with two of the country's highest civilian awards- Padma Vibhushan (2008) and Padma Bhushan (2000).
Ratan Tata currently holds the post of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group which controls some of the major companies including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices.
Ratan received his early education from the Campion School, Mumbai and finished his schooling from the Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai. In 1962, he obtained his B.S. in architecture with structural engineering from Cornell University, U.S.A. Later he got enrolled at the Harvard Business School and completed an Advanced Management Program in 1975.
The Gandhi Mandela awards will be given to personalities who have made significant contribution in the fields of Peace, Social Welfare, Culture, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Sports and Innovation.