Chicago University teams up with Tata Trusts to launch Delhi centre

NEW DELHI: The University of Chicago is launching a research centre in Delhi in partnership with Tata Trusts to address some of India's most pressing economic and social development challenges from issues pertaining to sanitation and health. 

The Tata Centre for Development will be located at the university's centre in Delhi and will help build capacity for government, corporate and non-profit groups across India, people involved in the project said. 

The centre, led by the university's Harris School of Public Policy in the US and the University of Chicago Trust, a charitable trust in India, will also engage experts from the university and across diverse organisations in India to study and implement solutions to major policy challenges. 

"Development is a difficult challenge; none of us really know what the answer is. We want to try different techniques, novel techniques with substantial resources from each side," professor Anup Malani, faculty director of the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago, told ET. 

The university said that the two entities will invest heavily in the centre to integrate evidence-based policy research, an innovative implementation platform, to tackle practical development issues across India. It did not disclose any amount, though. 

The centre will engage experts from the university and from across diverse organisations in India to study and implement solutions to major policy challenges related to health, water and sanitation, and energy and the environment, initially. It will work closely with policymakers, practitioners, academics and students, Tata Trusts said in a statement. 

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