Ratan Tata, 77, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group has received the most distinguishable honour. He has been felicitated by the City of Coventry with its highest honour in recognition of his contributions to the West Midlands region in Central England. This honour has only been awarded to 13 persons since its inception in 1914.
Along with Ratan Tata, Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, founder of the Warwick Manufacturing Group, at the University of Warwick was also presented with the honour. The award ceremony was held at the Coventry Cathedral last week and was presided over by Coventry Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Hammon. Tata and Bhattacharyya travelled to the award ceremony at Coventry Cathedral in a 1955 Jaguar Mark VIIM which was owned by the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
Tata’s Jaguar Land Rover had announced a continued association with Coventry and West Midlands with a 600 million pound investment in support of production creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The Tata Group has also contributed to a new 150 million pound National Automotive Innovation Center which is under construction at the campus of University of Warwick.
Prof Lord Bhattacharyya, founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group, founded the manufacturing, education and research group at Warwick University in 1980. He continues as its Chairman to this day while the department works with motor manufacturers across UK which also includes Jaguar.