• Expertise + experience

    Expertise + experience

    High-impact innovation, bridging MIT expertise with local knowledge and capabilities

  • Serving human needs

    Serving human needs

    Focusing on the unique challenges of resource-constrained communities in India

  • Forging global partnerships

    Forging global partnerships

    We work in cooperation with government agencies, NGOs, universities, and corporations in India and around the world

MIT innovation for communities in the developing world. The Tata Center for Technology and Design is training a new breed of engineers and entrepreneurs to tackle the challenges of resource-constrained communities in India and the developing world, inventing solutions designed to serve human needs.

Our focus areas

Guided by the core principle of relevance to global societal needs and challenges, Tata Center projects place an emphasis on practicality, affordability, and performance in six overlapping thematic areas. Projects range widely within each area, reflecting the diversity of opportunities for impact and the strengths of students and faculty, and seek low-cost, sustainable solutions in both urban and rural settings.


Improving food security and the livelihood of the agricultural workforce through technology, systems, and knowledge.


Addressing the developing world’s massive disparity in energy demand and availability, from sustainable energy production to isolated power grids.


Confronting India’s primary environmental challenges, including waste management, pollution control, and sanitation.


Developing cost-effective health solutions that can support quality care for large numbers of people with limited resources.


Providing solutions for housing India’s growing urban population while emphasizing safety and affordability.


Analyzing water issues and deploying technology to improve availability, delivery, and cleanliness of water throughout India and the developing world.