The University of Glasgow, a new research centre that has opened recently is named after Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw. The Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre is going to function officially in June 2022.
The University of Glasgow is going to facilitate over 500 researchers from various disciplines in order to engage in impactful collaborative research.
The founder executive and chairperson of the Bangalore-based biotechnology company Biocon limited is Mazumdar-Shaw. Shaw is the vice-chairperson of Bicon limited as well. Both the reputed business leaders was graduated from the University of Glasgow. They have gifted to the university in July 2019 $7.5 million i.e. around Rs 57 crore.
It has come to the knowledge that the funding of £116 of Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre was used to create a professorial chair.
University of Glasgow has been named after Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw
The funding was used to set up the £116 Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre and to create a professorial chair, the Mazumdar-Shaw Chair of Molecular Pathology.
Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice-chancellor, University of Glasgow has said that “We are really grateful to John and Kiran and we wanted to ensure that this extraordinarily generous gift was recognised appropriately. The Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre is on its way to becoming operational. It is an incredibly exciting time on campus; every week more researchers are moving in, and this summer the ARC will fully open its doors to the wider community”.
He further added, “The global challenges that the world faces require team approaches and collaboration across disciplines, and this unique environment will encourage and support interdisciplinary research breakthroughs”. he also said, “Through our partnership, we are building on the university’s work with Biocon to explore initiatives such as joint PhDs which provide industry experience and help solve real-world problems.”
Mazumdar-Shaw said the idea of the new research centre catalysing change in research resonated with her husband and her.
She said, “Philanthropy can be a catalyst for change, growth, improvement and development. We are both grateful that we are in the fortunate position to contribute to John’s alma mater and help the University achieve its aspirational goals”.