Tesco Bengaluru and the University of Birmingham strike a strategic partnership in Bengaluru around research, education, and employability


Bengaluru, 22 November 2022: The University of Birmingham and Tesco Bengaluru are joining forces to create postgraduate study programmes in data science and artificial intelligence.

Sumit Mitra, CEO, Tesco Business Services and Tesco Bengaluru, and the University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor & Principal Professor Adam Tickell today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore a strategic partnership that will create education and research partnerships.

The partnership will see University experts designing and delivering educational programmes for the colleagues of Tesco Bengaluru. The programmes could range from training in specific professional areas to formal postgraduate qualifications. 

Tesco Bengaluru will also explore opportunities for suitably qualified Birmingham students to join placements at the company’s data-science teams in India. The company’s data-science experts will also offer guest lectures to Birmingham staff and students – broadening their understanding of academic trends with joint seminars and events.

The partnership agreement was reached during a visit to the Tesco Bengaluru campus by Professor Adam Tickell, who commented: “The University of Birmingham is a global ‘civic’ university and is committed to forging meaningful education and research partnerships in India.  We have been named the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers, according to a report in 2021. This partnership is a testament to our strong links with industry which will support our education, research, and employability agenda. 

“Our education programmes will offer TESCO colleagues great career development opportunities, whilst there are many potential research collaborations that can provide a greater understanding of data science and artificial intelligence challenges. The partnership also gives our students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working alongside TESCO’s experts.”

Postgraduate study programmes will be delivered by a combination of remote technology and Birmingham academics visiting TESCO’s data science teams. 

Sumit Mitra, CEO, Tesco Business Services and Tesco Bengaluru said ““At Tesco, we are deeply committed towards driving a culture of learning and development for our colleagues. Industry-academia partnerships play a crucial role in this endeavour. This strategic partnership with the University of Birmingham will usher in a new beginning of our shared commitment to delivering a rich learning experience for our colleagues and the students at the University. In addition, this collaboration will further play a critical role in empowering our colleagues and the student community to thrive in a fast-evolving employment landscape”. 

The University of Birmingham has a number of significant partnerships in India, underpinned by its India Institute which aims to increase the visibility, impact and coherence of Birmingham’s engagement in the country. 

Tesco in Bengaluru was established in 2004 to enable standardization and build centralized capabilities and competencies, making the experience better for our millions of customers worldwide and simpler for over 360,000 colleagues. Spread across a 15.6 acres campus, Tesco Bengaluru has 4000+ colleagues across Tesco Bengaluru and Tesco Technology.

James Godber, Deputy Head at the British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru, commented: Data science is one of the fastest growing fields in the world and is transforming our future. I am delighted that this partnership between the University of Birmingham and Tesco Bengaluru will enhance the many existing linkages between the UK and India and ultimately benefit both countries.


For more information, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312 or t.moran@bham.ac.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call +44 (0) 7789 921 165. 

Sushovan Chakraborty, Manager, Corporate Brand & CSR, Tesco Bengaluru +919901094827, sushovan.chakraborty1@tesco.com 


  • Photo Caption: Professor Adam Tickell, Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of Birmingham and Sumit Mitra, CEO, Tesco Business Services & Tesco Bengaluru exchanging the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Tesco Bengaluru and the University of Birmingham.
  • From L-to-R: Dipankar Chakraborty (Regional Director for South Asia, Middle East, Birmingham Global); James Godber (Deputy Head, British Deputy High Commission); Sumit Mitra (CEO, Tesco Business Services & Tesco Bengaluru); Prof. Adam Tickell (Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham); Ailsa Chambers (Director Birmingham Global); Somnath Baishya (People Director, Tesco Business Services & Tesco Bengaluru); Prof. Mark Lee (Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Birmingham) 

Notes to Editors

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.
  • The India Institute was established in January 2018 and brings Birmingham and India closer together to deliver impactful research, create innovative education initiatives and extend the University’s influence across the globe. 
  • The University’s relationship with India began in 1909 with the first cohort of Indian students attending the University to study for degrees in Mining and Commerce. Since then, the University has provided education to many outstanding Indian alumni.
  • The University of Birmingham has been named the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2021. The Graduate Market in 2021 is an independent annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at the UK’s one hundred best-known and most successful employers. The survey is carried out by High Flyers Research.

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About Tesco in Bengaluru:

Tesco in Bengaluru is a multi-disciplinary team serving our customers, communities, and planet a little better every day across markets. Our goal is to create a sustainable competitive advantage for Tesco by standardising processes, delivering cost savings, enabling agility through technology solutions, and empowering our colleagues to do even more for our customers. With cross-functional expertise, a wide network of teams, and strong governance, we reduce complexity, thereby offering high-quality services for our customers. 

Tesco in Bengaluru, established in 2004 to enable standardisation and build centralised capabilities and competencies, makes the experience better for our millions of customers worldwide and simpler for over 400,000 colleagues. 

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