Dr. Nandini Rangaswamy
Director, Cognizant Foundation
I was inducted into the Cognizant Foundation board very recently. And, my experience of interacting with other distinguished members of the board and being a witness to the wonderful work that Cognizant Foundation has been engaged in, has been truly satisfying. The newly launched ‘programme approach’ to disbursement and utilisation of the larger funds from Cognizant Foundation is meant to provide a deeper and wider penetration of its benefits to the society. India is poised to achieve a higher-than-average growth rate in the years to come. To become a US$ 5 trillion country, we would need a larger pool of highly skilled youth, education for all, and a healthier nation. The focus areas of the Foundation have also been these. Identifying value-based NGOs with unimpeachable integrity and routing our funding through them to those who would execute our projects would be key to the success of Cognizant Foundation’s mission. I am very sure that Cognizant Foundation is moving in the right direction in serving India. I will continue to support our larger purpose and vision.
Dr. Nandini Rangaswamy is the Managing Director of the Chandra Group of Companies, and Chairperson of the GRG Institutions in Coimbatore.
Her deep passion and a compassionate eye for the underprivileged and her contribution to improving the academic standards, women empowerment and philanthropic endeavours has been an inspiration to many. Besides her active role in business and education, she has been deeply involved in rendering commendable service to the society and for the promotion of human welfare as a keen social worker and philanthropist.
As the Chairperson of the 60-year old GRG Group of Educational Institutions, Dr. Nandini has been instrumental in women empowerment and providing opportunities for less privileged sections of the society. The GRG Group of Educational Institutions encompasses education for over 13,000 girl children from nursery and primary level to UG, PG and Doctoral levels.
As Chairperson of the Coimbatore Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society, she has pioneered many new initiatives to help the needy. She is the Honorary Secretary of the Guild of Service in Coimbatore focusing on providing service to underprivileged sections of the society. As the Joint District Director of the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) in Coimbatore since 2002, Dr. Nandini has helped in enlisting women volunteers to work for the progress of the poor and marginalised sections of the society. She is the Chairperson of the Coimbatore District Welfare Association, focusing on providing care for senior citizens, including a Senior Citizens Day Care Centre.
She has been closely associated with the activities of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Council, Chairperson of the Southern Region Education Sub-Committee and Education Task Force and Chairperson of Southern Region of CII IWN (Indian Women Network). She is currently a Member of the CII India Women Network (IWN) and Women Empowerment National Committee.