Director, Cognizant Foundation
It is a pleasure to recognise that Cognizant Foundation's efforts in supporting activities on the ground continue to bear fruit. Especially in areas such as preventing avoidable blindness, promoting science and IT education in schools and facilitating access to healthcare for women and children. By doing so, the Foundation helps address critical problems in human resource development. These are huge challenges and the Foundation believes that by identifying and supporting organisations which have the potential to experiment, execute and evolve, it plays a part in strengthening future generations.
I have been particularly impressed this year by the enthusiasm and creative imagination of the employees of Cognizant who, across the country, have helped in identifying potential recipients for the Foundation’s support. This substantially enlarges our reach. The Foundation hopes to expand its range of activities and, while this may never be enough, there is always the hope that our support makes a significant difference in the communities where they are located.
Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary, Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He has held many positions with the Government of Uttarakhand, the Government of Uttar Pradesh, and the Government of India and retired as the Union Secretary in the Department of Consumer Affairs.
He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness and mental health, primary health care and community health, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the sector. He is the Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Population Foundation of India (PFI).
Mr. Desiraju has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.