2014 - 2015: At a Glance
At Cognizant, we firmly believe that corporate actions play a very important role in creating a climate of positive opinion and that giving back to the Society is not only imperative to the company’s growth, but also an earnest reflection of the values it stands for.
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Going forward to give back

N. Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman, Cognizant

“At Cognizant, we firmly believe that giving back to the Society is not only imperative for the company’s growth, but also an earnest reflection of the values it stands for. This belief is what drives Cognizant Foundation – our CSR arm.
Lakshmi Narayanan


To work towards fulfilling the education, healthcare and livelihood needs of the under-privileged sections of the society.

To provide financial and technical support to institutions for improving the quality of education, livelihood and healthcare.

To design and implement programmes aimed at quality improvements in education, livelihood and access to healthcare.

To partner with NGOs, educational and healthcare institutions, government and other corporates for achieving the vision.
Cognizant Foundation’s core focus include supporting education initiatives, providing healthcare opportunities and enhancing livelihood options for the under-privileged sections of the society.





Unlocking the key to development

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The major issues affecting each strata of education in India are quality and relevance. Adequate infrastructure facilities, relevant curriculum and pedagogy, quality teachers and financial aid for students are some of the pressing needs of India's education sector.

Information and Communications Technology

Harnessing the power of technology in learning

Kshama Vastrad, a conscientious teacher at the Halligudi Government High school, Gadag was shaken up by the AIF Digital Equaliser (DE) programme. She realised that there was a larger community of teachers who were facing the same as she, but handling it better. She eagerly used the DE platform to interact with other school teachers and has collected digital content in her subject. Today, Kshama Vastrad is a more knowledgeable and engaging teacher to her students.

Information and Communications Technology or ICT, can be used as a powerful educational tool by supporting new pedagogical methods. Cognizant Foundation has been focusing on technology-enabled teaching- and learning methods in schools, catering to the urban and rural poor. In 2014-15, CF supported the implementation of ICT for teaching and learning in the schools by partnering with NGOs working in this sphere. Some of these were The American India Foundation (AIF), IT for Change, CBM India Trust, and India Sudar Educational And Charitable Trust.

“Coming to school and learning has become interesting. We hear recorded poems in the Kannada class, watch short documentaries on Independence Day which makes school days very fun and engaging. Thank you, American India Foundation and Cognizant Foundation for making it possible.”

Ms. Chaitra, Std. 10, Halligudi Government High School, Gadag

Science Education

Exploring the wonders

Physics was Priyanka's enemy. Though her teacher at Isha Vidhya Matriculation School in Tuticorin did her best, Priyanka had trouble understanding how it applied to real life. However, when the school built a full-fledged science lab with a grant from CF, everything changed. Priyanka is now able to conduct Physics experiments and see results with her own eyes. She has started scoring well. Best of all, Physics is now Priyanka's favourite subject.

Teaching science subjects has always been a major challenge in the Indian educational system since it revolves largely around teaching of theory. In order to encourage larger number of students from the weaker sections of society to pursue science, Cognizant Foundation (CF) works with select NGOs offering innovative models of teaching science subjects and in 2014-15 supported schools including Udbhav School, Hyderabad Sevalaya and Isha Vidya, Tamil Nadu and 11-12 government schools in Gurgaon and NCR .

"We are delighted about our collaboration with Cognizant Foundation in launching the Mobile Science Lab (MSL) for underprivileged children in Delhi. Thanks to CF's support, children will experience the joys of hands-on, experiential learning that will spark curiosity and help to nurture their creativity in ways that they may have never experienced before.“

Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation

Education – Project List 2014-15

Cognizant Foundation Scholarship Scheme

293 students supported across 22 institutions. Scholarship covers educational expenses for the entire course period.

Learning Resource Centres

Setting up different kinds of learning resource centres – reading rooms, libraries, Montessori centres and English labs across different states.
Partner: Eligible NGOs

Learning Centres for Out-of-School Girls in West Bengal

High quality education to out-of-school girls in five needy villages of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal.
Partner: IIMPACT

Montessori Centres in Chennai Corporation Schools, Tamil Nadu

Implementing the Montessori Method in six Chennai Corporation schools.
Partner: Chennai Corporation and Sri Ramacharan Charitable Trust (SRCT)

English Language Lab in Christel House, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Setting up English language laboratory with related accessories, to provide training to students from KG to Std XII, complementing their regular classroom sessions

Reading Rooms in Mumbai and Raigad District, Maharashtra

Setting up 15 libraries for underprivileged children in Municipal Corporation Primary Schools in Mumbai and Zilla Parishad Primary Schools in Raigad District, Maharashtra.
Partner: Room to Read India Trust

Village Learning Centres in Cuddalore and Vellore District, Tamil Nadu

Operate Eureka SuperKidz village education support centres in 15 villages in the districts of Cuddalore and Vellore, Tamil Nadu, for a period of three years.
Partner: AID India, Chennai

Infrastructure Support to AGAPE School, Hyderabad

Support to Goodwill for AIDS Patients Everywhere (AGAPE) to purchase classroom furniture, science laboratory equipment and bunk beds to upgrade infrastructure in its children's home and schools.

Infrastructure Improvement in Anganwadis, Tamil Nadu

Supported Srinivasa Services Trust for anganwadi infrastructure improvement in districts across the state, benefitting 501 children and 711 women on an on-going basis.

Quality Teaching

Supported Teach For India (TFI), Chennai - sponsorship of four TFI-fellows to provide additional teaching support in two Chennai corporation schools for students from socio-economically disadvantaged families.


Building the foundation for development

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Over the years, there has been a tremendous improvement in the quality of healthcare services in India. However, in spite of widespread efforts to reach healthcare amenities to every strata of society, access to affordable healthcare still remains a distant dream to the underprivileged in the rural and urban areas.

Ophthalmic care

The power of vision

Pavan Kumar was having trouble reading his books. The son of a daily wage labourer, who had an income of Rs. 300-450 per day, with great difficulty had succeeded in getting into a B.Com course and was in the final year. Just when Pavan was dreaming of a job and a more secure future, he noticed that the sight in his left eye was dwindling. He was operated upon for free at the VIIO, Bengaluru with the help of the Retikare Vitrectomy machine funded by CF. Pavan has since recovered and is well on his way to graduating college.

In a country with a very large population affected by preventable and curable blindness, support for ophthalmic care projects is vital. The Foundation has supported setting up of specialised diagnostic and surgical equipment by several eye care institutions, who offer quality services at subsidised prices to the economically weaker sections of the society. In 2014-15, CF partnered with several NGOs to improve the reach and quality of ophthalmic care in the hospitals or mobile medical units including: 3nethra Equipment for Community Eye Care Foundation's (CECF), Nystagmus at Children Eye Care Centre of LV Prasad Eye Institute, Sadhuram Eye Hospital, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust, and Sri Keshava Trust.

“The 'Humphrey Field Analyzer' (HFA) was installed on March 18, 2015, to meet the requirements of glaucoma-affected patients. The latest version of this device helps us analyse the progression of glaucoma in a more accurate and efficient way. To date, 271 patients have benefitted from Cognizant Foundation's contribution.”

Dr. Murali Kaushik, President, Medical Administration, Sankara Eye Foundation

Maternal and Child Health

Nurturing mother and child

A routine day at school turned into a nightmare for little Suresh’s** parents. A school bus ran over their little son as he was playing on the street. He suffered horrific injuries and was rushed to the emergency ward for children at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital (ICH), Egmore. He arrived at the hospital with no breath or heartbeat. Undeterred, a team of 25 skilled doctors from various specialisations saved Suresh's life after a major eight-hour surgery. “Golden Hour Management – The initial first aid that helps stabilise and prepare the patient for life-saving treatment was crucial to Suresh's miraculous recovery”, says Indhumathi, Professor & Chief, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit & Paediatric Emergency, ICH.

**Name changed

Prompted by a strong desire to improve access to quality healthcare to women and children belonging to economically weaker sections, Cognizant Foundation (CF) has supported setting up of high-end medical equipment to augment the facilities in select maternal and child health care institutions that have been rendering yeoman service in this area. In 2014-15, CF partnered with several NGOs to improve the reach and quality of care for women and children. Some of these NGOs are Ekam Foundation, Gandhigram Trust, and Impact India Foundation.

“Before CF stepped in to help us, we were referring patients to other ultrasonography centres. However, post the generous support from CF; we now have a fully-functional ultrasonography centre. In addition to ultrasound sonograms, the machine will also be useful in detecting cardiac irregularities in newborn babies. We can now provide rural women and children with quick, accurate diagnosis through the right equipment.”

Mr. K. Shivakumar, Secretary, Gandhigram Trust

Healthcare – Project List 2014-15

Fresenius Haemodialysis Machines for Bangalore Kidney Foundation (BKF)

Supported BKF to purchase four new dialysis machines that helps it serve more renal patients who need dialysis treatment.

Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), Gadchiroli, Mahrashtra

Supported purchase of equipment for new operation theatre and adding to existing laboratory facilities, catering to more than 10 lakh people, covering 200 villages in the immediate vicinity and 1000 villages in the nearby districts of Maharasthra and Chhattisgarh.

Dr M. L. Dhawale Memorial Trust, Palghar

Supported Dr M. L. Dhawale Trust for procurement of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) machine and Haematology Analyzers machine for use in their Pathology Lab and Multi-Parameter Monitors for use in their High Dependency Unit (HDU).

Support to Blood Bank for Gudalar Adivasi Hospital (GAH)

Supported purchase of various equipment to set up a Component Separation Laboratory for the blood bank in GAH. The hospital caters primarily to an Adivasi population of 25,000, spread over 300 hamlets in Gudalur and Pandalur Talukas.
Partner: ASHWINI

Blood Irradiator Equipment for Jankalyan Raktapedhi (JKRP), Pune

Supported JKRP for the purchase of blood irradiator equipment and also for setting up the irradiator unit to enhance their existing laboratory facilities.

Critical Care

Supported Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK) for purchase of Critical Care Ambulance, AK96 Bio Version Haemodialysis Machine and Flash Autoclave

Medical Equipment and Training Aids for Differently Abled

Supported Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) for purchase of medical equipment and sound proofing of audiology room for ‘Project Early Identification’, aimed at providing detailed audiological evaluation to young infants and children to identify hearing loss as early as possible
Supported weCan Learning Resource Institute, Kolkata in setting up a Sensory Integration Therapy Room for differently-abled children.

Community Health

Supported Community Health Initiative programmes in four sub-centre areas of Parali Primary Health Centre, Wada Block in Thane District, Maharashtra.
Partner: Impact India

Mobile Medical Unit

Supported Development Action Society, Kolkata in the purchase of an ambulance for the villages of Taradah Gram Panchayat to reach the nearest medical facility in the event of an emergency.


Enabling inclusive development

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One of India's critical developmental needs is the generation of productive and gainful employment to the growing population of rural youth. It is in this context that the country is witnessing multi-pronged initiatives to train the rural and semi-urban youth in relevant trades that will lead to their gainful employment.

Skill Training for Disadvantaged Youth

Unlocking new opportunities

“My daughter is the first in our family to get a job in the organised sector”, says Aranya's mother proudly. After completing her education, Aranya struggled to find a decent job due to lack of employable skills. She was one of the beneficiaries of the CF-funded iLEAD training - and received training in ITes. She now works at the IConnect Idea Call Centre. She earns Rs. 7000 per month. “This is a dream come true for my family”, says her beaming mother.

Education along with employable skills is a dire need in the country, especially for the weaker economic sections. Hoping to bridge the gap between education and employment, Cognizant Foundation (CF) supports projects that help people from the lower segment of the economic spectrum gain the skills needed to become employable. In 2014-15, CF partnered with several NGOs and provided skill training for disadvantaged youth. Some of these NGOs include Aide et Action, Dr Reddy's Foundation, IL&FS Skills Development Corporation, Swami Dayananda Saraswati Educational Society, Pipal Tree Foundation.

“Getting a job was my need but becoming supervisor was my dream. I started as a mason after my training at Nizamabad and have now become supervisor within 10 months. I am working on a project at Janapriya which is a large construction company in Hyderabad. I thank Cognizant Foundation for the training and job.”

Naresh, a beneficiary of Pipal Tree Foundation's new training centre, Telangana

Skill Training for the Differently Abled

Skilling for equal opportunities

Shirsappa Narale harbours big dreams. A 20-year old from Bijapur in Karnataka, he wants to be the CEO of a company. A few months ago, a friend introduced Shirsappa to APD. This indefatigable youngster's first step towards becoming a CEO is completing his two year Electro-Mechanic course at APD's vocational training centre. CF's contribution to APD's training centres has helped youth like Shirsappa, who do not let their disability get in the way of pursuing their dreams.

Giving the differently abled equal opportunities to dream and realise their potential is something the Cognizant Foundation (CF) has always been interested in. CF partners with NGOs who work exclusively to uplift differently abled youth by empowering them with knowledge and employable skills. In 2014-15, CF partnered with several NGOs to provide skill training for the differently abled. These NGOs include The Association for the People with Disability, and Grameen Shramik Prathisthan.

“For two years we developed a special and improved handloom for visually challenged weavers in collaboration with IIT, Chennai. All thanks to CF's support we could actually adopt the technology that has reduced the drudgery of visually challenged weavers and augmented their income.”

Mr. Harishchandra Sude, Founder and President, Grameen Shramik Pratishthan

Skill Training for Disadvantaged Youth

Unlocking new opportunities

45-year-old Rabelli's life revolved around her husband and six children. A Hindu migrant from Pakistan, she had barely any schooling and no formal job training. Her husband's earnings as a daily wage labourer were not a patch on the household expenses. Rabelli did have one talent though – her beautiful traditional applique work. Literacy India's vocational programme identified and trained the craftsperson in her. With guidance, she produced quality, saleable work within a month of completing the course, and is now slowly taking control of her family's finances and her life.

While some women in India are making great strides in sports, science and business at one end of the spectrum, there are other women who are raised to be dependent on men. This is the community that Literacy India addresses through its 'Karigari Janani' project. They interview and identify such vulnerable women and girls and give them livelihood options through training in various vocations suited to their aptitude and the local economy.

In 2014-15, Cognizant Foundation supported Literacy India in identifying deserving women from New Delhi's NCR region and training them in stitching, paper products making, and embroidery for a year. The programme also helps the women to sell their products, helping them supplement the family income.

"Literacy India has been working in the field of vocational training to empower and educate the underserved since the last two decades, yet it is the support of sensitive and responsible partners such as ‘Cognizant Foundation’ that gives us the courage to do more. We wish for such everlasting partnerships. God Bless all of you.”

Capt. Indraani Singh (Senior Air India Pilot); Founder/Managing Trustee, Literacy India

Performance Highlights

Throughout 2014-15, our endeavour was to empower underprivileged communities and individuals in vital
sectors. Our performance highlights showcase the numbers behind the success. for the year.

Messages from Directors & CEO

N. R. Krishnan I.A.S. (Retd.)


N. Lakshmi Narayanan


Dr. S. Ramamurthy


S. Madhavan

Giving back to society is imperative for growth;
it is the way we plan to go forward, in our mission to empower deserving communities
and individuals across the country

Enabling change...

because we care