Dr. Nandini Rangaswamy
Director, Cognizant Foundation
It is heartening to note that Cognizant Foundation has continued its commendable work during the current year. The activities undertaken by it and the Cognizant Outreach team are truly worthy of appreciation. I wish Cognizant Foundation the best in carrying the work forward.
While it has caused untold misery to millions across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic that broke towards the end of the year has had its positive outcomes as well. The three focus areas of the Foundation – Healthcare, Education and Livelihood – have witnessed changes which have never been experienced before. We have seen healthcare workers around us donning the mantle of care for humanity and rendering a level of service that all of us are grateful for. Education has opened up a wider choice for the learners and innovative ways of course delivery for the teachers. Small and big entrepreneurs and businesses are inventing everyday products and services to maintain the livelihood of employees, vendors and customers. The Cognizant Foundation team has played a very significant role in supporting the needs of all the three sectors.
I pray that humanity gains compassion, service, and love for fellow humans from this unexpected and unprecedented calamity. Nature has its inimical way of teaching us lessons for the future. We are challenged to rise to the occasion, and we will. Cognizant Foundation can and will play a significant role.”
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.