Messages From The Board

  • RAJESH NAMBIAR

    "We plan to champion initiatives powered by digital technologies that advance inclusion for equitable opportunities."

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  • RAMASESHAN KOTHANDARAMAN

    "We aim to leverage our expertise and collaborate with key stakeholders to create ecosystem-level solutions."

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  • N.R. KRISHNAN

    "The Foundation went all out to combat the pandemic at all centers where Cognizant operated."

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  • KESHAV DESIRAJU

    "The efforts of Cognizant Foundation are needed more than ever before."

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  • DR. NANDINI RANGASWAMY

    "Technology can serve as a great equaliser when made available to underserved sections in society."

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  • K. BALAJI

    "The Board has identified “inclusion” and “tech-as-an-enabler” as key anchors for the Foundation’s programmes."

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Messages From The Board

RAJESH NAMBIAR

Chairman, Cognizant Foundation and Chairman & Managing Director, Cognizant India

RAJESH NAMBIAR

Chairman, Cognizant Foundation and Chairman & Managing Director, Cognizant India

2020 has been unlike any other year we could have imagined. As the pandemic’s continuing waves impacted lives and livelihoods, we focused on deploying all resources available to us to help India overcome this humanitarian crisis. We launched Operation C3 – Cognizant Combats COVID-19 – the company’s rapid response programme aimed at protecting the health and safety of not only our associates but also underserved communities. We delivered immediate relief across India through emergency funding of our Foundation. Along with our longstanding implementation partners, we successfully mobilized critical medical equipment and services, from oxygenated COVID care beds and ventilators to PPE kits and vaccinations, for most vulnerable and differently-abled communities – to help meet the demands of this crisis and save lives.

Our purpose guided our actions during this extraordinary year, compelling us not only to support vulnerable communities but also to address heightened inequities and exclusions in access to healthcare, online education and learning resources, and skills that generate livelihoods.

As we move forward to the next phase of our journey, we plan to champion initiatives that advance inclusive development for equitable opportunities, especially for children, women, and differently-abled persons. We will aim to deploy the power of digital technology to scale our programmes, create greater impact and deliver maximum value to our beneficiaries.

The Foundation has already taken its first step in this direction. With its implementation partner – Enable India – a new learning platform to skill the visually impaired with digital technologies is underway, and a second project is deployed in partnership with IIT Madras to provide technology-enabled post-natal care to newborns.

We also look forward to a deeper engagement with all our stakeholders – thought leaders, NGO partners, experts, and government authorities to accelerate the impact of our work. We hope for their continued support towards our efforts to bring about sustainable change and make a meaningful difference in the years to come.

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Messages From The Board

RAMASESHAN KOTHANDARAMAN

Director, Cognizant Foundation and Chief Financial Officer, Cognizant India

RAMASESHAN KOTHANDARAMAN

Director, Cognizant Foundation and Chief Financial Officer, Cognizant India

It has been a challenging period for every one of us. The pandemic did hit us all very hard. However, in these difficult times our Foundation, working with healthcare partners and other non-profit institutions, did a commendable job in many fronts including the donation of personal protective gears, critical medical equipment to Government Hospitals. In addition, it has collaborated to mobilize COVID care beds, paediatric ICU units across multiple cities in India. To sharpen our focus and amplify our impact, we plan to adopt inclusion as the cornerstone of our impact roadmap going forward. We also aim to leverage our expertise and learnings and collaborate with key stakeholders to create ecosystem-level solutions that benefit manifold individuals, communities and organisations.

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N.R. KRISHNAN

IAS (Retd.), Director, Cognizant Foundation

N.R. KRISHNAN

IAS (Retd.), Director, Cognizant Foundation

CSR is not dispensing charity. It is to be socially responsive, progressive and inclusive. The COVID-19 pandemic provided the opportunity for Cognizant to demonstrate this understanding. Thanks to enhanced fund allocation, its CSR arm, the Cognizant Foundation, went all out to combat the pandemic at all centres where Cognizant operated. Material support was extended to state governments and non-governmental bodies engaged in providing hospital services for all and community vaccination particularly to the differently-abled. This consisted of making protective gear available to healthcare personnel, along with life-saving equipment like Ventilators, Oxygenators and Oxygen producers to hospitals. Modest though our efforts were, they gave us the satisfaction that we were part of a national campaign.

At home, Cognizant Foundation’s objectives and operations are being given a fresh look to align them more sharply with the emerging demands of society. Establishing synergy between Cognizant’s core competence and the Cognizant Foundation’s working in its functional areas on one hand and between the Foundation and Outreach on the other form a significant part of this exercise. With this internal consolidation and the availability of greater funds, we can set our sights higher.

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Messages From The Board

KESHAV DESIRAJU

IAS (Retd.), Director, Cognizant Foundation

KESHAV DESIRAJU

IAS (Retd.), Director, Cognizant Foundation

The past year has seen the Foundation having to continue to focus its efforts on addressing COVID-19 and its consequences. This was not entirely anticipated and the Foundation has been alert enough to identify organisations needing help. All colleagues at the office have worked without respite through these difficult times and have kept the Foundation’s work on track. My warmest greetings to all of them.

An important lesson we have learnt from the pandemic is that the efforts of Cognizant Foundation are needed more than ever before.  We have learnt, sadly, exactly how flimsy the public health system is in in some states; ideally we should plan for substantial investments in public health over the next few years. We have also learnt of the calamitous loss to huge numbers of India’s children in terms of lost schooling; primary and secondary education are clearly sectors where the Foundation will need to focus on in the future, broadening our current emphasis on skill upgradation. 

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DR. NANDINI RANGASWAMY

Director, Cognizant Foundation

DR. NANDINI RANGASWAMY

Director, Cognizant Foundation

This year, we witnessed a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions in the country. Our healthcare system bore the brunt of the strain caused by rising COVID-19 cases. Recognising that the best way to overcome the challenge is to work together, the Foundation worked closely with its partners to mobilise and operationalise our response to this crisis. The prompt support of Cognizant, its Associates and NGO partners helped the Foundation’s national relief efforts for vulnerable communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic also significantly disrupted the education and skilling ecosystem. Face-to-face instruction came to a halt almost overnight, requiring a switch to online learning and virtual education. The Foundation’s initiatives in education and skilling ramped up the capacity to teach and learn remotely, leveraged digital platforms, accelerated the integration of information technology tools and aided the introduction of hybrid models of learning.

In the words of Robert Frost, “miles to go before I sleep.” On the one hand, the world embraced digital transformation at an accelerated pace, bringing to light technology’s critical role in how people work, learn and live in the new normal. On the other hand, the pandemic has highlighted the harsh reality of the digital divide. Recognising that technology can serve as a great equaliser when made available to underserved sections in society, the Foundation is currently designing interventions that strategically and intentionally leverage technology so that the digitally-disadvantaged are not further marginalised. As always, the objective of the Foundation’s interventions will be on empowering vulnerable communities – particularly children, women and persons with disabilities – to brave the challenging times and emerge more resilient.

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Messages From The Board

K. BALAJI

Director, Cognizant Foundation

K. BALAJI

Director, Cognizant Foundation

To say that the year under review (2020/21) has been a challenging one would be putting it very, very mildly. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every aspect of living, stretching and testing the limits of human endurance and adaptability. In offering emergency assistance Cognizant Foundation responded as best it could in its usual thoughtful and efficient way. The Foundation’s expertise in supporting healthcare services, coupled with the solid network of partners, was a crucial factor in the execution of projects related to the COVID-19 response. It is a matter of great satisfaction that the Foundation’s regular programmes continued to operate within the prevailing constraints and restrictions imposed by the various public authorities.

If the pandemic has caused organisations all over the world to take a hard look at every aspect of their functioning, it has in a way also quickened the Foundation’s critical review of its own work over the past decade and a half. After a six-month-long exercise, the Board has identified “inclusion” and “tech-as-an-enabler” as key anchors for the Foundation’s flagship programmes. As a result, Cognizant Foundation’s project portfolio will see rationalisation, and its communication and branding strategy will reflect these changes. As a member of the Board, I look forward to seeing the beneficial effects of this sharpened focus.

The staff of the Foundation and our partners deserve the highest praise for maintaining their high performance levels in these extraordinary times.

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Operational Highlights

Braving the restrictions of the pandemic, the Foundation and its partners continued to reach out to and support underserved individuals across the country.

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  • 393,000+ Lives Impacted
  • 59 NGO Partners
  • 8 States

Operational Highlights

The year under review saw Cognizant Foundation complete 16 years of empowering change for the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities in India. In the last 16 years, the Foundation has successfully implemented over 480 projects, partnering with over 300 not-for-profit organisations, impacting the lives of millions of underprivileged individuals across India. Inclusion has always been an underlying tenet of our programmes with our interventions focusing on uplifting the lives of some of the most underserved and underrepresented communities like children, women and PwDs across the thematic areas of Healthcare, Education and Livelihood.

The COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, brought untold misery to millions of individuals in India. The Foundation’s resources were focused on doing everything possible to help in the time of need. Given our strong focus in healthcare, the COVID-19 relief efforts in 2020-21 focused on protecting frontline workers and strengthening healthcare systems across nine States, helping them in their emergency response. 

Braving the restrictions of the pandemic, the Foundation and its partners continued to reach out to and support underserved individuals across the country through the various programme initiatives in healthcare, education and livelihood. The core focus of these programmes was on inclusive development, prevention of disabilities and support to persons with disabilities. We also looked at leveraging our core expertise and capabilities to harness the right digital technologies to scale our impact and bring about sustainable solutions.

Our flagship programme under Healthcare – ‘Preventing Avoidable Blindness’ had its thrust on preventing disability, especially among infants and children and the ‘Promoting Women and Child Health’ programme enabled access to quality healthcare for women and children in need. Under the umbrella of Education, the Foundation’s scholarship programmes provided access to quality education for visually challenged students and strengthened the special education ecosystem in the country. The 'Capacity Building for School Education' programme with a special focus on Digital Learning and STEM supported thousands of children across the country. The Livelihood flagship programmes empowered persons with disabilities and women, helping them become self-reliant. 

2020/21 also witnessed the launch of key projects - such as the technology solution for temperature monitoring of newborn babies post-discharge in healthcare and the technology platform up-gradation for Persons with Visual Impairment in education - that leverage the power of digital technologies to amplify the impact and scale of our interventions, delivering maximum value to the communities we support. 

In the year under review, the Foundation impacted the lives of over 393,000 persons, in partnership with 59 not-for-profit partners. The primary geographical focus was on 8 States - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, NCR, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal - while some projects were pan-India and others extended to States beyond these eight, depending on the need. 

We thank Cognizant and our partners who joined hands with us in showing resilience in facing these unprecedented times and aiding us in our commitment to helping our people and communities overcome the humanitarian crisis gripping India. 

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Operational Highlights

Healthcare
60,000+ lives impacted by bringing quality healthcare within reach
Education
327,500+ learners impacted by enabling access and facilitating inclusion for quality education
Livelihood
1900+ lives empowered by enabling underserved persons with skill-training programmes
Disaster Relief
4600+ lives impacted by providing immediate relief from a devastating natural disaster

Operational Highlights

The year under review saw Cognizant Foundation complete 16 years of empowering change for the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities in India. In the last 16 years, the Foundation has successfully implemented over 480 projects, partnering with over 300 not-for-profit organisations, impacting the lives of millions of underprivileged individuals across India. Inclusion has always been an underlying tenet of our programmes with our interventions focusing on uplifting the lives of some of the most underserved and underrepresented communities like children, women and PwDs across the thematic areas of Healthcare, Education and Livelihood.

The COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, brought untold misery to millions of individuals in India. The Foundation’s resources were focused on doing everything possible to help in the time of need. Given our strong focus in healthcare, the COVID-19 relief efforts in 2020-21 focused on protecting frontline workers and strengthening healthcare systems across nine States, helping them in their emergency response. 

Braving the restrictions of the pandemic, the Foundation and its partners continued to reach out to and support underserved individuals across the country through the various programme initiatives in healthcare, education and livelihood. The core focus of these programmes was on inclusive development, prevention of disabilities and support to persons with disabilities. We also looked at leveraging our core expertise and capabilities to harness the right digital technologies to scale our impact and bring about sustainable solutions.

Our flagship programme under healthcare – ‘Preventing Avoidable Blindness’ had its thrust on preventing disability, especially among infants and children and the ‘Promoting Women and Child Health’ programme enabled access to quality healthcare for women and children in need. Under the umbrella of education, the Foundation’s scholarship programmes provided access to quality education for visually challenged students and strengthened the special education ecosystem in the country. The capacity building for school education programme with a special focus on digital learning and STEM supported thousands of children across the country. The Livelihood flagship programmes empowered persons with disabilities and women, helping them become self-reliant. 

2020/21 also witnessed the launch of key projects - such as the technology solution for temperature monitoring of newborn babies post-discharge in healthcare and the technology platform up-gradation for Persons with Visual Impairment in education - that leverage the 

power of digital technologies to amplify the impact and scale of our interventions, delivering maximum value to the communities we support. 

In the year under review, the Foundation impacted the lives of over 393,000 persons, in partnership with 59 not-for-profit partners. The primary geographical focus was on 8 States - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, NCR, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal - while some projects were pan-India and others extended to States beyond these eight, depending on the need. 

We thank Cognizant and our partners who joined hands with us in showing resilience in facing these unprecedented times and aiding us in our commitment to helping our people and communities overcome the humanitarian crisis gripping India. 

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Operational Highlights

We have completed 16 years of empowering change for the most marginalised communities across the thematic areas of Healthcare, Education, and Livelihood. Thanks to the generous grant by the Cognizant leadership and the unlimited time and energy invested by our Board of Directors, our team and Cognizant Volunteers, we were able to brave the COVID-19 pandemic and focus our efforts on reaching the needy. Thanks to our committed partners, we continued our work on preventing… Read More

RAJASHREE NATARAJAN
CEO, Cognizant Foundation

Message From The CEO’s Desk

RAJASHREE NATARAJAN

CEO, Cognizant Foundation

RAJASHREE NATARAJAN

CEO, Cognizant Foundation

We have completed 16 years of empowering change for the most marginalised communities across the thematic areas of Healthcare, Education, and Livelihood. Thanks to the generous grant by the Cognizant leadership and the unlimited time and energy invested by our Board of Directors, our team and Cognizant Volunteers, we were able to brave the COVID-19 pandemic and focus our efforts on reaching the needy. Thanks to our committed partners, we continued our work on preventing disabilities, enabling access to quality education for children from underserved societies and skilling youth, women and persons with disabilities for employment and livelihood.

Inclusion and leveraging technology for social good have always been our focus in the programmes we’ve undertaken. The Foundation has adopted the cross-cutting theme of prevention of disabilities and empowering persons with disabilities across sectors. We look forward to continuing the tradition of delivering quality solutions that bring about a significant change in the lives of our beneficiaries and provide an opportunity for them to lead better lives.

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Battling The COVID-19 Pandemic

722,000+ pieces of protective equipment donated
1,100+ critical medical equipment donated

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9
States
Covered

61
Government
Hospitals
Supported

19
Police and Fire
Departments
Supported

14
Not-for-profit
Institutions
Supported

 Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, people looked to frontline workers like doctors, nurses, police personnel, the fire department, and others for support. These unsung heroes worked tirelessly for months, risking their lives and putting the needs of others above everything else. 

Our COVID-19 relief efforts were focused on leveraging our expertise in healthcare to support a system that was feeling the strain. Scores of protective equipment were donated to frontline workers to aid in their mission, and thousands of critical medical equipment were donated to strengthen the healthcare systems in Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, NCR, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal, and other continued efforts.

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Disaster Relief After Cyclone Amphan

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Disaster Relief After Cyclone Amphan

Amphan, ‘a very severe’ cyclonic storm made landfall in the Sunderbans delta in May 2020. Coastal zones of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Midnapur and Kolkata city were the areas most severely impacted. Amphan unleashed copious amounts of rain and wind, demolishing houses, uprooting trees, flooding farmland, killing livestock, submerging tube-wells and destroying power distribution poles. Water sources were contaminated with the debris of dead animals and decaying trees. The devastating impact of Amphan was compounded by the fact that the cyclone hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cognizant Foundation partnered with CBM India Trust to provide immediate relief support to vulnerable Amphan cyclone-affected families in the districts of North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas.

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2 Districts of West Bengal
4,220+ Households Supported with Dry Ration & Emergency Kits
1000 Households Given Utensils
6000 Adolescent Girls and Women Given Sanitary Pads
300 Infants Given Nutritional Support
300 Mothers Provided Nutritious Food
400+ PwDs Given Immediate Relief
1000 Elderly Given Blankets

Disaster Relief After Cyclone Amphan

“The cyclone took everything we had, leaving us at the mercy of others.”
Mrs. Patra,
Survivor, Cyclone Amphan

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Supporting An Elderly Couple

A beautiful, thatched mud house in the small village of Durbachati in South 24 Parganas is home to Mrs. And Mr. Patra. At over 80 years of age, Mr. Narayan Patra’s best days are now behind him. His body is now frail and he can eat and walk only with his wife’s support. 72-year-old Mrs. Patra is no spring chicken either and has her own share of health problems. They live with their 40-year-old, unmarried daughter - the second of 3 children. The eldest and youngest daughters are married and live with their husbands.

Mrs. Patra is the family’s sole earner. She sells betel leaves door-to-door and earns ₹200-300 per month. The three of them survive on this money, and the ₹1000 Mr. Patra receives every month as part of the West Bengal Old Age Pension Scheme.

In May 2020, along with everyone else, the Patra family were also warned of the oncoming cyclone and asked to take protective measures by the village panchayat. Since they didn’t have anyone to turn to for help, the family decided to buckle up and ride out the storm. “I have seen many cyclones in my life, and I thought I knew what to expect,” Mrs. Patra said when talking about the days leading up to the hurricane.

Cyclone Amphan turned out to be much worse than what they expected and tore through the community, wreaking havoc all around. Strong winds blew away the Patras’ thatched roof and their small kitchen collapsed in front of their eyes. To save themselves from devastation, the three of them took shelter in a neighbour’s pucca house.

If the cyclone was a horrible experience, the days after it were arguably even worse for the family. The house needed extensive repairs and food was hard to come by. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Mrs. Patra was not able to sell betel leaves - affecting their already meagre income.

It was during this time that they received a supply of dry rations from Cognizant Foundation. Around the same time, they also received a tarpaulin roof from another welfare organisation, which helped strengthen their house. “What little food we had, the three of us would split evenly and eat. Sometimes, we would starve for whole days. The cyclone took everything we had, leaving us at the mercy of others. Thanks to Cognizant Foundation, we now have enough food to sustain ourselves, and hopefully get back to normalcy,” Mrs. Patra says.

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Healthcare

60,000+ People Received Access to Quality Healthcare in 2020/21

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Healthcare

Cognizant Foundation promotes access to quality healthcare for underserved communities and enables inclusion by catering to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society such as children, women and persons with disabilities. Our Preventing Avoidable Blindness programme aims at preventing disability through early detection, diagnosis and treatment for different segment groups such as newborns, children, women and the elderly and similarly, our Promoting Women and Child Health programme has both a gender and disability lens with its core focus on essential healthcare services for women and children.

In 2020/21, apart from supporting projects in our main focus areas, we also worked with Government and not-for-profit healthcare and frontline organisations in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

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Preventing Avoidable Blindness

Cognizant Foundation works towards preventing disability through early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

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Preventing Avoidable Blindness

Blindness and vision impairment are major health problems that affect millions in India, especially among the underserved communities. According to the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), over 9 million people in the country could’ve been spared the misery of blindness if they had had access to quality eye care. Our Preventing Avoidable Blindness programme aims at preventing disability through early detection, diagnosis and treatment for different segment groups such as newborns, children, women and the elderly.

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Preventing Avoidable Blindness

Community Eye Screening About

Community Eye Screening

Uncorrected refractive errors are the single largest cause of visual impairment, especially among children since they tend to be unaware that they have a problem in the first place. To catch vision problems as early as possible, the Foundation had been conducting screenings in schools. However, with schools being closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change our approach. We partnered with Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital to implement a community eye screening project for children in North-West Delhi. 

Braving the pandemic, and keeping all health protocols in mind, the project team went door-to-door to screen children in the 0-18 age group. Apart from raising awareness about child eye health, the project also helped educate the community about precautions that have to be undertaken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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62 Surgeries
775 Spectacles
35,000+ Children Screened
Partner Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi
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Preventing Avoidable Blindness

Screening & Treatment Of RoP About

Screening & Treatment Of RoP

Retinopathy of Prematurity (RoP) is an eye disorder that affects pre-term infants within the first month of birth. The treatment has to be done within 40-72 hours, failing which it could cause irreversible blindness. Some of the key challenges for the treatment of RoP include the lack of awareness among parents and the availability of skilled ophthalmologists and the necessary medical equipment to treat the condition. Moreover, RoP does not produce any obvious symptoms, making it hard to diagnose. 

This programme has always been close to our hearts. Even in a pandemic year, we managed to reach thousands of babies from disadvantaged backgrounds across 5 states. Babies who needed treatment were provided the same free of cost, saving them from a lifetime of blindness.

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5,100+ Pre-term Babies Screened
5 States
Partners Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai | H. V. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune | L. V. Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad | Mission for Vision, Mumbai
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“You have given us a reason to smile in life," says Mr. Shinde, father of a 28-week pre-term baby

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“If this baby can see today, it is because of Cognizant Foundation," says a doctor who treated the child

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Preventing Avoidable Blindness

Setting Up & Running Vision Centres About

Setting Up & Running Vision Centres

In India’s poor, rural communities, cataract and uncorrected refractive errors are the two major causes of blindness. Most people who suffer from these issues avoid getting treatment due to many reasons including lack of access and expenses such as transport cost and loss of daily wages. As a solution to these problems, the Foundation has supported the setting-up of Vision Centres which provide quality eye care services in remote locations. 

Each Vision Centre provides a permanent eye care facility to over 50,000 people. The cost of all treatments, including prescription eyewear and cataract surgeries, are borne by the Foundation. They are also designed to be self-sustainable from the third year of operation.

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1,200+ Patients Screened
3
States
8 Vision Centres
Partners Mission for Vision, Mumbai | Tulsi Eye Hospital, Nashik | Operation Eyesight India, Kolkata | Globe Eye Foundation, Bengaluru | Lions Club of Jamalpur Welfare Trust, Jamalpur | Sundarban Social Development Centre, Sultanpur
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"For the sake of others like me, I hope this project continues for many years,” says Mr. More from Chalisgaon

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"Even though I came with empty pockets, I was treated with care at every step," says Mr. Waghmare from Patonda

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Preventing Avoidable Blindness

Equipment & Research About

Equipment & Research

Cognizant Foundation has made significant inroads into making quality eye health services accessible to the underprivileged. We have been identifying reputed eye care institutions across the country and extending support to equip them with state-of-the-art ophthalmic equipment. 

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Support Partners
High-quality eye treatment to over 3,200 people from underserved communities Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune
Sri Sankaradeva Netralaya, Guwahati
Research on Fugal Keratitis Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai
Retinal injections for underserved persons Sankara Netralaya, Chennai
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"Now I know that darkness is not the end and there will always be light," says Ramila, a cataract patient

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Promoting Women And Child Health

Cognizant Foundation supports projects aimed at reducing infant mortality, disability and morbidity, and maternal mortality.

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Promoting Women And Child Health

Among the underserved, women and children are often ignored in matters of healthcare. As part of our efforts to promote inclusive development, Cognizant Foundation has been supporting projects aimed at reducing infant mortality, disability and morbidity, and maternal mortality.

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Promoting Women And Child Health

Technology-enabled Post-discharge Care For Newborns About

Technology-enabled Post-discharge Care For Newborns

In the last decade, large strides have been made in perinatal care, helping make sure that the rate of newborn morbidity comes down drastically. However, there is still a long way to go, especially in making sure that at-risk neonates (those who are born preterm or sick) have the necessary long-term follow-up care. 

Data has shown that, in Tamil Nadu, follow-up rates for at-risk neonates are high initially, but fall steadily afterward. This decline could be due to a number of reasons including lack of awareness, reduced accessibility, failure to identify a sick child, etc. 

To improve post-discharge care in this sector, Cognizant Foundation is supporting IIT Madras for a project that leverages technology to monitor the temperature and well-being of babies. This 3-year project is an end-to-end intervention that involves hospitals, mothers and newborns. It uses two mobile apps: “My Health+” installed in the parents’ phone (which sends periodic, personalised and protocol-based messages) and “Kid Care Provider” installed in the community health worker’s phone/tablet (which is used to follow-up and monitor post-discharge at-risk infants).

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Aim: Cover 10,000+ Babies Over 3 Years
Personalised, App-based Solution
Periodic Post-discharge Care of At-risk Infants
Partners IIT Madras | JIPMER, Puducherry | Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital, Chengalpattu | Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Chennai | Institute of Child Health, Chennai | Saveetha Medical College Hospital, Chennai

Promoting Women And Child Health

Project Suraksha About

Project Suraksha

Project Suraksha is a 5-year initiative with the objective to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in Bhiwandi and Malegaon in Maharashtra. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of Ante-Natal Care (ANC) and Post-Natal Care (PNC) and improve access to information. It enables continual medical care to high-risk pregnant and lactating mothers during the entirety of their pregnancy and continues till the baby turns 2 years old.

The project aims to reach over 94,000 ANC and PNC mothers and 12,700 high-risk women and children by 2025/26.

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6,800 Women and Children Reached
2,600 in High-risk Category
Partner Committed Communities Development Trust, Mumbai
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"Thanks to you, my daughters and their children will be healthier than ever,” says Mrs. Afshana

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Promoting Women And Child Health

Intensive Therapy Unit About

Intensive Therapy Unit

The Foundation has supported Matri Bhavan, a charitable hospital run by Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, Kolkata, in setting up an Intensive Therapy Unit. The unit augments the existing operation theatre in the hospital with equipment that enhances its overall health infrastructure.

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2000+ Women and Children from Underserved Communities Treated
Partner Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Matri Bhavan, Kolkata

Promoting Women And Child Health

Screening For Congenital Heart Disease In Children About

Screening For Congenital Heart Disease In Children

The Foundation has supported Aishwarya Trust, Chennai with an ECHO Cardiograph to screen children from underprivileged backgrounds for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). Aishwarya Trust conducts regular, free screening camps at 5 Government and Corporation Hospitals in Tamil Nadu. This project is part of the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) programme of the Government of India. Children diagnosed with CHD are treated free of cost, and over 1400 children will benefit from this support annually. 

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Equipment Support: ECHO Cardiograph
580+ Children Screened
Partner Aishwarya Trust, Chennai

Capacity Building In Healthcare

Cognizant Foundation provides grants to numerous healthcare institutions to better help the underserved.

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Capacity Building In Healthcare

Cognizant Foundation has always supported projects that make quality healthcare more accessible and affordable to marginalised sections of society. To that end, we provide grants to numerous healthcare institutions across the country to help them procure state-of-the-art equipment and better help the underserved.

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Capacity Building In Healthcare

Community Mental Health Programme About

Community Mental Health Programme

The Community Health Programme by The Banyan, Chennai seeks to break down barriers to mental health care, promote early access and provide pharmacotherapy to those who need it the most. The programme seeks to reduce the burden of disease, and in turn reduce the risk of homelessness, through clinics at 5 locations in Chennai city and 3 locations in Thiruporur Block, Kanchipuram District.

Cognizant Foundation has supported The Banyan with medicines and facilitated pharmacotherapy for persons with mental health issues, accessing the clinical services.

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2,500+
Lives Impacted
8 Locations in Chennai & Neighbouring Areas
Partner The Banyan, Chennai

Capacity Building In Healthcare

Medical Care For The Elderly Destitute About

Medical Care For The Elderly Destitute

Established in 1991, Little Drops is a public charitable trust that operates free residential care for the elderly destitute. The trust has helped thousands of elderly men and women – people who were abandoned by their families and left to fend for themselves on the streets – find a new home where they are given proper care. 

The Foundation has supported Little Drops with various medical equipment and flush cots to improve and augment the medical services provided to the elderly residents.

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1,800+
Lives Impacted
Partner Little Drops, Chennai
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"What time I have left, thanks to you, I can finally spend in peace," says Nalini

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Equipment For Blood Bank About

Equipment For Blood Bank

The Rotary Central TTK VHS Blood Bank is a 25-year-old facility located inside the Voluntary Health Services (VHS) campus in Chennai. Since its inception, the Blood Bank has grown considerably and now supplies 3,500 units of blood and blood components every month to the general public. Of these, an average of 750 units are given for free to the poor. Through donations of various equipment, Cognizant Foundation has helped the Blood Bank augment its capacity.

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20,000+
Lives Impacted Every Year
Partner Voluntary Health Services, Chennai

Capacity Building In Healthcare

Screening Equipment For Cancer Patients About

Screening Equipment For Cancer Patients

The Foundation supported Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai with Immunofixation Electrophoresis equipment which is critical for the speedy and reliable diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma – a form of cancer that affects plasma cells. This project was implemented in partnership with Rotary Club of Madras Temple City.

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3000+
Lives Impacted
Partners Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai | Rotary Club of Madras Temple City

Education

327,500+ Learners Empowered in 2020/21

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Education

Cognizant Foundation believes that promoting quality education is key to empowering underserved communities in India. Through our interventions under education, we strive to promote merit, equity and inclusion. In 2020/21, we continued to focus on enabling access to quality education by supporting programmes that help learners acquire knowledge that is relevant in the modern world.

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Scholarships For Higher Education

To promote equity and inclusivity, Cognizant Foundation has institutionalised a wide range of scholarships in diverse disciplines.

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Scholarships For Higher Education

Students from underserved communities who are looking to join professional and technical courses have to overcome a number of barriers: the ever-increasing cost of education, livelihood disruption caused by the pandemic, higher student loan rate, high living expenses, and much more. 

To promote equity and inclusivity in higher education, Cognizant Foundation has institutionalised a wide range of scholarships in diverse disciplines. The Foundation’s merit-cum-means scholarship programme aims to motivate and provide opportunities to deserving meritorious students from diverse segments of the society to pursue higher education in reputed NAAC/NIRF accredited academic institutions.

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Scholarships For Higher Education

In Engineering & STEM About

In Engineering & STEM

Started in 2008, this is the Foundation’s first scholarship programme, and was introduced to encourage aspiring engineers in their education. While it started as a direct intervention, we later partnered with various not-for-profit organisations to improve its overall reach and impact. 

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440+ Scholars Supported
Partners Foundation for Excellence India Trust, Bengaluru | Christel House, Bengaluru | Cognizant Outreach
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"I hope to help others like me achieve their goals." - Krithika, III B.Tech

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"I hope to become an entrepreneur one day and give back to society." - Thirumurugan, III B.Tech

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For The Visually Impaired About

For The Visually Impaired

In 2018, we partnered with Help the Blind Foundation (HTBF), Chennai to institute a scholarship programme with the intention to strengthen the number of graduates, and career prospects, among the visually impaired. This pan-India programme was later enhanced with the EMET (Education Mobility and Employability Training) course – a 2-year add-on that aims to train 400+ HTBF graduates from reputed institutions to improve their communication, digital literacy, interpersonal relationship and holistic personality development. 

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690+ Visually Impaired Scholars Supported
Partner Help the Blind Foundation, Chennai
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“The scholarship has helped me become more confident and develop essential skills.” - Shiv Kumar, HTBF Scholar

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“Being a part of the EMET programme is better than I ever imagined.” - Poonam, HTBF Scholar

Scholarships For Higher Education

In Special Education About

In Special Education

The Association of Special Educators and Allied Professionals (ASEAP) estimates that there are over 40 million “children with special needs” in India. To properly take care of their needs, India needs a minimum of 1.5 million special educators. In order to address this gap, we have implemented a scholarship programme that supports students pursuing B.Ed. Special Education in institutions approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India which have an outstanding NACC rating and a good reputation in the field of special education. 

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50 Scholars Supported
Institutions National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities | Andhra University | Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam | Alagappa University | Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute

Scholarships For Higher Education

In Social Sciences About

In Social Sciences

India is in dire need of professionals who have the skills and mindset needed to inspire change in society. Recognising this need, the Foundation provides scholarships to deserving students pursuing higher studies in social sciences and development studies. This programme seeks to encourage students from underserved sections to pursue practice-based professions and earn an academic discipline in the development sector. 

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90 Scholarships Awarded
Institutions Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai | Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kochi | Madras School of Social Work, Chennai | Maharaja Sayajirao University Baroda, Vadodara | University of Rajasthan, Ajmer | University of Kashmir, Srinagar
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“Your support has inspired me to help others and give back to the community.” - Namika, MSW student

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“I hope to serve others in need and your support makes my goals more reachable.” - Telston, MSW student

Scholarships For Higher Education

For Promoting Excellence About

For Promoting Excellence

Very few institutes in India provide training in computational science, blended with problem-based learning – something that is a key requisite in the software industry. Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) is one of those rare institutes which provide such a learning environment. Cognizant Foundation promotes excellence by providing scholarships to meritorious M.Sc. Computer Science students in CMI who have shown exceptional academic discipline. 

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10 Scholars Pursuing M.Sc. Computer Sciences
Partner Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai
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"We thank Cognizant Foundation for providing invaluable support." - Prof. Madhavan Mukund, Director, CMI

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“This scholarship has equipped me with the knowledge to excel in the field.” - Deeksha, II Year Student

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In Arts, Science & Commerce About

In Arts, Science & Commerce

A sizeable number of students in India opt for Arts and Science courses, after completing their schooling. Cognizant Foundation provides scholarships to deserving students pursuing degree courses such as B.Pharm., Physiotherapy, BCA, B.Com and BBA in select reputed colleges.

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35 Scholars Supported
Partners Cognizant Outreach | Swadha Foundation, Bengaluru | Christel House, Bengaluru
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“Your support will help me create a bright future for me and my family.” - Anthony, II BBA

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“I will work hard and one day, support students in need just like how you are doing.” - Prem, II B.Com

Capacity Building In School Education

Leveraging our strength in technology, Cognizant Foundation is working towards enhancing the quality of school education.

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Capacity Building In School Education

India has one of the youngest populations in the world, and to fully tap their potential, children need to be exposed to quality science education from a young age. Learning about the latest STEM developments will also help improve students’ employability and enhance social development. Unfortunately, most educational institutions in the country find it difficult to keep pace with scientific and technological innovations in a sustainable manner. 

The National Education Policy 2020 aims to transform India’s education system by incorporating innovation into all degrees of schooling, paving the way for experiential learning. However, for many schools, incorporating the latest in science into their curriculum is easier said than done. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the challenges faced by educational institutions. 

Enhancing the quality of school education, especially in Government schools that cater to underserved communities, is critical for the growth and development of students. Cognizant Foundation, leveraging our strength in technology, works with not-for-profit organisations and academic institutions to build and scale-up Digital and STEM learning, with a special focus on capacity building of teachers and school administrators. 

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Building Teachers’ Capacity in Digital Learning & STEM About

Building Teachers’ Capacity in Digital Learning & STEM

The objective of the Teachers Community for Learning (TCOL) programme is to strengthen public education by building the capacity of educators to leverage technology and integrate digital methods into their pedagogy.

Under the TCOL programme, teachers are trained to use educational tools in Mathematics, Science, Social Science and languages; create local lesson plans and resources, and network with other educators through an online portal. In addition to demonstrating ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) integration at a school level and building communities of practitioners, teaching-learning materials created through TCOL are also published on the Karnataka Open Educational Resources (KOER) repository, in both English and Kannada, for supporting teachers across the state.

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4,200+ School Students & Teachers Empowered
30 Government-aided Schools in Bengaluru
Partner IT for Change, Bengaluru
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“These online classes allowed me to continue learning from my comfort zone, even during this pandemic.” - Sahana, Std. 8 Student

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“I enjoyed all the activities conducted for us like Geogebra and Tangram puzzles. They will be very helpful for my future.” - Nithin, Std. 9 Student

Capacity Building In School Education

Enabling Access to Experiential Science Learning About

Enabling Access to Experiential Science Learning

Under this programme, the Foundation promotes experiential learning by setting up Science Centres (SC) and Mobile Science Labs (MSL) in Government schools in Medak (Telangana), Pune (Maharashtra) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu). While these facilities were originally set up for in-person learning, we were able to successfully switch to a virtual mode of learning in 2020/21, enabling access to quality STEM education even during the pandemic.

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210,900+ School Students and Teachers Empowered
3 States
Partner Agastya International Foundation, Bengaluru
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“The classes are fun and interesting. I even got to participate in an online science contest and won a trophy!” - Rithika, Std. 8 Student

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“Before the Cognizant classes, I never liked science. Now my favourite subjects are Maths and Physics.” - Manisha, Std. 8 Student

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Enabling Digital Learning In Classrooms About

Enabling Digital Learning In Classrooms

The Digital Equaliser (DE) programme, implemented in 30 Government schools across Telangana and 18 Government Schools in Ganjam, Odisha, provides technology-based education to underprivileged students and school teachers in order to improve IT literacy. 

The objective of this programme is to establish a stand-alone model of DE learning in these schools by providing the equipment and resources required to enable digital learning. Its key focus areas include Remedial Learning, Teacher Training, Technology-enabled Classes, Provision of Digital Content, Educating Parents of Migrant Children, Capacity Building of State-level Block Resource Co-ordinators (BRC) / Cluster Resource Co-ordinators (CRC) and Safe School initiatives.

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5,400+ School Students Empowered
2 States
Partner American India Foundation, New Delhi
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"I would like to thank American Indian Foundation and Cognizant Foundation for giving our school this opportunity." - Qhirunissa, Headmistress

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"These classes have really helped us continue learning, even though we couldn’t go to school." - Akshita, Std. 8 Student

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Digital Learning Platform for Persons with Vision Impairment About

Digital Learning Platform for Persons with Vision Impairment

In 2020/21, the Foundation supported the building and up-gradation of the Educate Yourself Easily (EYE) Tool, a digital literacy self-learning platform for Persons with Vision Impairment (PVI). This web-based tool will provide centralised functionality and ease-of-access while allowing application-specific extensions that provide scalability in terms of global users and usage of content. 

EYE has been developed with the vision of becoming the learning platform of choice for PVIs globally, helping them improve overall productivity and advance in their careers. It is also a great tool for enhancing inclusion in the digital literacy space and has already had a great start – over 33% of its current user base is female. 

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Platform
EYE (Educate Yourself Easily)
Aim
Enable 60,000+ Persons with Vision Impairment (PVI) Across India Over 3 Years
Partner EnAble India, Bengaluru

Capacity Building In School Education

Connected Learning and Research on Inclusive Education About

Connected Learning and Research on Inclusive Education

The Connected Learning and Research on Inclusive Education (CLeaR on IE) project is a study on challenges in human resource development for inclusive education, and the exploration of possible ways forward.

The objective of this project is to set up a research agenda on inclusive education, develop a curriculum for offering specialisation in the education of Children with Disabilities and supporting the set-up of a resource centre that would support prospective and practising teachers and educators for inclusion. The study findings will also inform policies and programmes at the state level and potentially at the national level which can have a multiplier effect.

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Partner Tata Institute of Social Science,
Mumbai and Hyderabad

Capacity Building In School Education

Montessori Environment Of Education About

Montessori Environment Of Education

India is witnessing a steady change in elementary education, especially towards the Montessori model and inclusive education for Children with Special Needs. Unfortunately, many Government schools don’t have the infrastructure and resources to embrace these changes.

The Montessori Environment of Education programme seeks to demystify the popular misconception that these methods of education are only for the elite and will not work with underprivileged children. It has been implemented in a handful of Corporation schools in Chennai and has improved the quality of education of hundreds of kindergarten-going kids. 

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500+ Students Supported
Partner Sri Ramacharan Charitable Trust, Chennai
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"Learning is a continuous process and should not be limited to the child’s third environment, the school." - Radhika, SRCT

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Resource Rooms For Dyslexic Children About

Resource Rooms For Dyslexic Children

Dyslexia is a neurological condition that mainly affects the ability of a child to read, write and spell. It is often called a Specific Learning Disability because it can exist in children/individuals who are otherwise of average/above-average ability. Even though approximately 10-15% of children in India suffer from some form of Dyslexia, it is often overlooked and mislabelled as other conditions due to lack of awareness. 

Early intervention and specialised teaching techniques and strategies are key to overcoming this condition. To attend to the needs of dyslexic children, Cognizant Foundation has supported the setting-up and management of resource rooms in 6 Government-aided schools under the Greater Chennai Corporation. This project created a well-structured process, ensuring that children receive quality remediation and teachers are trained to provide strategies for reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics within the classroom.

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6
Government-aided Schools
Partner Madras Dyslexia Association, Chennai
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“Through this programme we gained invaluable skills needed for teaching dyslexic children.”
- Mrs. Sharmila, Teacher

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Devices For Blended Learning About

Devices For Blended Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruptions in classroom education and most schools had to switch to virtual sessions to conduct classes. However, this was a major issue for underprivileged students who had no access to mobile devices and internet services. 

To address this digital divide, the Foundation provided devices and data access to students and educators at the Pune Municipal Corporation School in Aundh. This support has helped them successfully overcome restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

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265 Students & 10 Teacher Assistants
Partner iTeach Movement, Pune
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“Thanks to my device, I was able to discover new things even during lockdown.” - Mohini, Std. 10 Student

Capacity Building In School Education

Missed Call Do Kahaani Suno! About

Missed Call Do Kahaani Suno!

The “Missed Call Do Kahaani Suno!” project gives free access to delightful audio stories in English, Marathi, Kannada and Hindi for children between 3-10 years of age. It leverages cloud-calling technology and can be accessed using a simple feature phone.

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150,000+ Kids in the 3-10 Age Group
Partner Pratham Books, Bengaluru
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“My students are so interested in the stories that they listen to them even on weekends.” - Mr. Jivne, Teacher

Promoting Vocational-Technical Education

Cognizant Foundation promotes Vocational-Technical Education by supporting initiatives at a student and institutional level.

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Promoting Vocational-Technical Education

The job market demands specialised skill sets, resulting in more and more students opting for vocational education courses in academic institutions and Government-supported training organisations. Cognizant Foundation works towards promoting Vocational-Technical Education (VTE) by supporting various initiatives at a student level and institutional level. Inclusion is also a major focus with projects for women and PwDs.

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Promoting Vocational-Technical Education

Promoting Technical Skills For Young Women & Persons With Disabilities About

Promoting Technical Skills For Young Women & Persons With Disabilities

As part of our inclusion initiatives, institutions are identified to improve the access to vocational-technical education among young women and Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) by supporting various trade-based technical skilling programmes benchmarked with industry standards and approved by skill sector councils. During the pandemic most of the Foundation’s partners switched to virtual sessions, thereby ensuring continuity.

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250+ Students Supported
4
States
Partners Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF), Bengaluru | PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation (PARFI), Mumbai | L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad | Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi
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"I hope to get a good job which will help my family thrive and live comfortably.” - Monish, NTTF-ITI Student

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"Thanks to Cognizant Foundation's support, I am able to bring a difference to our lives." - Sunita, PARFI-ANM Student

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Supporting Vocational-Technical Institutions About

Supporting Vocational-Technical Institutions

To address the infrastructure deficit prevailing in the VTE ecosystem in India, the Foundation supports some of the finest VTE’s to strengthen their learning environment by enabling them to procure state-of-the-art equipment related to the course, thereby benefitting learners. The support ranges from the procurement of machinery to the setting up of computer laboratories.

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Equipment to Launch a 1-year Diploma Course in Mechanic Auto Electrical and Electronics Which Trains 40 Students Every Year
Partner Swami Dayananda Saraswati Educational Society, Manjakudi

Livelihood

1,900+ Lives Transformed in 2020/21

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Livelihood

The ability to earn a livelihood is the catalyst to success – not just for an individual, but also for the community. It paves the way for the elimination of inequalities and enhances overall livelihood. Cognizant Foundation supports the skills training of persons with disabilities, women, and underserved youth through programmes that tackle key issues such as sector-specific skill sets, creation of sustainable and gainful employment, support for language and life skills. 

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Skilling Persons With Disabilities

Cognizant Foundation collaborates with reputed not-for-profit organisations to train, enable and empower PwDs.

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Skilling Persons With Disabilities

In India, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) have poorer health, lower educational achievements, less economic participation and higher poverty, when compared to those without disabilities. Improving the vocational skills of PwDs will not only enhance their overall quality of life, but also provide substantial gains for the broader economy. 

Cognizant Foundation collaborates with reputed not-for-profit organisations to train, enable and empower PwDs with the knowledge and skills for gainful employment. These programmes offer skill-building, life skills, soft skills training and job placements for PwDs, helping them graduate and become economically independent. 

In 2020/21, owing to the pandemic, traditional classroom training was replaced by a hybrid model. Mobilisation happened through digital platforms, fundamental training sessions were delivered virtually and on-the-job training was done physically, as required. Candidates were trained to use digital platforms for training and job placements. Placements for trained candidates were facilitated despite restrictions of the pandemic. 

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Skilling Persons With Disabilities

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600+ Lives Transformed
3 States

Partners

Cheshire Disability Trust, Bengaluru | Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad | Sarthak Educational Trust, New Delhi | The Association of People with Disability, Bengaluru

Skills

Banking, Financial Services and Insurance | E-Commerce | Information Technology (IT) and ITeS | Hospitality | Logistics | Manufacturing | Retail

Skilling Persons With Disabilities

Cognizant Foundation collaborates with reputed not-for-profit organisations to train, enable and empower PwDs.

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Skilling Persons With Disabilities

In India, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) have poorer health, lower educational achievements, less economic participation and higher poverty, when compared to those without disabilities. Improving the vocational skills of PwDs will not only enhance their overall quality of life, but also provide substantial gains for the broader economy. 

Cognizant Foundation collaborates with reputed not-for-profit organisations to train, enable and empower PwDs with the knowledge and skills for gainful employment. These programmes offer skill-building, life skills, soft skills training and job placements for PwDs, helping them graduate and become economically independent. 

In 2020/21, owing to the pandemic, traditional classroom training was replaced by a hybrid model. Mobilisation happened through digital platforms, fundamental training sessions were delivered virtually and on-the-job training was done physically, as required. Candidates were trained to use digital platforms for training and job placements. Placements for trained candidates were facilitated despite restrictions of the pandemic. 

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Skilling Persons With Disabilities

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"After the pandemic hit, I thought I would never get a job." - Jeni, Trainee, Dr. Reddy's Foundation

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"This training programme has transformed my life." - Mahesh, Trainee, Cheshire Disability Trust

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Skilling Women

Cognizant Foundation, in partnership with reputed not-for-profit organisations, provide women with training in specialised skills.

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Skilling Women

Women empowerment is essential for the socio-economic development of any society. In a country like India, it allows women from underserved communities to free themselves from the vicious circle of social, economic and gender-based discrimination. It helps build their self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Cognizant Foundation, in partnership with reputed not-for-profit organisations, provide women with training in specialised skills – paving their road to financial independence. Depending on their prerogative, women are encouraged to take up industry-linked jobs or start a business of their own. 

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Skilling Women

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160+ Lives Transformed
2 States

Partners

Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women, Chennai | Sarvodaya Integrated Rural Development Society, Koppal | Women’s Organisation for Rural Development, Namakkal

Skills

Home Nursing | Tailoring

Skilling Women

Cognizant Foundation, in partnership with reputed not-for-profit organisations, provide women with training in specialised skills.

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Skilling Women

Women empowerment is essential for the socio-economic development of any society. In a country like India, it allows women from underserved communities to free themselves from the vicious circle of social, economic and gender-based discrimination. It helps build their self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Cognizant Foundation, in partnership with reputed not-for-profit organisations, provide women with training in specialised skills – paving their road to financial independence. Depending on their prerogative, women are encouraged to take up industry-linked jobs or start a business of their own. 

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Skilling Women

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"I am a confident, happy person today because of Cognizant Foundation." - Gayathri, Trainee, ANEW

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"My training has given me the confidence needed to be successful." - Radhamani, Trainee, WORD

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Skilling Underserved Youth

Cognizant Foundation supports programmes that enable underserved youth to improve their economic standing.

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Skilling Underserved Youth

India has a growing population of rural youth, and one of the country’s critical development needs is the generation of gainful employment opportunities for them. Cognizant Foundation has been supporting several initiatives that provide livelihood skills and placement opportunities for youth from underserved sections of society, enabling them to improve their economic standing and participate in the country’s progress. 

In 2020/21, skill training programmes adopted a hybrid training model. Candidate mobilisation and training on the basics of the trade were delivered online while hands-on training was imparted physically. The trained candidates were then provided placements in relevant industries. 

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Skilling Underserved Youth

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1,100+ Lives Transformed
4 States

Partners

Aide et Action, Chennai | Don Bosco Tech Society, New Delhi | Pratham Education Foundation, Mumbai

Skills

Automobile Repairs | Customer Relations Management | CNC Operation | Electrical | General Duty Assistant | Hospitality | ITeS | Retail | Tally

Skilling Underserved Youth

Cognizant Foundation supports programmes that enable underserved youth to improve their economic standing.

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Skilling Underserved Youth

India has a growing population of rural youth, and one of the country’s critical development needs is the generation of gainful employment opportunities for them. Cognizant Foundation has been supporting several initiatives that provide livelihood skills and placement opportunities for youth from underserved sections of society, enabling them to improve their economic standing and participate in the country’s progress. 

In 2020/21, skill training programmes adopted a hybrid training model. Candidate mobilisation and training on the basics of the trade were delivered online while hands-on training was imparted physically. The trained candidates were then provided placements in relevant industries. 

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Skilling Underserved Youth

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"I now have the ability to create a better future for my family." - Nilgagan, Trainee, Pratham

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"I hope more people get the kind of opportunities I have been blessed with.” - Nikita, Trainee, Pratham

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