L to R Mr. Kishor Palve, Founder & CEO, Bright Future and Ms. Nisha Deshpande, Senior Director, Delivery Excellence and a member of Cognizant Foundation’s Pune Core Committee

·215 female aspirants registered in the first batch.

·This is the 15th operational center of Bright Future I Pune with past 13+ years of its establishment

·We run different programmes–Buniyaad, Bulandi & Badi Soch

·The new center is situated at Yerwada, on the Nagar Road

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], May 9: Bright Future, with support from Cognizant Foundation, inaugurated a new training center with more than 215 female aspirants registered in the first batch. The center will provide skills training to young women from marginalized communities in Pune under Cognizant Foundation’s Tech4All program to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. The program will be providing IT-based specialized training, career guidance, and life skills support to help enhance confidence and obtain gainful employment leading to a better life.

Tech4All, launched in December 2021, is Cognizant Foundation’s flagship program designed to skill women as well as persons with disabilities for careers in technology and technology-enabled services.

The inauguration ceremony was conducted in the presence of Ms. Nisha Deshpande, Senior Director of Delivery Excellence and a member of Cognizant Foundation’s Pune Core Committee, and Mr. Kishor Palve, Founder & CEO Bright Future.

The new center is situated at Yerwada, on the Nagar Road, and easily accessible to the targeted communities. It is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and adheres to the highest standards of hygiene and safety, especially for the girls who will be trained in the center. This is the 15th operational center of Bright Future in India after the successful functioning of 14 centers in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru in the past 13+ years of its establishment.

Mr. Kishor Palve, Founder & CEO, of Bright Future, said, “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated teams of Cognizant Foundation and Bright Future, to the aspirants, their parents, and our community stakeholders for making this possible. It has always been our endeavor to reach more young people while ensuring sustainability for their livelihoods. Women’s empowerment is one of the major concerns of our country, and I am proud that we are able to come together to address this persistent impediment. It is important that we, as conscious individuals, do whatever is necessary for the women, the youth, the community, and our society.” 

He further added, “Such collaborative efforts by all the stakeholders will surely take us closer to our mission to ensure a world where young people have the guidance to choose a better career. Lastly, I would also like to take a moment to thank our supporters –donor partners, employer partners and volunteers for their continued support along with our efforts to serve the youth and communities over the last 13 years.”

Ms. Rajashree Natarajan, CEO of Cognizant Foundation, said, Tech4All started with two partners in four states less than two years ago. Today, we have scaled to seven states and collaborated with nine partners for implementation. We are happy to see how the programme has expanded, creating opportunities for everyone to shine in this digital economy. We will continue to look for more opportunities to help improve lives, deploying the power of digital technology to create significant impact and deliver maximum value to underserved communities. We deeply thank our partners and look forward to our continued engagement with all our stakeholders –thought leaders, NGO partners, experts, and government authorities to accelerate the impact of our work.”

Bright Future is working around an entire ecosystem to build the change that has lasted since 2009. We are focused towards bringing tangible changes in each young person’s life by working with everyone involved –including their parents, teachers, communities, and panchayats, in addition to the young person themselves. We guide them at every step while they understand their interests, and feasible careers, and we help them build their skills accordingly.

We run different programmes–Buniyaad, Bulandi & Badi Soch -that cater to the needs of the underserved communities in order to empower their livelihoods by providing the necessary education, skilling, mentorship & career guidance. 

Bright Future has successfully and positively impacted more than 40,000 lives to date and aims to impact 100,000 lives by 2025 across India.

Cognizant Foundation India is one of the channels of Cognizant’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in India. At Cognizant Foundation India, we are building a sustainable ecosystem at the intersection of inclusion, technology, and collaboration. The Foundation’s initiatives are along the two thematic areas of building an equitable society through education and skilling and improving access to quality healthcare. 

Our focus is on empowering persons with disabilities, promoting holistic child development and gender equality. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has implemented over 500 education, healthcare, and livelihood projects in partnership with several non-profit organizations, positively impacting the lives of millions across India.

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