Cognizant Technologies inaugurated 2 NDLM centers in the first week of new year 2015. The NDLM center near Bangalore was inaugurated by Shamsun Nisa Begum, President, City Municipal Corporation, Doddaballapur, in the presence of R Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice Chairman, Cognizant India, Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman of Nasscom Foundation and Vice Chairman and CEO Zensar TechnologiesGroup Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant. The center is equipped with computers with internet connection and manned by a trainer and a site co-coordinator. It will act as a resource center for over 1,200 villagers in and around Doddaballapur, provide them with training and support in digital literacy, and enable them to perform simple internet transactions and pay utility bills online. By the end of 2015, it is expected that at least one member from each household will be digitally literate using the services of this center.
Cognizant also opened its second NDLM center in Munchintala Village, Telangana, in partnership with Dr. Reddy’s Foundation and NASSCOM Foundation. Volunteers from Cognizant’s social initiatives program Outreach have translated the tailor-made content of the NDLM program into Kannada and Telugu to take the benefits of the program to a wider rural population.