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Delhi, India, October 13, 2020 – CGI signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) with NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the flagship programme of the Government of India that promotes a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, to support AIM’s Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL). ATL is a dedicated innovation workspace set-up at schools where students get access to do-it-yourself (DIY) kits and learn to tinker and create innovative solutions using the latest technologies.

As part of the SOI, CGI will adopt 100 schools with ATLs across Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai to promote and train students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CGI volunteers will coach and mentor students at the ATLs to enhance technical literacy and provide immersive learning experiences to the students through hands-on experience using STEM tools. CGI will also conduct training workshops for teachers at select schools on topics such as design thinking, computational thinking, robotics and coding.

“At CGI we are committed to empower and educate students in our communities through STEM.” said George Mattackal, President of Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centres of Excellence, CGI. “We are pleased to collaborate with NITI Aayog in this endeavour to inspire innovation and creativity to build a future digital workforce together.”

Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog R Ramanan while expressing his views said that the collaboration between AIM and CGI is crucial for ATLs and that it would prove of utmost benefit to both ATL students and teachers.

“CGI has agreed to adopt and support 100 ATL across the country with their technical expertise and proficiency. This will enable the ATL students to be more connected to the 4th industrial revolution happening in India. Further CGI will also run capacity building Unbox tinkering Workshops for ATL teachers to build innovative mindset in teachers and I am sure it would be super exciting for all of us,” he added.

In India, CGI employs more than 14,000 consultants across major cities who provide global delivery support to clients around the globe, ensuring close collaboration, accountability, flexibility, superior service and, most importantly, expected business results.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With approximately 77,500 consultants and professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. With Fiscal 2019 reported revenue of C$12.1 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

About NITI Aayog

The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the Government of India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States. Learn more at niti.gov.in/.