Cognizant Partners with US2020 to Promote STEM Education

           Cognizant Partners with US2020 to Promote STEM Education

Joins Technology Leaders at White House to Launch the STEM Education and
Mentoring Initiative Aimed at Enhancing U.S. Competitiveness

PR Newswire

TEANECK, N.J., April 22, 2013

TEANECK, N.J., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) today
announced that the company has partnered with the US2020 initiative to advance
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and mentoring in
the U.S. to enhance the country's global competitiveness. As part of the
initiative, STEM professionals from America's most innovative companies will
engage students from kindergarten through college to motivate and prepare them
to become America's future technological workforce.

The initiative was announced today at the 3^rd Annual White House Science
Fair, where Gordon Coburn, President of Cognizant, joined leaders from nine
U.S. non-profits and technology companies participating in the US2020
announcement. Cognizant is among the initiative's founding partners, along
with Cisco, SanDisk, HotChalk, AfterCollege and others, that have pledged an
investment of more than $2 million in private start-up funds to launch US2020
and support STEM mentoring. Additionally, the founding organizations have
committed to substantially increasing their level of volunteerism with a
long-term goal of mobilizing one million STEM mentors annually by the year

"We are proud to be a part of US2020 in the movement to inspire more student
interest in STEM careers," said Coburn. "As a leading provider of information
technology, consulting, and business process services, we understand the
critical role STEM education plays in preparing the students of today to
participate in America's innovation economy. Few things are more important
than STEM education to maintaining American competitiveness, and top
technology organizations such as Cognizant have a key role to play in creating
an ecosystem that will re-kindle the desire to pursue STEM-oriented
disciplines and create millions of moments of discovery for children across
the U.S."

This new partnership with US2020 builds on Cognizant's robust efforts to
advance and invest in new ways to support STEM education. In 2011, the Company
launched Making the Future, an education initiative focused on inspiring in
children—particularly girls and underrepresented minorities—a passion for STEM
by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Making the Future includes
financial, in-kind, and volunteer support to education-oriented non-profits, a
college scholarship program for students pursuing the STEM fields, and grants
to child-serving organizations to run hands-on STEM-oriented afterschool and
summer programs across the nation.

"Volunteerism is ingrained in the culture of Cognizant," added Coburn.
"Hundreds of our employees already serve as volunteers and mentors to
thousands of children across the U.S. As professionals of a knowledge-based
company, our employees feel that education is a gift they've received that
they can give back to others. It is our promise that through our partnership
with US2020, more Cognizant employees will serve as meaningful STEM mentors."

The demand for STEM-oriented professionals in the U.S. is projected to
dramatically outpace the supply of STEM graduates over the coming decades, in
part because many students, particularly girls and underrepresented
minorities, receive little exposure to STEM professionals and careers. US2020
will be incubated within Citizen Schools, a leading education non-profit, and
will become a standalone non-profit entity by June 2014.

About Cognizant

Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology,
consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping
the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in
Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client
satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process
expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of
work. With over 50 delivery centers worldwide and approximately 156,700
employees as of December 31, 2012, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100,
the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among
the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online
at or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

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