TCS, Infy, Wipro Join Obama's Computer Science For All Plan

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 01, 2016


Indian IT majors, Infosys, TCS and Wipro, have joined US President Barack Obama’s ambitious computer science for all initiative as part of a public-private collaboration, pledging thousands of dollars in grants.

Obama announced his ‘Computer Sciences for All’ plan in his weekly address on January 30 as he emphasised on the need for teaching the subject as a “basic skill” to all students across schools in the country in a changing economy.

Global companies such as Delaware, Hawaii and more than 30 school districts are committing to expand CS opportunities; Cartoon Network, Google and are announcing more than $60 million in new philanthropic investments, and Microsoft is announcing a fifty-state campaign to expand CS; and is announcing plans to offer CS training to an additional 25,000 teachers this year.

While Infosys has pledged a $1 million in donation, Tata Consultancy Services is providing support in the form of grants to teachers in 27 US cities, the White House said in a fact sheet, also issued yesterday, said a PTI report.

Wipro announced a $2.8 million grant for multi-year project in partnership with the Michigan University to involve over a hundred school teachers, with the aim of nurturing excellence in science and mathematics.

In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by … offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.
-US President Barack Obama, 2016 State of the Union Address

This would start with the public school systems of Chicago, Obama’s hometown. According to White House, the TCS and Infosys pledge is part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) effort to collaborate with the private sector to support high-school CS teachers.

“Infosys Foundation USA will be a founding member of this public-private collaboration with a USD 1 million philanthropic donation, and, as an initial participant, Tata Consultancy Services is providing additional support in the form of grants to teachers in 27 US cities.

“This collaboration will ultimately provide opportunities for as many as 2,000 middle- and high-school teachers to deepen their understanding of CS,” said the White House in a press release.

A joint Wipro and Michigan University statement said the Wipro STEM Fellowship Programme will focus on building leadership in these disciplines in urban schools by leveraging on research validated expertise of the College of Education at the university in designing transformative and innovative instructional experiences.

Wipro’s initiative is aligned with the US national goal to significantly improve the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), it said.

Aarti Dhupelia, chief officer of College and Career Success at Chicago Public Schools, told PTI that this partnership with Wipro and Michigan State University have a transformational impact in classrooms and communities.