TCS and Canada's ICTC to roll out innovative program for high school students

Program to encourage students to take up STEM related careers to bridge skills gap

Plans to reach out to 1,000 students in greater Toronto area in first year

TORONTO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), the leading IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, today announced the expansion of its goIT initiative into Canada.

goIT is a key TCS initiative to get high school students interested in pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Over the past 12 months, TCS has been working with Canada's Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) to develop an innovative program to spark interest among Canada's Grade 7-10 students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The program will be initially rolled out to 10 schools within the Greater Toronto area starting in the 2013/14 school year, with the intent to expand to more school boards and regions across Canada.  It will be led by TCS professionals and involve multiple in-school workshops throughout the entire school season on some of the latest technology topics. In the first year, the program will target over 1,000 students.

"Building on a long history of working with Canadian universities, TCS is delighted to introduce our goIT program which is designed specifically for students at the stage that they most likely start making career choices" said Loucas Saites, TCS Canada's Marketing Head & local goIT Program Owner.  "Canada needs to attract more students into ICT and we are proud to partner with ICTC to further this cause."

In 2009, TCS launched the goIT program within the US to address the issue of decreasing university enrolment in careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The TCS Canada goIT program is designed to encourage students to take up ICT as a career choice to solve the long term skills shortage in the country.

"Preparing the workforce of the future will be critical to our economy and who better to bring on board than our youth, we're thrilled to see TCS's leadership in this arena striving to be part of the solution," said Namir Anani, President and CEO of the ICTC.  "This program brings emerging technologies into the classroom and gives students direct interaction with some of today's leading experts.  It has all the right ingredients to help enable and nurture tomorrow's talent."

About Canada's Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
"Strengthening Canada's digital advantage." - ICTC is a not-for-profit organization that conducts research, and develops and implements solutions to help Canadians take advantage of the digital economy.

About Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of ITBPO,infrastructureengineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India's largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 276,000 of the world's best-trained consultants in 44 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $11.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2013 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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SOURCE: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Canada

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