CIGI is the outcome of a series of deliberations by educationists, intellectuals, technocrats, sociologists, and community leaders, concerned at the deplorable plight of the deprived segments of the society. It was launched on 18th August 1996 by Mr. Saiyid Hamid, IAS, former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. In the following year, CIGI was registered under the Societies Registration Act, as a voluntary charitable non-govt. organization under the leadership of Dr. K.M Abubacker (Former scientist, BARC, Secretary of Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai). From a humble beginning in an 8’*10’room in the vicinity of Calicut University, CIGI has grown into the largest NGO of its kind in the country, with its own buildings and infrastructure.
It has been engaged in activities aimed at the uplift and empowerment of marginalized segments of the society right from its inception. Today, CIGI has a full scroll of historic moments, reminiscent of our hard but sweet journey. The 20 years long interventions in the educational and social development fields benefited around three million people. Inside CIGI there are seven departments viz. Knowledge Management Centre, Institute of Social Development Studies, Centre for Learning, Department of Career Guidance, Talent Nurturing Centre, Competency Development Centre and Scholarship division. And, CIGI is blessed to have thousands of committed and trained volunteers championing CIGI’s defining courses persistently towards grassroots social development- focal theme right from inception.
Dr. K. M. Abubacker
P. A. Abdul Salam
Dr. Z. A. Ashraf