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Established in 1994, by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a US$12.3 billion leading global technology enterprise, the Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education, and to bridge the socio-economic divide. Over the last 27 years the Foundation, has directly touched the lives of over 36,000 alumni and students through its marquee institutions in literacy, K12 and higher education. Today, the Foundation has a community of over 100,000 constituents, which includes not only globally dispersed alumni and students but also faculty members, corporate executives, and extended families.

The Foundation has invested over US$1.1 billion in its seven landmark institutions and initiatives across education and art. Currently close to 14,000 students and over 2,000 faculty are part of the Foundation along with more than 22,000 strong globally dispersed alumni community.

The Foundation’s students have gone to study at some of the best institutions globally including the Ivy League in the US and top universities in other countries including Australia, Singapore, China and UK. Students are also working in major corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Honda, HP, Schindler, and several others both in India and across other geographies. Faculty across the Foundation institutions are drawn from the best Indian and international universities, with a strong focus on research and innovation. 

The Shiv Nadar Foundation pursues the philosophy of 'Creative Philanthropy'. It is a powerful model which envisages creation of institutions that are built to last and continue to impact future generations. It is an approach that allows sustained institutionalized philanthropy for long-term, high impact, socio-economic transformation.


Policies are laid down in consonance with the various statutory requirements in implementing transparency and good governance at Shiv Nadar University. 

Academic Council is the highest Academic body of the Shiv Nadar (Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University) responsible for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination within the Institution. The composition of the Academic Council at the Shiv Nadar IoE is as per the provisions of the Rules and By-Laws, headed by the Vice-Chancellor, and comprises of all the senior faculty members of the schools and departments of the institution in the capacity of voting members and special invitees. The Academic Council has the right to advise the Board of Management on all academic matters.


The Board of Management (BOM) is the principle executive body of  the Shiv Nadar IOE which supervises and controls the affairs of the institution; regulates and determines all matters concerning the Institution; in accordance with the Act, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the Shiv Nadar IOE. The BOM considers and approves the budget of the Institution, which is presented to it by the Finance Committee of the institution; takes decisions related to initiating new programs, sanction the intake of students, and matters of admission, fee and scholarship policies of the Institution. It also decides on institutes’ special scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, medals, rewards and distinguishes academic awards to be conferred by the Institution. The BOM is empowered to approve matters pertaining to establishing new Schools, Colleges,  and Centers in the Institution.


The Governing Body is the highest body of the Shiv Nadar (Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University), renders necessary advice to the Chancellor, in respect of any matters which may be referred for advice by the Chancellor provided such that functions are consistent with the provisions of the Act and Statutes of Shive Nadar IoE. Being the highest body of the Institution the Governing Body renders necessary advice to the Chancellor, in respect of any matter which may be referred for advice by the Chancellor provided such that functions are consistent with the provisions of the Act and Statutes of the Institutions.


Shiv Nadar Foundation was established in 1994, with a primary focus to create iconic institutions of excellence in learning across the education spectrum. The Foundation was conceived and created by Shiv Nadar, founder and chairman of HCL - a $ 7 billion global technology and IT enterprise. Mr. Nadar refers to himself as a product of education and strongly supports the vision that education empowers individuals and is vital to reap our demographic dividend.

For the last 18 years the foundation has endeavored to promote inclusive education; make higher education effective that caters to the specific needs of the job market, enhance focus on research and contribute to areas of global and national relevance. Today the Foundation is reaching out to students at both the school and university level across urban and rural India. The objective is to leverage the power of inclusive education and make measurable high impact to the lives of children and youth.

The Foundation aims to achieve this through the route of creative philanthropy, whose potential impact is envisioned as - if it impacts 10,000 students in the next 10 years, each one of them has the power to touch several other lives. Such a force multiplier will impact millions of lives – individuals, communities and the nation at large. The aim is to create “spirals of inspiration” that can drive real inclusive growth for the future. The Foundation is unique in its creative rather than corrective approach and has a more focused outreach rather than the mass-based approach. This is a conscious decision bearing in mind that Foundation is committed to creating leaders, who in turn will become the change agents of tomorrow.

The Initiatives of Foundation in the field of education other than the Shiv Nadar University are:

VidyaGyan is a leadership academy, designed for the economically underprivileged, meritorious students of rural India. Established in 2009, VidyaGyan envisions bridging the urban-rural divide by creating leaders from India’s rural hinterland who can act as catalysts of change for their communities, villages, and the nation.
Shiv Nadar School is the K-12 urban education initiative of Shiv Nadar Foundation and is based on the core philosophy that preparing students for what would probably be a very different tomorrow means that they need to be educated differently.
SSN Institutions Established in 1996, SSN Institutions are one of the premier centers of learning in India, with the mission to pursue excellence in higher education and research. Located in Chennai, SSN offers a distinct combination of some of the finest undergraduate, graduate, and research programs. SSN institutions include - SSN College of Engineering; SSN School of Management; SSN School of Advanced Software Engineering; SSN School of Advanced Career Education; SSN Research Centre.
Shiksha Initiative is a technology-driven literacy and enhanced learning program. It focuses on primary education (grades 1-5) and is being implemented in rural Uttar Pradesh as a mass intervention initiative.
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is India’s first private philanthropic art museum exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the subcontinent. Established in 2010, KNMA envisions instilling a deep appreciation of art, by making art visible and accessible to all strata of the society in one of the world-class museums.