Shiv Nadar Foundation - Celebrating 20 years
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Shiv Nadar Foundation - Celebrating 20 years
Celebrating the Foundation’s 20th year
On November 5, 2013 the Shiv Nadar Foundation (SNF) celebrated the beginning of its 20th year. To mark this momentous occasion, SNF launched its first annual report. The Annual Report, 2013 is manifestation of the Foundation's philosophy that governance and transparency in philanthropy would be vital to create a place for India in the global arena of giving back. The evening of the 20th year celebration began with a high decibel panel discussion on 'The Relevance of Transparency and Governance in Philanthropy' with the objective to establish new benchmarks in disclosures and governance in the evolving space of philanthropy in India.
The Foundation Story
The year 1994 marked the beginning of a 20-year journey for a business entrepreneur, who wanted to reinvest his time, energy and efforts towards philanthropy. Inspired by his mother, Shiv Nadar, the founder and chairman of HCL took the first step in the field of education and established the SSN Institutions in 1996.
The route travelled
The Shiv Nadar Foundation is a strong believer of 'Creative Philanthropy' that exists in the form of institutions, which go beyond the lifetime of individuals who have set these up and continue to impact future generations. It is an approach that allows sustained institutionalized philanthropy for long-term high impact socio-economic transformation. Creative philanthropy has the power to drive long term, sustainable, catalytic and multiplier impact. The Foundation has been created on the core philosophy of building lasting institutions of excellence in education to impact not just the lives of individuals but to drive a force multiplier impact on individuals and communities for long-term sustained transformation.
Milestones of the journey

Year: 1996
SSN saw modest beginnings. A marriage hall was rented as a makeshift facility and the journey started with 98 students and 8 faculty members. Within a decade, SSN has carved its niche among the leading private engineering institutions of India. Today, SSN is the No. 1 private engineering college in Tamil Nadu.
Year: 2009
The first VidyaGyan Leadership Academy was established in 2009 in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Academy currently has two campuses and houses over 1300 students. Widely acclaimed by the likes of Forbes and the Huffington Post, VidyaGyan is not just any other school for the underprivileged, but is a state-of-the-art leadership academy that addresses social imbalances and envisions nurturing and creating leaders who would be the inspiration and role models for their families, communities and society at large.
Year: 2010
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, also an initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, is India’s first philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art. KNMA aims to instil a deep sense of appreciation for contemporary art by making it accessible to one and all in a world class facility.
Year: 2011
Shiv Nadar University (SNU) is an international multi-disciplinary, research university located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region. SNU is a private philanthropic institution established by the Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2011 through an act of the State of Uttar Pradesh. The University’s mission is to develop and educate the leaders of tomorrow; to support research, scholarly and creative endeavours that contribute to the creation of new knowledge; and to create research and teaching programs that tackle the most pressing problems of India and the global community. The University offers a full range of academic programs at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level.
Year: 2012
The Shiv Nadar School is a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K-12 private education to deliver educational excellence and provide education for life. The Shiv Nadar School will provide students with an environment that challenges them into discovering their talent and skills. A culture of creativity will inspire the joy of learning among students. The schools aim to nurture ethical, respectful, happy and purposeful citizens of the society. The Shiv Nadar School is being launched with two schools in the National Capital Region at Noida and Gurgaon.