About the Shiv Nadar Foundation

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

Established in 1994, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has focused primarily on creating 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 $6.3 billion global technology and IT enterprise. Mr. Nadar being a product of education himself strongly supports the vision that education empowers individuals and is vital to reap our demographic dividend.

Commitment at Shiv Nadar Foundation

Shiv Nadar Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, meritocracy-based society by empowering individuals in order to bridge the socio−economic divide. The foundation aims to achieve this, primarily through the creation of iconic educational institutions, which would outlast its founder  and provide meritorious students from all walks of life, the opportunity to receive world-class education.

Our Vision


 Leadership for Change

 Through Transformational Education


Creating equitable opportunities for leadership, through focused philanthropy in research-led education, creativity and art


Guiding Principles / The Pillars Of the Shiv Nadar Foundation

Creative Philanthropy

The Shiv Nadar Foundation is a strong believer of “Creative Philanthropy”. The most common approach to philanthropy has been to identify gaps and address them through time-bound, project-based, large-scale initiatives. This is the corrective route. Governments, corporate and several foundations globally have been following this approach and working in the areas of education, health, environment, among others. The most common approach is towards correcting social ills through strategic intervention initiatives.