Established in 1994 by Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder of HCL,  a US$13.1 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 bridging the socio-economic divide. Over the last 29 years, the Foundation has directly touched the lives of over 36,000 alumni and students through its marquee institutions in literacy, K-12, 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$1.2 billion in its seven landmark institutions and initiatives across education and art. Currently, close to 15,000 students and over 2,200 faculty are part of the Foundation, along with more than 24,000 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 the UK. The students are also working in major corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Honda, HP, Schindler, and several others, both in India and across other geographies. The faculty across the Foundation institutions is 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 that envisages the 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.

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