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.
For the last 18 years SNF has striven to promote inclusive education, make higher education more effective and quality-oriented catering to the specific needs of the job market, enhance the focus on research and contribute to areas of global and national relevance.
The quality of education in India has sadly been losing ground in the past decade although the enrollment numbers have seen considerable increase. Since its establishment the Foundation has been focused on “quality” and not on “quantity”. The aim has been to create leaders in every field from the most underprivileged sections of the society.
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 difference in the lives of the children and the youth. The Foundation aims to achieve this through the route of Creative Philanthropy. The potential impact of Creative philanthropy is that if it impacts 10,000 students in the next 10 years, each one of them has the power to touch several other lives. The concept is that of a force multiplier impact on 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 we are committed to creating leaders, who in turn will become the change agents of tomorrow.