Shiv Nadar Foundation forays into elementary education – Business Standard

Sep 15, 2011

After making its presence in higher education, the Shiv Nadar Foundation is now making a foray into elementary education with the establishment of its schools across the country.

The foundation, which has a corpus of nearly one billion, on Wednesday announced the establishment of Shiv Nadar School in India. To start with, the foundation is coming up with two schools in Noida and Gurgaon.

Going forward, the foundation aims to establish 25 schools across the country by 2020.

Earlier, Azim Premji, chairman of Indian software major Wipro had said that the non-profit Azim Premji Foundation will start work on setting up a school in every district in India.

The Shiv Nadar Foundation has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL — a $6 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, which employs over 85,000 employees across 31 countries.

The 34-year-old enterprise, founded in 1976, is one of India’s original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business-aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum, to a focused range of industry verticals.

The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, meritocracy-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide.

The foundation set up the SSN Institutions in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), the SSN School of Management and Computer Applications, and the SSN School of Advanced Software Engineering, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Building on the experience from successfully running the SSN Institutions, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has now set up the Shiv Nadar University on a 286- acre campus in Greater Noida. In addition, the Foundation runs the VidyaGyan schools, a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from amongst highly gifted rural poor children at Bulandshahr, Sitapur, and an upcoming school near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Foundation is also setting up Shiv Nadar School across India to build world-class schools aiming to provide children with education for life.