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The Foundation was conceived and created to work towards the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education, creativity, and art.


The Foundation has been in the service of education since the inception of the SSN Colleges, Chennai in 1996. Since then it has grown its offerings to develop an unparalleled presence in Indian education which spans from higher education to K-12 schools, rural education to urban education, boarding schools to day schools and both online and offline education.


Shiv Nadar School and SNF share an intimate relationship. The Foundation works closely with the school and enables us access to expertise in education beyond what would have been possible for a group of schools alone. Through its School of Education in the Shiv Nadar University, the Foundation will increase its impact on the educational landscape of India. This college will serve as the hub for research on educational outcomes and education of teachers themselves. This will allow Shiv Nadar School a unique advantage when it comes to teacher recruitment and curriculum development.


The other initiatives of the Foundation are:


Established in 2009, the VidyaGyan Schools are a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from amongst highly gifted rural poor children, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It currently runs two schools and houses over 1300 students.


SNU is a private philanthropic institution established by the Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2011 through an act of the State of Uttar Pradesh. It is an international multi-disciplinary, research university, offering a full range of academic programs at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level.


The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions in 1996 comprising the SSN College of Engineering, already an India top 20 private engineering college, the SSN School of Management and Computer Applications and the SSN School of Advanced Engineering, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is India’s first philanthropic museum promoting modern and contemporary art. KNMA aims to instill a deep sense of appreciation for contemporary art by making it accessible to one and all in a world class facility.