At a time when India had 250 computers, Mr. Shiv Nadar led a young team which passionately believed in and bet on the growth of the IT industry. That vision in 1976, born out of a Delhi "barsaati", akin to a garage set up, resulted three decades later in a $6 billion global transformational technology enterprise.
He firmly believes that 'if you want to empower people, give them the tools’, there’s enough entrepreneurship in this country to take care of the rest". He’s quick to grasp new opportunities, select a team to transform his ideas into reality and delegate the project to competent professionals. Padma Bhushan Award - the third highest civilian honour was conferred on Mr. Nadar by the President of India in Jan 2008, in recognition of not just his contribution to trade and industry in India, but also his deep commitment to public good.
Determined to give back to society that supported him, Mr. Nadar has been quietly supporting many significant social causes through the Shiv Nadar Foundation. The foundation is committed to provide the means to empower individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide and to contribute to the creation of a more equitable, meritocracy-based society, and aims to achieve this primarily through outstanding educational institutions of higher understanding. The foundation has established the not-for-profit SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, ranked among the top ten private engineering colleges of India. The Foundation is also running "VidyaGyan" schools in Uttar Pradesh that provide free, world class education to rural toppers from economically disadvantaged background.