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About University


Based in a sprawling campus shared with SSN Institutions, Shiv Nadar University, Chennai is committed to academic excellence. Thanks to its close links to HCL, a US$ 11 billion global enterprise, the University has a keen understanding of the evolving academic and professional requirements in India and abroad. Each program is designed to help talented students become a successful, job-ready professional or a world-class academic. The University promotes a culture of academic rigour, supported by ample resources, including one of the best-equipped libraries in Southern India, and extensive, world-class research facilities. The University strongly believes that its role is not limited to disseminating knowledge but to act as a catalyst for research, discovery and creation of new forms of expression and aims to become a world-class centre for research. Driven by a belief in the need for all-round development, students are provided ample sports facilities and rich campus life.

Our Vision

A global university, focused on innovation, research, academic excellence and creativity, to develop socially conscious leaders capable of addressing future challenges.

Our Mission

Creation of a center of excellence in higher education at par with premier educational Institutions across the World and development of programs in Niche areas to impact quality education through innovative research so as to produce knowledge leaders of tomorrow

Our Legacy

The Shiv Nadar Foundation was established in 1994 by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – US$ 11 billion leading global enterprise. Driven by the idea that education plays a key role in narrowing the socio-economic divide, the Foundation has invested over US$1 Billion into its philosophy of Creative Philanthropy. This involves building institutions of excellence, imparting students with world-class skills and a strong sense of values, and triggering transformation through the Ripple Effect. Cumulatively, the Foundation has helped to shape the futures of more than 30,000 students over the years.

Institutions created by the Foundation include SSN College of Engineering and the VidyaGyan Leadership Academy amongst others. Affiliated to Anna University, SSN is one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India and has crafted a niche for itself. Top companies visit SSN regularly and graduates have been recruited for international assignments by companies like Apple and Facebook amongst others. VidyaGyan Leadership Academy is a K-12 school for rural underprivileged students and provide free residential education to the selected students from 6th till 12thclass. It has been instrumental in helping bright students from rural India to reach leading international and national institutions such as IIT, AIIMS, Babson College, Bryn Mawr College, Virginia Tech, Purdue University etc. for higher studies.

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Message from Mr. Shiv Nadar

Founder– HCL
Chairman Emeritus & Strategic Advisor to the Board – HCL Technologies
Founder & Chairman – Shiv Nadar Foundation

The World Inequality Report, 2018 highlights the rapid pace at which inequality across the world is increasing. This is a particularly acute problem in India, where over 50% of the population is below the age of 25. Education is perhaps the single most important input which can narrow this gap, and the Shiv Nadar Foundation is designed to create enduring institutions which will assist bright young students in achieving their full potential.

The latest of these institutions is being created in Chennai. Chennai has been very dear to my heart, and one of the aspects that I appreciate most is the culture of excellence in education. The high density of brilliant minds makes it a logical home for a global institution. The philosophy of ‘simple living, high thinking’ establishes an environment where solid academic rigour and boundless curiosity go hand in hand. Shiv Nadar University Chennai will draw strength from and strengthen this culture, and spread it’s light across the world.

Message from Roshni Nadar

Chairperson, HCLTech
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Founder & Trustee, The Habitats Trust


At the Shiv Nadar Foundation (SNF) it is our belief that Education is the tool that can pave the way to success for bright minds from the remotest corners of the country. Over the last 26 years, SNF has been working towards nation building through transformational leadership which is created by delivering world-class academic opportunities to all sections of the society, including the most underprivileged.

As we move ahead, we are committed to further expand and improve our institutions and initiatives, ensuring access to quality education to all deserving individuals. Shiv Nadar University Chennai is our aspiration in that direction. It aims to become a globally renowned institution of excellence, committed to nurturing future leaders of India. This university has been set up to meet the global standards of higher education, while addressing the demands of an ever-evolving world.

As we begin this exciting journey, graduates of SNU Chennai will join the large SNF alumni base of over 30,000 who are already making their marks in various fields across the world. I am excited for this new beginning and the world of possibilities that we will create and achieve.



Roshini nadar

Distinguished Mentors

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Chairman, Madras School of Economics. Former President, Indian Statistical Institute. Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India. Chancellor, University of Hyderabad.

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Dr. Raj Reddy

University Professor, Computer science & Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University Founding Director, Robotics Institute Winner, ACM Turing Award.

University Leadership

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Mr. R. Srinivasan​


kala vijaykumar

Dr.Kala Vijayakumar​

Pro Chancellor​

Vice-Chancellor of SNUC

Prof. S. K. Bhattacharyya

Vice Chancellor​

University Registrar

Registrar of SNUC

Dr. N. Nallusamy


The Shiv Nadar University Chennai has been established by an Act of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly to conceptualize, promote and bring about a paradigm shift through the development of outstanding leadership in research and innovation in education and allied development sectors. To read more, click on documents given below: