Mr. Shiv Nadar established HCL as a startup in 1976 Acknowledged as a visionary by the IT industry and his peers; Mr. Shiv Nadar has often made daring forays based on his conviction of the future. Albeit a more recent entrant in the software services space, HCL is already among top Indian IT software majors and a force to reckon with for global technology giants.
Mr. Nadar was conferred the Padma Bhushan Award - the third highest civilian honor conferred by the President of India in January 2008, in recognition of not just his contribution to trade & industry in India but also his deep commitment to public good. In 2009, Forbes Magazine featured him in its list of 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia Pacific region. In September 2009 the UK Trade & Investment India presented Shiv Nadar the 2009 Businessperson of the Year Award in acknowledgement of HCL’s pioneering investment in the UK. In November 2009 he was conferred the CNBC Asia Business Leader Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, their Asia Viewers’ Choice Award and ‘India Business Leader Award’ for the year. The University of Madras and IIT Kharagpur awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science for his outstanding contribution to IT in India.
Determined to give back to the 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 learning. It has established the not-for-profit SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, ranked among India’s top fifteen private engineering colleges. The Foundation is also running “VidyaGyan” schools in Uttar Pradesh that provide free, world class education to rural toppers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr. Shiv Nadar is an active member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Concerned with the public health issues in India, he is involved with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) - working to establish standards in public health education and to create a network of innovative world class India-relevant institutes of public health. The President of India appointed him the Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kharagpur. He also very strongly supports initiatives for the girl child and the empowerment of women.