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Statutory Bodies

Shiv Nadar University (hereinafter referred to as the University) is sponsored by Shiv Nadar Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the Foundation). The University was established as a private university in 2011 by the Shiv Nadar University Uttar Pradesh Act, 2011 (U.P. Act No. 12 of 2011) duly passed by the legislature of the State of Uttar Pradesh (hereinafter referred to as the Act).

The University is approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 2(f) of University Grant Commission Act 1956. The constitution, powers, and functions of various statutory bodies of the University are enshrined in the Act, Statutes, and Ordinances of the University.  The University functions under the stipulated framework of Court, Academic Council, Executive Council and other statutory bodies, comprising of renowned academicians, bureaucrats and other distinguished luminaries from all walks of life.

Shiv Nadar Foundation is registered public charitable trust, created under the Indian Trust Act 1882 and registered under the Registration Act, 1908.


Policies are laid down in consonance with the various statutory requirements in implementing transparency and good governance at Shiv Nadar University. 

The Executive Council is the principal executive body of the University which supervises and controls the affairs of the University; regulates and determines all matters concerning the University; in accordance with the Act, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University.

The composition of the Executive Council of the University is as per the provisions of the Act and Statutes of the University.  Besides, the Executive Council considers and approves the budget of the University, which is presented to it by the Finance Committee of the University; takes decisions related to initiating new programs, sanction the intake of students, and matters of admission, fee and scholarship policies of the University. It also decides on institutes’ special scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, medals, rewards and distinguishes academic awards to be conferred by the University. The Executive Council is empowered to approve matters pertaining to establishing new Schools, Colleges, Institutions and Centers of the University.

Court at Shiv Nadar University is constituted as per the provisions of the Act and, Statutes of the University. Under the provision of the Act and Statutes of the University, the Court has various powers and functions such as, to periodically review the broad policies and programs of the University and suggest measures to improve, develop and other work related to the University.  

Being the highest body of the University, the Court renders necessary advice to the Chancellor, in respect of any matter which may be referred for advice by the Chancellor provided such that functions are consistent with the provisions of the Act and Statutes of the University.

The Academic Council is the highest academic body of the University, responsible for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination within the University.

The composition of the Academic Council at the University is as per the provisions of the Act and Statutes of the University; headed by the Vice-Chancellor, and comprises of all the senior faculty members of the schools and departments of the University in the capacity of voting members and special invitees. The Academic Council has the right to advise the Executive Council on all academic matters.

The other important statutory bodies of the University are Planning Board, Board of Faculties & Committees such as - Finance, Admissions, Examination etc.

Shiv Nadar Foundation was established in 1994, with a primary focus to create iconic institutions of excellence in learning across the education spectrum. The Foundation was conceived and created by Shiv Nadar, founder and chairman of HCL - a $ 7 billion global technology and IT enterprise. Mr. Nadar refers to himself as a product of education and strongly supports the vision that education empowers individuals and is vital to reap our demographic dividend.

For the last 18 years the foundation has endeavored to promote inclusive education; make higher education effective that caters to the specific needs of the job market, enhance focus on research and contribute to areas of global and national relevance. Today the Foundation is reaching out to students at both the school and university level across urban and rural India. The objective is to leverage the power of inclusive education and make measurable high impact to the lives of children and youth.

The Foundation aims to achieve this through the route of creative philanthropy, whose potential impact is envisioned as - if it impacts 10,000 students in the next 10 years, each one of them has the power to touch several other lives. Such a force multiplier will impact millions of lives – individuals, communities and the nation at large. The aim is to create “spirals of inspiration” that can drive real inclusive growth for the future. The Foundation is unique in its creative rather than corrective approach and has a more focused outreach rather than the mass-based approach. This is a conscious decision bearing in mind that Foundation is committed to creating leaders, who in turn will become the change agents of tomorrow.

The Initiatives of Foundation in the field of education other than the Shiv Nadar University are:

VidyaGyan is a leadership academy, designed for the economically underprivileged, meritorious students of rural India. Established in 2009, VidyaGyan envisions bridging the urban-rural divide by creating leaders from India’s rural hinterland who can act as catalysts of change for their communities, villages, and the nation.
Shiv Nadar School is the K-12 urban education initiative of Shiv Nadar Foundation and is based on the core philosophy that preparing students for what would probably be a very different tomorrow means that they need to be educated differently.
SSN Institutions Established in 1996, SSN Institutions are one of the premier centers of learning in India, with the mission to pursue excellence in higher education and research. Located in Chennai, SSN offers a distinct combination of some of the finest undergraduate, graduate, and research programs. SSN institutions include - SSN College of Engineering; SSN School of Management; SSN School of Advanced Software Engineering; SSN School of Advanced Career Education; SSN Research Centre.
Shiksha Initiative is a technology-driven literacy and enhanced learning program. It focuses on primary education (grades 1-5) and is being implemented in rural Uttar Pradesh as a mass intervention initiative.
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is India’s first private philanthropic art museum exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the subcontinent. Established in 2010, KNMA envisions instilling a deep appreciation of art, by making art visible and accessible to all strata of the society in one of the world-class museums.