Shiv Nadar University Chennai Launched – the First Private University to be Legislated in Tamil Nadu After 90 Years

Chennai: Shiv Nadar Foundation today announced the launch of its third initiative in the field of higher education- “Shiv Nadar University Chennai”. The University is the first private University to be legislated in Tamil Nadu after 90 years (since Annamalai University Act in 1928), upon the passing of the Shiv Nadar University Act 2018. Shiv Nadar University Chennai will be housed in a sprawling, vibrant campus at Kalavakkam. It will be home to world-class facilities including academic and research blocks, state-of-the-art cricket stadium, library, sports centre, hostel facilitates for students and a faculty housing complex, auditorium, guest house and 24/7 internet access. The new University was virtually announced by Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation in the presence of Mr. R Srinivasan, Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai along with Dr. Kala Vijayakumar, Pro-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai.


Dr. C Rangarajan, former Governor of Reserve bank of India and one of the most eminent economists and policymakers of the country, and Dr. Raj Reddy, acclaimed computer scientist, University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and winner of the Turing Award will be distinguished mentors at the University. The University has also appointed a renowned academician from one of the IITs as the Vice Chancellor, who will take over the role in December 2020. Additionally, the University announced the appointment of Dr. T. Nagarajan as Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Dr. S. Gurusamy as Professor and Head of the Department of Commerce, School of Commerce and Management.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation said, “My father, Mr Shiv Nadar, is a product of education and strongly believes in its power to transform people’s lives. The Shiv Nadar Foundation was created with this vision and has established institutions offering world-class education to contribute to nation building. The Foundation has been on this journey for the last 26 years and our institutions are testament to how education can be a force multiplier, transforming not just individual lives, but those of groups and communities at large. We are, therefore, thrilled to set up a world-class private university in Chennai that has been envisioned with a core raison d’etre of moving beyond disseminating knowledge. Shiv Nadar University Chennai will be a catalyst for new research, novel discoveries and creation of new forms of expression…eventually helping create responsible, well rounded citizens.”

Mr. R Srinivasan, Founding Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai said, “Shiv Nadar University Chennai comes as a response to the overwhelming persuasion by parents and alumni of our institutions to establish a multidisciplinary university after seeing the quality of education we had to offer through our other institutions of higher education. The University will strongly focus on holistic development of students through an approach that blends academic rigor, culture of research and sustained industry engagement. While we are announcing the University today with two Schools (Engineering and Commerce and Management), our hope is that over the next five years, the University will significantly expand its offerings, including establishing a School of Law. We also want to take this opportunity to invite acclaimed academicians and scientists to join us as we set out on this journey of creating new knowledge and contributing to meeting the human capital needs of the world.”

Dr. Kala Vijayakumar, Pro-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai said, “Shiv Nadar University Chennai will offer programs that will prepare students with the skillsets needed in an ever-evolving world. The curriculum has been modeled on global best standards with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, cutting across all schools, allowing the University to break disciplinary silos and institute a broad-based academic structure. We are thrilled to bring to students a university that will enable them with an enduring foundation for their future success.”

The University will open for admissions in April 2021 with four specialized courses in disciplines of Engineering and Commerce. These programs have been designed in-line with the evolving educational and professional requirements within India and internationally.

The School of Engineering will offer students a strong engineering orientation through four-year undergraduate courses in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and Computer Science and Engineering with specialization in Internet of Things (IoT). These programs will inculcate a strong theoretical foundation, systematic professional knowledge as well as powerful practical skills in their respective subjects.

The School of Commerce and Management will offer curated programs in Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting) preparing students for professional destinations such as CA, CWA, CMA; and a Bachelor of Commerce offering a broad- based academic background in analytical and financial domains, preparing them to solve real world financial issues and problems.


In addition to courses offered in Engineering as well as those offered by the School of Commerce and Management, the University also plans to introduce a four-year undergraduate program in Business Management (BMS) in the following academic year (2022 – 23). Over the next five years, Shiv Nadar University Chennai will continue to introduce new programs and expand its offerings, including establishing a School of Law at the University.


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