An initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, VidyaGyan is specifically designed to identify and nurture gifted students from economically
underprivileged rural backgrounds and transform them through high-quality education into future leaders.
200 students inducted every year in Grade VI
Free residential high quality education from Grade VI to Grade XII
1300+ alumni, all studying at prestigious undergraduate institutions around the world
Established in 2009, VidyaGyan currently has two campuses in Uttar Pradesh and is one of the most
successful models of rural leadership development in the country.
The students of VidyaGyan narrate their stories about their journey to depict how drastically their lives have changed.
Anuj Dhariwal from VidyaGyan gets commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Indian army.
When Anuj Dhariwal dreamt of joining the Indian army, no one from his village of Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh had yet become an army officer. Son of a marginal farmer, Anuj’s goal seemed like a distant dream. However, destiny had bigger plans for him as he secured admission at VidyaGyan in 2010.
During his growing years, Anuj looked up to one of his uncles who served in the Indian army but the young boy aimed to reach higher in the armed forces.
Like every student at VidyaGyan, he was encouraged to contribute to the betterment of the society through various projects and this further helped in keepingalive his dream of serving in the armed forces. Through his seven years at the School, he was nurtured and supported by his teachers to pursue his dream and excel in all fields. He scored 93.6 percent in Grade 12 exams and qualified JEE mains; however, chose to attempt to qualify the rigorous selection process of the National Defense Academy (NDA) and was successful when he cleared the written as well as the Service Selection Board interview.
His teachers mentored and trained him throughout his journey. He was prepared for the written examinations and resources were arranged for his coaching for the SSB interview by VidyaGyan. He credits his teachers for instilling the values of integrity and hard work in him.
Anuj became the first VidyaGyan student to enter the armed services after he secured admission at the NDA, Pune in 2017 where he stayedfor three years. He then went to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. His success is a testament to VidyaGyan’s vision of nurturing bright students from rural UP to emerge as change agents and contribute to nation building.
Anuj looks forward to serving the country and motivate individuals like him to pursue their dreams and become achievers in the field of their choosing.
Determination and hard work take an underprivileged boy to an Ivy League University in the US.
In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, a remote village in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Sarasan was in celebratory mode. Its name flashed all over the news for a young and diligent boy from the village, Anurag Tewari made it to the Cornell University in the United States and that too with 100 percent scholarship.
Son of a marginal farmer, Anurag became one of the few Indian students who go on to study at the Ivy League University, considered the gold standard of college education.
Anurag’s humble background did not deter him from aiming for the sky. However, opportunities were limited with little exposure at his government primary school where he studied till Grade 5. Anurag’s life took a 360 degrees turn when he secured admission at the VidyaGyan Leadership Academy in July 2013. His journey to success began here. He was offered free world-class education, mentoring, motivation and overall personality development.
Anurag was supported by his teachers and mentors who prepared him to accomplish his mission. In a span of seven years, he became a confident speaker, focused individual and now an inspiration for scores of individuals who work towards leveraging education to transform their lives.
A brilliant student, Anurag scored 98.2 percent in his Grade 12 CBSE examinations. He is now pursuing an undergraduate program in Economics and Mathematics at the Cornell University in the US.
"I am impressed by the commendable efforts done by Mr. Shiv Nadar. All my good wishes for your sustained efforts to bring about an equitable, just society."