HCL & Society
Dawn of the Fifth Estate

Our country today resolutely stands on the strong foundation of four estates - democracy, independent judiciary, matured bureaucracy and free press. These estates not only define the fabric of our society but also act as potent drivers propelling India to the next level of growth and prosperity.

It is imperative that the growth process that we as a nation subscribe to is inclusive, and carries forward all sections of the society across geographies. This is where the community-led ecosystems are destined to play a decisive role in building a stronger, future ready India. As much as the contribution made by the first four estates to the development and progress of our country, it is the fifth estate comprising non-governmental organizations - individuals and institutions formed and led by the citizens of the country, which would play a significant role in the future progress of our country.

HCL Grant envisions to strengthen NGOs and development sector through deep institutional involvement and commitment. The Grant stands testimony to the fact that only strong governance structures, management capabilities and reliable impact measurement systems within NGOs can help them take-up and sustain high impact, complex social transformation projects - vital to bridge the divide between the two Indias - of haves and have-nots.

In the end, for us to be a great nation, we need to walk together, think together, grow together and together take the country forward. HCL Grant is a small step in that direction.

Shiv Nadar
Founder and Chairman
HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation

HCl Grant

JURY MEMBERS

  • Robin Abrams – Chairperson of the Jury, Former President of Palm Computing, and the longest serving Board member of HCL Technologies
  • Isher Judge Ahluwalia - Chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
  • B.S. Baswan - Former Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration and former HRD secretary
  • Richard Lariviere - President, Field Museum, Chicago and Former President of the University of Oregon
  • Shiv Nadar - Founder and Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation
  • Pallavi Shroff - Managing partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangalda

SUB JURY

Environment

  • Shashi Banerjee - Principal, Shiv Nadar School, Noida
  • Rupamanjari Ghosh - Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
  • Prahlad Rai Bansal - Deputy Chief Financial officer, HCL Technologies
  • Rita Gupta Senior - Vice president, HCL Corporation

Health

  • Shikhar Malhotra - Executive Director, HCL Corporation Vice Chairman, HCL Healthcare Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation. Pro Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Trustee, Habitats Trust
  • Srimathi Shivashankar - Executive Vice President, HCL Technologies
  • Pamela srivastava - Head, Sustainability, Shiv Nadar Foundation
  • Neelesh Agarwal - Senior Vice President, HCL Corporation

Education

  • Kala Vijayakumar - President, SSN Institutions
  • Rajiv Swarup - President, Shiv Nadar University
  • Gopal KarunaKaran - CEO, Shiv Nadar School

Recipients and Finalists
Environment

HCL Grant Recipient 2018

- Keystone Foundation

Finalists 2018

- Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC)
- Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMoL)

Health

HCL Grant Recipient 2018

- Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS)

Finalists 2018

- Centre for Environment Education Society (CEE)
- LV Prasad Eye Institute (LvpEI)

Education

HCL Grant Recipient 2018

- Sightsavers (Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind)

Finalists 2018

- North East Network
- Foundation for Education and Development