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.
Founder and Chairman
HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation