Shiv Nadar University hosts the 47th run of the record-making initiative of the Indian Army – the 50:50 Half Marathon

Soldiers and students to create history by running the 47th edition of the 50 Half Marathons in 50 days. An Initiative to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) of the Indian Army –

March 21, 2018, Greater Noida: Shiv Nadar University, one of India’s leading research-driven, multidisciplinary private universities, hosted the 47th run of the ‘50 Half Marathons in 50 straight days’.

The marathon is part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) of the Indian Army. During this run, a group of 10 Indian Army officers and soldiers are endeavouring to accomplish a unique task of creating history by setting a National and a unique Asian Record by running 50 Half Marathons in 50 straight days. Over the last month and a half, the soldiers will have covered a distance of 1055 kms across various venues in Delhi NCR.

The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) is an arms and service branch of the Indian Army. This initiative is being led by Lt Col Vishal Ahlawat, celebrated soldier of Corps of EME. Col. Ahlawat has many unique achievements under his belt including two successful attempts for climbing Mount Everest.

The 47th marathon event commenced at the SNU Campus in Noida yesterday and 10 soldiers along with nearly 300 students, staff and faculty from the university participated in the marathon. A Yoga session followed by the run was organized by expert instructors from the Ministry of Ayush.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajiv Swarup, President, Shiv Nadar University, said “The Marathon is more than just winning or participating in a sporting event. It is a demonstration of self-discipline and creation of a positive impact on society. Such initiatives always inspire us to push our limits and test the limits of endurance.”

Col. Vishal Ahlawat said he loves the city and such event. “It’s one of those events that I enjoy coming back to. The event has got bigger and better with every passing year and there is more awareness among the public. The marathon is run for promoting the cause of creating a healthy clean green pollution free India.”

About Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University ( is an international multi-disciplinary, research university located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region. It is a private philanthropic institution established by the Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2011 through an act of the State of Uttar Pradesh. The University’s mission is to develop and educate the leaders of tomorrow; to support research, scholarly and creative endeavors that contribute to the creation of new knowledge; and to create research and teaching programs that tackle the most pressing problems of India and the global community. The University offers a full range of academic programs at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation ( has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $8 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 120,000 employees across 39 countries. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India’s original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum, to a focused range of industry verticals.

The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. To that purpose the Foundation is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions ( in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering, a top-ranked private engineering college in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar School (, a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (, India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.

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