Press Release: VidyaGyan Extends the Deadline to Submit Applications for the 2018-19 Academic Session

Press Release

VidyaGyan Extends the Deadline to Submit Applications for the 2018-19 Academic Session

State-wide entrance examination scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2018

October 9, 2018, Uttar Pradesh: VidyaGyan Leadership Academy today announced that the application submission deadline for its 2018-19 academic session has been extended till October 31, 2018. The first round of examinations will be conducted on the December 9, 2018.

VidyaGyan is a free residential school for meritorious, economically underprivileged, rural students of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Around 400 students are selected every year for admission to VidyaGyan after two rounds of competitive exams.

The three-stage admission process at VidyaGyan constitutes:

  • Preliminary written test in all districts of UP
  • Written test for children shortlisted in the preliminary round
  • Interaction with the selected students and their families

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants should be studying in Grade V in a rural school
  • As of 31st March 2019, the girls should be a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 12 years and the boys should be a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 11 years of age.
  • Students should belong to rural, low-income households (with a combined family income of not more than Rs.1 lakh per annum).

Established in 2009, VidyaGyan has transformed the lives of several students and their families till date. The performance of VidyaGyan students have been exemplary in both academics and co-curricular activities. In 2017, 363 students appeared for their grade XII board examinations and they graduated with an average score of 87%. 32 of these students scored 100 in different subjects. A whopping 36% of our students scored above 90%. Students of VidyaGyan were selected by prestigious institutions in India including IITs, NITs, Delhi University etc. Four students were also selected by some of the top Universities in the US with full financial aid for four years including Babson College, Bryn Mawr College, University of Rochester and Haverford College.

About VidyaGyan Leadership Academy

Established in 2009 by the Shiv Nadar Foundation, VidyaGyan ( is a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from among highly gifted rural poor children in Uttar Pradesh. VidyaGyan currently runs two schools in Bulandshahr and Sitapur and houses over 1800 students. VidyaGyan is not any other school for the underprivileged, but is a state-of-the-art leadership academy that addresses social imbalances and envisions nurturing and creating leaders who would be the inspiration and role models for their families, communities and society at large. The Foundation hopes that this will raise many more aspirations and contribute to leveling the urban-rural divide and inspire others to undertake more such initiatives.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation ( has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $8 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the process of national development and social transformation by establishing institutions and undertaking new initiatives in the fields of education and culture. The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide through philanthropy based transformational education.

The Shiv Nadar Foundation set up the SSN Institutions ( in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshahr and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (, an international multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and 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.

Arushi Khanna

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