The 27-year-old Roshni Nadar is in the media glare for more reasons than one. Not only is there a rising curiosity over her future plans at HCL but also her current role at Shiv Nadar Foundation, which recently announced the launch of Vidyagyan, a school for underprivileged children.
Seven such schools would be set up in rural Uttar Pradesh, an attempt she says to give access to quality education to meritorious students who otherwise have limited exposure and means. She took time off to speak to Hindustan Times about her role and future plans. Excerpts:
How has the transition from Kellogg (where she did her MBA) to philanthropy been?
I am full time involved with Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is a private family trust. I am involved in managing the trust and let me tell you it gives me tremendous satisfaction. I simply enjoy doing what I am doing now.
Is there a contradiction between business management and philanthropy?
Yes, I have done my MBA but I am extremely happy with my work. The level of involvement is very high and Vidyagyan is a result of that.
I do not want to run the day to day activities of the school, for which the teachers and principal are there. There are other bigger issues, one of the main being arranging the finances and I look after these.
How would you describe your role here?
I am seeing myself more as a mentor and a guide here.
There has been a lot of speculation over your career…
Yes I know. But I am very happy doing what I am doing now.
Where do you see yourself in the next five to 10 years?
(Laughs) I don’t know.
Would you be as much involved in HCL?
I do not know.