Our Founders


About NLK Group

NLK Group was founded as a path-breaking initiative to make quality education accessible to the children from the lower end of the economic strata. The envisaged group of institutions came into being at the turn of the century and with it started a movement of educating the children for the challenges of the new century. Children are nurtured and their potentialities are honed in the caring and progressive educational ecosystems of the schools of the NLK group.

Schools of the NLK Group are co-educational and secular institutions with over six thousand students from the city of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Group is helping the nation harness the demographic dividend that would have suffered due to the lack of opportunities among the middle sections of population.

The School works along the lines of the globally accepted educational motto “We teach how to think, not what to think”. The challenges of the dynamic nature of knowledge and changing scenarios of the industry and society are met successfully by the students of NLK Group of Schools as they are educated with matching dynamism.

‘Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time’

August 4 marks a significant milestone in the history of the NLK Group of Schools. This is the day we pay homage to our beloved founder Late Shri Nand Lal Khanna, a great man who left indelible marks in the sands of time. The one who made a difference in so many lives.

Late Shri Nand Lal Khanna was born in an affluent family on 4th August, 1917. His father Shri Hira Lal Khanna was an eminent industrialist, philanthropist and scholar. Shri Nand Lal Khanna lost his mother at the tender age of two. For an infant growing up without a mother is really difficult but his father, Shri Hira Lal Khanna, fondly addressed as ‘Babuji, raised his son in the best possible way.

After completing his education from Allahabad University, the entrepreneur started his business named ‘Cossul & Co.’. One of the biggest steps in a company’s growth journey is its expansion into international markets and that’s exactly what he did. He was a futuristic leader who thought of new possibilities that never existed before and successfully put them in practice. He worked with imagination, insight, and boldness He was the President of the local Board of Directors of State Bank of India. He was also the President of Merchant Chamber of Commerce. (U.P) He had innumerable virtues and was a perfect blend of wisdom, patience, kindness, understanding and simplicity.

He strongly believed that education is a lifelong process. He also believed that ‘Adult education’ meant the awareness about one’s surroundings, problems, rights and duties. He was keen to learn more and impart knowledge further. In 1962, at the age of 45, he was sent to Columbia University by the Indian Productivity Council for a Management course in Adult and Continuing Education.

He could identify real hidden talent in people around him. By delegating well, he inspired people and helped them grow. He was a visionary with a talented team that helped him reach his vision. He had progressive social views. This inspiration led him to devote his life to serving others.

People remember him for his compassion and concern for the underprivileged. He provided educational opportunities to the deserving, especially those who were not able to get quality education due to financial restraints. He continued to support the noble cause of education in many ways for years together. The NLK Group of institutions is an evidence of his devotion and dedication towards education. Our beloved founder Shri Nand Lal Khanna left for his heavenly abode at an early age of 67. He has left behind an extraordinary legacy and the same legacy was carried forward by his wife Late Smt. Pushpa Khanna.

The NLK Family has come a long way from its humble beginning. Every member of the NLK Family is privileged to follow in his footsteps by contributing and striving for a future that promises great opportunities to the students.

The Late Pushpa Khanna Ji was born in Delhi on 3rd March, 1925 to Har Kishore Kapoor and Jamuna Devi Kapoor. She married Shri Nandlal Khanna Ji in the year 1939 at the young age of 14. Her father-in-law encouraged her to study further and so she completed her Masters degree in Hindi while mothering two wonderful young kids at the same time. A highly zealous and enterprising nature inspired her to open a Home Science Institute for women in Kanpur in the 1960s on the model of Lady Irwin College in New Delhi. Espousing the cause of women empowerment, this institute helped make a number of women self-reliant. In the year 1965, when her father-in-law Shri Hiralal Khanna Ji, the great educationist, passed away, she took the reins of Poorna Devi Khanna School in her hands and led the institution to greater heights. In the year 1987, she started Shri Nand Lal Khanna Vidya Mandir at Vishnupuri in memory of her husband Late Shri Nandlal Khanna ji with just seven students on roll. She was a registered Homeopath doctor as well as the Secretary of All India Women Conference (Kanpur branch). She showed the world how a chain of institutions could be established with dedication by a single generation. Her life, which was devoted to the service of humanity, was full of glorious achievements. This great visionary left for her heavenly abode on 30 April, 2017. Her memories will be cherished in our hearts forever. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on for many years to come. In her fond memory, the NLK Group of Schools is running the first of its kind Pediatric Neuro Rehabilitation Centre in Kanpur for providing Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech therapy, Sensory integration and Neurodevelopmental Therapy as “Pushpa Khanna Memorial Centre”. She is a path setter for all of us. She taught us the motto ‘Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.’