The Trusts


The N Sethia Foundation is a UK registered charity founded by Mr Nirmal Sethia in 1995.

The Foundation has extensively supported medical research, youth activities and disaster relief management.  As well as contributing to the projects of, among others, the Prince’s Trust and the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, it has established the Chitra Sethia Centre for Robotics and Minimal Access Surgery at UCLH and the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre in Cambridge.

Most recently, the Foundation has supported medical research projects to create the Chitra Nirmal Sethia Surgical Technology Hub at Imperial College, London and, under construction, the Chitra Nirmal Sethia Floor at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation.  In the cultural sector, the Foundation has also supported the V&A Museum in establishing the Chitra Nirmal Sethia Gallery at the museum.

The Foundation is grateful for the support of its advisory board comprised of Lily, the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough; Ara Darzi, Baron Darzi of Denham; Sir Malcolm Grant and Sir Robert Naylor.


Mr Sethia is also a Trustee of two Indian charities, the N Sethia Foundation (India) and the Nirmal Sethia Charitable Trust

The N Sethia Foundation donated the Sheshadri Nagar II apartment complex to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Trust in 1986.  Following a visit to the Temple in Tirupati, Mr Sethia committed to creating a temple complex in New Delhi and in 1996 the Indian Foundation embarked on its construction.  This Temple of Lord Tirupati, with additional facilities of guest house, priest’s house, meditation hall and information centre, was inaugurated in May 2013.

In the last decade, the N Sethia Foundation has funded the creation of a TTD Temple at Kurukshetra in Haryana State, North India – a place of great historical significance to Hindus.  The Temple was inaugurated and opened in 2018, although construction on the accommodation and information centre is continuing. The N Sethia Foundation is also the single largest donor to the Tirupati Temple in Birmingham.


This Trust is the sole source of funding and management for the Sona Devi Sethia PG Girls College in Rajasthan, originally established in 1965 by Mr Nirmal Sethia’s father.  The college now educates 900 pupils each year and is achieving the highest grades in Rajasthan.