About Us

The Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, Lord Rana Edu-City, Sanghol, is a life-time vision of Rt. Hon Lord Diljit Rana, Member House of Lords, an NRI business tycoon, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, to transform the lives of rural youth through world class educational opportunities in an integrated campus with state of the art infrastructure, an environment conducive to excellent teaching and learning practices. Lord Rana’s childhood dream to do the best for the development and growth of Sanghol, his birth place, finally, along with the Members of the Sanghol Panchayat, and eminent educationists, culminated into the establishment of the Cordia Institutes complex on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway.

The former President of India, a great visionary, scientist and teacher Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, committed to the rural development inaugurated this educational complex in 2005. Since then, the Cordia Institutes have been imparting excellent education in Arts and Humanities, Computer Applications, Science & (Medical,Non-Medical and agriculture), Commerce and Business Management, Hotel and Tourism Management, Education and Skill Development. The international linkage and collaboration of Cordia Group provide rich exposure to it students and faculty in academics, sports and cultural spheres.

Mission & Vision

Rt. Hon Lord Diljit Rana


Our Mission
The primary objective is to provide world class professional Football coaching and make Sanghol the biggest contributor in representing India in the world championship.


Our Vision
The CORDIA GROUP, a synonym of excellence in education, is affiliated with NAAC accrediated ‘A’ Grade Punjabi University, Patiala. Along with the academics and professional courses, approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), make sports a career. Needless to say sports is the only medium through which we can engage our youth not only to lead a healthy life but also in encouraging them to stay away from anti-social activity.

Urmil Verma

Executive Trustee, Cordia Group

& Director, LRFT,UK

The global and competitive market driven world poses varied challenges. We at Cordia ensure that through educational programmes and sports activities we are ready to face them. The mark of any educational institute lies in the quality of values it delivers to the rest of the world, especially practical, professional, social and ethical. That is what the entire world is looking for. The Cordia Group has been disseminating education of high standards through a number of flourishing institutes of higher education at Sanghol campus.

The only aim and objective of Lord Rana Foundation, UK is to “Transform Lives through Education and Sports”. Both are the strongest instruments of transforming lives of the people since ages. Investing in People by imparting Panchmukhi Shiksha and thus to develop the youth is the mission and ambition of Lord Rana Foundation.

At Cordia, we aim to contribute to the movement of nurturing the youth as leaders of tomorrow and for strengthening our economic and industrial progress.

Charanjit Gill

Chairman, Southall Football Club

My keen interest in football led me to start The Elite Academy, a key player in, promoting the game of football, especially within the South Asian community, organized Soccer camps under the banner, ‘The Liverpool Way’ in UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India since 2005. My association with ‘The Liverpool Way’, provided an honour to work with the very best of the football field- David Johnson, Ronnie Whelan, Bruce Grobblar and Michael Thomas, just to mention of the legends. In July 2003, The Elite Academy organized the Samba Soccer Camp in London at Warren Farm, with the participation of renowned coaches from Brazil like Mr. Ze Carlos, the ex Brazilian International coach and, Zico’s Academy coach Mr. Ernesto Calainho. Few other renowned coaches at the Samba camp were Mr. Carlos Cunha, who played for some of the best Brazilian clubs and coached for clubs like Vasco Da Gama and Mr.Alfredo Sampaio. They have won many a titles as a coach and also discovered players such as Ronaldo and  Catanha.

Sanjeev Sharma

Vice Chairman, Southall Football Club

It gives me immense pleasure that Cordia-Southall Football Academy has been set up at Sanghol. My association with football as a player and as promoter began at a very young age when I played for 7 years to 16 years at school and later in my youth for district, county and England U16 level. This academy at Sanghol would be providing similar opportunities to students from the rural Punjab and enable them to play for clubs. My experience of playing for clubs, namely Pits hanger Dynamo, Harrow Rangers, West Ham Youth & Tottenham Youth, and Southall FC convinced me that there is need for such opportunities to be created in Punjab so that children participate in U12 and U17 tournaments and excel in football sport. 

After having managed Southall FC and running First team and co-managing the reserves team, there is need for creating such teams to provide enough space to children to play and grow into international players. With my experience of daily running of Southall FC and working with Real Madrid Foundation through Sport for Unity Charity Project in Croydon. On a similar pattern, Cordia-Southall FC can set up coaches plan and academy/community programmes at Sanghol. 

I am hopeful that in the times to come Cordia-Southall Football Academy Sanghol wil, be of world fame.