- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Ons Group Press (15 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996616802
- ISBN-13: 978-0996616805
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,10,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Building Golden India: How to Unleash India's Vast Potential and Transform Its Higher Education System. Now. Paperback – Import, 15 Oct 2015
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About the Author
Shail Kumar is Past-President of the IIT Foundation; co-founder of Pan IIT alumni movement in the USA; former administrator at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego; co-founder and CEO of two start-ups; and was an executive in several Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley-based corporations. He has an MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. For this book, Shail has drawn from his over thirty years of student, alumni leadership, and professional experiences. He has also read thousands of pages of national and state level committee reports and numerous non-fiction books. Finally, he conducted over a hundred interviews with a diverse group of stakeholders in India and across four continents. Son of an Indian Army officer, Shail grew up around India. He currently resides in the Silicon Valley with his wife and two children. He enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with his family.
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Shail starts this book on a personal note by narrating his experience of getting admitted into and studying at IIT Kharagpur. The very first chapter contains stories of how the author imagines India will be in 2047. But the following three chapters show that India's higher education system has become dysfunctional and that there is a long way to go before such a future can be attained. Next come a series of case studies of higher education, beginning with Nalanda University which was the pioneer for higher education in the first millennium, as well as contemporary American universities like UC Berkeley and Stanford. The author argues that excellence in higher education arises out of a virtuous cycle of excellent faculty and excellent students attracting each other. In the concluding section, the author presents his novel concept of a "Grey Revolution" and emphasizes the urgency for change.
The analysis is impeccable, the prose is succint and the proposed solutions are pragmatic. An excellent book for anyone who is concerned about the nation's development by investing in human capital.
Govt officers and policy makers should go through all suggestions recommended in the book and even if they could implement 50% of all suggestions, they can do wonders in a small span of time.
Amazed to see the depth of research done while writing this book, the writer's efforts are directly reflected in the book. All recommendations made have full proof, supported by good amount of data and evidence.
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