NRI Shail Kumar’s New Book: “Building Golden India”
About the future of the nation, its 1.3 billion people, and its higher education system
Los Angeles, Nov. 30, 2015
The book is written by Shail Kumar, past-president, IIT Foundation and includes a foreword by Desh Deshpande, trustee, Deshpande Foundation and life member, MIT Corporation. It has received endorsements from several industry titans, entrepreneurs, faculty members in MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, President-emeritus, University of California, young professionals, and students
Building Golden India is about the future of India and unleashing the potential of its 1.3 billion people. The interests of students, parents, society, industry, and the nation are intimately connected through the higher education system. Further, in the next 35-50 years, India must educate and prepare 700 million to 1.3 billion young men and women for their lives and careers. So, how is India’s higher education system doing and how could it be transformed to better meet the needs of its stakeholders?
Shail Kumar, an author provides a compelling analysis rich with stories, anecdotes, and data, and then lays a roadmap that takes us from today’s mega challenges to a brighter future for India and its people. He 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 books. Finally, he conducted over a hundred interviews with a diverse group of stakeholders in India and across four continents.
Shail wrote this book because he cares about India. He would like to see a transformed and united India with a prosperous, healthy and peaceful society, a vibrant and sustainable economy and a thriving environment.
Shail has drawn from his over thirty years of experiences in a variety of roles – student, alumni leader, entrepreneur, corporate executive, activist, and an university administrator. Son of an Indian Army officer, Shail grew up around India. As a student in Kendriya Vidyalaya, he and fellow students used to periodically sing songs about bringing back the glory days of India’s Golden Age and Takshashila and Nalanda. He is also inspired by The Bhagavad Gita, Gautama Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Narayana Murthy, Gurcharan Das and many doers and thinkers. Shail currently resides in the Silicon Valley with his wife and two children.