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Have you asked any of these or similar questions? ​ - India was once called a "golden bird". Could India become a prosperous nation once again? - Do we have a silver bullet or a master key for transforming the nation? - What would it take to make the needed transformation? If you have, then this recently published and highly acclaimed book is a must read. The author makes th Have you asked any of these or similar questions? ​ - India was once called a "golden bird". Could India become a prosperous nation once again? - Do we have a silver bullet or a master key for transforming the nation? - What would it take to make the needed transformation? If you have, then this recently published and highly acclaimed book is a must read. The author makes the case that we can build a Golden India by unleashing the potential of its 1.3 billion people and transforming its higher education system. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Trustee, Deshpande Foundation, and Life Member, MIT Corporation has written a foreword for the book. Buy a copy for yourself. Give a gift to your friends. Donate to a library.


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Have you asked any of these or similar questions? ​ - India was once called a "golden bird". Could India become a prosperous nation once again? - Do we have a silver bullet or a master key for transforming the nation? - What would it take to make the needed transformation? If you have, then this recently published and highly acclaimed book is a must read. The author makes th Have you asked any of these or similar questions? ​ - India was once called a "golden bird". Could India become a prosperous nation once again? - Do we have a silver bullet or a master key for transforming the nation? - What would it take to make the needed transformation? If you have, then this recently published and highly acclaimed book is a must read. The author makes the case that we can build a Golden India by unleashing the potential of its 1.3 billion people and transforming its higher education system. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Trustee, Deshpande Foundation, and Life Member, MIT Corporation has written a foreword for the book. Buy a copy for yourself. Give a gift to your friends. Donate to a library.

30 review for Building Golden India: How to unleash India's vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rishabh

    This is a very thorough, well-organized book on the current state of education in India and how it can be transformed to enable "the building of a Golden India." India's current state in terms of its education infrastructure and capability is despondent and alarming. For a country of its size, cultural legacy and current standing in the league of nations, India's education infrastructure needs an enormous revamp to enable even basic opportunities for the millions of kids who will need higher edu This is a very thorough, well-organized book on the current state of education in India and how it can be transformed to enable "the building of a Golden India." India's current state in terms of its education infrastructure and capability is despondent and alarming. For a country of its size, cultural legacy and current standing in the league of nations, India's education infrastructure needs an enormous revamp to enable even basic opportunities for the millions of kids who will need higher education in the coming decades. Something that stands out is the minute nature of analysis and collection of statistics throughout the book which makes the author's case on the enormity of the challenges very compelling. Consider these: "470 million people, accounting for 39 percent of India's population are under the age of 18." That's more than 1.5 times the entire population of the US. However, "only 50% aged 8-11 enrolled in government schools were able to read a simple paragraph with three sentences (India human development survey 04-05)". This sad statistic is one of many which illustrates the quality of education available in India today. Clearly, there is a lot to do. After a careful analysis of the existing challenges to India's education system, the book then explores successful models of education across time - from India's ancient Nalanda University to top US universities today. The author convincingly argues that India perhaps need to borrow ideas from its own past glory and its democratic ally USA and develop a hybrid model for the India of tomorrow - something that blends the free-thinking, multi-disciplinary spirit of ancient Nalanda with the entrepreneurial and technological vibrancy of the current US system. The author's own past administrative experience in top US universities helps him bring forth deep insights into what makes them tick. Differing from the "broken window syndrome" that afflicts armchair critics, the author proposes a comprehensive roadmap for recovery for India's education infrastructure, arguing for a bold vision with an emphasis on excellence and meritocracy. I particularly liked the clear targets and plans proposed in the book for this seemingly impossible endeavor. The book finishes on an optimistic note hoping to have jolted the audience into some degree of urgency to contribute in whatever way they can. India forms one-fifth of humanity today. Its progress is not just the imperative of a nation but a vast swathe of humanity. Transforming India's education sector will change the world. Hopefully, the book will interest not just Indians and Indophiles but everybody who wants to see a better world which has access to universal education. This book is a tome of statistics for those of us with an analytical bent of mind and a trove of views, experiences and anecdotes for the raconteurs among us. It is a well-researched roadmap for action for policy makers and stakeholders in India's education system. It is a glimpse into a large nation's challenge to transform itself. Go buy it today.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gourab Chatterjee

    This thought provoking journey, presents the deep correlation of the socio-economic scenario of any nation with access to quality education. A must read for young Indians, this book highlights numerous public opinions and draws inspirational traits from successful examples towards re-shaping India to its golden form through innovation and interest-based, as the title aptly says.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sreeja

    Very well researched book about the state of art of higher education in India and how it compares to the facilities in the United States. Highly recommended read for anyone interested in implementing policy changes in Indian universities.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aishwarya Iyer

    Indeed a great read! Very well researched book by Shail Kumar. I especially loved the nuanced action plan. India must take these steps immediately to realize its potential. These if acted upon will definitely bring about the gray revolution which is much needed for a country like India which in comparison to others could do much more. We can definitely build Golden India provided we get firsthand support from the political leaders. I really feel that ,when countries like Singapore, china could r Indeed a great read! Very well researched book by Shail Kumar. I especially loved the nuanced action plan. India must take these steps immediately to realize its potential. These if acted upon will definitely bring about the gray revolution which is much needed for a country like India which in comparison to others could do much more. We can definitely build Golden India provided we get firsthand support from the political leaders. I really feel that ,when countries like Singapore, china could rise from being poor to being the wealthiest , why cant we? Power lies in action and not in thoughts and words. I sincerely hope, the action plans get implemented soon so that we can also prosper like other countries soon!! Golden India which is still a dream could definitely become a reality soon if we get the support from the concerned groups.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suman Mondal

    Well researched, hard hitting, quantitative and realistic, Shail Kumar's Building Golden India is essential reading for students, parents, bureaucrats, policy makers and leaders. I highly recommend this book for the following reasons: 1. Well researched and quantitative: While it is usually accepted that Indian education sector needs an overhaul, the discourse generally is confined to a few institutions and relies heavily on anecdotes. Shail authoritatively navigates official reports and present Well researched, hard hitting, quantitative and realistic, Shail Kumar's Building Golden India is essential reading for students, parents, bureaucrats, policy makers and leaders. I highly recommend this book for the following reasons: 1. Well researched and quantitative: While it is usually accepted that Indian education sector needs an overhaul, the discourse generally is confined to a few institutions and relies heavily on anecdotes. Shail authoritatively navigates official reports and presents the most relevant statistics in an accessible and lucid format. He covers pan-India outlook and outcomes and compares them with global scenario. He makes it clear exactly how bad the situation and where we need to go, which is critical in formulating any solutions to the problem. 2. Realistic solutions: Shail provides very realistic roadmap to achieve our education goals and that is where this book differs from everyone else. He critically analyses successful systems like the US education system and explains how they got where they are now. He also draws on from detailed analysis of old Indian education systems of excellence, namely Nalanda University and forms lucid arguments of why they were successful. Finally he distills all of this into easy to understand actionable items that can lead to a better education system in India. 3. Well written: The language is easy to understand and the writing style is accessible to the lay reader. Shail is able to weave solid statistics into the narrative without overwhelming the reader with numbers. He also provides the take home messages in a clear format which stay with the reader long after the chapter or book is over. Overall a must read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shailabh Kumar

    Shail Kumar’s “Building Golden India” is one of the most engaging and relevant books that I have had the chance of going through recently. Through this book, Shail pitches the idea that much of India’s current and upcoming economic and societal problems can be solved by an extensive overhaul of the current higher educational system. I felt that this book accurately analyzes the problems surrounding India's education sector and defines the steps needed to tackle these issues. I would highly recom Shail Kumar’s “Building Golden India” is one of the most engaging and relevant books that I have had the chance of going through recently. Through this book, Shail pitches the idea that much of India’s current and upcoming economic and societal problems can be solved by an extensive overhaul of the current higher educational system. I felt that this book accurately analyzes the problems surrounding India's education sector and defines the steps needed to tackle these issues. I would highly recommend this book as essential reading material to anyone concerned with the state of higher education or overall growth of India. I hope this book delivers the necessary sense of alarm to the citizens as well as those in charge in India, pushing us towards the path of inclusion and prosperity.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suma Jaini

    A must read book for everyone including students, teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, visionaries who have an experience with higher education in India and wish to see an improvement in the same. The extent of research on India's past and current education system along with the rest of the world is mind blowing. Not only does this book showcases thorough research but also provides solutions to transform the education system. I would highly recommend this book and suggest you to be a part of the jo A must read book for everyone including students, teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, visionaries who have an experience with higher education in India and wish to see an improvement in the same. The extent of research on India's past and current education system along with the rest of the world is mind blowing. Not only does this book showcases thorough research but also provides solutions to transform the education system. I would highly recommend this book and suggest you to be a part of the journey to transform India's education system. NOW.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raj Singh

    A great book and must read for everyone who cares about India and its future. The book is beautifully set with engaging story-line and in-depth analysis. There is an enormous amount of research and analysis that has gone behind the book and you can feel it when you read it. All the data and analysis is beautifully presented through a very simple to understand language and story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anandh Sundar

    The book had great reviews and research by the author, but while reading this I got the sense of depth in its problems but hardly any in the solutions proposed. Good read to avoid wading through miles of reports etc, but not inspirational per se

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aseem Juneja

    Well written. Check out www.indbound.com to guest lecture on your next visit to India and help Indian Higher Education. Well written. Check out www.indbound.com to guest lecture on your next visit to India and help Indian Higher Education.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hrishikesh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sachin Bapat

    Brilliant book- a must read for everyone that cares about India's future... Brilliant book- a must read for everyone that cares about India's future...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shail Kumar

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sumedha Rao

  16. 5 out of 5

    kramaprasad

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nirmal Utwani

  18. 5 out of 5

    Subhamoy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dibyendu

  20. 5 out of 5

    S S

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pracheer Gupta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karn Satyarthi

  24. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek Sharma

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debmalya Sinha

  26. 5 out of 5

    VINEITH

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shana

  28. 4 out of 5

    krishnan narayanan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chitta

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashok KALBAG

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