Higher education system is the nerve center for any society and nation. Unfortunately, India's higher education system is in crisis. Nalanda 2.0 is on a mission to transform India's higher education system and make it world class.
Why does Nalanda 2.0 mission matter? A vibrant higher education system empowers youth and professionals, addresses problems that matter to the society and industry, and spurs research, innovation, start-ups, and economy.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation are expected to disrupt industries, jobs, and labor market around the world. Thus, more than ever before, higher education is going to provide a critical foundation for fulfilling lives, careers, and lifelong learning. India is also facing several mega challenges such as food, water, health, poverty, energy, environment, and climate change, which need sustainable solutions now.
Unfortunately, India's higher education is in crisis. (read the link for a detailed case and six key metrics that point to the crisis.)
With 1.3 billion people in India, which is close to 1/6th of world's population, Nalanda 2.0’s mission of making India higher education system world class is a win-win for India and its people and the global humanity.
What is Nalanda 2.0 doing to advance this mission? Since its inception in October 2016, powered by an exceptional team of Founder & President, Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council, and a dedicated team of volunteers, Nalanda 2.0 is tackling some of the toughest challenges and opportunities facing India's higher education system. It is building a world-class multidisciplinary research university, educating stakeholders, and advising governments.
What are Nalanda 2.0 plans for 2020? Going forward, our primary focus will be to launch the University of the Future in India (UFI)—a first of its kind world-class multidisciplinary research university in India— as soon as possible. Building UFI will require at least $1 billion over the next ten years.
To launch UFI our goal is to secure land and raise $50 million to $150 million in funding commitments by June 2020. Nalanda 2.0 is raising an additional $200,000 by Dec. 31, 2019 so we can execute these plans, and pay for travel, fundraising road show, salary, and related expenses. A modest fundraising goal for a potentially outsized impact!
This Giving Season Make a Donation to Nalanda 2.0
There are four ways to make a donation to Nalanda 2.0:
Give on Nalanda 2.0 Facebook page. (US donors only)
Make checks payable to Nalanda 2.0 and mail it to P.O. Box 14841, Fremont, CA 94539, USA.
Pay by credit card or PayPal by clicking on the Donate button.
Make a contribution via your company's giving portal and multiply your impact.
Nalanda 2.0 is now eligible for employee-matching program in companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, Adobe, Applied Materials, Sony, LinkedIn, Nvidia, Salesforce, and Apple. Check your company's giving website and multiply your giving to Nalanda 2.0.
You will join close to 170 donors who have donated approximately $114,000 starting May 2018 to partially fund this journey. The donors include the Tarsadia Foundation, Deshpande Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Dr. Anand Deshpande and Mrs. Sonali Deshpande, and 165 individual donors from India and the US.
Nalanda 2.0 (EIN 36-4878144) is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section (IRC) 501 (c) (3). Donors can deduct their contributions that they make to Nalanda 2.0 under IRC Section 170.