Nalanda 2.0’s mission of making India’s higher education system world-class is all about empowering people and benefitting the society:
Educating the youth,
Upskilling and reskilling its professionals,
Addressing problems that matter to society and industries, and
Spurring research, innovation, start-ups, and the economy.
With 1.3 billion people in India, which is close to 1/6th of world's population, Nalanda 2.0’s mission is a win-win for India and its people and the global humanity. Make a donation and help advance this important and time-sensitive mission.
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.) In a post-COVID-19 world, Nalanda 2.0’s mission is more important and urgent than ever before.
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. UFI will begin by launching the Global Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Once it establishes its premier position in AI, UFI will expand its scope and scale to become a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research university.
UFI and the Global Institute for AI launch timing will be greatly influenced by the impact of COVID-19 on lives and livelihoods. Our next steps include refining our plans to respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by this crisis and then selecting a city, securing land, raising funds for the university, and completing the founding team. As a result of the delay in launch timing, Nalanda 2.0 is raising additional funding to execute these plans, and fund operating expenses. A modest fundraising goal for a potentially outsized impact!
Make a Donation to Nalanda 2.0
There are four ways to make a donation to Nalanda 2.0:
Pay by credit card or PayPal by clicking on the Donate button.
Make a donation on Facebook.
Make checks payable to Nalanda 2.0 and mail it to P.O. Box 14841, Fremont, CA 94539, USA.
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, Synopsis, Salesforce, VMware, and Apple. Check your company's giving website and multiply your giving to Nalanda 2.0.
Join over 1055 donors who have donated approximately $158,000 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, Salesforce #SouthAsiaForce, and hundreds of 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.