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? 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.
Since its inception in October 2016 Nalanda 2.0 has made exciting progress, is making an impact, and poised to realize its vision of building a first of its kind world-class multidisciplinary research university in India.
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 plan is to raise at least $150 million. By June 2020, our goal is to secure land and raise $50 million to $150 million in funding commitments.
Our fundraising goal for Nalanda 2.0 is to raise an additional $200,000 by Dec. 31, 2019. These funds will enable us to execute these plans through June 2020, pay for salaries and expenses, travel and road shows primarily in India and the US, and related expenses.
What can you do to help Nalanda 2.0? Make a financial contribution to Nalanda 2.0 today and advance an important and time-sensitive mission.
Help make India's higher education system world class.
Make a donation to Nalanda 2.0 now.
Make a financial contribution to Nalanda 2.0 today and advance an important and time-sensitive mission. 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.
There are three ways to make a donation to Nalanda 2.0:
Make checks payable to Nalanda 2.0 and mail it to P.O. Box 14841, Fremont, CA 94539, USA.
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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.