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 advancing its mission of making India's higher education system world-class by building a world-class multidisciplinary research university, educating stakeholders, and advising governments.

Building the University of the Future in India (UFI)

Implementing game changing ideas at the system and institutional level are critical. 


We are poised to launch UFI, AI-led multidisciplinary research university in India, in 2021-2022. After over two years of planning and engaging with stakeholders, we have:


  1. Built an exceptional team,

  2. Developed an actionable plan

  3. Received support of industry executives and at the central and state government levels,

  4. Shortlisted Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune as top location choices for the university, and 

  5. Established a growing network of AI experts in academia and industry who are ready to join or partner with the university.


Now, we are seeking at least $70 million in philanthropic funding to launch the university and build the Global Institute for AI. The AI-enabled Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. And, actions taken now will determine the winners and losers in the post-COVID-19 world. Time is of the essence!

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Educating Stakeholders

Before a problem can be solved it must be first acknowledged. 


Nalanda 2.0 is educating stakeholders on the importance and urgency of transforming India’s higher education system by writing blogs and articles, giving talks and interviews, participating in panel discussions, and meeting decision makers and influencers.


Shail Kumar, Founder and President, Nalanda 2.0, wrote a book on this subject titled: Building Golden India: How to unleash India's vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now. Many decision makers and influencers have read this book. In 2017, a Nobel Laureate presented this book to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

We have made presentations and had interactive sessions at Amazon, Salesforce, Workday, UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Been interviewed by PanIIT USA, The INDUStry Show, and news media. Given talks at the IIT Leadership Conference in the Bay Area and participated in education panels at the Berkeley India Conference and Harvard India Conference.   


Over 1,500 students, faculty members, influencers, and IITians have attended these talks and panel discussions. We conducted a FB Live event that has so far reached over 6000 individuals and has been viewed by over 2000 unique viewers. In addition, we have written several articles and blogs, which had over 100,000 views and over 10,000 likes and shares.

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Click here to view the videos and picture gallery to some of the talks.

Advocacy/Advising Governments

Policy-level interventions can have a significant impact quickly and at a large scale.


With this in mind, we have met and shared ideas for transforming India’s higher education system with leaders, policy makers, and influencers. This includes the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), New Education Policy (NEP) Committee, and several state governments.


In the NEP Draft report (published June 2019), Shail Kumar was acknowledged in the “Eminent Persons” sub-section of this report (Page 461). Several of our recommendations are incorporated in the report. There is also a growing acknowledgment of our assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the higher education system and proposed solutions.


In 2019, in partnership with the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi we spearheaded an effort to transform its higher education system. This included assembling a High-Level Committee consisting of leaders from academia, industry, government, and civil society from India and the US, and developing a draft report. When implemented, the recommendations in the report have the potential of making NCT of Delhi the Knowledge and Innovation Capital in the nation.

Click here to view pictures with some of the decision makers and influencers.

Click here for the press coverage on the initiative to reform higher education in Delhi.

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