Mr. Shail Kumar is the Founder and President of Nalanda 2.0 (www.Nalanda2.org) and author of Building Golden India: How to unleash India's vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now. (www.shailkumar.com) In addition to receiving international acclaim from academic and business leaders, in 2017, a Nobel Laureate presented this book to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In July 2020, India’s New Education Policy (NEP 2020) was approved by the Cabinet. Many of the goals, ideas, and policy recommendations in NEP 2020 are in this book!
Prior to writing the book, Shail was an administrator at two world-class multidisciplinary research universities: UC Berkeley (ranked #5 in Top 500 of Global Rankings, ARWU, 2017) and UC San Diego (ranked #15 in Top 500 of Global Rankings, ARWU, 2017).
Earlier, he was co-founder and CEO of two start-ups and executive in several Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley high technology companies. Alumni leader since 1991, he was President of the IIT Foundation and co-founder of the Pan IIT alumni movement in the US. Shail is a recipient of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur’s Distinguished Service Award.
He has an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.Tech with honors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. (click here for a more detailed bio.)