Building Golden India: A Book About the Future of India and its Higher Education System

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SILICON VALLEY: ONS Group Press announces the launch of Building Golden India: How to unleash India’s vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now. It is a book authored by Shail Kumar, past-president of IIT Foundation and includes a foreword by Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, trustee of Deshpande Foundation and life member of MIT Corporation.

Building Golden India is about the future of India and unleashing the potential of its 1.3 billion people. The interests of students, parents, society, industry, and the nation are intimately connected through the higher education system. Further, in the next 35-50 years, India must educate and prepare 700 million to 1.3 billion young men and women for their lives and careers. So, how is India’s higher education system doing and how could it be transformed to better meet the needs of the students, society, and the nation? The author addresses some of these important questions in his book.

In this book, the author shares a vision, provides a compelling analysis rich with stories, anecdotes, and data, and then lays a roadmap that takes us from today’s mega challenges to a brighter future for India and its people.

The book has received endorsements from several industry titans, entrepreneurs, faculty members, young professionals, students, and thought leaders. Here is what some leaders and readers are saying about the book:

“Bold, timely, and solutions-oriented book on transforming India”
“Groundbreaking book”
“A must read”
“One of the most gripping non-fiction books I have ever read”
“Commendable treatise on India’s higher education system”

According to Shail Kumar, “This book is for students, professionals, and those who care deeply about India and its future.”

The book is available in paperback and ebook versions and can be purchased at

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About the Author
Shail Kumar is Past-President of the IIT Foundation; co-founder of Pan IIT alumni movement in the USA; former administrator at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego; co-founder and CEO of two start-ups; and was an executive in several Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley-based corporations. He has an MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

Son of an Indian Army officer, Shail grew up around India. He currently resides in the Silicon Valley with his wife and two children. He enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with his family.