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Chapter 10: Next Steps: A Gray Revolution

Mumbai, 2014: “Check out the ‘broken window’ syndrome,” suggested Gopal. “It will explain why everything in India is in a crisis mode—land, air, water, education, you name it.” R. Gopalakrishnan—Gopal or RG to his friends—is one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. An IIT Kharagpur alumnus, Gopalakrishnan is a director at Tata Sons, an author of several best sellers, and a member of the board of directors of many corporations and educational institutions.

What is the ‘Broken Window’ syndrome, and why does it matter to building a golden India?

I address this question in Chapter 10.

India’s higher education is in crisis. I arrive at this conclusion based on extensive research, including interviewing over one hundred stakeholders—thought leaders, entrepreneurs, industry executives, faculty members, university leaders, young professionals, and students. And, every crisis needs a revolution. We need a Gray Revolution for gray matter: knowledge, skills, and wisdom. The goal of the Gray Revolution is building a Golden India. The Gray Revolution must transform India’s higher education system, urgently, and sustainably. It must unleash the potential, power, and passion of 1.3 billion Indians. The unleashed potential will address India’s mega challenges and make its economy more vibrant, robust, and sustainable. People will be more fulfilled and have better lives. Students, families, society, and the nation will have a bright and shining (golden!) future.

What does Gray Revolution mean and what are the steps?

In chapter 10, I lay out the roadmap that addresses this final question. Read my book and discover the details.

(Shail Kumar is the author of Building Golden India: How to unleash India's vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now. To find out more about the author and the book, visit:

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