Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai
has documented his travails in the progress of Mahatma Education Society through a book titled EduNation : The Dream of an India Empowered.
This is an unprecedented piece of work. It not only exposes the glaring inadequacies of the Indian educational system over a period of 60 years of Independence, but through a deep personal study of how things work in advanced countries and through the examples of a spirited entrepreneurship of the author's own life provides chapter after chapter of meaningful hope. The book is an invaluable resource for all those interested in tapping into India's vast human capital. Government looking at reforms, entrepreneurs looking for real-time management truths, institution-builders wanting to get their foundations right, educators intent on getting, parents, teachers, students and philanthropists.
It speaks to all in a language that is lucid and with a pace, that is representative of the author's own scale of growth.
is no academic theory. It is a working concept, pragmatic, practiced, proven and shared by its author through 40 years of industious effort, and through institutions that have done India proud. Dr. Pillai says, the potential that is to be awakened with this vision of education is not only the scientific and management skills that are critically needed in the 21st century, but also "that we will be seen as larger than ourselves, capable of working for a more progressive humanity."
The vision is to prepare students for their world, so that they can be more effective citizens as well as managers, including supporting each other with mutual understanding and respect, and all of this now in a more complex, multicultural, high-tech global setting.
is a remarkable account of the relentless pragmatism graciously directed toward whatever it takes to serve students, start and sustain good schools behind the Pillai legace. The book is an essential reading for anyone and everyone who believes that an India well-educated is an India empowered, an India poised to lead the global march.
The book released in March 2010 is now the topic of discussions in academic and literary circles, and has drawn considerable attention to the path breaking and untiring efforts of Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai and Dr. Daphne Pillai in the field of education. On Monday the 28th June 2010, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai presented his book EduNation
to the Hon. Union Minister, HRD, Government of India Mr. Kapil Sibal. On the 15th September 2010, His Excellency Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. K. Shankaranarayanan
granted them an exclusive audience at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.