Vishal Anand, Pro Chancellor & Founder, Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh

Vishal Anand, Pro Chancellor & Founder, Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh

  • Vishal Anand is the Pro-Chancellor & Founder of Shoolini University in Himachal Pradesh.



Poor quality education is leading to poor learning outcomes in India, ultimately pushing children out of the education system and leaving them vulnerable to child labor, abuse, and violence. Many classrooms continue to be characterized by teacher-centered rote learning, corporal punishment, and discrimination. We have brought Vishal Anand, the Pro-Chancellor & Founder of Shoolini University in Himachal Pradesh, to talk to us about quality education.

00:35- About Vishal Anand

  • Vishal Anand is the Pro-Chancellor & Founder of Shoolini University in Himachal Pradesh.
  • My passion as an entrepreneur & investor is to create social enterprises that enable the empowerment and development of the host society.
  • The journey started when I founded Shoolini University at 28 years of age in my hometown, Solan.
  • Today, it is a high-impact private university in Himachal Pradesh, focused on Himalayan Sustainability and Development. Our vision is to be among the top 200 global universities by 2022.

01:24- About Shoolini University

  • Set up by a motley group of social entrepreneurs in 2009, Shoolini University is today India’s leading private campus in terms of placements, rankings & research.
  • Run by top academicians and scholars, our focus is to impart quality higher education with a world-class infrastructure and campus.
  • Hence, the students enjoy a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities.
  • The aim is to help them become happy and successful individuals.
  • Students learn to think outside the box and fulfill their dreams.
  • Shoolini is the name of the local goddess. It is an incarnation of Maa Durga.

06:21- What is the function of these 200 labs?

  • If you really want to build quality research, we need people who are exposed to quality research.
  • 24 was the initial number now I operate more than 200 labs.
  • It gave me a big kick-start where we had someone who’s been an expert for 15 to 18 years in a top global lab.
  • We immediately had a collaboration with the top global university.

08:37- Where is the gap between expectations and delivery for the parents and children when it comes to institutions?

  • India is stuck between a more socialist approach and the more capitalist approach.
  • We are really short on supply. It is not about the quality.
  • I have seen a lot of struggles in opening up education and giving the right supply.
  • I personally believe in the next two to three years, India will disrupt education, the way they disrupted fintech.

13:26- Vocational Training for Youngsters

  • Learning platforms can change someone’s life.
  • With platforms like YouTube, learning is endless.
  • It is not about a formal degree program, vocational program, or online learning as long as you can learn and get inspired.


You can connect with  Vishal Anand- LinkedIn


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