Anurags Sharma has been living in India for the past six years.
The author, author, entrepreneur and business consultant has been the founding director of the International Center for Education in India, and is also a former editor-in-chief of The Hindu and an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales.
He has been involved in many different ventures, and in 2015 was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of International Education.
“The opportunity to go back to India was a dream come true for me, and I wanted to explore opportunities in education that would provide me with the opportunity to contribute to education and culture in India,” Sharma told Quartz.
In an interview with Quartz, Sharma said he has been working in India as a consultant since 2008, but had only been to the country once since then.
“I’ve been working on the education front for about a year now,” he said.
“And this is what I’m about to do now.”
He plans to create his own business to provide education in the country, based on the model he developed with the International Centre for Education, and will set up a school in India to train teachers and students.
Sharma’s dream is to create a world-class education center in India and the company will launch in the next few months.
Sharma has already met with the government and has set up meetings with the education ministry.
“In India, you don’t get a lot of opportunity to work in the education sector, so it’s not the most exciting time to come back,” Sharma said.
The entrepreneur and author said that he hopes to create an environment where all students in India have access to a good education, and that the education system will benefit from the experience he has gained.
“We want to create this opportunity for students to achieve their dreams,” Sharma added.
In 2017, Sharma launched a successful online course to teach the world how to use Google Maps.
The course was one of the top 100 best online courses on Udemy, according to a report from the site.
“For those students who have the time, I want to show them how to navigate India’s roads and streets with Google Maps,” Sharma explained.
“My aim is to give them an idea about how to get around, to take pictures, to use the internet and to have fun while learning,” he added.
Sharma plans to provide free training on his courses to students.
“It’s about providing the education that students need,” Sharma noted.
“If I had to offer free training, I’d do it for free, and give them access to it.”
Sharma said the education in India is not what he had imagined.
“A lot of people say that education is the lifeblood of India.
I have been thinking about this from the very beginning, and it’s really a big part of the Indian education system.
India is a nation of 7.5 billion people and we have a lot to offer to our people, and this is the reason why we are doing all this,” Sharma commented.