A success story of national pride and achievement, Silver Lining is told most engagingly by a civil servant whose experiences in Gujarat deserve to be widely known. Jayanti Ravi is not only an observer but an active participant in this theatre of higher education where motives and methods meet several lives to enrich them amid numerous challenges and privations. True learning, argues Ravi, begins when we learn to read the world rather than the word, instances of which she cites and celebrates in these pages. Above all, non-formal education has had very few committed votaries, a regrettable shortcoming Ravi’s pages will certainly redress/ overcome.
This book would inspire serious aspirants to the Indian Administrative Service and the general reader.
The Foreword to this book is by Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council
Foreword by Sam Pitroda
A Book-reading Experiment
A Model of Self-governance
Making a Dent in the Mindsets
Crossing the Caste Divide
Unto the Classroom
A Role Model from a Remote Village
Literacy and a Rich Legacy
Oases of Excellence
The Sahyog Saga
Seeds of Development
jayanti s. ravi, IAS, is a civil servant of the Gujarat cadre. A nuclear physicist by qualification, with a PhD from MS University, Baroda, Masters in Public Administration from Harvard, she is a column writer and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked for many years as an educational administrator, including sectors ranging from development to energy, across districts of Gujarat and also in the Prime Minister's Office as Director in the National Advisory Council.