National Knowledge Network Approved by Indian Government

By admin • March 29th, 2010

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Manmohan Singh, current prime minister of India.
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The construction of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) have been given the green light by the Indian government. Proposals to connect 1500 educational institutes around India, through a high-speed data communication network, to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information have been approved.

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, approved the building of the network with an outlay of US$ 1.32 billion. The National Informatics Centre would implement the project over a period of ten years.

“We are putting in place an Integrated National Knowledge Network that would have nodes to all major institutions of higher education and learning,” Manmohan Singh said in his speech at a function in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati.

“This network would help our institutions of higher learning to connect with each other and carry on the relevant interdisciplinary dialogue,” he added.

The core network, featuring an ultra-high speed core, is forecast to be completed in a period of 24 months.

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