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Cabinet panel clears National Knowledge Network plan news
21 January 2010

The cabinet committee on infrastructure has accorded in-principle approval for the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN), which would interlink all knowledge institutions in the country.

The physical infrastructure or the core network of the NKN is expected to be completed in a span of 24 months. The NKN, with about 25 core point of presence (PoPs) and 600 secondary PoPs, will connect around 1,500 institutions, a government release said today.

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will undertake the job of interconnecting all knowledge institutions trough high-speed data communication network.

This would encourage sharing of knowledge, specialised resources and collaborative research, the release said.

The setting up of the NKN was one of the important recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission (NKC).

The government announced the decision to set up the National Knowledge Network in 2008-09. An initial amount of Rs100 crore was allocated to the department of information technology for establishing the NKC. A high-level committee was also set up to coordinate and monitor the establishment of the NKN.

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Cabinet panel clears National Knowledge Network plan