National Knowledge Network

India has decided to extend the National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh. The Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh unveiled e-plaques for the supply of buses and trucks, the inauguration of 36 community clinics, 11 water treatment plants, and the extension of the National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.

What is the National Knowledge Network?
NKN is a state-of-the-art pan-India network and is a revolutionary step towards creating a knowledge society without boundaries.
NKN aims to connect all knowledge and research institutes in the country, utilizing a high-speed, low-latency network.
In March 2010, the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) approved the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) to be implemented by the National Informatics Centre over 10 years.
Establishing NKN is a significant step towards ushering in a knowledge revolution in the country with connectivity to more than 1500 institutions.

More on the news:
The National Knowledge Network will connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh with India and the world.
Buses and trucks would assist the efforts towards affordable public transportation; water treatment plants will help supply clean water; and community clinics will benefit about 2 lakh people in Bangladesh
The government is in the process of extending India’s National Knowledge Network to SAARC countries to enhance cooperation in the field of education.

NKN has been established keeping the following features in mind:
Establishing high-speed backbone connectivity that will enable knowledge and information sharing
Enabling collaborative research, development, and innovation.
Facilitating advanced distance education in specialized fields such as engineering, science, medicine, etc.
Facilitating an ultra-high-speed backbone for e-Governance.
Facilitating integration of different sectoral networks in the fields of research, education, health, commerce, and governance
Link to Global Networks to collaborate with the research communities across the globe.
NKN is designed as a Smart Ultra High Bandwidth network that seamlessly interconnects the leading Scientific and Technological institutions - that are pursuing world-class research and development.
NKN design is inherently proactive; it takes into account the requirements that may occur in the near and long term.

It will facilitate the development of India’s information infrastructure, stimulate research, and create next-generation applications and services.
The purpose of NKN goes to the very core of the country’s quest to build quality institutions with the requisite research facilities and to create a pool of highly trained professionals.
NKN is a significant step that will enable scientists, researchers, and students from across the country to work together to advance human development in critical and emerging areas.

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