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Knowledge Commission mulls networks across universities   

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BANGALORE: The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) is looking at 20 different

activities and areas that could empower India as a knowledge society. 

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In his keynote address at the Infovision Summit in Bangalore via

videoconference, Sam Pitroda, chairman, NKC, said that the next big success for

India would be to use technology to improve the lives of those at the bottom of

the pyramid. 

The areas of focus include education, languages, translation, modernizing and

upgradation of libraries, building national portals and a strong focus on

primary and university education. 

He said that the committee is looking into the setting up of national

knowledge networks with gigabyte facility connecting all libraries,

universities, science and research organizations and academic institutions in

the country. 

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“We are talking to players like BSNL, Bharti and Reliance about creating

virtual networks that can connect thousands of nodes with high bandwidth.” 

Pitroda added that following the success of the National portal on water,

similar portals would be created on education, environment and health, with the

participation of the Government, NGO and private companies. He stressed on the

importance of revamping the primary education system in the country “that has

failed miserably.” 

“There is a need to change the mindset that has been prevalent over the

last 60 years. We believe that there is a need for participation, private

participation and better teachers to meet the needs of a global society.” 

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Pitroda cited challenges such as increasing the number of seats in

universities from the current eight million to 20 million and improving the

content of syllabus. He urged the industry to tap the huge IT opportunity in

healthcare that accounts for 16 per cent of the US GDP. 

On the e-governance recommendations that were brought out by NKC early this

year, he said that these have been predominantly accepted and await execution. 

MM Pallamraju, Minister of State for Defence, said that knowledge management

has become a mature reality today in today's globalized and highly competitive

world.

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