For the students of Andhra University College of Engineering, who packed the Y.V.S. Murthy auditorium, it was a rich experience as they listened to Scientific Secretary to the Union Government S.V. Raghavan for nearly an hour as the noted scientist gave them an insight into the network designing, its importance and many other important aspects.

“The National Knowledge Network is the largest network and the fastest in the world. We don’t know many big things happening in India”, said Prof. Raghavan, who is the chief architect of NKN, and also the man behind the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), a project to launch 1000 DTH channels and many other projects. Then he went on to explain the purpose for which a network is designed-for the good of the people; topology and technology; the economic viability and its acceptance. The network has to be quick irrespective of the distance; reliability of the system was important, he said.

He spoke on the topic, large scale network design and cyber security at the meeting specially arranged by the college. Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju, Principal Ch.S. Ramachandra Murthy participated. Many faculty members were also present.

The NKN will have a total of 1,500 nodes (educational and other institutions) providing an almost free cyber space and the NOFN will have a total of 2.5 lakh nodes ultimately reaching every village in the country.

Education and health care would come under NKN.

As far as optical fibre network is concerned, the country’s population density and demographic distribution was an asset as a 10 km long fibre cable would serve 10,000 people, he pointed out.

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