National Knowledge Network making headway: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan has taken the lead in creation of the National Knowledge Network wherein 19 institutions across the State are being connected with each other and also to over 1,500 institutions of higher learning across the country through a state-of-the-art broadband network, according to Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot.

Praising the efforts of the Central Department of Information Technology and the Rajasthan Government, he said that out of the 19 institutes in Rajasthan that were part of the network, work has already been commissioned at five, while it would begin soon at the rest. All work is expected to be completed in three years.

The 19 include Central University (Ajmer), Central Arid Zone Research Institute (Jodhpur), Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (Pilani), Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur), Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre, IIT (Jodhpur), Central Institute for Arid Horticulture (Bikaner), Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute (Avikanagar) and Government Medical College (Kota).

“The NKN initiative will enable Rajasthan to reach new heights. By interconnecting the State's premier institutions engaged in research, higher education and scientific development, the NKN will enable collaborative research and development of diverse sectors such as health, education, science and technology, agriculture and governance.”

The Minister, who represents Ajmer in the Lok Sabha, said NKN is a multi-gigabit pan-India network to provide a unified high-speed network backbone for all knowledge-related institutions. “Its power lies in its ability to bring together all stakeholders from various fields. The Rs.6,000-crore project will connect around 1,500 institutions across India, enabling scientists, researchers and students from diverse spheres to work together for advancing human development in critical and emerging areas,” he added.

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