Govt nod to set-up knowledge network at cost of Rs5990 cr

Govt nod to set-up knowledge network at cost of Rs5990 cr

New Delhi: Government on Thursday approved a project to connect 1500 educational institutes across the country through high speed data communication network.

A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) at an outlay of Rs5,990 crore to be implemented by the National Informatics Centre over a period of 10 years, an official spokesperson said.

“The NKN will have about 25 core Point of Presence (PoPs) and 600 secondary PoPs. It will connect around 1500 institutions," she said adding that the setting up of core network is expected to be completed in a span of 24 months.

On 21 January, the CCI had given its in-principle approval to the project which is one of the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission (NKC).

The network is expected to encourage sharing of knowledge, specialised resources and collaborative research.

The NKN was announced by the then finance minister P Chidambaram in his Budget speech of 2008-09.

Initially Rs100 crore was allocated to the department of information technology, ministry of communications and IT for establishing the Network.

The architecture of the National Knowledge Network will be scalable and the network will consist of an ultra-high speed core in the multiples of 10 Gbps and upwards.