The National Knowledge Network (NKN) was set up to enhance collaboration amongst higher education and research institutes. The government implemented the NKN in 2009-10 to provide connectivity to nearly 5,000 institutions.

The objective of this paper is to provide an integrated framework for increasing the effectiveness of knowledge networks. We do this by identifying the organisational mechanisms, key processes and competencies required to support higher education and research institutes in India support higher education and research institutes in India.

In order for NKN to facilitate the creation of different types of virtual domain specific networks or knowledge and research communities and, hence, a niche for itself, it must increase its focus on the needs of the Indian context.

For example, in the existing cancer, brain and climate change grids, it should focus on those areas where research is India-specific. This way, it could leverage the global grids in these areas more effectively. It would encourage Indian researchers to join such networks. In such cases, NKN’s role would be to provide requisite bandwidth and computational tools for researchers.

Those aspects of such research, which arise because of the specificity of the Indian context, could be supported by NKN through sharing experience of successful projects and the processes adopted for maintaining workflow, databases and ontologies.

(From ‘Integrated Framework for Increasing the Effectiveness of Knowledge Networks: Roles of Network Providers and Users”)

Source: TOI (By Rekha Jain & Manjari Singh)