The Human Resource Ministry of India and National Knowledge Commission (NKC) are planning to provide Internet connections to students and faculty and link all educational and research institutions through broadband network.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The network will provide Internet access to students and faculty, while all educational institutions would be interlinked for sharing knowledge. NKC chairperson Sam Pitroda has recommended setting up National Knowledge Network (NKN) to provide connectivity to around 5,000 nodes covering all major institutions for NKC's plan. The NKC has recommended to use existing commercial networks as it will not require any capital investment on the equipment. NKC has also suggested that the network should consist of Internet Protocol and Multi-Packet Labeled Services technology and integration of the institution's local area network (LAN) with the broadband connectivity.