NKC calls for more funds for state governments

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The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has suggested that the Indian Planning Commission to allocate additional funds from the 11th five Year Plan for educational institutes in the states, which will agree to implement its recommendations.

In its recommendations, NKC has suggested to create National Knowledge Network, which will create a high-bandwidth network to connect all universities, libraries and laboratories, hospitals and agricultural institutions to share data and resources across the country. The proposed broadband network is likely to have a 100 Mbps or higher access bandwidth. In the first phase, around 1000 will upgrade their networks and it will cost around of INR 20-40 million to connect each institution, amounting to INR 200-400 billion annually for 1,000 institutions in the first phase. The NKC is also working on recommendations with regard to engineering education. The commission has already submitted similar recommendations on legal, medical and management education in the country.

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