Consider the following statements about National Knowledge Network (NKN):
1. It aims to connect all universities, research institutions, libraries and agricultural institutions across the country.
2. Agencies in the fields of nuclear, space and defence research are also part of NKN.
3. Its goal is to facilitate distance education in engineering, science and medicine.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  • a)
    1 and 2 only
  • b)
    2 and 3 only
  • c)
    1 and 3 only
  • d)
    1, 2 and 3
Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer?

UPSC Question

By Manju Sood · Aug 08, 2020 ·UPSC
Sudesh Rani answered Aug 08, 2020
Statement 1 is correct. In India, NKN with its multi-gigabit capability aims to connect all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across the country to address such paradigm shift. 
Statement 2 is correct. The leading mission-oriented agencies in the fields of nuclear, space and defence research are also part of NKN. By facilitating the flow of information and knowledge, the network addresses the critical issue of access and creates a new paradigm of collaboration to enrich the research efforts in the country.
Role of NKN:
Establishing a high-speed backbone connectivity which will enable knowledge and information sharing amongst NKN connected institutes
Enabling collaborative research, development and innovation amongst NKN connected institutes
Statement 3 is correct. Facilitating advanced distance education in specialized fields like engineering, science, medicine etc. Facilitating an ultra-high-speed e-governance backbone Facilitating connection between different sectoral networks in the field of research.

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