National Knowledge Network (NKN)


  • NKN is a state-of-the-art multi-gigabit pan-Indian resource-sharing network aimed at digitally connecting all national universities, colleges and research establishments to create country-wide virtual classrooms.
  • This project was launched in 2010 for period of 10 years.
  • Currently, it is component of umbrella “Digital India” programme.


Objectives of NKN: 

  • It aims to connect universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across country with high bandwidth (multi-gigabit)/low latency internet connection so that they can share the knowledge, information and data.
  • Its core idea is to bring together all stakeholders from science, technology, higher education, healthcare, agriculture and governance to a common platform.


Mandate of NKN

  • Establish high-speed backbone connectivity which will enable knowledge and information sharing.
  • Enable collaborative research, development and Innovation
  • Facilitate an ultra-high speed backbone for e-Governance
  • Link to Global Networks to collaborate with research communities across the globe.
  • Facilitate advanced distance education in specialized fields such as engineering, science, medicine etc.
  • Facilitate integration of different sectorial networks in field of health, education, research, commerce and governance.

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