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DR. RAJU M. MATHEW : KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWMATICS-- MY STRUGGLE FOR 30 YEARS-- A BIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT
 

DR. RAJU M. MATHEW : KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWMATICS-- MY STRUGGLE FOR 30 YEARS-- A BIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT

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This biographical account for the sake of Knowledge will be beneficial for the young researchers on Knowmatics and Knowledge Industries. Conducting original research in a developing country like ...

This biographical account for the sake of Knowledge will be beneficial for the young researchers on Knowmatics and Knowledge Industries. Conducting original research in a developing country like India, especially in the traditionally molded mindset of Kerala, is a challenging task. It is more challenging in convincing people around me, though the best brains like Prof. A. I. Mikhalove, father of Informatics and Prof. Abdul Salam the Nobel Laureate in Physics were there to appreciate my work. Prof. Mikhalove even nominated me as the youngest member for the 12-member FID Committee on Research on the theoretical basis of Information Science in 1983. Prof. Abdul Salam nominated my paper as the official document for reference for the World Conference on Strategies and Policies for Informatics for Development held at Rome in 1984. I was even offered very big amount to set up a Third World Center of Informatics for Development at Kerala , financed jointly by the UN and UNESCO through Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics, Rome. I could not take up the Project for the negative stand of the Calicut University.

I had to fight a lot for the cause of my research at Calicut University where everybody looked upon me like a dangerous man, for I had been going deep in the secret of Knowledge.

My greatest support was my late wife, Dr. Santhamma Professor of Education, Calicut University. I got support from unexpected sources, including Mr. E.M.S. Nampoothiripad and Mr. E.K. Nayanar ,the two late Marxist Chief Ministers of Kerala, besides Mr. Rajive Gandhi, the late Prime Minister of India, though both the left and the right teachers associations of Calicut University (ACT and CUTA) were deadly against my work.

After leaving Calicut University in 2005, I could concentrate more on my research on Knowledge and Knowmatics. For making a major contribution, one has to face so many hurdles and personal losses, though fighting for a cause is thrilling. Now the international community has come forward to appreciate my works on Knowledge, Knowmatics, Knowledge Industry. My LinkedIn connections have extended almost all countries.

I wish that the world will make use of my works within ten years. Empowering everybody with Knowledge and developing a Unified Common System of Knowledge for making Knowledge Accessible to All are my dreams.

As an Economist, I have been fascinated in applying Economic theories or principles in Knowledge, though intangible. In 1984, I formulated Two Theories of Knowledge Consumption-Production that became the basis of Knowmatics. Explains the birth of Knowmatics, its practical business applications in Kerala, Possibilities of Kerala in Knowledge Industries have been examined Background stories have also been given starting from 1981 in which some of the players are. EMS, E. K. Nayanar, A.I. Mikhalove,K. R. Gowari,

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    DR. RAJU M. MATHEW : KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWMATICS-- MY STRUGGLE FOR 30 YEARS-- A BIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT DR. RAJU M. MATHEW : KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWMATICS-- MY STRUGGLE FOR 30 YEARS-- A BIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT Presentation Transcript

    • DR. RAJU M. MATHEWMY STRUGGLE FOR KNOWMATICS - MASS PRODCTION AND DELIVERY OF KNOWLEDGE 1984-2012
    • DREAMING AND WORKING FOR THE YOUNGThe only useful thing that I can do is dreaming and working for the young, theyoung in Kerala and the young all over the world. That is why; I could develop asystem, technology and business model to make young rich in knowledge, asknowledge Empowers them. This is the lesson that I learned from theBuddha, Jesus Christ and Mohammed who empowered the marginalized withknowledge without setting up even a nursery school.Even in the 21st century, the humanity is very much primitive and unscientificwith regard to ‘Knowledge Consumption and Production’. Just like the primitivehunter or the country hen or cock, everybody is searching for knowledge withnot sufficient time or energy to consume knowledge. Education, includinghigher education and scientific research, is still an art of searching or seekingknowledge rather than consuming and producing or applying knowledge.My task is making mankind free from the burden of seeking knowledge andmaking everybody consume knowledge in the form of customizedmodules, packages and solutions so as to become more productive andknowledge intensive with our System, Technology and Business Model thathave been developed with more than thirty years of research and struggle. Thisis the time for Knowledge Industries rather than mere data processing or datacoding technologies or industries. I am hopeful and trusting the young.
    • BUSINESS INTERESTS IN KNOWMATICSIn connection with the Knowledge Villas Project s of the KingsInfrastructure, Bangalore, India, its Chairman, Mr. Shaji Baby John andDirector, Mr. Baby john who are basically Engineers, got interested inKnowmatics. After a series of prolonged discussions held at the UAE andIndia, they realized the theoretical foundations, technological basis andbusiness possibilities of Knowmatics-based Knowledge Industries.They agreed to take up the Project and mobilize substantial capital fordeveloping the core technologies, developing the system and industrial orcommercial production of ‘Knowledge Modules, Packages and Solutions’ ona global basis, after protecting the Intellectual Property Rights of theinventor or proponent of Knowmatics and Knowmatics based KnowledgeIndustry. For their initiative, the Prince Holdings, Dubai has come forward to makemajor investment in Kerala for developing Knowmatics based KnowledgeIndustries, as part of their already announced 20,000 Million Indian Rupeesinvestment plan. It is hoped that the Project will be launched immediatelyafter the ‘Emerging Kerala -2012’ event to be held at Kochi, Kerala in Sept.2012.
    • ACADEMIC INTERESTS IN KNOWMATICS Though Knowmatics was originally propounded on 9th Feb. 2005 in Kerala, it got international recognition after presenting the paper, ‘Knowmatics- A New Revolution in Higher Education’ for the Fourth World Universities Forum held at Hong Kong, Jan. 14-16, 2011, that too with the refereeing of UNESCO experts ,besides the experts from the USA, Australia and England. The paper was published in the Journal of the World Universities Forum (2011) 4,1: 1-11 and was nominated as a Finalist for the International Award for Excellence. World Universities Forum comes under the World Economic Forum.
    • THE EARLY INITATIVE OF THE LDF GOVERNMENT INKERALA FOR KNOWLEDGE INDUSTRIESA two day national conference on ‘Knowmatics, Knowledge Industries andKerala’s Developmental Potentialities’ held at Calicut University on 29-30May 2005. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then President of Indiacontributed a paper for the conference. The newly elected LDF Governmentunder Mr. V. S. Achuthndan, took special interest in developing KnowledgeIndustries in Kerala. Mr. P. J. Joseph, the then Minister stronglysupported the project.The then Industries Minister, Mr. Elamaram Kareem even convened a specialmeeting at Kadave Resort in June 2006 for setting a Knowledge IndustryPark. As a follow up, the Government declared to acquire nearly 140 acresof land in Ramanattukara, Calicut to set up a Knowledge Industry Park.However, the Government could not go forward for its inability to attractthe investors.
    • THE EARLY INITATIVE OF THE LDF GOVERNMENT IN KERALA FOR KNOWLEDGE INDUSTRIESA two day national conference on ‘Knowmatics, Knowledge Industries and Kerala’sDevelopmental Potentialities’ held at Calicut University on 29-30 May 2005 for myimitative Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India contributed a paperfor the conference.The newly elected LDF Government under Mr. V. S. Achuthndan, took specialinterest in developing Knowledge Industries in Kerala on the basis of my proposal.Mr. P. J. Joseph, the then Minister strongly supported the project . The thenIndustries Minister, Mr. Elamaram Kareem even convened a special meeting atKadave Resort , Calicut in June 2006 for setting up a Knowledge Industry Park. Asa follow up, the Government declared to acquire nearly 140 acres of land inRamanattukara, Calicut to set up a Knowledge Industry Park. However, theGovernment could not go forward for its inability to attract the investors.It is surprising to note that the first IT Policy of Kerala was made not by the UDFGovernment but by the LDF Government, under Mr. E.K. Nayanar, thanks to thespecial interest of Mr. P. J. Joseph, the Minister of Education in 1998 on the basis ofmy proposal. The Government set up the IT Department with Ms. ArunaSunderarajan IAS as the Secretary directly under the Chief Minister.
    • A MISSED GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY IN INFROMATICS FORKERALAOn the basis of my membership in the 12 Member FID Committee having Consultative Status withUNESCO under Prof. A. I. Mikhalove in 1983, I was invited to present a paper for the Second WorldConference on ‘Strategies and Policies for Informatics for Development. held at Rome in Aug. 1984under Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics (IBI), Rome, an autonomous body created by UN andUNESCO.My paper, ‘Transborder data flow for the Third World Countries with Special Reference to India’, onthe recommendation of Alvin Toffler, the author of the future Shock and Third Wave and Prof. AbdulSalam, the Nobel laurite and the President of the Third World Science Academy, got the status of‘official document for reference’ and appeared in five languages.In the paper, I proposed a ‘Two-Way Flow Principle for Transborder Data Flow’ in favor of the ThirdWorld Countries’ and cautioned the possibility of a’ Third World Bomb’ and also‘Terrorism, Religious Fundamentalism and Social Suicidal Mania in Third World Countries for utterPoverty and Backwardness and demanded for Redesigning Science and Technology for Third WorldDevelopment.Both UN and UNESCO made over $1000 million at the disposal of IBI for developing Informatics in thethird world countries. Since I was the only contributor from India, they asked me to submit a projectproposal worth $ 25 million for setting up an Informatics Centre in Kerala through CalicutUniversity, Kerala Government and Government of India before Dec. 1984.Since nobody was there to support me from the University or Government in Kerala to take up theproject in Informatics, IBI could not set up its Informatics Centre in Kerala in 1985. Had it beenestablished, Kerala would have been developed as the hub of Information Technology as early as1985 when even Karnataka was not aware of the possibilities of Informatics or InformationTechnology. It still hurts me. However, on the basis of some international reference, the then PrimeMinister of India , Mr. Rajive Gandhi even sent an appreciation letter and asked me to sent all mymajor works in 1986; later he even suggested me to join with him. That was not materialized for therevolt of V.P. Singh in 1987.
    • THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF KNOWMATICSWhen I started my career as a Lecturer in Economics in 1970 at S. D.College, Kanjirappally, my home town, I explored the possibility of applyingEconomic theories in Knowledge. To know more about ‘Knowledge’, in 1972I joined for Library Science in Kerala University and later in MadrasUniversity. Following the publication of my research monograph, LibraryResource Allocation, from England and the USA by the MCB University Press(now Emerald Publication) in 1981, Prof. A. I. Mikhalove, the father ofInformatics and the Director of VINIT, USSR Academy of Sciences, tookspecial interest in my work applying Economic Theories to Knowledge.In 1983, I was nominated to the 12 member FID International Committee ofTheoreticians in Information Science, as the youngest member, with Prof.A. I. Mikhalove as the Chairman. The Committee has consultative statuswith the UNESCO. Thanks to his inspiration, I propounded two basictheories in Informatics that got published from Moscow by the USSRAcademy of Sciences in the book, ‘Theoretical Problems of Informatics’ andmy theories appeared over eight languages and came to be known asMathew’s Theories of Knowledge.
    • MATHEW’S THEORIES OF KNOWLEDGE AND THEMARXIAN DIALTETICAL MATERAILISM Immediately after the Russian version of the theories wasreleased, the Marxian theoreticians of the USSR found it asan original contribution to the Marxian DialecticalMaterialism with regard to the theory of Knowledge. Thereason was that I had formulated the basic theoretical toolsto treat knowledge as a material commodity, thoughintangible, for consumption and production. The theoriesexplain the relation between knowledge consumption andproduction and different stages of knowledge growth.Later, Psycho-linguists found them useful in their field, ashad been in the case of Cognitive Science and KnowledgeEngineering.
    • TRANSFORMING BRAIN POWER INTO KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTSThe very philosophy behind Knowmatics -- based Knowledge Industries is tomake knowledge accessible to the entire humanity and thereby makingevery social production process knowledge intensive. Knowledge has thecapacity to empower the millions when it is made accessible for application.Knowmatics-- based Knowledge Industry aims at the massive industrialproduction and marketing of diverse knowledge products in the form ofpackages, modules and solutions globally at affordable cost. LiveKnowledge Banks and Mega Knowledge Corporations are to emerge soon.Brain power and Knowledge Bases of individuals can be transformed intoCustomized Knowledge Modules, Packages and Solutions not only toEducation, Practicing Professions, Scientific Research and Corporate sectorbut also even to the illiterate farming communities. Kerala Brain is verymuch suitable for the Knowledge Industries and Kerala can emerge as theHub of the Global Knowledge Industries with the support of all politicalparties and other agencies.
    • THE REAL CHALLENGEThe real challenge for Kerala is not for designing the system, technology andbusiness model or finding the suitable people or mobilizing Capital for the multi-billion dollar Knowledge Industries, but changing the mindset, in favor of theKnowledge Industry, of the Politicians, Rulers, Bureaucrats, Academics or eventhe common people who believe that Information Technology or SoftwareDevelopment and BPO are the ultimate thing to generate income andemployment for Kerala.Most of the IT related works do not need high intellectual or academic caliberbut mere coding or decoding skills. A truck load of Data or Information is not asubstitute for a palm full of Knowledge. Unless and until IT is redesigned forKnowledge processing, Information Technology cannot deliver much of itspromises.. IT cannot generate unlimited income and employment opportunitiesfor Kerala. IT has almost reached a saturation point globally.Knowledge Industries, of course, can make use of the existing Computer andCommunication Systems and Networks for Knowledge Processing andDelivering Knowledge Products or Services with the support of Knowmatics.
    • RECOGNISE THE BRAIN POWER OF KERALA ANDEXPLOIT ITKerala is endowed with the best Brain Power , Talents and Expertise verymuch suitable for the Knowmatics-based Knowledge industries.Exploitation and marketing of the Individual and Collective Knowledge ofthe people are the basis of Power, Wealth and Prosperity of the Nations.Now we have developed the blue print for the suitable technology, systemand business model for developing Knowledge Industries. If the Governmentand political parties in Kerala respect the aspiration of the young and wantto ensure better income and employment opportunities to them, the onlyoption is to Generate Wealth and income by Exploiting the Brain Power andTalents of the people, especially of theYoung.We can ensure that every household in Kerala that is connected with ourKnowledge Industry Project for Knowledge Processing, can earn at least50,000 Indian Rupees in a month, that too working at home, using ourspecially designed Knowledge Systems, Resources and Training Packages.