The National Knowledge Commission is a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, with the objective of transforming India into a knowledge society.
On 13th June, 2005 , the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, constituted the NKC , as a think-tank charged with considering possible policy that might sharpen India's comparative advantage in the knowledge-intensive service sectors
English language, is perhaps becoming the most important determinant of access to higher education, employment possibilities and social opportunities. School leavers who are not adequately trained in English as a language are always at a handicap in the world of higher education. And those who do not know English well enough, find it exceedingly difficult to compete for a place in our premier educational institutions. This disadvantage is accentuated further in the world of work, not only in professional occupations but also in white-collar occupations.
National Knowledge Commission undertook a project to explore the possibility of establishing an efficient and cost effective network design to interconnect all Universities, R&D institutions, S&T institutions; Health service facilities, Agriculture research and extension institutions and Libraries in the country with an access speed of at least 100 Mbps.
The National Knowledge Commission envisages a national innovation system, where entrepreneurship at the local and national levels is encouraged, and inter-disciplinary studies in S&T are undertaken in order to encourage new approaches and methodologies.
The National Knowledge Commission aims to explore the part played by Entrepreneurship in India's economic growth and competitiveness, and in generating opportunities for wealth creation and social good.
The NKC is looking at the following aspects of traditional knowledge:
The principles and basic premises that should govern the documentation and use of our traditional knowledge - that is, our creative, cultural and legacy industries.
Plant-based drug formulations of which we have over 40,000 that have come to us through the Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Tibetian (all documented) and the non-documented tribal systems of medicine.
Traditional agricultural practices of which 4502 have been documented by the ICAR in a series of volumes, with 86 having been validated and 38 cross-validated till December 2005.
Our culinary traditions which use some 150 documented vegetables for which nutritional and other information is available, and an equal number of fruits.
Culture-specific tourism, for example, through identification of tribal art centres, promoting authentic local performing arts, and making use of the unusual sites and practices that we have in our country.
Traditional water harvesting practices which have been well-documented, for example in a book brought out by CSE, New Delhi.
Our traditional products, services and art forms that are not included above.