Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: The National Innovation Council is launching a Public Lecture Series where it will host eminent individuals from diverse fields to talk to students across the country via the National Knowledge Network (NKN). The first public lecture on ‘Democratising Information, Justice, Equality and the Rule of Law’ will be delivered by Professor Michael Sandel, from Harvard University, author of ‘What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets’, and ‘Justice’, and Mr Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation on 23rd January 2013.
The lecture will be broadcast on NKN from Delhi University, from 10am to 11.30am, to at least 3 lakh students across India. The lecture will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with students at NKN connected locations. Questions can also be submitted via Twitter (@pitrodasam). Live webcast of the lecture will be streamed at www.webcast.gov.in/nkn.
The NKN is a multi gigabit pan India network, built by the Government of India to connect all education and research institutions in the country and is being implemented by the National Informatics Centre. Currently, NKN has connected over 900 nodes in the country with a dedicated bandwidth of 1Gbps/ 100mbps.
The National Innovation Council has been constituted by the Prime Minister, under the Chairmanship of Mr Sam Pitroda, to outline policy recommendations and interventions to boost innovation performance in the country, with a focus on inclusive growth.