The government on Thursday approved a project to connect 1500 educational institutes across the country through high-speed data communication network.
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) approved the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) at an outlay of Rs 5,990 crore to be implemented by the National Informatics Centre over a period of 10 years, a spokesperson said.
"The NKN will have about 25 core Point of Presence and 600 secondary PoPs. It will connect around 1500 institutions," she said, adding that the setting up of core network is expected to be finished in 24 months.
On January 21, the CCI had given its in-principle approval to the project, which is one of the suggestions of the National Knowledge Commission.
The network is expected to encourage sharing of knowledge, specialised resources and collaborative research. The network will consist of an ultra-high speed core in multiples of 10 gigabytes per second and upwards.
The NKN was announced by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in 2008-09.