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Create knowledge infrastructure: Pitroda

Stressing the need to create a solid knowledge infrastructure in the country, Sam Pitroda said there was no lack of resources.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 23:59 IST

The knowledge base across the country should be widened and made more accessible to help the young generation innovate and excel, India's Knowledge Commission chief Sam Pitroda said on Wednesday.

"We need good education for all, which gives everyone a fair opportunity, and the country should be connected with broadband so that people can be empowered with knowledge and information that can be of use," said Pitroda while giving away Reliance's second Mobile Developers awards.

Stressing the need to create a solid knowledge infrastructure in the country, he said there was no lack of resources. "Cost is not an impediment. There is poverty in the mind, there is no poverty of resources."

Talking about opportunities for the socio-economically backward classes, he said, "There is need to explore more avenues to help them grow since the reservation policy has not shown great results in the last so many decades."

"There can be opportunities created at the elementary education stage which can be backed by scholarships for higher education to help the economically backward people go ahead in life," Pitroda suggested.

Asked whether reservation was the only solution, he said matters should be viewed in a broader perspective and the aim should be to try to "give fair opportunity to all, which could be done in more than one way."

He said the younger generation is highly innovative and should hence be encouraged. "There are so many innovations waiting to happen, which can be promoted by encouraging young minds."

Lauding the efforts of young innovators in the field of information technology Pitroda said, they should interact on a wider platform to publicise their efforts. "Innovators should interact more since innovations in today's world are multi-disciplinary actions and are more collaborative," he noted.

As chief of the Knowledge Commission, Pitroda said his biggest challenge at the moment is to set up a broadband backbone in the country, especially with so many optic fibre cables lying unused. "This would empower people with knowledge," he said.