Around 1,500 universities, research institutions and private education institutes registered with National Knowledge Network (NKN) India are likely to get increased international broadband connectivity speed of 10 gigabits (GBPS) per second for data transfer and online courses.
Currently, the maximum connectivity speed in Indian educational institutes through NKN is 1 GBPS. NKN, which provides broadband connectivity for Indian educational and research institutions, is going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Internet-2, the consortium of United States-based research universities and institutions, next week.
Ashok Kolaskar, former advisor, NKN and consultant, Internet- 2, while speaking to HT at the 102nd Indian Science Congress, said, “Once the MoU is signed, students and scientists can avail of the high speed international broadband connectivity in a few months.” While talking about the delay in getting approval from government departments Kolaskar said, “The MoU was supposed to be signed in March 2014. However, the then Central home ministry had apprehensions about the security of data being exchanged. Now all the departments concerned of the Central government have given a nod to the MoU.”
“The research talent in India which is tremendous is untapped at an international level. But with increased connectivity speed, it will be easier to directly interact with the students and professors of international varsities,” he said.
Currently, in India, higher speed broadband connectivity is used in research institutes, including the energy physics department of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, which uses the Internet at a speed of 2.5 GBPS. Bijendra Jain, vicechancellor, Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani, speaking at a session on Monday, said, “Virtual or digital delivery of courses is not an idea to replace the faculty. Teachers can use video conferencing and teach all the centres at once.”