If you need some tips on education, health or rural technology from overseas Indians specialising in these areas, you may soon be able to reach out to them at the click of a mouse — and absolutely free of cost.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the diaspora knowledge network at the seventh meeting of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas — the annual gathering of NRIs — here on Thursday. Around 1500 delegates from 48 countries are participating.
“It is the largest gathering of NRIs so far,” said K. Mohandas, secretary in the union ministry for overseas Indians.
The knowledge network will be a virtual platform where Indians can benefit from the skills of their countrymen abroad. It will be called the Global-Indian Network of Knowledge, or simply Global-INK. “We will make overseas Indians members of this network and enable them to interact with Indians needing their skills,” said Mohandas.
The electronic system will be fully functional within a month. Any expert abroad can register on it to share his skills with people back home. The government itself will contact as many Indian experts in different fields abroad as possible. Anyone wishing to gain from the skills of these expatriates will have to register as a user by disclosing his credentials and mentioning the broad area on which he would like to know more.
Meanwhile, the spirit of Gandhi and his peace message prevailed all over at the venue of the meeting. The venue’s main hall has an enchanting gallery of Bapu’s rare pictures, proclaiming: “Peace is the way”.