The National Knowledge Commission is looking at the following aspects of traditional knowledge:
Principled commercialization of our cultural, creative and legacy practices has the potential of generating employment for at least 100 million people and an annual revenue of at least Rs.600,000 crores per year.
- The principles and basic premises that should govern the documentation and use of our traditional knowledge - that is, our creative, cultural and legacy industries.
- Plant-based drug formulations of which we have over 40,000 that have come to us through the Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Tibetian (all documented) and the non-documented tribal systems of medicine.
- Traditional agricultural practices of which 4502 have been documented by the ICAR in a series of volumes, with 86 having been validated and 38 cross-validated till December 2005.
- Our culinary traditions which use some 150 documented vegetables for which nutritional and other information is available, and an equal number of fruits.
- Culture-specific tourism, for example, through identification of tribal art centres, promoting authentic local performing arts, and making use of the unusual sites and practices that we have in our country.
- Traditional water harvesting practices which have been well-documented, for example in a book brought out by CSE, New Delhi.
- Our traditional products, services and art forms that are not included above.