Integrated national knowledge network
- During 2008-09 Rs. 100 crore has been allocated for the National Knowledge Network (NKN) which proposes interconnecting all knowledge institutions in the country with gigabit capabilities, for sharing resources and research. A high level committee (HLC) constituted by the Department of Information and Technology (DIT), under the chairmanship of the Principal Scientifi c Adviser, was set up to operationalise the network. The design of NKN was prepared by a Technical Advisory Committee set up by the HLC, and the initial implementation is being managed by NIC (under DIT).
- The network is ready for roll out and is awaiting a formal launch. The network would be operationalised in two phases. The core and distribution network covering 1000 nodes with gigabit capacity would be set up in the fi rst phase and this process has already started. The network is scalable and coverage can grow up to 10,000 nodes/institutions.
- The Government has approved the setting up of a National Translation Mission (NTM) with an outlay of Rs. 75 crore. The CIIL, Mysore is the nodal agency implementing the Mission.
- Based on the recommendations of NKC, the Department of Culture (DoC) proposed setting up a National Mission for Libraries (NML) in the XI Plan as a Central Sector Scheme. The EFC memo is under revision by the DoC and is being restricted to Rs. 180 crore earmarked for the same during the XI Plan. The NML will cover libraries under the DoC and the activities under it will include: National Census of Libraries; Modernisation including networking of Libraries under DoC; establishing Knowledge Centres and Digital Libraries.
Legal framework for public funded research
- The XI Plan envisages the creation of core infrastructure such as SWAN (State Wide Area Network), Common Service Centres (CSCs) and State Data Centres (SDCs) for creation of a common service delivery platform
- SWAN has been implemented in 6 states/ UTs till date and in 18 states implementation is in process.
- Till date SDCs have been approved for 26 states by the Government.
- Under the approved CSC scheme which envisages establishing over 100000 CSCs across India, 20,558 CSCs have been rolled out. The process for roll out for another 250968 CSCs has also been initiated.
- The Protection and Utilisation of Public Funded Intellectual Property Bill 2008 has been introduced in the Parliament
Intellectual Property Rights
- Ministry of Law and Justice has conveyed in-principle approval for new Standing Committee on legal education under IRAHE and consequent changes in the role of BCI, curriculum development, developing research tradition in law schools/ universities.
- Proposal for setting up Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and Research (CALSAR) for the northern region at Manesar (Gurgaon) was submitted by the Department of Legal Affairs to Planning Commission. The Department has been advised to make budget provisions for the scheme of CALSARs in the XI Plan by the Planning Commission.
- The IP Offi ce has put the relevant acts, rules, manuals on its website and there is no restriction on access to these materials.
- Digitisation of all patent records is underway. Forty-fi ve thousand patent records are already on the website.
- National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) to be set up at Nagpur.
- An IP Appellate Board has been set up for trademarks, geographical indications and patents.
- DIPP is examining the issue of sui-generic legislation for protection of traditional knowledge.