National Knowledge Commission
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  Report to the Nation 2007 - Feedback
Dr. Bhagirath Prasad
Vice Chancellor, Devi Ahilya University
Dated 11th April 2008

Report covers almost all the important fields and factors that affect India become knowledge economy. It is appreciable that XI plan broadly incorporates many of the recommendations of NKC. As of higher education is concerned I realise that measures be taken to make higher education as an effective instrument for generation of knowledge synchronizing with the needs and development only of the humanity. The path of progression India goes only through education.

Shri Surjit Singh Barnala
Governor, Tamil Nadu
Dated 08th April 2008

I agree with the Commissions opinion that extensive use of Information Technology in health care will promote the delivery of efficient health care in the country. Developing a Health Information Network, as recommended by the Commission, will go a long way in improving the health care measures of the Government. I find the strategies recommended to promote the knowledge systems of traditional medicine note-worthy.
It is laudable that the NKC has considered the issue of providing quality Open Educational Resources and has come up with worthy suggestions. In general, I find the recommendations of the Commission as appropriate for all the States in the country.

Shri R.C.Maheshwari
Vice Chancellor, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agriculture University
Dated 30th March 2008

This Nation should be grateful to you, besides the I.T revolution, for the enhancement of plan allocation by 5 times for education and skill development. The impact of this remarkable change will be felt after a decade or so. Based on your Report to the Nation, 2006, we have taken a number of initiatives for diversifying into new areas for skill development by designing over 25 short term hands-on-training programme for 10 and 10+2. We have also expanded our faculties from three to six by re-organizing our own scientific man-power.

Prof. Gayanendra Singh
Vice Chancellor, MGCG Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot
Dated 14th March 2008

NKC has done a valuable task for improvement of higher education in the country by making provisions like access and expansion; equity and on inclusion, quality and excellence in the reports. These measures may provide better opportunities to students from rural sectors to get higher education.
It is a fact that students from the rural background lack basic understanding and knowledge of the subjects such as Science. Mathematics and English language due to infrastructural inadequacies (laboratories and trained teachers). As a result, they are not able to compete with students from the urban background for admission in subjects such as engineering, medicine and agriculture. Agriculture and rural development are interdependent. For landless workers, agri-business and small enterprises offer plentry of opportunities for livelihood. Admission in Agricultural Universities are made through entrance tests (PAT/PET), which students from rural areas find it difficult for want of coaching, which has become a common practice amongst students for any kind of competition. As an alternative, vacation education is in vogue in the country, which is welcome, but not a substitute for higher education if students plan to seek teaching and research as career in Universities/Scientific institutions.

Ms. Vasundhara Raje
Chief Minister, Rajasthan
Dated 11th March 2008

I am happy to know that the work of NKC is progressing well and that some of your recommendations has been integrated in the 11th Plan for funding. After our last discussions at Jaipur on 12.01.08, I have deputed Additional Chief Secretary (Social Infrastructure) to hold a meeting with representatives from NKC as well as various administrative departments of the State Government to see how can we proceed further in this regard.
We arc also taking necessary steps to set up an Advisory Group to study the recommendations made by the NKC in its various reports.

Justice N.N.Mathur
Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Jodhpur
Dated 8th March 2008

I have read the report of the National Knowledge Commission headed by you to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India with great interest, particularly the chapter dealing with the legal education. The recommendations are worth appreciation.I am sure if the same is carried out, it will bring a revolution and make the India global knowledge leader. I must congratulate you and your team for the wonderful job done.

Dr. Dilip M. Nachane
Director, IGIDR
Dated 5th March 2008

In my opinion, it is of great national importance to have a wide ranging debate across the entire spectrum of issues raised in your report. In this connection, it would be our pleasure and privilege to propose a one day panel discussion on the Report at our Institute. May I request you to preside over this discussion and give us the benefit of your perspectives? . I know your schedule would be extremely busy, but a visit by a person of your eminence will be a source of great inspiration to our students and colleagues alike. The exact date of the panel discussion could be fixed at your convenience.

Dr. Vijay Khole
Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University
Dated 3rd March 2008

Thank you for your letter dated February 18, 2008 and the copy of the second NKC report which includes recommendations on Portals, Health Information Network, Legal Education, Medical Education, Management Education, Open and Distance Education and other important subjects. All concerned with the sector of Higher Education are extremely happy that most of the recommendations of NKC outlined in the 1st and the 2nd report are integrated in the XIth plan and are adequately funded.
The 1st report of the NKC was systematically discussed in the University of Mumbai, in meetings with the Heads of University Departments, Principals of the Affiliated Colleges, University teachers and the Research students of the Post-Graduate Departments. Some of the key recommendations and the reforms suggested in the 1st report have been initiated in our University.
The 2nd report also will be discussed in the University in similar fashion. Aspects related to Medical Education, Legal Education and Open and Distance Education will be discussed involving Universities that have been separately established for these disciplines.
Most of us in the Universities all over India have realized the importance of these initiatives and appreciate the efforts taken to provide a blue print to the Government of India for transforming our knowledge Institutions. The UPA government's commitment to the knowledge initiatives in the XIth plan are an indication of the acceptance of the NKC report.

Dr. P. Thangaraju
Vice Chancellor,Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Dated 28th February 2008

It is our great privilege to be a part of this august body to augment knowledge in our area of specialization.Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is striving in right direction in developing veterinary medical education, distance education, innovations and intellectual property with special emphasis on skill based specialized trainings. We have meticulously framed all these elements in our 11th plan document which is poised for the growth of the livestock sector with palpable benefits to stake holders in rural arena.
I assure you that this University is willing to be a part of reforms and developmental activities as aspired by the National Knowledge Commission to transform our society as truly knowledge driven and make our country a global knowledge leader in all frontiers.

Dr. A. Manjulata
Vice Chancellor,Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University
Dated 25th February 2008

I congratulate the committee for having done excellent work on various issues of Higher Education and other related matters. The University will take into account of the recommendations made by the Committee by placing it before the appropriate Body of the University.

Prof. Panjab Singh
Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University
Dated 22nd February 2008

Needless to say the report is extremely valuable and sets the road map for promoting knowledge revolution through knowledge institutions in India. It is also time to acknowledge that the Govt, of India has highly emphasized through enhanced allocation to education and skill development during XI Plan period. Now, it is for us to create infrastructure so as to generate and sharing the knowledge with the community for its proper utilization. This is what is most lacking today and needs to be addressed appropriately.
As suggested, I will organize a meeting with the Sr colleagues in the University and discuss the issues raised in your report If any important recommendation emerges, I will be sharing it with you for your proper guidance and direction.

Shri. Somnath Chatterjee
Speaker, Lok Sabha
Dated 17th February 2008

I wish to compliment the Commission, which is working under your leadership, for making many important suggestions, which I hope will be considered with all seriousness by the entire political spectrum in our country.
I shall be very happy to be informed more about the functioning of your Commission and about the timely and effective implementation of its recommendations.

Shri. Pawan Kumar Bansal
Minister of State for Finance
Dated 15th February 2008

Please accept my heartiest congratulations for this excellent work. I have already referred to the Report at a Conference on e-Governance and am sure that your recommendations would provide vital inputs to the Govt.

Shri. Nawal Kishore Sharma
Governor of Gujarat
Dated 12th February 2008

. I am happy to know that you have included recommendations on various important areas such as Portals, Health Informtiion Network, Legal Education, Open Education Resources, Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, Legal Framework for Public Funded Research and Traditional Health Systems and also covered 20 subjects with 160 concrete action plans in both the Reports. After going through the report I would certainly like to take up the matter with State officials and if possible with institutions and administrative bodies as well as universities.

Governor of Kerala
Dated 12th February 2008

The report contains very valuable recommendations and I am sure the Government could implement it as early as possible. The plan is a landmark in Indian planning and I am glad that the education and skill development has been increased five fold. I appreciate your efforts in this regard and I am sure India will march forward by implementing your recommendations.

Shri. Rameshwar Thakur
Governor of Karnataka
Dated 12th February 2008

The report - covers a wide spectrum of the entire education system of India. I fully agree with the vision of the Hon'ble Prime Minister on NKC -"The time has come to create a second wave of institution building, and of excellence in the fields of education, research and capability building." It is worthwhile to note that the main thrust of the report is on education as a central instrument for achieving rapid and inclusive growth with specific emphasis on expansion, excellence and equity.
For India to become a global knowledge leader, we need to be in the forefront of creating knowledge. As such, emphasis has to be given to impart quality basic education. Apart from medical, engineering, legal education, etal., thrust has to be given for basic science education, supplemented with proper infrastructure, so as to attract young talents.
I appreciate the commendable work done by NKC under your able leadership. All other members of NKC also deserve our appreciation.I feel the National Development Council's initiative, in this regard, will create a landmark in the history of government planning.I hope the recommendations made by the Commission will be adopted by all concerned in true letter and spirit.

Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh
Dated 12th February 2008

From what I have already learnt from the news reports and criticisms, you have addressed, squarely, the need to re-structure and overhaul our antiquated system of education. I do not anticipate that this will be well received by the established power centres, but it is time we focus on the future and the demands that Resurgent India will make on our youth if we are to develop our full potential.
I shall remain in touch with any suggestions that I might feel are relevant.

Governor of Mizoram
Dated 11th February 2008

Advancing quality education is one of the priorities of Mizoram Government and I have no doubt that they would welcome the recommendations contained in the report sent by you.

Minister of State for Planning,
Planning Commission
Dated 11th February 2008

Thank you indeed very much for forwarding "National Knowledge Commission Report to the Nation 2007" brought out by your organisation under your inspiring leadership. I find it very interesting as well as useful and thank you indeed for the same.

Shri S.M.Krishna
Governor of Maharashtra
Dated 7th February 2008

Having heard your 'out of the box' thinking on enhancing the quality and outreach of higher education at the University of Mumbai's Convocation held in December 2005, I was eager to see the recommendations relating to higher education. I must say I was impressed by the high quality of the Report and the useful recommendations made therein.
I fully agree with the Commission's view that all deserving students should have access to higher education, irrespective of their socio-economic background. I have already asked my office to initiate appropriate action regarding your suggestion to discuss the report with various stakeholders.
I congratulate you and all the distinguished members of the Commission for producing this excellent report and wish the Commission success in its future endeavours.

Shri T.V. Rajeswar
Governor of Uttar Pradesh
Dated 6th February 2008

The National Knowledge Commission has done monumental work in making the earlier and present recommendations to the Prime Minister on the various crucial aspects of education in India. Having been associated with the Universities in Uttar Pradesh as Chancellor, I think the crucial problem will be to find the qualified faculty members to ensure that the teaching institutions become centres of excellence.

Pramod Tandon
Vice Chancellor, North Eastern Hill University
Dated 5th February 2008

I must congratulate you and other members of your team for preparing such an excellent report that would guide us through in our endeavours towards creating a knowledge society. I am circulating copy of the same to all our faculty members for their benefit.

Shri Kamal Nath
Minister of Commerce & Industry
Dated 4th February 2008

This immense effort that the Commission has enabled the Government and other related bodies understand not merely the magnitude and importance of the problems, but also ensure that the system makes opportunities available to all throughout India.
India's rapid strides as an economic success depend greatly on adequate and timely reforms in the prevalent system. I wish you success while assuring you of my support.
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